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Today's cruel and heartless comments about the Tornado Victims in Joplin, from Eric Cantor left me stunned and amazed.  It was So Outrageous -- even for them.

Two diaries on the Rec List right now, explain just how out of touch, and HOW WRONG Republicans like Cantor really are:

Eric Cantor is an unmitigated BASTARD
by SaraBeth -- May 24, 2011

Two "A"s and Not the Ones You Might Think
by gchaucer2 -- May 24, 2011

I suppose I shouldn't be stunned.  This isn't the first time they have put the People's Safety and Well-being -- dead LAST on their Priorities List.

Afterall THEY are the Anti-Science Party ...  the Anti-Technology Party ...

And after Cantor's comments, they are plainly the Anti-Compassion Party too.

Stone Cold Heartless.

But it's not like they DIDN'T give us any early warnings -- of their brazen intentions ...

The GOP's Early Warning system of their priorities ... just take a look at their thoughtless Budget Cuts!

U.S. Disaster Early-Warning Systems in Danger of Congressional Budget Cuts
Tom Fry, The Nature Conservancy -- March 21, 2011

Early-warning systems like those managed by NOAA unquestionably save lives. Yet Congress wants to cut money from our country’s ability to keep abreast of changing natural conditions that have the power to send our highly developed society reeling from disruptive and extreme disasters.

NOAA’s systems are key to assessing risk. And those risk assessments, in turn, are based on a rich and complex mix of research and observation, modeling and forecasting

As reported in Politico, House Republicans last month approved a $410 million budget cut for NOAA, which runs the National Weather Service. The service operates a nationwide network of weather-monitoring stations intended to provide advance warning for natural disasters, including tsunami-monitoring sites in Alaska and Hawaii.

In tsunami’s wake, Dems pounce on GOP’s call for NOAA cuts
by Patrick Reis, -- 3/11/11

The No. 1 mission of the National Weather Service is to save lives,” Sobien said. “If you start deconstructing the early warning system, something is going to fall through the cracks.”

NOAA’s budget has become an annual target for Republicans, particularly as the agency’s focus has expanded into climate change research.

Budget Cuts End Funding For Obama’s National Climate Service
by Rob Port,  -- April 12, 2011

Last year the Obama administration announced the creation of the National Climate Service. “Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards,” said the administration, and they need “information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses.”

From a press release sent out by

   Last Friday’s budget deal blocks funding for the Obama administration’s National Climate Service (NCS). …

    As more details about the budget emerge, we’ll see more wasteful or counter-productive programs eliminated. Departments and agencies that served as little more than government mouthpieces for radical environmentalists are ripe for defunding, and is glad to see Congress act decisively.

What other "Science Budgets" did the Republicans put their cold, clueless Axe to?

Fiscal Year 2011: A Year of Uncertainty
RAE Newsletter / April-May 2011
Restore America's Estuaries

The new House Republican majority, emboldened by the Tea Party to drastically cut government funding to pre-Obama levels, is attempting to reduce major environmental agency budgets to 2008 levels.  

[...] below are some specific examples of FY11 funding cuts of particular interest:

 -- NOAA: Funded at $4.6 billion, a $140 million cut from the FY10 enacted level and a 16 percent cut from the FY11 agency request.  The agreement also prohibits funding for a new National Climate Service

  -- Army Corps of Engineers: Funded at $4.9 billion, a $578 million cut (10%) from the FY10 enacted level.

  -- EPA: Funded at $8.7 billion, a $1.6 billion cut from the FY10 enacted level that will be balanced mostly on the backs of state regulators and local environmental projects.

  -- Climate Change: EPA and Interior Department climate change efforts were cut $49 million from the FY10 enacted level and $116 million from the FY11 President’s request.

  -- Land and Water Conservation Fund: Funded at $301 million, a $149 million cut from the FY10 enacted level.

  -- State Drinking Water and Waste Water Infrastructure funds: Funded at $2.5 billion, a $997 million cut from FY10 enacted levels.

Stone Cold Heartless.

and just head-in-the-sand Stupid too.

That is the morally- and intellectually-bankrupt party -- that IS the GOP.

This is how the GOP spells P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S.   ...  snip, snip, snip.  Ooops!  Oh well.

Welcome to THEIR brave, new world America -- No thinking required.

... just miles and miles, of heartaches.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:08 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Amateur Left.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    Got Time?
    Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

    by jamess on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:08:42 PM PDT

  •  Old, (3+ / 0-)
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    mama jo, jamess, Vtdblue

    world, new world, hard to keep them straight these days...

    Men as good as their words, women as good as their parents, sometimes an arranged marriage is just the leg up a girl needs to take the pressure off, and make life manageable.

    Weather only changes so much...

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace- Hendrix

    by Maori on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:14:32 PM PDT

  •  hey. as long as the oil companies (7+ / 0-)

    are being subsidized.

    and that's what "supporting science" is all about
    for them.

  •  All the "Science" they need is in the Bible! (3+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Vtdblue, jan4insight

    "We must hang together,...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."

    by GreatDane on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:19:39 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for doing this Jamess (1+ / 0-)
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    You've identified a really important pillar for our Democratic Strategy for winning back the House, and keeping the Senate, and White House in 2012.

    Three concepts keep emergeing for me.

