Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Only Thing Left is For All of Us to Take to the Streets...

...And we have a great head start right now! Which is good news - the only good news in a veritable sea of Beltway crapola these past few days.

Here's the latest dirt: The House of Alleged Representatives, instead of passing any jobs bills (any at ALL), have been hard at work sending even more American jobs to the third-world. That's right, the House just passed the Korean, Panama, and Columbia *free trade* agreements. But not the Jobs Bill - the repugs pulled out all the stops to ensure their Wall Street masters paid not even one extra dime in taxes. The House voted THAT down on Tuesday.

Hear that sound growing louder in the background? That's the sound of our economy, swirling even faster around the drain. The GOP is making real headway on their dual objectives, obliterating the middle class, and tanking the economy so they have a chance in 2012. Being utterly depraved and sociopathic, they clearly have no problem with destroying millions of lives to get what they want.

They HAVE been busy, however, with attacking women's basic human rights and interfering in their private medical business. They've introduced 7 such initiatives this year alone. Their latest stunt, The "Protect Life" Act (HR358), is a doozy. It certainly doesn't protect a woman's life - it's a blatant declaration that women's lives rate well below that of embryos, zygotes, or fetuses; even when a medical crisis results from the pregnancy having gone terminally wrong.

As Think Progress notes, "Instead of focusing on jobs, House Republicans are more interested in passing savage legislation that would deny women health care and actually let them die". Reproductive Health Reality Check informs us that the bill will:

* Allow hospitals receiving federal funds to deny emergency abortions to women whose lives are in danger due to a pregnancy gone horribly wrong.

* Forbid state health care exchanges from providing abortion coverage even under policies paid for entirely with your own money. Exchanges are the public marketplaces for health insurance policies that will be rolled out by 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Eventually, most people are expected to get their insurance through the exchanges. Exchanges were conceived as a means of expanding health care services, but under this and other legal restrictions they would in fact eliminate coverage most women already have. If H.R. 358 is successful, getting insurance that includes coverage for abortion will be nearly impossible – putting abortion out of reach of even more women.

* Place a gag order on insurers, preventing them from even giving women information about how to get abortion coverage.

RH Reality Check adds, "Ask yourself: Is it the job of Congressmen anywhere to determine what personal choices you make as to when and how many children you are able to bear and under what circumstances?"

Hmmm... that would have to be a big 'ol HELL NO. Unfortunately, in WNC, Health Shuler decided that it is his job. Perhaps y'all could drop him a line and set the boy straight.

Then, to top off the week, the gigantic Black Hole known as The Pentagon now reports that their accounting is so fucked up (meaning they have little clue where all that $$ is going) that it's going to cost over a billion dollars just to get their accounting into a decipherable state. Are you kidding me? They say that it won't be until at least 2017 that they can get an accurate gauge of military spending. Seriously.

Of course unlike for the rest of us, out-of-control spending and poor bookkeeping are no barrier to the DOD continuing to spend (inconceivable amounts of) other people's money with carte blanche.

So glad the weekend is nearly here! I need an outlet. I'm going to join local protests this Saturday afternoon. Check out one near you!

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