Budget Smudget

This won't hurt a bit

Cuts here, cuts there, everywhere a cut cut. It’s a moral issue says one side. It is a moral issue to be sure, and waste is bad. Did you know we waste two thirds of our energy, hydro electric, coal and nuclear? Imagine if we were to capture and re-use that energy.  But that’s another story for another time. Now to lop off a trillion dollars Rep Paul Ryan wants to eventually phase out medicare, a very popular program in favor of vouchers. Wow, what a concept! The medical insurance business will take care of you. You are on your own seniors and kids. Yes it is a moral issue.

Then there’s the “The Koch Brothers Appreciation Act” otherwise known as the Upton bill which has tons of amendments. One of the amendments prompted Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) to rename the bill in honor of the billionaire Koch brothers who are in the energy industry as well as bankrolling Kasich of Ohio and Walker of Wisconsin among other things. The amendment is one of roughly 40 filed to the bill, which would nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The bill would scuttle current and planned rules for power plants, refineries and other sources. Take a deep breath…hold it…now….cough.

In another amendment to the bill Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, submitted an amendment calling on Congress to accept a finding by the EPA that “climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.” (Have any of these Republicans been to the L.A. basin in the summer?)

According to Think Progress, the Kochs have come out of the shadows to support and push policies that put their profits ahead of the interests of most Americans. Really? Like Union busting and climate change denying and de-regulation? Yes, dear.

Remember when Beck got pushed out of shape when he breathlessly “exposed” the great Satan, George Soros? Well he would have a field day with the vast Koch network if he was so inclined. I believe he would run out of chalk. The Center for American Progress Action Fund made a list of the political enterprises the Kochs are vested in. Yes, Virginia, politicians can be bought. I think the new saying in the Koch Industry board room goes, “if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em.” (David H. Koch ran as a Libertarian vice-presidential candidate against Ronald Reagan. and Jimmy Carter in 1980.) So now the money flows, from organizing for grassroots organizations, to giving money to “think tanks” who form policy, to state organizing, to eyeing the 2012 race with a pile of cash. Protect the profits. They must really love the “Citizen’s United” decision.

Yes it is a moral issue isn’t it?

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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