I Challenge YOU to Educate the Low-Information Voters Who Are Hurting Themselves and the Rest Of The Country – Really, This is a Challenge, You Game?

Most of us wonder how people can vote in political candidates and incumbents into, or back into elected office that clearly do not represent their own personal interests. How do women vote for a Governor that clearly is attacking women’s rights? Like when a Governor wants to force any woman who wants an abortion to be raped by requiring them to endure a trans-vaginal ultrasound even though no medical doctor prescribed it, or even says that it is not necessary, or any of the other disgraceful ways the TeaPublicans have attacked women and their rights. How do people who don’t/didn’t have any healthcare, whose state already gets much more money from Washington D.C. then it sends to the government, vote for politicians who refuse to expand Medicaid (which wouldn’t cost their state a dime for the 1st 3 years and then only 5-10% percent of the costs after that) and/or refuse to set-up healthcare exchanges to help those who can’t afford reasonable healthcare get affordable healthcare? After speaking to many people and getting a lot of feedback from people who actually live in those areas, like the Southeast, I found that we don’t understand something. It reminds me of a story I saw on the news many years ago that I still can’t, or won’t, forget. There was a 14 year old boy, attending Public School, in New York City, it was discovered that his parents were making him live in a coffin, whenever he wasn’t in school he would have to stay in a coffin. When he returned from school he had to get into his coffin, he had to eat, wash, and yes defecate in the coffin! When it hit the news the first question was obvious, “Why didn’t you tell anyone?” His answer? He was surprised by the question, “I thought everyone lived the same way I did.” Understandably the child was severely introverted and had no friends so he really didn’t talk to anyone unless he had to. But it made me realize that if you brought up a son or daughter in a green room for 5 years and told that child the color of the room was blue, what do you think that child would say the color of a green traffic light was? That’s why people in areas that receive more in social welfare like disability, food stamps, Social Security, and so forth, vote for politicians that claim the government is a socialist one and is bad! So why don’t they just get smarter? Watch more news? Read more? Well, some of them do, but what they are seeing, hearing, and reading is total bullcrap because the ultra-rich are controlling what they see, hear, and read. Did you know that the Koch Brothers went as far as paying off a State College in Tallahassee, Florida (FSU) to have the final word of who the economics department hired! Yea, no lie! Charles Koch Buys Rights To Control Who Florida State University Hires in their Economic Dept. The amount of money being spent on corrupting our politicians, elections, and on media (written, TV, internet, and other outlets) is absolutely insane. Why do they spend this money? Because it gives the 1% power, power through influence. What can we do? We can make sure that those people who “only watch Fox (faux – false) news” and only see, hear, and read, the misinformation they are being fed, that are told that the room is blue, get the facts, the truth, that the light is GREEN! We must find a way to get the truth to the “low-information voters,” whom many are not to blame for being wrong, and we must do it without the advantage that the ultra-rich billionaires have, which is billions of dollars. I want to challenge each and everyone of you who actually read this post. I want to challenge you to start a massive information blitz telling the facts, the truth, and get it out there in every way you know, in hopes of some of the information getting to those people who are only being told the room is blue. I thought I would try something. We know that those low-information people see very limited information, they may not read a lot, or watch much other than a source that misleads them, so we have to do something that is simple, interesting, and will appeal to those who can’t be bothered researching information. The information must be served in a way that will catch their attention. If enough of the information makes it to these people, perhaps we can get them to see that they are hurting themselves. That’s why I’m asking you, challenging you in fact, to join me in an information campaign targeting those low-information voters. Whatever you create and get out there, remember that it must be something that the target audience will relate to. For instance, I want to target the red states (9 out of 10 of the poorest states are Republican states) in the Southeast, so I’m going to start making memes (pictures with something you write on them) and I’m going to use NASCAR pictures. Here’s my 1st idea on how to start getting information to these people: I challenge each and everyone of you to the make and distribute the best meme, to educate the misinformed, one that will get widespread attention and circulation, so much so that it will make it’s way into the areas where these voters are, and to get widespread distribution of that meme so that it will reach our target audience. Don’t know how to make a meme? “No problem it’s not only easy, it’s fun. Below, I give you a couple really easy ways of doing it, and showing your creativity and sense of humor. So what do you say? Hey, if you share this and my blog post and get others involved we could have millions of these target oriented information memes circulating everywhere! Some of them are bound to reach our target audience and change some minds, AND VOTES! O.K. Let’s see what we can do. Contact me if you have any questions, and please involve as many people as you can by sharing this. Thanks so much for your anticipated cooperation.

How to Make a Meme

There are numerous free sites to assist you in your quest to make a meme, whether you want to be funny, creative, a mix sending a serious message and being a creative, funny, teacher. The site I’m going to recommend here is one that I found to be the easiest and quickest. You will make a meme in a few minutes, I promise. Go to quickmeme by clicking on the colored word (link) quickmeme in this sentence. This is what you will see:

Quickmeme - A Meme Generator

Quickmeme – A Meme Generator

Step 1: On the black on top, instead of seeing a picture of me you will see the word “Login.” You will need to click this and register/Login, if you are on Facebook you can just click Log in with Facebook, or simply type in whatever information you need to, to create an account.

Step 2: Your ready to make a meme. You can use any of the pictures you see, or you can browse the web, or your personal photos, and “upload” a picture (more on uploading in a minute.) Pick a picture by simply clicking on the picture you want to use. I’ve picked one as an example, I chose one that they call “Condescending Wonka” this is what you’ll see:

Condescending Wonka from quickmeme

Condescending Wonka from quickmeme

Step 3: Your almost done! Now put your creative, humorous thinking cap on and fill in the prompts; 1st think of a title, the title will only be seen when your meme is listed with other memes for people to see. Then fill in the “Top Caption, this is what will appear at the top of the picture. Finally fill in the “Bottom Caption.” Suggestion: The Top Caption should be the set-up for the point you want to make, the Bottom Caption should be the punchline to drive your point home. See what I’ve done here (mind you, I never claimed to be good at humor.):

quickmeme instruction on filling in the content of a meme

quickmeme instruction on filling in the content of a meme

Step 4: Click “Create” Congratulations! You just made your very first meme! Don’t leave yet, you need to save your work! You can click on “File” and save it, or you can share it to Twitter or Facebook and then “save it as a picture” from there. Done!

Now that your an expert you may want to try other meme generators that give you a little more control, like picking what size the text is, and other options. I suggest you try Imgur.

I promised to tell you about “uploading” your own pictures. It’s very simple. If you’ve ever saved a picture on your computer it was shared into a “file” the default file would be “pictures” or “My Pictures”. If you want to use your own picture, instead of clicking on one of the pictures the meme generator offers, like when I picked Wonka, simply click on “Upload” a picture. that will bring you to your files on your computer, one of which is where you saved your pictures. Simply navigate to the picture you want to use and double click on it, or click on a picture and then click on “save” or “open”, your picture will be uploaded to the meme generator like Wonka was and you can do the same steps as before to create a meme.

Finally, and this is the best, if you have an idea for a meme and have a picture in mind that you would like to use, type the topic into your “search” box on the top of your browser and then click images, it will give you a bunch of pictures to choose from, then save it. This is a picture of my browser:

Google Screenshot

Google Screenshot

You’ll notice in Google the big white bar near the top of the screen, that’s the address bar. To the right of that is the “search box”, you can type in there whatever you want to find a picture of, ex: fire engine and hit enter, that will give you a list of articles on fire engines, but above the list of articles you’ll see the word “images”, simply click on that and you will have a number of pictures of fire engines. Save one into “pictures by right clicking on the picture you want, then left click “Save Image As” and it will open up your library of folders. click on the “Pictures” folder to open it, then name the picture in the box that says “File Name” and then click “Save”. You then have a picture you can upload to use in a meme. Note: instead of the search box you can click on the word “images” on the google screen, it’s just below the search box, then click in what picture you want to find.

