The ever-slimey Gov. Mike "deer caught in headlights" Pence is trying to make the case in his op-ed that his "i hate teh gayz" law is only about the most trivial of minor, teeny weeny, little itty bitty inconveniences:
If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore
But, make no mistake about it -- this law will cost lives. That's because, like many other states, not every public service in Indiana is handled by actual government entities. Many essential government services are now performed by private companies. Think hospitals, ambulances and fire departments, just for a start. More below the fold.
So, I've been talking to some right wingers about Elizabeth Warren's great bill to charge students the same 0.75% rate that "impoverished" banksters get when they go panhandling at the Fed. I guess it shouldn't have surprised me, but it did - they immediately took the side of the banks.
Their first reaction - the predictable "I don't want government involved because they're the problem". Then they moved on to "but you can't drop the rates because then it wouldn't be worth their while to make any more student loans".
So much for a private market for more competition. The "free market" just happens to be more expensive than the "government solution", yet these people actually prefer to pay more.
And they are paying more. These are people who have student loans, the same loans that are set at rates 5, 10 or maybe even 20 times the paltry 0.75% giveaway to the banksters. These are people who would benefit from lower rates. Yet, they're pre-programmed by the RWNM to reject the same type of government decision that says banksters profit while taxpayers get stiffed.
So maybe it's time to clue them in on a few more "government decisions" that affect them.
-- and let them know that they're WRONG, dead wrong.
Yesterday, kos published a diary in which a Democratic pollster says that he "feels" that most voters actually want to cut entitlements. You know, 'cuz we're all so concerned about the deficit and all. Yeah, when there's not enough money to put food on the table or a roof over your head, the deficit is absolutely THE first thing that people think of when they get up each morning. The only "deficit" that millions of unemployed Americans care about is the jobs deficit, not how many more trillions of dollars will be siphoned off of taxpayers and donated -- yet again -- to predatory banksters to pay off their gambling debts.
Well, maybe it's time to give Pete "Deep Thoughts" Brodnitz some ... personal ... data points that he can reflect upon. Something that will help him when he sees yet another poll showing that Americans want our entitlements left alone - and yet he somehow "gleans" the exact opposite. Maybe if he hears from enough actual Americans, he'll finally be able to "discern" what we mean when we say "keep your greedy mitts off of Social Security".
Here's his contact information, conveniently provided on the "what we do" page of the clueless "strategy group" providing "stratergery" about What Voters Want to our so-called "leaders":
Better yet, why not take a moment to let the other principals know how we actual voters "feel":
Typhoid Mary lives again! Last week, a pastry chef at a local restaurant was found to have hepatitis A. As a result, the health department issued an alert that anyone who had recently eaten dessert there could receive a free hepatitis vaccine.
How many people did this one person potentially infect? 450 people, according to the restaurant's owner.
In this case, the pastry worker did the right thing and voluntarily reported her diagnosis, presumably to her employer, who then also did the right thing and notified the health department. However, how many employees, fearing being fired or losing time off from work, would not report their illness? How many might admit that they're sick, but say that they "just have the flu" and then work each and every day until they physically can't drag themselves into work anymore? And how many owners, knowing that any notification to the health department could greatly harm their business, would still do so?
Last year, we were treated to a whole host of restaurant chains proclaiming their vehement opposition to Obamacare. Again and again, they stated how they would have to cut workers' hours in order to keep as many people off it as possible. Papa Johns, Olive Garden, Applebee, Taco Bell, Dennys, Red Lobster and others were loud, proud and very vocal in their "principled" stand against health care for their workers.
Christians believe that God created the universe and all that is in it. They believe that God created science as well. So, if the fossil record -- which is, after all, God's SCIENCE -- conflicts with God's Word, then according to the right wing, we're supposed to conclude that God is apparently ... wrong.
So maybe it's time to start calling evolution what it actually is - a miracle. It's something that we don't understand and can't explain, but all the evidence we have in front of us says it's true.
