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Lets get to work!

December 29, 2010 - John Stack
My brother’s email’s now end with the phrase ‘The voting’s over. Now let’s get to work.’ For many, that is exactly what they want. But, with the GOP not even taken the reins yet, what have they foreshadowed is to come? Well, is partisan blowhard rhetoric is considered work, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hard at work. McConnell took to the Senate floor last Tuesday to warn that the Obama administration is on the verge of nationalizing the Internet, charging that the president has already seized large swaths of the economy. His target this time? Net neutrality. Simply, net neutrality preventing companies such as Comcast from giving priority to certain websites while making others slower to load. So, by stopping a new revenue stream for broadband carriers that would allow them to SLOW down access to the internet unless they paid extra, this will be nationalizing the internet and will stifle innovation? Any rational person would see this opposition to net neutrality as a blatant suck up to giant cable companies who would then actually force costs for virtually everyone up. So, the GOP leadership believes if we can increase costs for vast swaths of Americans, that is a good thing.

Its not surprising that McConnell is using such words. Ironically, in an interview recently, where john Boehner famously broke down crying, he started out attacking the president by responding to criticism as ‘Mr President, the election is over, lets stop campaigning’. McConnell (R-Ky.) also signaled the GOP will attempt to block such rules in the next Congress. "Today, the Obama administration, which has already nationalized health care, the auto industry, insurance companies, banks and student loans, will move forward with what could be the first step in controlling how Americans use the Internet by establishing federal regulations on its use," said McConnell. Seeing that nothing McConnell said is actually true, does not seem to faze the right wing droogies.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has been working on his kindheartedness when he planned to block legislation that would provide additional aid to cover the health care costs of 9/11 first responders. He (and other Senate Republicans) had opposed the measure over concerns that it would take precedence over a plan to extend the Bush tax cuts. Yeah, that’s ‘compassionate conservativism’ – ‘make sure we get our tax cuts before we even considering helping out our greatest heroes of the last 20 years’. Luckily, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani blasted this approach ‘This should not be seen as a Democratic or Republican issue. It shouldn't even been seen as a fiscal issue. This is a matter of morality, it's a matter of obligation," Guiliani was correct of course, but there are many many issues that this applies to, yet there is a Democrat side, and a Republican side to everything.

With the new congress about to be seated, good old Peter King is ramping up the Islamic scare tactics that so well worked for George W Bush. King is the incoming head of the House Committee on Homeland Security. He says he will hold hearings on the “radicalization” of some American Muslims. Despite the threat to their own community, King said, some Islamic clerics resist cooperating with investigators. Seems about like wondering if increased caloric intake and a decrease in physical activity has any relationship to obesity! Since 9-11 a great portion of Americans have been scared witless about every Moslem they encounter. And stories that are both looked at as humorous and serious about flying with Muslims. How would you like to be a muslim who is a frequent flyer? You know every time you board a plane, a dozen people hope you got ‘increased’ security pat downs. Everytime they fly. For the last 10 years. Not to mention the daily vitriol on Fox and the like of telling everyone how Islam is a religion of hate and the like. Sur-freaking-prise that these people would feel distrusting! Maybe Peter King could also lead a House committee why blacks in inner cities don’t’ cooperate with the police. Maybe he should lead an investigation into why women of domestic abuse often won’t cooperate with law enforcement. Of course he makes a strong point when he says, “It's clear to me there has not been sufficient cooperation." So, unless you completely subject yourself to whatever means Peter King wants to use to gain information, you probably shold be considered a terrorist yourself. Further, since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, King was disappointed that some Muslims refused to accept Al Qaeda was responsible. Uh, Peter- news bulleting – there are 10 times more tea party cranks that don’t believe Al Queda was responsible for 9/11. Maybe he should lead a house committee on looking into that. All this does is elevate King into the higher levels of fear mongering and higher stature among radical rightists and better paydays on Fox News.

Here’s another bit of work starting up. As the Tea Party has been congratulated for helping to kick out Democrats, they expect much more power now. Along comes Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the country's most prominent tea party organizations, is on the attack toward the 8 million members of the Methodist Church which live in the US, or as he calls it "the first Church of Karl Marx." "The Methodist church is pro-illegal immigration," he said. "They have been in the bag for socialist health care, going as far as sending out emails to their membership 'debunking' the myths of Obamacare” Gotta love the wordplay. ‘Debunking’ the ‘myths’ of ‘Obamacare’. Obviously, there is not one iota of good legislation in Obamacare, and anyone who claims as such must be a marxist/socialist/communist/fascist – whatever irresponsible term this loon chooses to use. Just to see where this country is headed based upon the influence of the Tea Party – and Rep King would probably go along with this – he claimed in October Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison should be removed from office in part because he was a Muslim, and then for admitting that he had a "real problem with Islam." How about non-religious rants by these so called leaders? He also suggested that it made ‘a lot of sense’ to return to a system where only property owners had a right to vote. This is part of what the ‘work’ will look like when the new congress is seated next week. Sometimes I think to myself, ‘This cannot possibly be so' then Eric Cantor or John Boehner opens their mouth, and I realize that congress is full of soul-less sociopaths. Recently, the House took up the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010. The bill would ensure that child marriage is recognized as a human rights violation, and develop comprehensive strategies to prevent such marriages around the world. Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, praising the United States for stepping up: "This act illustrates how support for securing a just and healthy life for every woman and girl transcends politics."

The legislation did garner strong bipartisan support in Congress, and in the Senate, it did. The Senate passed the bill by UNANIMOUS consent. But the bill was voted down in the House by Republicans who argued the bill is too costly and could lead to increased abortions. This week, a GOP whip alert went out about the child marriage legislation, saying that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) all oppose it. The email basically played into the GOPs scare tactics when it comes to abortion. “There are also concerns that funding will be directed to NGOs that promote and perform abortion and efforts to combat child marriage could be usurped as a way to overturn pro-life laws.” Nowhere did any group ever even mention that there was the slightest chance of anyone actually using the very small amount of money for anything other than the stated purpose. Its like saying that giving money to a food pantry that is located in a building of which a pro-choice person is one of the investors is tantamount to weakening pro-life laws. It is a horrible miscarriage of justice. To ‘solidify’ their pro-life positions, it is OK for ‘leaders’ (and I use that term loosely) they are willing to jeapordize millions of young girls lives. For shame.

Yup. Elections over. Lets get to work.


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