GOOD LUCK! ENJOY! And PLEASE join this challenge so we can educate those who are being fed the ultra-rich garbage so we can keep the Senate and take back the house. If you have any questions use the “Contact Me” button on my blog ay www.Medic3569.com thanks for helping take back our Republic.

Senator Bernie Sanders after the Senate Republicans killed the Veterans benefits bill on Feb. 28, 2014 Photo by: www.csmonitor.com

I Was Shocked and Appalled to Not See a Plethora of Stories on What the Republicans Did To Veterans in the Senate Yesterday

Republicans Are NOT Supporting Our Troops!

They Killed a Crucial Veterans Bill in the Senate Yesterday!

And Yesterday February 28, 2014 They Killed A Crucial Veterans Bill in the Senate

And Yesterday February 28, 2014 They Killed A Crucial Veterans Bill in the Senate – Photo meme by http://www.cognidissidence.blogspot.com

I subscribe to, and receive literally over 100 e-mails every morning and about as many throughout the day, I was really shocked and astounded to not see even one that addressed what the Republicans did in the Senate yesterday.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced S 1982 the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 on February 3, 2014. Senator Sanders chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee. The vote on the motion to move it to committee needed 60 votes to pass. Only two (2) Republicans voted “Aye” or for it’s passage, the motion failed.

2/27/2014 Senate floor actions. Status: Motion by Senator Reid to commit to Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs with instructions to report back forthwith with amendment (SA 2767) fell when the bill was committed in Senate. Printer friendly version of S 1982.

S 1982 – The Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014

This is a summary of what the bill would do:

Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 – Amends federal veterans provisions to revise or add provisions concerning medical services and other benefits provided to veterans and/or their dependents through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) relating to the following areas:

  • survivor and dependent matters, including benefits for children of certain veterans born with spina bifida;
  • education matters, including the approval of courses for purposes of the All-Volunteer Force and the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance programs;
  • the expansion and extension of certain health care benefits, including immunizations, chiropractic care, treatment for traumatic brain injury, and wellness promotion;
  • health care administration, including extension of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professional Scholarship Program, and
  • complementary and alternative medicine;
  • mental health care, including an education program and peer support program for family members and caregivers of veterans with mental health disorders;
  • dental care eligibility and expansion, including a program of education to promote dental health in veterans;
  • health care related to sexual trauma, including appropriate counseling and treatment and a screening mechanism to detect incidents of domestic abuse;
  • reproductive treatment and services, including fertility counseling as well as adoption assistance for severely wounded veterans;
  • major medical facility leases;
  • veterans’ employment training and related services;
  • veterans’ employment, including within the federal government and as first responders;
  • career transition services;
  • employment and reemployment rights of members of the Armed Forces after active duty service;
  • small business matters, including contracting and subcontracting participation goals with federal departments and agencies;
  • administrative matters, including regional support centers for Veterans Integrated Service Networks;
  • the revision of claims based on military sexual trauma as well as claims for dependency and indemnity compensation;
  • jurisdictional matters, including with respect to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;
  • the revision of certain rights under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, including protections with respect to the expiration of professional licenses, a prohibition on the denial of credit or the termination of residential leases due to military service, and the temporary protection of surviving spouses under mortgage foreclosures; and
  • outreach and miscellaneous matters, including: (1) repeal of the provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that reduces the cost-of-living adjustment to the retirement pay of members of the Armed Forces under age 62, and (2) the accounting for discretionary accounts designated for overseas contingency operations/global war on terrorism.

 Republicans Block Veterans Bill – The legislation failed to overcome a Republican parliamentary maneuver that required 60 votes to keep the bill alive. American Legion national commander Daniel M. Dellinger called the Senate action “inexcusable.”  He was equally blunt in an interview with The Washington Post. “I don’t know how anyone who voted ‘no’ today can look a veteran in the eye and justify that vote.” Read More on Sen. Sanders “This Week in Review” on his website.

The cost of the bill would be approximately $21B” and the TeaPublicans demanded that it be paid for before they would take any action on it. That requirement was met when Democrats proposed using an account, the OCO (Overseas Contingency,) where money is sitting since President Barack Obama ended the Iraq War. The fund was used to finance (on the credit card, the deficit) the Iraq war. The Iraq war, which you should remember former President George W. Bush absolutely and unequivocally lied about the reasons to start that war,  ended and the funds are sitting idle in the OCO account. The Republicans don’t want to use these funds to “support” the troops that fought the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, they want to use them to start another war, this time with Iran. That’s why they tried to attach an amendment onto this Veterans benefits bill, to impose more, and stricter, sanctions on Iran, and destroy the diplomatic process which is showing promising signs of working. They would much rather start another war than support our veterans.

That’s Outrageous’ Do you remember what happened near the end of the State of the Union address in January? Members of Congress rose to their feet for a standing ovation when President Obama introduced Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger who was wounded in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. On CNN on Friday, New Day host Chris Cuomo showed video of congressmen applauding and contrasted that show of support for Americans who serve their country with what happened in the Senate on Thursday. “Republicans did what they do best these days. They just blocked. But blocking our veterans? I don’t have to tell you that that’s outrageous,” Cuomo said.

Watch CNN

What’s Iran Got to Do With It? Republicans insisted on adding a provision to the veterans bill that would slap sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. Regardless of the merits of the sanction proposal, Sanders called it “disrespectful” to veterans to insist on putting the unrelated provision in his bill. “Whatever your views are it just does not belong in a veterans bill,” he said.

Watch the floor speech

War Hawks and Deficit Hawks The Senate Republicans, “apparently believe it’s O.K. to give tax breaks to the largest corporations, the wealthiest families in this country, to spend trillions of dollars on war without figuring out how to pay for it, but when it comes to $21 billion over a 10-year period to take care of veterans and their families, apparently they have difficulty with that.”

Listen to the Ed Schultz radio interview

 Who can forget when Tea Party member Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) led the entire Republican party to shut down the government, which they deeply regretted later, and all the media coverage at the War Veterans Memorial with Stupid Palin, Ted Cruz, and many others blamed President Obama for using veterans as pawns in a political agenda. Video on Ted Cruz and Veterans at the War Memorial during the shutdown of the government.

 Please help stop the madness. Share this with every veteran that you know, everyone that you feel needs to know what their Republican and Tea Party members are actually doing AGAINST their better interest. If we don’t get the vote out we are going to suffer even worse. The TeaPublicans, with all the state governments that they control, thanks to the 2010 midterm elections, have gerrymandered (redrew district lines to favor Republican and Tea Party members,) and imposed voter ID (suppression) laws which are going to make it very hard to keep the U.S. Senate, and much harder to take the house. The Koch brothers (America for Prosperity), Karl Rove (USA Crossroads) and the other SuperPACS have already started and it will be much worse than the 2010 midterms if we don’t get involved, especially if the SCOTUS rules for Shaun McCutcheon in McCutcheon v FEC (Federal Election Commission) which will lift the limits on individuals campaign contributions like Citizens United did for corporations, unions, and organizations such as the SuperPACS listed above.