    1. The GOP is anti-science and anti-intelligence and competent.  In this modern complex world we need both for economic, and social success - Vote for Dems.

    2.  The GOP hates the common working man, and our vitial social programs like Medicare, Social Secuirty, Education, Disaster Relief, Hurricaine tracking satellites, earthquake detection moniters.  -- Vote for Dems.

    3. The GOP is the Party of No.  The have vetoed and obstructed every good thing, we Dems have tried to do to stimulate the economy and jobs, and every other way government should appropriate help our people and build a better American future.   Vote for Dems.

    In addition to firing up our base, and getting them to the polls, our key target group is a block of independent voters, and "marginal Republicans" who are worried about having dimwits, in charge of the WH and Washington in an international or domestic crisis.

    I believe it was sricki who posted a reccommended diary here, about  months ago, on voters additudes towards science and the amazing first poll that jumped right out at me was that the indepentents poll almost exactly the same as Democrats, with abotu 63% thinking Science and Education was a good thining, while only about 30% of Republicans did.

    Aside for the alarming concern about why all 100% of all voters didn't see these as good, we see polling confirmation here of what may be the easies way, other than Medicare, to cleave off about 20% of the total voting population back into our column.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:27:16 PM PDT

    •  you're welcome HoundDog (2+ / 0-)
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      HoundDog, jan4insight

      I think you're onto something with your 3 points.

      The simpler we can make them,

      the better.

      Got Time?
      Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

      by jamess on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:32:05 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks. yes, there are probably at least six (2+ / 0-)
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        jamess, jan4insight

        but, I'm trying to learn how to talk withing a breezy bandwidth.

        If someone says, Hey' thats sounds great, we can always say, Hey I just thought of three more.


        Hey, I was so impressed with sricki's diary and this possible way of wholluping the GOP, that I fetched you some links to spice up our conversation.

        This  Sricki diary was one of the best of the year, IMO.  Certain should be on our top 100 of the year list, if we ever do one.

        I think folks should still be able to rec it months later.


        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Tue May 24, 2011 at 09:03:14 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  thanks for the links and the recap (0+ / 0-)

          I missed that diary, when it was posted.

          looks interesting.

          however, I would hesitate making evolution

          our "litmus test", especially given those poll numbers.

          I think calling for better "planetary stewardship"

          would find far more "common ground" across the wide spectrum of "world views".

          The Creationism vs Evolution debates, I've listened to in the past,
          have usually reminded me more of Intellectual Bull fights,
          than they did any sort of learning experience.

          but hey, that maybe, it's just me.

          The earth is about 4.5 Billion years old, afterall,
          science says.

          The Universe about 13.7 Billion.

          That's a lot of time, for a lot of stuff, to have happened.

          Got Time?
          Take ten, to find something else informative and fun to read. Thx.

          by jamess on Tue May 24, 2011 at 09:24:40 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Seems like a bad dream, doesn't it? Thank dog (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    the Democrats will fight tooth and nail for truth, justice, and the American Way, though!  


    Republished to The Amateur Left group site. Time for thinking politicians to grow a pair.

    Conservatives are] engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; ...the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. JK Galbraith

    by Vtdblue on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:28:49 PM PDT

  •  Nothing they say surprises me anymore. It is all (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, jan4insight

    playing to the base and the party's corporate masters because the health, welfare, and lives of individual Americans simply don't matter when matched up against the bountiful fruits that political control offer...

    Bobby Jindal was great fun to make sport of during his memorable SOTU reply because of his dismissive view of volcano monitoring, mostly there are only a relatively few of  us who actually experienced the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in a truly  personal way.  He was, however, a harbinger of the True Way of the Republican party; Cantor and the House Republicans are simply finally getting around to acknowledging in public what that True Way really looks like...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:33:34 PM PDT

  •  Science benefits humanity. (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, DWG

    Republicans hate humanity and want us all to die.  Ergo...

    The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

    by Troubadour on Tue May 24, 2011 at 09:28:41 PM PDT

  •  Spot-on jamess... (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, DWG

    the GOP is beyond heartless... first they want to cut money for warning systems, and then, after an incredible disaster occurs, they want to hold aid hostage for some other draconian cuts that hurt poor people.  I think Cantor's evil words can only mean one thing... they actually blame the victims for the tornado and it's damage.  I don't know how else to describe what he said.  The Dems are 24 seats from retaking the House next November, and my god does the country need them to.

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Tue May 24, 2011 at 09:59:07 PM PDT

  •  In their minds (1+ / 0-)
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    The only science that is valuable is the geology that shows where to find oil, gas, and coal. The rest is inconvenient to business interests and religious conservatives. It is very short-sighted. It will fascinating to watch America slide from the ranks of powerful natures as we are no longer are on the cutting edge of technology and able to use science to help us adapt to challenges.

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Wed May 25, 2011 at 01:45:57 AM PDT

  •  Oh, Dear. Had My Say (1+ / 0-)
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    in another diary.  And it could just as well have been adapted for this one.

    Republican theology requires that science be the Evil Cloven-hoofed One because it is the epitome of rational thought process applied to solving problems and reaching understanding about the world we live in.

    And that makes all their alarms go off since such a frame of mind dispels fear and disproves lies.  Fear-mongering and lying being two aspects of Republican character held in most reverence by its members.

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Wed May 25, 2011 at 06:08:21 AM PDT

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