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Not only are the conspirators hiding behind the Tea Party label out to block legislation that would promote much needed America Jobs,

Frank Luntz - GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).
Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan & Kevin McCarthy: Plot To Sabotage US Economy with Frank Luntz -- by keepemhonest -- Jun 08, 2012

NOW those anti-American co-conspirators, have their destructive sights set on the Oceans too.

Where does their hatred for 'smart government' end?   (in a word -- nowhere.)

New Report Shows Obstructionist Politics Harming Ocean Management

Sarah Chasis’s Blog, -- June 6, 2012

The latest report from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) shows how far we’ve come in just two years under the National Ocean Policy. After decades of uncoordinated ocean management, federal agencies are now communicating more efficiently and effectively under the National Ocean Council. By coordinating more closely with states, tribes, and local governments, federal agencies are working to cut waste while preserving resources important to local economies that depend on fishing, tourism, and clean energy development.

And at the regional level, under the National Ocean Policy, multi-state partnerships are facilitating greater engagement among stakeholders, fostering ocean science and research, and using improved tools like regional ocean planning to map out a sustainable future for our oceans.

In the most recent round of partisan attacks on this common-sense policy, Republican leaders in Congress are trying to gut the National Ocean Policy all together.

Just last month, House Republicans passed through an amendment to a critical government spending bill, prohibiting any federal funding for National Ocean Policy efforts. With this misguided vote, leaders of the House aimed to stop agencies from working together to address critical problems, like contaminated beachwater, marine debris, loss of valuable coastal habitat, and future oil spills like the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. [...]

The dynamic is simple (for them) -- the more effective Government is, the less the angry, uninformed voter will believe the 1-dimension message of the Tea Party just-say-no obstructionists:
Taxed Enough Already!

Therefore they have plotted to keep Government from ever being effective, under Democratic leadership.

Not in theory, but in actual practice.   Decimating actual jobs.

They are "damning America" to their Tea Party brand of hell ...

It's not just starry-eyed liberals saying this either -- sober professionals are noticing the unprecedented GOP plot, which is holding the President's Agenda, and by proxy the American People -- hostage too.

Congressional experts Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, known for nonpartisan analysis, offer a damning indictment of the GOP’s “All-Out War” On President Obama, while appearing on MSNBC’s ‘Up With Chris Hayes’.  [...]

Link to video  
[Chris Hayes interview, posted by Media Matters]

Congressional Experts call out the GOP for their obstructionist ‘All out War on Obama’
by Anomaly – June 3, 2012

And the proof is not only in the future havoc they are condemning the Oceans to, but in the ever-rising Obstructionist toll:

Record-Breaking Republican Obstructionism -- Chart

Throughout history, this is how countries rise and fall:  a small group of head-strong ideologues rise to power, and refuse to let other reasonable views into the discussion room ...

Come hell, or high water -- these Tea Party plotters will let America sink like rock, rather than lift a Tea Party finger, to lend a hand:

Transportation bill: Do Republicans want to sabotage the economy?
The Baltimore Sun -- June 10, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said aloud what many Americans must be thinking these days -- that at least some Republicans in Congress would like to see the U.S. economy worsen in order to boost their chances of success in the November election.

The evidence? The GOP's continued resistance to approving a multiyear transportation authorization bill. Senator Reid told The Hill that he's heard House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is leading the charge to delay the Senate bill -- and the tens of thousands of jobs it would create.

What's frustrating is that the bill -- which has been whittled down to a mere 15-month extension (and might even be trimmed to six months, according to Mr. Boehner) -- should be a fairly routine matter. That has been the case in years past, when preserving and expanding U.S. transportation infrastructure, including roads, bridges, mass transit, ports and airports was seen as too important to the national interest to be derailed by partisan bickering.

But that was then. [...]

That was before the anti-Government renegades, took over the helm of the Congressional ship.

The ship that they continue to steer toward whatever rocky economic reef they can find.  Intentionally.  By design.

They swore a blood oath.  America be damned ... Long as they get their selfish short-sighted austerity way.

In the Tea Party world view view, it's "Sink or Swim -- every man for himself!'