Read the American Legion statement

Read The Washington Post

Watch Sanders’ news conference

Poll on Campaign Finance Reform by www.people-press.org

Many Problems We Have in this Country Can Be Fixed if We Get Money Out of Politics

Money in Politics Photo by www.theprogressivesinfluence.com

Money in Politics
Photo by http://www.theprogressivesinfluence.com

The Day Money In Politics Took Our Republic Away

On January 21, 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) said that section 203 of H.R. 2356 (107th) the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 was “Unconstitutional.” Section 203 imposed limits on what corporations, unions, and organizations, could contribute to political campaigns to elect or defeat candidates running for public office. This ruling came in a decision on Citizens United v FEC (Federal Election Commission.) At least 3 things happened that day:

1) States lost their ability to control their own elections

Take a look at what happened in WI where Governor Scott Walker was “Recalled” by the people of Wisconsin after he took away the right of Public Employees to negotiate through “Collective Bargaining”. Outside money, $63 million dollars of it, was spent to help Walker win the recall election, the previous record for outside money was $37M. That $67M flooded into the state, from people who don’t live there, it came from people like Charles and David Koch, better known as the Koch Brothers, (who are also better known for paying fines for illegally funneling “Dark Money” but that’s a whole other story,) and SuperPACS (who desperately wanted to keep Scott Walker in place,) to support Walker for the recall election after citizens in Wisconsin were so angry that they actually gathered 1,000,000 signatures to force the recall election.Read more about Scott Walkers Recall election here: “Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall Election” by CBS News.

The egregious levels of outside spending on the federal level are well documented. In the 2010 Congressional elections, spending by corporations and wealthy individuals totaled almost $300M.(i) In the 2012 election, the largest SuperPAC spent an astounding $142M. (ii) Altogether SuperPACS spent $609M in the 2012 election cycle. Overall outside spending topped $1.29 Billion. (iii) In comparison to these mammoth sums of money, it only takes a modest amount of money to have a transformative impact on a local election. If multi-million dollar SuperPACS can buy the victory of even Presidential candidates, then what’s stopping them from influencing local political elections? This paragraph and some other information is from Democracy is For People , we thank them for the material and their efforts in trying to get the U.S. Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United.

2) Limits on campaign contributions from corporations, unions, and organizations (SuperPACS) were lifted, allowing widespread corruption of our politicians and allowing elections to be bought.

McCutcheon v FEC (Federal Election Commission) is being called "Citizens United on Steroids Thanks to Oil Change for America

McCutcheon v FEC (Federal Election Commission) is being called “Citizens United on Steroids
Thanks to Oil Change for America

 

There is actually a Trans-Partisan opposition to Citizens United. This is NOT a partisan issue. Money in politics is hurting this country in many different ways, and EVERYONE is noticing. Campaign finance reform – including efforts to limit political spending by corporations, unions, and the super-wealthy, has been part of the conservative legacy. The court’s decision rolled back nearly a century of laws passed by both sides of the aisle who, agreed that reasonable restrictions can and should be placed on campaign spending by powerful special interest in order to preserve our democracy.

Stalwart conservative statesmen have fought for campaign finance reform. No less a conservative movement icon than Republican Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona uttered these words in support of bipartisan campaign finance reform in 1983: “Our nation is facing a crisis of liberty if we do not control campaign expenditures. We must prove that elective office is not for sale. We must convince the people that elected officials are what James Madison intended us to be, agents of the sovereign people, not the hired hands of the rich givers, or what James Madison called factions,”

 Arizona Senator John McCain, Goldwater’s successor and the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee, called the Supreme Court’s ruling “a combination of arrogance, naivete and stupidity, the likes of which I have never seen.”

Most Republicans, including Tea Party supporters, think steps should be taken to curb this corrosive campaign spending. A March 2012 poll conducted by ABCNews/Washington Post, showed that over two-thirds of Americans (69%) felt SuperPACS should be illegal. Among Tea Party supporters, the numbers were the same: 69% of Tea Party supporters felt that SuperPACS should be outlawed.(iv)

Most Republicans think big campaign spenders, including corporations, can influence how a member of Congress votes. More than two-thirds of respondents (68%) to an April 2012 Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) including 71% of Republicans — also agreed that, “if a company spent $100,000 to help elect a member of Congress, it could successfully pressure him or her to change a vote on proposed legislation.” Only one in five disagreed. (v)

3) Americans Were Outraged By the Court’s Decision

Nearly nine in ten Americans (88%) say that big companies have too much power in Washington D.C. (vi).

Eight in ten respondents oppose the court’s decision in Citizens United. (vii)

Republicans, Democrats , and Independents who have heard about Citizens United believe by an almost 4-to-1 margin that the ruling is having a negative effect. (viii)

83% of Americans (85% of Democrats, 81% of Republicans and 78% of Independents) think there should be limits on how much money corporations can give in elections. And 90% of those with incomes over $100,000 support such limits. (ix)

By a 5-to-1 margin, Americans agree that “there would be less corruption if there were limits on how much could be given to SuperPACS.” Only 14% disagree with this proposition. 75% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats agree. (x)

What is it Going to Take Take To Change The Way Things Are Going?

In short, it’s going to take people like YOU to get involved. Above you will notice I have a “Page” button entitled “Find/Track Politicians, Bills, Voting Records,” Click on that page button and it will explain the links that are on the page and how to use them to find, track and contact YOUR Representatives. Using, for example, GovTrack to find who your U.S. Senators (2) are, and who your U.S.. Congressman or woman is, if you don’t already know, is very easy to do. Click on GovTrack and register at the site. Once registered it will be easy to search for a specific legislative bill, Track your politicians votes, and contact your Congressmen/women and U.S. Senators. If you would also like to contact YOUR State Representatives you can click on the “Vote Smart” link to help you locate your State Senators, Assemblymen/women, and other local politicians that are supposed to be representing you. Look, right now only the Super-rich and corporations have any real influence over our elections and politicians. The only time regular people gain influence on politicians that spend more than half their time raising money to keep their job in the next election, is when we show up in numbers. When enough people flood the offices of the U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressmen/women, State Senators, Assemblymen/women, and right on down the line with enough phone calls and e-mails, they don’t have a choice but to listen. The sites that I’ve provided links for on my “Find/Track Politicians, Bills, voting Records” page will walk you through the process of calling or e-mailing YOUR Representatives, and will send you an e-mail whenever they take action like sponsoring, co-sponsoring, or voting on a bill.   In short, please Get Involved For A Better America. Follow my Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/StoptheObstructionistTeaParty, Subscribe to this blog by entering your e-mail address on the home page, or on Twitter @Medic3569, for up to date news on legislative action and information on upcoming issues that may effect you. McCutcheon v FEC is due to be announced by the SCOTUS and could very likely be decided by the same “Conservative-5″ Justices the way that Citizens United was, in favor of the ultra-rich and corporations. Look at the meme above, do we really want to see those top donors from the fossil fuel industry contributing over $300M when we know that they can change how a congressman/woman will vote on proposed legislation?   Join the “Rapid Response” team that will take action the day the SCOTUS decision is announced at  “Money Out – Voters In” to check out and join the Rapid Response to McCutcheon v FEC the day it is announced.