A lot of people can't imagine how PERSONALLY dangerous a Romney administration would be to them or someone they love. Romney wants to privatize 911 services. He wants to take our tax dollars and donate them to private companies, companies that will have no laws against price-gouging or about the quality of service they provide. People WILL be hurt, as we saw with Bush and his determination to get rid of FEMA, a determination that cost many people their lives during Hurricane Katrina:
You and I think disaster relief is about saving people's lives. But Romney thinks that "corporations are people, my friends". He believes that using FEMA to provide disaster relief for PEOPLE is immoral. But what he really wants to do is to take your very hard-earned tax dollars and donate it to -- you guessed it -- corporations:
A lot of people just can't imagine how disastrous a Romney administration would be, and what it would mean for them in very real and practical terms. But Hurricane Sandy just gave us an object lesson on the differences between disaster relief done right, and the horrors that "compassionate conservatism" meant for people on the ground during Katrina. This video will help people to see that.
A lot of people think that this election is about our entitlements, the entitlements of the 99% like Social Security or Medicare. What many people don't realize is that this election is really about Protecting the Entitlements of the 1%. That's why Mitt "I'm Entitled to the Absolute BEST in Government Services and you're entitled to exactly Nothing" Romney is their nominee.
We need to stop letting the right get away with using the word "entitlements" to mean the earned benefits of Social Security and others that enable us to live in a civil society. We need to redefine it to refer to the people (and corporations that are people, my friend) that benefit most from government largesse. We need to take back the word entitlements.
Ahhh, the 3 favorite words of St. Ronnie (the Great) come back to haunt our friends on the other side ...
Yes, Mittens, we TRUST that everything’s in order with your taxes, but we just need to verify it. I’m sure it’s just an oversight that you actually haven’t given us your full 2010 return. You probably just forgot to hand over that extra little form about all those Swiss bank accounts and other foreign investments you've got. So yeah, we can trust that you're going to be every bit as transparent as your father was, but ... we've got to actually see the goods.
By the way, Trust but Verify needs to be our new catchphrase for absolutely everything we think should be disclosed to We the People. So we can trust that fracking is the absolute bestest, safest thing in the world, but we need to verify that every chemical and every procedure used is actually safe. We can trust that those "harmless" nuclear power plant emissions won't cause us to glow in the dark, but, you know, we've gotta verify it.
Your local super-polluter doesn't think you should know what's in that toxic brew they're spewing out? Trust but Verify. Think that coal mine might not actually be up to OSHA standards? Trust but Verify. Concerned about billionaires trying to steal elections? Trust but Verify. We need to know which billionaires are giving how much and to whom. And we need to know it now.
And by verify, we don't mean checking with the local Quacks 'r Us (Official Scientists of the GOP). We mean using rigorous science done by qualified experts that adheres to the highest professional standards.
One of our favorite robber banksters - BofA - is at it again. They're laying the groundwork for another HUGE taxpayer bailout for more of their gambling debts.
Bloomberg reports that BofA has moved $53 trillion of its toxic derivatives -- over 70% of their holdings so far -- from its bank holding company to its FDIC-ensured depositors. That would be ... US -- you, me, and everyone who has a savings or a checking account. Or rather had an account, since this stunt is specially designed to wipe out deposit holders, just so those oh-so-special bankster gamblers can get paid by the FDIC before anyone else ever has a chance to. You see, when BofA goes belly up, who do you think gets paid out first? Think it's the depositors? Nope. Part of bankruptcy "reform" placed derivatives traders right at the head of the line to be paid out by FDIC. And of course, $53 trillion was the amount as of June -- you can bet they've been busy little bees since then and transferred the rest of their holdings over to us by now.
Another diarist has a front-pager up about what a ginormous middle finger BofA is attempting to give We the People with this stunt. I'd like to add to her excellent analysis. Let's hit the way-back machine and see how we got here in the first place.