They are working for higher powers, and a Rollback Agenda which does not include the American Government and the many public services, we used to just routinely provide.  To those in need.  To the general public at large.

It's a Tea Party Nation now!   As long as the anti-government renegades can continue to throw every good thing -- overboard.

Into the deep blue sea.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 09:20:28 AM PDT

  •  there is (5+ / 0-)

    a reasonable alternative ...

    take the time to ask one simple question
    by jamess -- Jun 06, 2012

    (Hint:  It's called the "Union Label")

    What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
    -- Maslow ...... my list.

    by jamess on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 09:23:27 AM PDT

    •  take the time (5+ / 0-)

      to thank a union member for these hard-fought gains:

      1)  Weekends without work
      2)  All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
      3)  Paid vacation
      4)  Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      5)  Sick leave
      6)  Social Security
      7)  Minimum wage
      8)  Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination
      9)  8-hour work day
      10)  Overtime pay
      11)  Child labor laws
      12)  Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
      13)  40-hour work week
      14)  Workers’ compensation (workers’ comp)
      15)  Unemployment insurance
      16)  Pensions
      17)  Workplace safety standards and regulations
      18)  Employer health care insurance
      19)  Collective bargaining rights for employees
      20)  Wrongful termination laws

      [... 16 more union-gained rights for workers ...]

      36 reasons why you should thank a union
      Union Plus, established by the AFL-CIO

      Gains, benefits, Worker Rights -- that will be next on the Tea Party roll-back agenda.

      If they only get the chance.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 09:55:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The object is power. (6+ / 0-)

    Power, to be felt, has to hurt.  So, those who lust for power, need to inflict damage.

    Who lusts for power?  Insecure people who have little or no sense of self-direction.  They seek to control others, because they have no self-control. They are immoderate, instinct-driven human predators whose killer instincts are modified by the fact that dead people can't be controlled.
    Abuse (torture) is not a lesser/included offense.  It is true that there are some things that are worse than death and abuse is it. Doesn't make any difference whether it's physical or psychological.  Propagandists specialize in psychological abuse.  They can call themselves "public relations specialists," but their object is to manipulate and that's abusive.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 09:52:34 AM PDT

  •  ... (4+ / 0-)
                                          . . . REPUBLICANS DESTROY!!!

    This should be the mantra for the next 5 1/2 months.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 11:39:24 AM PDT

  •  The filibuster has rarely been used for good (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, burnt out, Ckntfld

    (Believe it or not) the Senate has an intelligent and useful web page on the history of the filibuster.

    Some of the high points:

    In the early years of Congress, representatives as well as senators could filibuster. As the House of Representatives grew in numbers, however, revisions to the House rules limited debate.
    Three quarters of a century later, in 1917, senators adopted a rule (Rule 22), at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson, that allowed the Senate to end a debate with a two-thirds majority vote, a device known as "cloture." The new Senate rule was first put to the test in 1919, when the Senate invoked cloture to end a filibuster against the Treaty of Versailles
    Filibusters were particularly useful to Southern senators who sought to block civil rights legislation, including anti-lynching legislation.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 11:42:29 AM PDT

    •  interesting ... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Dave in Northridge, burnt out

      The term filibuster -- from a Dutch word meaning "pirate" ...

      And the filibuster principle, the principle of minority veto power,

      was NOT written on stone tablets, brought down from the mountain top?

      Good to know ...

      Thanks Dave in Northridge, for that informative historical link ...

      We need to lower the cloture threshold to 55,

      and we need to make them "read the phonebook"

      in order to block a vote.

      What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.
      -- Maslow ...... my list.

      by jamess on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 11:53:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  You ain't seen nuthin' yet (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jamess, burnt out, Ckntfld

    "Modification" of the Endangered Species Act is a "must do" on their list.  You see, economic factors must be taken into account when a species is nominated for the list and if it costs the "job creators" money then listing won't happen.  The EPA is in their sights, too, with the same reasoning.  And the Clean Air Act is also slated for "much needed" changes--and those changes have nothing to do with making the air cleaner.  With the cons set to spend about 3 times more during this election than the Democrats, I think the chances of this dream list happening are pretty good.

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