Other interesting reading:

Bill Moyers – Seven Initiatives to Get Money Out of Politics

McCutcheon v FEC  and “Money out – Voters In” explained by the The Amendment Gazette,

Victor Tiffany is a Senior Columnist at The Amendment Gazette and the Acting State-Wide Coordinator for Move to Amend  one of the organizations working hard to get congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United        

(i) Public Citizen’s analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data. See Congress Watch (January 2011). “12 Months After: The Effects of Citizens United on Elections and the Integrity of the Legislative Process.”Retrieved 15 Sept. 2011, from http://www.citizen.org/documents/Citizens-United–20110113.pdf

(ii) Center for Responsive Politics, “Restore Our Future” Retrieved 22 April 2013 from: http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cmte#C00490045&cycle#2012
(iii) Center for Responsive Politics, “Outside Spending.” Retrieved 22 April 2013 from: http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/index.php.
(iv) Eggen, D (17 Feb. 2010, 15 Sept. 2011). “Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court’s decision on campaign financing.” Washington Post. Retrieved 15 Sept. 2011, from http://washingtonpost.com/wp:dyn/content/article/2010/02/17/AR2010021701151.html
(v) Brennen Center lbid.
(vi) New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio “New Report: Election Spending by Out-Of-State Non-Profits Surges 1500% in New York;

 

(vii) U.S. PIRG education Fund and People For the American Way Foundation. “Outside Spending, Outsized Influence: Big and Secret Money in New York In the 2012 Elections.” Retrieved July 8, 2013, from http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/outsize_spending_NY.pdf

(viii) Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (March, 2013). “From Social Welfare to Political Welfare: The Evolving Role of Nonprofits in Our Elections and Urgent Need for State Regulatory Action.” Retrieved July 8, 2013, fromhttp://politicalspending.org/501c4-Report.pdf

[ix] Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (March, 2013). “From Social Welfare to Political Welfare: The Evolving Role of Nonprofits in Our Elections and Urgent Need for State Regulatory Action.” Retrieved July 8, 2013, from http://politicalspending.org/501c4 -Report.pdf

[x] Resolutions Week, “Resolutions Passed and Current Efforts” “http://www.resolutionsweek.org/?page_id=86

Note: Information provided here with footnotes was compiled by www.democracyisforpeople.org , please visit their site to view their material and to Get Involved For A Better America. We thank them for the resources, material, and for their efforts in trying to overturn Citizens United. Also involved, along with over 120 organizations  working on this task is www.united4thepeople.org which is a great site to see where the effort is, and how you can become involved in your area. Contact me at jasmith3569@gmail.com with any questions you may have, I’ll be glad to assist you.

Fox News' Megyn Kelly Tries to Mislead it's Viewers on Koch Brothers Ad known to be Full of Lies

Newest Koch-Funded Obamacare Attack Ad Features Biggest Lies Yet (Video)

Below is a link to an Article by Americans Against the Tea Party

Watch the video of “Julie” who outright lies about “Obamacare” being unaffordable, and she is going to die because she can’t get her medication. After watching “Julie” totally lie a number of times, like when she says she found a healthcare plan AFTER she was diagnosed with Leukemia, which is an outright because every insurance company selling healthcare insurance in the United States of America would have deemed her “uninsurable” once she had been diagnosed. Only with “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (aka “Obamacare”) can people like Julie get an insurance policy at all. The Affordable Care Act prevents insurance companies from canceling policyholders policies after they are diagnosed with a serious illness, and does not let insurance companies deny insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. That’s only the FIRST major lie that Julie tells in this new ad (paid for by the Koch Brothers “Americans For Prosperity” {AFP} SuperPAC,) to campaign against Democratic candidates by lying about the Affordable Care Act. After watching the video a matrix of other videos will come up, I strongly suggest you watch the one showing Megyn Kelly, who after the fact-checkers prove the lies in this ad, brings on Julie and a Democratic Strategist to see how Fox News correspondents twist the facts and mislead their viewers. You will see Megyn consistently cuts the strategist off, interrupting him, and totally trying to not let the facts get in the way of their trying to help the Koch Bothers get their corrupt puppets into elected office.

Things like what the Koch brothers are doing here should not be legal. They are getting people to out-right lie in ads to discourage voters from voting for the Democratic candidates and misleading people on the Affordable Care Act. Other major problems in this ad include the fact that Julie says the plan she had cost $1100/mo through Blue Cross/Blue Shield and it was cancelled “because of Obamacare,” (that’s a lie as we already know,) and the new plan is unaffordable. The fact is that the new plan, (which ironically is THE SAME PLAN SHE HAD!) now cost $571/mo. which was lowered because of the Affordable Care Act, and because it is the same plan she can keep the same doctor that she was seeing, another lie. When confronted with the fact that the premiums had been checked and that her cost actually went from $1100/mo to $571/mo she said it was because of the “out-of-pocket” costs, nope, another lie. Even if the out-of-pocket costs changed in her new version of the same policy the Affordable Care Act sets a maximum on annual out-of-pocket costs at $6,350/yr. So, even if she had to pay the maximum out-of-pocket costs for the year, that would still bring the total annual cost of her health insurance (of which she definitely wouldn’t have if not for the Affordable Care Act) her annual cost would be about the same as the policy that was cancelled, that’s a far cry from being “unaffordable” and was going to cause her to die because she wasn’t any longer going to be able to see her doctor and get her medications! Remember, insurance companies were canceling policies of people who were diagnosed with serious illnesses like Leukemia, which Julie claims she has, after years of paying premiums!

Why people whose life will be saved because the insurance companies can’t cancel their policies, and assure people that they can have affordable healthcare, will make a misleading and out right lying ad for the Koch brothers is despicable. So watch Julie lie in this video, and then how Faux News’ Megyn Kelly takes what they know is an ad by the Koch brothers Americans For Prosperity that is filled with lies and broadcasts it and actually tries to dispute the facts.

http://aattp.org/newest-koch-funded-obamacare-attack-ad-features-biggest-lies-yet-video

The “SGR and Modernization of Medicare Act of 2014″ will be Acted Upon Very Soon, Have you Decided if You Would Like them to Fix the Problem Permanent? Now’s the time

I’ve found that I don’t blindly trust any organization including AARP, I certainly don’t agree with a number of things they lobby for as it appears to me, they too can be influenced by money.  The AMA is understandably bias for what is best for medical professionals and medically related organizations and businesses. I’ve researched many sources to find out what the “Sustainable Growth Rate” is all about since it most probably will be voted on this week. I like to call, and/or email my representatives know let them know where I, a constituent stand on that issue. I use my blog and Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/StoptheObstructionistTeaParty to encourage people to make their voice heard because I think the last shred of having any influence on actions that our Senators and Congressmen/women take is accomplished by flooding their offices with contacts.

Click the GovTrack.us link below for the  GovTrack.us Log  in page

Click the GovTrack.us link below for the GovTrack.us Log in page

To contact your U.S. Senators (the site will find your Senators by your zip code,) and your U.S. Congressmen/women (it will find the to, you may have to enter your address,) and the site will supply a template for your call along with connecting you to there office. The site I’m recommending is GovTrack.us and can be accessed through our main page by clicking “Find/Track Politicians, Bills, Voting Records” or by clicking this link. There are many sites that I provide on the page for the purposes of contacting your Representatives, GovTrack.us   is great for locating and contacting your U.S. Senators and Congressmen and women. Congress.gov is exceptional for finding out what’s going on with the calendars, floor actions, and Roll Call votes, while VoteSmart.org is best for locating and contacting your State Senators, Assembly members and local politicians. POPVOX is a good site to show whether you “Support” or “Oppose” a bill and see what organizations are endorsing the bill. You can also get to POPVOX by clicking on the “Take Action” button on our main page.  OpenCongress and OpenSecrets are very interesting sites to see the truth and insight into bills and politicians.

You can also call your legislators using the AMA’s toll-free grassroots hotline: (888) 434-6200

The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 — H.R. 4015 in the U.S. House and S.2000 in the Senate — fixes a big problem with the current system by once and for all repealing the so-called “Sustainable Growth Rate” formula.

H.R. 4015 SGR Repeal and Medicare Modernization Act of 2014

Screenshot of GovTrack.us page for Tracking H.R. 4015 SGR Repeal and Medicare Modernization Act of 2014

The SGR is the flawed funding formula which threatens seniors with serious disruptions in the Medicare program year-after-year. For over a decade Congress has fallen back on temporary patches to keep the SGR from taking effect; costing American taxpayers more than $150 billion … without addressing the real problem.

H.R. 4015/S. 2000 is a bipartisan bill that stops this wasteful cycle and clears the way for meaningful reforms that will modernize Medicare and transform it into the 21st century model of care that patients deserve.

Members of Congress need to know that the American people recognize that H.R. 4015/S. 2000 is the right thing to do for Medicare recipients and the fiscally responsible way to do it.

