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pulling up the ladder

Posted: January 25, 2015 in economic policy, Obama, Republicans
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10353128_1295085560521092_7357942925525864168_nIf anyone here in Congress truly believes that you can make it on $15,000 a year, try doing it yourself!

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For those of you out there who didn’t grow up in the evangelical culture, you may not be aware of this.  

HarrisMiracleDid you know that there are many, many fundamentalist Christians who believe that God is basically pulling the wool over our eyes, planting phony evidence for carbon-dated fossils, geological formations, DNA-based evolutionary relationships, and redshifts from galaxies that indicate that they are far older than the 6,000 years of existence accounted for by biblical creation?

Seriously.  The belief is that God, in his infinite wisdom, decided to not only not provide a stitch of evidence for the propositions laid out in his special book –  he also decided to plant evidence that actually contradicts these assertions.

And why does this make my stomach a little queazy?  It’s because this kind of thinking – that what we can see and experience and prove and test (let’s call this “science”) takes a back seat to what people want to believe – can lead to tragedy, destruction and death.  Does that sound over the top?  Maybe.

But here’s what’s happening:  Greedy corporate interests and unscrupulous politicians are exploiting the anti-science attitudes imbedded in popular religion in order to suppress scientific results on issues of global importance – issues that threaten the generations of humanity that will follow ours.  And then people get to do the “I don’t want to believe in human-induced climate changimages-301e, so I don’t” thing, and get away with it…to the detriment of our planet and to our descendants.  Their religion, egged on by corporations who benefit financially from destroying our planet, allows them to ignore unequivocal evidence, put their hands over their ears and shout “la, la, la, la, la, la, la – I can’t hear you!” while the world burns up.  This makes my stomach feel a little oozie.

Plot idea: 97% of the world’s scientists contrive an environmental doomsday crisis, but are exposed by a plucky band of billionaires and oil companies.

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images-220Check out this article from Forward Progressives, which I found on one of my favorite blogs, Kissing Fish: Christianity for those who don’t like Christianity.

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Once the greed-driven have acquired and protected, they begin to covet. They are not satisfied with all they have; their eye is on all that they don’t have. (Luke 12:15)

Seems pretty straight forward.  Greed is perpetual.  The more one has, often the more they want.  Isn’t that exactly what we’ve seen in the past 30 years?  Isn’t this what Trickle Down Economics has given us?  In the past 30 years the top 1-5% has grown exponentially, never more so than in the last decade.  Yet what has it brought us?  Economic failure not seen in over 80 years.

images-219Millionaires crying out they need more.  To save our economy they must have—more.  Many of these same businesses that proved in the 90′s, with higher taxes, that they could experience historic economic growth now claim that higher taxes destroy growth.  They now claim economic prosperity isn’t obtainable at “job destroying” levels of taxation like we had in the 90′s—when we had historic economic growth.

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Things that make no sense.

 

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As the provisions of the Affordable Care Act — referred to as Obamacare for short — begin to come online, congressional Republicans have continued to obsess over repealing the law altogether.

The New York Times looked into the numbers on Wednesday and concluded that House Republicans have spent a whopping 15 percent of their time trying to repeal all or parts of the new health care law:

The repeal vote, which is likely to occur Thursday, will be at least the 43rd day since Republicans took over the House that they have devoted time to voting on the issue.

To put that in perspective, they have held votes on only 281 days since taking power in January 2011. (The House and Senate have pretty light legislative loads these days, typically voting only three or four days a week.)

Republicans don’t seem to have any regret over the fact that repealing Obamacare has taken precedence over other issues, like jobs.

“It’s something that we wanted to move up on the list of priorities,” said Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) to the New York Times. “And I’m glad they listened to us.”

 

– See more at: http://thecontributor.com/house-republicans-have-spent-15-percent-their-time-trying-repeal-obamacare#sthash.wJyP1BsJ.dpuf