I have been too busy lately chasing a buck, to really comment on the last few months of political chicanery, but trust me…what little news that has snuck into my work addled brain has totally disgusted me. I thought I would share a petition from Move On that I totally agree with. If the American People have to endure this stupidity they call a government shutdown, why should Congress pull a government paycheck?
Below is an email from Laura Leavitt of the Courage Campaign. Laura started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of middle-class federal employees were furloughed due to irresponsible members of Congress who refuse to govern for the well-being of the American people.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives decided to shut down the government rather than pass a spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.” Not only has the president’s signature healthcare law been upheld by the Supreme Court, but it was a major issue in the last presidential election when Republicans were soundly defeated.
I am still confused on the whole issue. They want to take away benefits from future Social Security recipients to pay for the deficit? Austerity. Again. That has not worked any where else in the world at any time in history. So why chisel our seniors?
Let’s see what the AFL-CIO has to say about it.
Chained CPI. You’ve heard about it. It’s a flawed way to calculate yearly cost-of-living increases for Social Security. And it has real consequences for seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. It means our country’s budget would be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans because it would cut Social Security.
You’ve been fighting with us to stop this from happening. In April, you—and more than 1 million others—signed a petition that we and other groups fighting to stop these cuts delivered directly to the White House. We asked President Obama to drop chained CPI and oppose any other cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
But we need to keep the pressure on. Right now, there are resolutions in both the House and the Senate to oppose these cuts—and your lawmakers already have signed on.
Can and will President O keep his promise to work toward improving our environment? No extra filthy piped in tar sands oil would be a start…I for one don’t want tar sands oil winding up in MY water supply! The accident record for pipelines in general is horrendous!
Judging by the recent rash of scandals and examples of ineptitude, I am not so sure we can count on Obama to stop anything, let alone KXL. But, I know we have to try. Please check out the latest petitions from Credo Action, if you are keeping your hope alive.
It’s never been more urgent to hold President Obama to his words: “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”
That’s why we were arrested yesterday, along with 20 committed everyday activists, sitting-in at the State Department in the President’s home city.1 Continue reading →
Once again, La Warren isn’t afraid to do what she sees as right. In a year of ups, downs and stunning disappointments, she is as feisty as we hoped she would be, even standing up to our President. Read what landed in my inbox recently.
My secret crush and America’s most charismatic astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, makes some great points on the circumstances that affect the country’s willingness (or unwillingness) to pull together for big projects, and his disappointment on the reasons why it happens, and how rarely that even occurs.
That also gave me cause to wonder; Why does it have to be that way, as us versus them, instead of innovation for the sake of advancing the quality of life?
I received this email from the folks at Oxfam. We all know that the easy transfer of guns to evil people causes much misery in the world, particularly in regions with out strong governments to protect them from warlords and criminals. Now, I am not a master at foreign policy analysis, but the Arms Trade Treaty, if held to that is, seems to have many benefits besides saving innocent lives. This seems like a no brainer for President Obama to sign to promote more stability in the worlds war-torn regions.
And unlike some Nervous Nellies, I am not worried about Obama coming to take my guns.
Last month, 154 nations voted to adopt the first-ever international Arms Trade Treaty to help control the flow of arms and ammunition across borders – saving lives, preventing armed conflicts and protecting human rights.
Right now, we need to turn the promise of the agreement into a reality – to fundamentally change how the global arms trade works, the Arms Trade Treaty needs signatures.
The Obama administration will decide very soon whether or not to sign. Make no mistake, this moment is critical. A signature from the United States is vital to ensuring a strong treaty. Continue reading →
You see and hear about them all the time. They have nicknames like gun nuts, weapons collectors, firearms hobbyists. The ones passionately proclaiming their willingness to kill anyone who attempts to take their guns away. The National Rifle Association claims to have 4.5 million members, and even that number is in dispute. And their desires count for more than the majority of Americans, numbered at well over 308 million in 2010. Think about it for a moment. This is a fact, one confirmed for us every time a massacre of gun violence moves the nation to even consider stronger regulation of firearms.
Let us examine the gun enthusiast for a moment. We really should, since this small contingent of the United States population is loudly and vociferously holding back the overwhelming majority’s will on the issues of regulation of firearms in this country. We know they love the some of the Constitution, but are especially fond of the Second Amendment. Continue reading →
Too Big To Fail came first with the bailout laid out on a silver platter for the big banks a few years ago. They have many advantages because of fear that their failure would tank our economy: Cheaper loans, more leeway in investigations, hardly any regulation or oversight. Large Financial institutions continue to make record profits, and continue engage in bloating up with the express help of our government.
Criminal behavior in the same industry has often been forgiven without criminal trials, just promises made to not do it again, and payment of fines. No one even loses their job in most cases! Recently, even though HSBC and its subsidiaries have been providing access to cash for enemies of the United States, caught laundering money for killers and terrorists, they only pay a stinking fine. No prison time for anyone. No revocation of banking charter. After doing it again and again over the years. Continue reading →