We can’t allow our elected leaders to stall on this critical legislation and keep physicians and patients alike handcuffed to the current, broken system. Call your U.S. Representative and Senators today at (888) 434-6200 and urge them to pass H.R. 4015/S.2000.

First you may want to research more on these bills:

The Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is a method currently used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the United States to control spending by Medicare on physician services.[1] Enacted by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 to amend Section 1848(f) of the Social Security Act, the SGR replaced the Medicare Volume Performance Standard (MVPS), which was the previous method that CMS used in an attempt to control costs

After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare physician payment formula. While committees in both chambers have approved their own “doc fix” proposals, the approaches have yet to be reconciled, and none have identified how they would pay for a repeal.

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the formula – known as the “sustainable growth rate” – and how Congress may change it.

Q: What is the sustainable growth rate?

A: Known as the SGR, the formula was created as part of a 1997 deficit reduction law designed to rein in federal health spending by linking physician payment to an economic growth target. For the first few years after it was created, Medicare expenditures did not exceed the target and doctors received modest pay increases. But in 2002, doctors reacted with fury when they came in for a 4.8 percent pay cut. Every year since Congress has staved off the scheduled cuts. But each deferral just increased the size – and price tag – of the fix needed the next time.

Your voice can help spur Congress to fix Medicare now!

Q: When is Congress expected to act?

A: Just before leaving town for a holiday break in late December, lawmakers in both chambers voted to extend the current SGR fix until March 31, avoiding the scheduled 24 percent cut that was set to go into effect Jan. 1. Advocates say Congress can find consensus – and money – to move a permanent SGR repeal by the end of March.

Baucus, who has been nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to China, is eager to get the SGR repeal done before his likely Senate confirmation. But even if that doesn’t happen, the bipartisan, bicameral interest in a permanent SGR fix – plus continued heavy pressure from physician groups – may be what’s needed to push the measure through Congress and onto the president’s desk.

You must ACT SOON to get your voice heard.

Do States Get Back More Than They Give? by www.bullcitymutterings.com

If the Republican Economic Policies are So Good – Why are 9 of the 10 Poorest States Republican?

Poorest States in the Country by wikipedia

Poorest States in the Country by wikipedia

 

It’s a simple question, if the Republican’s economic policies are so good, why are 9 out of the 10 poorest states Republican?

How’s that “Trickle Down” theory working? In addition to bad economic policies the Republicans have more states that receive more tax dollars in social programs than they send to Washington, D.C., Therefore, if it weren’t for the governments “Socialism” those states would be BANKRUPT! The southeastern states, that don’t believe the civil war is over, or that they lost, also have the unhealthiest people in America and the worse healthcare systems.

The problem is all the money that is spent to sell these people a load of, pardon my language, CRAP!

I’m Ill, I have Type II Diabetes, I Have Heart Disease, I Can’t Afford Health Insurance and Don’t Qualify for Medicaid.

But, That’s Not Going to Stop Me from Voting for Someone Who Swears They Will Not “Expand Medicaid” or Allow My State to Implement that “Obamacare” (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and Set Up a Healthcare Exchange That Will Help Me Get Affordable Healthcare! Wait! What?!

Why would people who are unhealthy, and live in a state that has an inefficient healthcare system, vote for someone who would not expand Medicaid, and who would fight against all the provisions that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (aka Obamacare) has for getting health insurance to those who don’t have it, and can’t afford it? Instead of working on, and passing jobs bills, the 113th Congress (“The Least Productive Congress in U.S. History) spent over $60B voting more than 45 times to repeal this law, without having anything to replace it, that would help the 40 million Americans without health insurance get affordable healthcare. Great Republican policy here!

I’m on Social Security, I’m on Social Security Disability (SSD,) I’m on Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI)

But, That’s Not Going to Stop Me from Voting for Someone Who wants to cut Social Security While Giving Corporations $540B in Subsidies

Why would people who are receiving Social Security benefits, whether it be that they have attained the eligibility age to collect it, after paying into it all their working lives, or Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI,) or Social Security Disability (SSD,) vote for people who want to cut Social Security? Or even worse, privatize it? Remember when, and how many times the Republicans wanted to privatize Social Security? It started under President George W. Bush in 2005. A post on Social Security will be forthcoming on this blog in the near future, watch for it to learn how much of the national debt is owed to Social Security. What are the Republicans economic policies doing to help those on fixed incomes from Social Security? Oh, that’s right, they want to cut Social Security even though 18% of the nations debt is owed to, you guessed it, Social Security! The government owes almost twice as much to Social Security as it does to China and Hong Kong.

How’s Wall Street Doing? What are the Republicans doing to Fix the Problems That Caused the Financial Collapse?

The short answer is that the Stock Market has doubled under President Obama.  However, the crooks that caused people to lose their net worth by losing taking their homes and their retirement funds, their 401k’s, have it and are enjoying it very much, thank you. You know, the ones who never went to jail because their companies were deemed “Too Big To Fail” (TBTF)? By the way, The Republicans have blocked the Dodd-Frank law for years now, that’s the law that would have dismantled the 28 companies that were deemed TBTF and put back into place the regulations that would prevent it from happening again. Instead we have people like the CEO of J.P. Morgan, CEO Jamie Dimon who got an $8.5 million raise for his role in “shaping” the company.  He got a raise, despite the fact that JP Morgan Chase just paid a $13 billion settlement to the US government for shady and predatory mortgage practices. The Republicans economic policies do help corporations and Wall Street, but don’t help the poorest people, or the poorest states in any way here.

One more side note, thanks to the Republicans blocking the dismantling of those 28 companies that had to be bailed out by taxpayers, the number of companies today deemed TBTF, instead of being dismantled HAS RISEN to 29, and the other 28 that were To Big To Fail when the collapse took place have actually GROWN!

But I digress,  I still can’t get into my head why people vote these politicians in, who obviously only have their, the ultra-rich, and corporations, agenda in mind. Not only do they not have their constituents needs in mind, but actually lie to them in order to advance their agendas. Back to the original question. Why are 9 out of 10 of “The Poorest States in the country” Republican states? Below are the 10 poorest states with their 2009 median income (the latest available from the Census Bureau) and the party that has the most voters in that state.

States ranked by 2011 Median Income – Poorest 10 States are listed with which political party has the most voters.

41 Oklahoma             $43,225       Republican
42 South Carolina   $42,367       Republican
43 New Mexico        $41,963                                       Democratic
44 Louisiana              $41,734       Republican
45 Tennessee            $41,693       Republican
46 Alabama                $41,415       Republican
47 Kentucky              $41,141       Republican
48 Arkansas               $38,758       Republican
49 West Virginia      $38,227       Republican
50 Mississippi           $36,919       Republican

I would have to say that the Republicans economic policies can’t be very good at all if their own states are the poorest in the nation. So let’s see how the “Spin Machine” answers to this.

So Why Are the Poorest States “Red States?

One of the best answers to the question I’ve posed here, I believe, is an answer I received to one of my previous questions/posts: “Someone Please Tell Me Why People Vote Against Their Own Best Interest?” (Which was posted on this blog on August 7, 2014.) The answer I’m referring to came from Mr. Fred Watkins : “The arsenal of the Conservatives (Tea Party) is really quite simplistic; fear, hate and apathy. This is not a new phenomenon, it has been around since the dawning of mankind (purportedly 6,000 years ago) It plays on these innate emotions, feeding them with misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and spin. This (movement) has been systematically prepared for quite some time, utilizing the above mentioned sentiments to manipulate the misinformed that the (enemy) is feared because of his ethnicity/religion/sexual orientation/gender. The (enemy) is a Muslim/Socialist/Marxist/Communist (Note:Never a Nationalist) The (enemy) is on Welfare/Social Security/SNAP/Unemployment. The (enemy) is hated for the above mentioned reasons and they are moochers/lazy/over-educated. The most important aspect in this movement is apathy, they don’t want the truth but want someone that has a picture painted of their vision, that makes it acceptable, similar to mob mentality/peer pressure. It’s interesting that you chose Minch McConman as he will be out of a job soon.” 

The “Spin Factory”

Why, you might ask, would I use Mr. Watkins answer to a previous question here? It’s because I think they are intertwined. The “Spin Factory” as Mr. Watkins calls it in a subsequent comment (see all comments from that post here) is a very effective tool to keep the low information voter voting for these politicians who are getting rich while they serve the ultra-rich and corporations interest. The 1%er’s don’t want anyone to get anything, especially if it will cause them to pay even 1 red cent in additional taxes, they want it all. So when it comes to social programs or anything else, if it’s not going to increase their  bottom line, or if it’s going to make them pay that red cent, they are against it. That’s where “The Spin Factory” and the 1%er’s money comes into play.  Mr Watkins says “The funniest thing is that many of these people are retired on Social Security AND are voting against themselves as are many other folks that one would think could see the reality. The “Spin Factory” is amazing to watch weekly.”

So much time and money is spent on misleading the people in these poorest red states that they are actually believing that voting for the greedy, self-serving, unmoral, despicable,  politicians that they’re voting for is in their best interest! And let’s not forget the ultra-rich owned media. You already know where I’m going, don’t you? There are no Republican Economic Policies, or any other kind of policies working for the people here, nothing helping their poor states here at all, but Shhh! Don’t tell the voters that!

The Misleading Media – Paid For By a 1%er Near You!

This is from Sourcewatch.org , although there are many, many, sources to back up the information you will see here:

The Fox News Channel (FNC) is a cable news channel owned by Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation and Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal[1]; it is considered by many as a quasi-arm of the Republican party or at least the right wing movement.[2]

 

Surveys have found that Fox News viewers have more misconceptions than those who get their news from other media outlets.[3]

In fact, I distinctly remember seeing a poll (unfortunately I don’t recall whose poll it was, possibly a NBC/Wall St. Journal poll) showed that Fox News watchers actually were wrong on more questions about current events and especially politics the people who didn’t watch, or read, any news at all!  I could produce so much referenced sources to back up the fact that Fox News is the farthest from “Fair and Balanced” then any other news source in America, if not the world.

The point is that because of the ultra-rich owning the media, both print and TV, and corrupting the Tea Party members and Republicans to make policy that helps their own bottom lines, and not that of the people in the poorest states, that nothing will change for those states.

Well Why Don’t Those People Just Get A Job – Pull Themselves Up By Their Own Bootstraps – Escape From Poverty

Well that’s easy. House Speaker John Boehner refused to put any jobs bill up for a vote, not even an Infrastructure bill that would create a lot of good paying jobs. One bill was sure to pass before the holiday break but he wouldn’t put it up for a up or down vote. All this while out right lying, as usual, saying “We’ve always been about Jobs.” In an article by the Huffington Post article from 2012 when the republicans actually proposed something to do with jobs the article “Republican Jobs Bills Won’t Actually Create Jobs, Economist Say”    it was stated that  “President [Barack] Obama and Democrats here in Congress have shown us what doesn’t work: more government, more spending, more taxes don’t create more jobs,” Boehner said at a recent weekly briefing. “We’ve passed more than 30 jobs bills, including bipartisan bills expanding energy production and projects like the Keystone pipeline.” O.K. this was 2012 which is where I had to go to have anything real that would look like a real proposal. As far as the Keystone Pipeline XL they were claiming “Tens of Thousands of Jobs Would Be Created,” but now even they have admitted that total construction jobs for the 2 years it would be built is about 2,000-2,500, and no one is disputing that once operational it would only create 35-50 permanent jobs!

For more recent information on the total misinformation they’re putting out to those poor states, and everyone else read “What is the Republicans/TeaPublicans Plan For Jobs Since They Are Blocking Every Jobs Bill The President Proposes?” a post from August 7, 2014 on this very blog.

You won’t find any Republican policies that would help the 10 poorest States, or anyone else, there. So in closing, I can’t find ANY Republican policies that would explain how they are helping their own states from being the 9 out of 10 poorest states in the country. If you have any p[lease enlighten me. Thanks for reading.

 

References (from http://www.SourceWatch.org)

 

  1. Jump up Lee Fang Conservative Activists Rebel Against Fox News: Saudi Ownership Is ‘Really Dangerous For America’, ThinkProgress.org, February 10, 2010
  2. Jump up Richard Sisk White House: Fox News ‘a wing of the Republican Party’ New York Daily News, October 12, 2009
  3. Jump up Simon Maloy (2010-12-19). UMD Report: Regular Viewers of Fox News More Likely To Be Misinformed. Media Matters for America. Retrieved on 2011-05-28. “Back in 2003, the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes conducted a survey on public knowledge of terrorism and the then-recently launched Iraq war. The report found that “[t]hose who receive most of their news from Fox News are more likely than average to have misperceptions” about these issues of grave national importance. And the difference was stark: According to the report, Fox News viewers were “three times more likely than the next nearest network” to hold inaccurate views of 9-11, WMDs in Iraq, and international support for the war. Last week, the Program on International Policy Attitudes released another, wider-ranging report on “Misinformation and the 2010 Election,” which examined the accuracy of news consumers’ views on tax policy, government bailouts, the economy, climate science, and President Obama’s background. The findings were in line with the 2003 survey — Fox News viewers were “significantly more likely” to be misinformed: …”

 

 

 

Join the "Rapid Response" for McCutcheon v FEC

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By Oil Change International

80% of Americans believe the terrible decision on Citizens United on June 21, 2010 has worsened corruption in our elections and our politicians. Even 67% and more Republicans and Tea Party members say Citizens United has caused more corruption in our Republic. The amount of money in politics by the Koch Brothers dark money, the Super PACS, the corporations, and the ultra-rich have taken our elections away from the people and corrupted our politicians worse than ever before. Look at the meme above by Oil Change International, look at how outside money effected the Scott Walker (R-WI) recall election, and many more. We must get money out of politics! Even the Republicans and Tea Party members recognize that it is a problem. To join over 120 organizations in getting state resolutions to get Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United go to www.United4thePeople.org 
Below I’m reprinting an e-mail from Victor Tiffany from Move To Amend, an organization doing great work in this effort. Please look at all the ways you can join in this, and other, very important efforts to get money out of politics. Please join the “Rapid Response” to McCutcheon v FEC through “Thunderclap,” find an event near you to participate in.

“If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.  The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside.  But what are they going to do about 10 million little things?  They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!”

~~Pete Seeger


Hi folks,

The response to the final environmental report on Keystone XL was an unbelievably powerful message to the president on Monday night, when over 10,000 people gathered at an astounding 283 vigils in 49 states, plus DC and Canada, to protest Keystone XL. Organized in just 72 hours, it was the biggest, rapid-response, on-the-ground demonstration of Obama’s presidency.

We can duplicate that response to the McCutcheon decision, but we need to deploy our social media resources right away.


The following are suggested messages for those with Twitter and Facebooks accounts to use.

First, this is the ThunderClap tweet, scheduled for Feb. 20, and it’s something you can sign up to participate in,  if you have not already, here:
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8691-money-out-voters-in

The ThunderClap will read:

“IT’S COMING! Did YOU sign up for a #McCutcheon response event? Do it today: http://www.moneyout-votersin.org #getmoneyout http://thndr.it/1aZmav2”  


Second, I suggest for Twitter users between now and Feb 20th when the ThunderClap will go out:

IT’S COMING! Did YOU sign up for a #McCutcheon response event? Do it today: http://www.moneyout-votersin.org #getmoneyout http://tinyurl.com/mj4luxc


Third, For Facebook users, I suggest:

The U.S. Supreme Court could issue its ruling in the case some are calling the next Citizens United any day starting Feb. 24th. On October 8, 2013 the Court heard arguments for McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Never before has our political campaign system been as corrupted as now with unlimited corporate spending and dark money. Our democracy is eroding before us. But all over the country people are also fighting back and demanding change.

Now is the time to take our fight to the next level and mobilize across the country on the day of the McCutcheon ruling. Have you signed up for a #McCutcheon response event? Do it today:  #getmoneyout


I will be posting that on about two dozen Move to Amend Facebook pages and on Obstruct Plutocracy – Liberate Democracy, Chica’s Rants, Citizens Against Plutocracy and the Progressives United Against DINO Democrats Facebook pages. The tiny url link goes to the Money Out – Voters In map of planned events, just like the successful Keystone pipe line vigil announcements.

Are you with MoveOn? They can blast this out regionally. People for the American Way just sent a blast out to promote this to their members today. We can double the number of events currently planned, but it will require effort from everyone with access to social media. We still have at least two full weeks and three weekends to build this Rapid Response.  A copy and paste effort on Twitter and Facebook won’t take but a few minutes.

Ready? Set. Post.


Victor Tiffany
Acting State-wide Coordinator, Move to Amend
Senior Columnist, The Amendment Gazette
Ithaca, NY 14850

Please get involved now! Also, to keep control of the U.S. Senate, and take back control of the U.S. House of Representatives we will need to GET OUT THE VOTE IN 2014 to have any chance against the gerrymandering and Voter ID (suppression) laws that the Republicans and TeaPublicans have put in place.

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Money in Politics

Rapid Response to McCutcheon v FEC

McCutcheon v FEC will allow 27x greater contributions to campaigns

McCutcheon v FEC will allow 27x greater contributions to campaigns

80% of Americans believe the terrible decision on Citizens United on June 21, 2010 has worsened corruption in our elections and our politicians. Even 67% and more Republicans and Tea Party members say Citizens United has caused more corruption in our Republic. The amount of money in politics by the Koch Brothers dark money, the Super PACS, the corporations, and the ultra-rich have taken our elections away from the people and corrupted our politicians worse than ever before. Look at the meme above by Oil Change International, look at how outside money effected the Scott Walker (R-WI) recall election, and many more. We must get money out of politics! Even the Republicans and Tea Party members recognize that it is a problem. To join over 120 organizations in getting state resolutions to get Congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United go to www.United4thePeople.org 

Below I’m reprinting an e-mail from Victor Tiffany from Move To Amend, an organization doing great work in this effort. Please look at all the ways you can join in this, and other, very important efforts to get money out of politics. Please join the “Rapid Response” to McCutcheon v FEC through “Thunderclap,” find an event near you to participate in.

“If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.  The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside.  But what are they going to do about 10 million little things?  They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!”

~~Pete Seeger


Hi folks,

The response to the final environmental report on Keystone XL was an unbelievably powerful message to the president on Monday night, when over 10,000 people gathered at an astounding 283 vigils in 49 states, plus DC and Canada, to protest Keystone XL. Organized in just 72 hours, it was the biggest, rapid-response, on-the-ground demonstration of Obama’s presidency.

We can duplicate that response to the McCutcheon decision, but we need to deploy our social media resources right away.

The following are suggested messages for those with Twitter and Facebooks accounts to use.

First, this is the ThunderClap tweet, scheduled for Feb. 20, and it’s something you can sign up to participate in,  if you have not already, here:
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/8691-money-out-voters-in

The ThunderClap will read:

“IT’S COMING! Did YOU sign up for a #McCutcheon response event? Do it today: http://www.moneyout-votersin.org #getmoneyout http://thndr.it/1aZmav2

Second, I suggest for Twitter users between now and Feb 20th when the ThunderClap will go out:

IT’S COMING! Did YOU sign up for a #McCutcheon response event? Do it today: http://www.moneyout-votersin.org #getmoneyout http://tinyurl.com/mj4luxc


Third, For Facebook users, I suggest:

The U.S. Supreme Court could issue its ruling in the case some are calling the next Citizens United any day starting Feb. 24th. On October 8, 2013 the Court heard arguments for McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Never before has our political campaign system been as corrupted as now with unlimited corporate spending and dark money. Our democracy is eroding before us. But all over the country people are also fighting back and demanding change.

Now is the time to take our fight to the next level and mobilize across the country on the day of the McCutcheon ruling. Have you signed up for a #McCutcheon response event? Do it today:  #getmoneyout

I will be posting that on about two dozen Move to Amend Facebook pages and on Obstruct Plutocracy – Liberate Democracy, Chica’s Rants, Citizens Against Plutocracy and the Progressives United Against DINO Democrats Facebook pages. The tiny url link goes to the Money Out – Voters In map of planned events, just like the successful Keystone pipe line vigil announcements.

Are you with MoveOn? They can blast this out regionally. People for the American Way just sent a blast out to promote this to their members today. We can double the number of events currently planned, but it will require effort from everyone with access to social media. We still have at least two full weeks and three weekends to build this Rapid Response.  A copy and paste effort on Twitter and Facebook won’t take but a few minutes.

Ready? Set. Post.


Victor Tiffany

Acting State-wide Coordinator, Move to Amend
Senior Columnist, The Amendment Gazette
Ithaca, NY 14850

Please get involved now! Also, to keep control of the U.S. Senate, and take back control of the U.S. House of Representatives we will need to GET OUT THE VOTE IN 2014 to have any chance against the gerrymandering and Voter ID (suppression) laws that the Republicans and TeaPublicans have put in place.

Someone Please Tell Me Why People Vote Against Their Own Best Interest!

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2009 State Scorecard Summary of Health System Performance by www.commonwealthfund.org
2009 State Scorecard Summary of Health System Performance by http://www.commonwealthfund.org

Republicans say “Less Regulation is Needed”

 West Virginia (74%) and South Dakota (71%) is the best chance the Republicans have at gaining seats in the U.S. Senate on their way to getting the six seats they need to regain control of the Senate according to The Washington Post. How they can even put a percentage chance on whether the Republicans can win those seats this far out from the election is beyond the comprehension of this writer, and many others. Did the people already forget about the 300,000 people whose water was contaminated by Freedom Industries, an affiliate of Georgia-Pacific Chemical, a Koch Brothers company? Did they forget that House Speaker John Boehner immediately after the incident said “I think there are plenty of regulations in place”? Did they forget that the company almost immediately claimed bankruptcy protecting themselves from law suits and continued operating as if nothing happened?

Healthiest and Unhealthiest States - Forbes
Healthiest and Unhealthiest States – Forbes

Where are the Healthiest and Unhealthiest People in America?

Who has the Worst, or No, Health Insurance?

Red State Reality: Unhealthiest Residents, Worst Health Care
From: PERRspectives November 17, 2009

 Throughout their all-out campaign to stop health care reform, Republican leaders have relied on questionable forecasts from the Lewin Group, a subsidiary of insurer UnitedHealth Group. Now, another study funded by UnitedHealth has some unwelcome news for the GOP braintrust: the red states they represent are the unhealthiest in the nation. Following on the heels of the Commonwealth Fund’s 2009 Scorecard of state health care system performance, the United Health Foundation’s report is just the latest confirmation that health care is worst where Republicans poll best.

 Eight of the 10 bottom-ranked states are from the south, with Mississippi coming in dead last for the ninth consecutive year. Mississippi has a sky-high death rate from heart disease and high infant mortality. In general, residents of these states are more likely to be smokers or to be obese, the report found. They also have worse health insurance coverage, fewer physicians per capita and live in areas with high violent crime and more child poverty.

 So your in a state that has the unhealthiest people in the nation and your Representatives; Governors, Congressmen/women, and U.S. Senators, are lying to you to have you think “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare) which will expand Medicaid (at no cost to your state and only 10% of the cost after 3 years,) make insurance companies keep your children on your healthcare policies until they’re 26, and force insurance companies to actually use 80% of the premiums they collect for patient claims rather than give themselves outrageous bonuses and salaries, is a bad thing. Why would you vote for these obstructive, greedy, all for corporations and the “ultra-rich, and not interested in your best interests in the least, politicians?

“Obama is a Socialist, His Government is Socialistic,”they Say

But if it weren’t for the Social Programs that Exist Many Red States Would Be Bankrupt!

Red States on this Map Indicate States that are Taking More Money from the Federal Government than they Give in Taxes.
Red States on this Map Indicate States that are Taking More Money from the Federal Government than they Give in Taxes. by Ezra Klein

Although they constantly complain about the “Social Programs” and call President Obama the “President that wants to Give Stuff Away,” the Red States are the ones benefiting from the programs. The TeaPublicans have again denied to expand the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) even after they were given everything they asked for:

“We’ve given them everything they wanted. Paid for,” said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, flashing his irritation at Republicans who blocked the bill.
 He said Democrats would keep pushing to extend the benefits, which expired at the end of last year, cutting off more than 1.3 million Americans. That number has since grown to more than 1.7 million. Read More of The New York Times article “Senate Fails to Pass 3-Month Extension of Jobless Aid”
 The first vote failed, 52 to 48, on a measure proposed by the Democratic leadership that would have extended benefits for 11 months. The extension would have been largely financed by continuing a 2 percent cut to Medicare health providers for an additional year, through 2024. The second vote, on the original bill, which would have extended benefits for three months at a cost of $6.4 billion, failed 55 to 45.
 So where are all the unemployed workers? In the “Blue” or “Democratic” states? Not quite!
Unemployment Rates by States - Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Unemployment Rates by States – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

 Yet we have to wonder, will all those unemployed people in Republican states remember who wouldn’t extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) even after they got EVERYTHING they negotiated for?

Finally, Where is it Hardest to Escape From Poverty?

Escaping from Poverty by The Washington Post the WaPo
Escaping from Poverty by The Washington Post

 So how about if you are born into poverty, would you have a better chance in a Red State (Republican) or a Blue State (Democratic)? Are your U.S. Congressmen/women and U.S. Senators working to try to help your citizens living below the poverty line and the middle class? On this interactive map by The New York Times you can click on your location and see what chances your children have to escape poverty: In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters. Here are the Top Ten and the Bottom Ten cities/counties for upward mobility:

Upward Mobility in the 50 Biggest Metro Areas: The Top 10 and Bottom 10
  Rank   Odds of Reaching Top Fifth
Starting from Bottom Fifth
  Rank   Odds of Reaching Top Fifth
Starting from Bottom Fifth
 
  1 San Jose, CA 12.9% divider 41 Cleveland, OH 5.1%  
  2 San Francisco, CA 12.2% 42 St. Louis, MO 5.1%  
  3 Washington DC, DC 11.0% 43 Raleigh, NC 5.0%  
  4 Seattle, WA 10.9% 44 Jacksonville, FL 4.9%  
  5 Salt Lake City, UT 10.8% 45 Columbus, OH 4.9%  
  6 New York, NY 10.5% 46 Indianapolis, IN 4.9%  
  7 Boston, MA 10.5% 47 Dayton, OH 4.9%  
  8 San Diego, CA 10.4% 48 Atlanta, GA 4.5%  
  9 Newark, NJ 10.2% 49 Milwaukee, WI 4.5%  
  10 Manchester, NH 10.0% 50 Charlotte, NC 4.4%

 

Anyone Want to Explain Why People in Red States are Voting Republican or Even Worse, for Tea Party Members?

 I know one reason we have so many low-information voters, and it’s not all their fault. If you were born and put into a blue room until you were 5 years old, and the whole time your parents told you the color of the walls was green, what would you say the color was when someone showed you something blue? That’s the effect on many people in states where outside money, and dark money (the Koch Brothers favorite,) is used to get Tea Party members, and far right-wing candidates, elected. Probably the biggest problem in this country is the effect of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, 2010 when they sided with Citizens United which removed limits on corporations, unions, and organizations making campaign contributions. More than 80% of Americans believe that the Citizens United decision has caused far more corruption in our elections and in our politicians than ever before. We must remove money in politics because “Money is Not Speech” and “Corporations are Not People.”

Deregulation: The Republican/Tea Party members have blocked most of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The February 3, 2013 Monthly Report showing the progress of the law signed by President Obama July 21, 2010.

  • In the past month, no rulemaking requirement deadlines passed or were met with finalized rules, and no new rules were proposed that would meet rulemaking requirements.
  • As of February 3, 2014, a total of 280 Dodd-Frank rulemaking requirement deadlines have passed. Of these 280 passed deadlines, 132 (47.1%) have been missed and 148 (52.9%) have been met with finalized rules.
  • In addition, 201 (50.5%) of the 398 total required rulemakings have been finalized, while 110 (27.6%) rulemaking requirements have not yet been proposed.

 This law was passed to put back regulations that were removed by President George W. Bush and allowed Wall Street banks and institutions to almost collapse the world economy. But what did certainly is to make people lose their homes with mortgages that were never meant to be successful, wiped out Americans retirement funds through their 401k’s, took America’s middle net worth, and walked away with literally hundreds of billions  (yes, billions with a “B”) of dollars and no jail time. The Republicans have fought putting back those regulations that wouldn’t allow banks and institutions to become “Too Big To Fail” (TBTF) and cause the damage they did, laws that were in place since the 1920’s.

Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): This one truly makes me think that either the Tea Party members and Republicans are magicians or the money in politics is working wonderfully for the ultra-rich and the corporations. How do you convince the unhealthiest people in the nation, with the worst healthcare systems in place, and people with no health insurance at all, that they don’t need healthcare? That’s magical!

Unemployment: They asked for 3 things, the least not being that the $6B to cover the extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation for 3 months be covered with cuts somewhere else and all three were met. As you saw earlier in the article the bills failed in the Senate. By the way, one of the favorite sayings of the Republican Party is “We Support the Troops,” but, they cut food stamps, don’t extend unemployment benefits, and let the veteran’s disability claims lay idle for 18 months before they are even looked at, many of these veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD,) and 22 American veterans are committing suicide daily. What, or whose,  Troops are they supporting?

Unemployed Veterans by www hiringourheroes org
Unemployed Veterans by www hiringourheroes org

Poverty:  You saw above how hard it is to grow out of poverty above. Use the link for the interactive map that allows you to click on where you live to see exactly what your children’s chances are. Ask yourself, how well are your politicians fighting for the middle class and the poor? Then vote for the people who are fighting for you.

How the Heck Can Women Vote Republican?

 I didn’t even get a chance to start to discuss the “War on Women” that the TeaPublicans and Republicans have on women. There’s so much there that I’ll have to do a post just on that topic. I’ll just say “How could you vote for a party whose members pass laws that will force women who are requesting an abortion, to get raped with a “Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound” probe that NO medical doctor has deemed necessary, or prudent?

So get out there and tell everyone you can that just because they see a TV commercial, a news report (the ultra-rich, and corporations own the TV stations,) especially a Faux (Fox or False) News broadcast, don’t believe a single source! Also, and most importantly, use the page button (“Find/Track Politicians, Bills and Voting Records”) under the title of this blog to use one of the sites provided to find and contact your politicians to get the U.S. Congress to overturn Citizens United and get money out of politics and give control of our elections back to the people! A good link to use for nation politicians is GovTrack.gov .

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