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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
Rand Paul and reality are going their separate ways when it comes to the effects of sequestration on the lives of Americans, particularly poor and vulnerable ones.
“President Obama proclaimed that the sequester’s ‘brutal’ and ‘severe’ cuts will ‘eviscerate’ America’s domestic spending,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, wrote in a recent article published by “But ‘eviscerate’ is not the adjective I would use; in fact, I believe the sequester is a pittance.”
The reality, meanwhile, is this:
King County in Washington State, which includes Seattle, stopped issuing new housing vouchers on Friday.

“Sequestration will result in some 600 fewer families in our local communities receiving crucial rental assistance over the next year,” Stephen Norman, the executive director of the county housing authority, said in a statement. “Because rents are so high, many of these families may, quite literally, find themselves out on the street.”

Nationwide, as many as 775,000 low-income women and children may lose WIC nutrition assistance, a program that produces a huge array of positive effects on children's health, including ones that cut health care costs. In the late 1980s, a study found that:
... every dollar spent on prenatal WIC participation for low-income Medicaid women in 5 States resulted in:
  • longer pregnancies; [...]
  • fewer infant deaths;
  • a greater likelihood of receiving prenatal care; and
  • savings in health care costs from $1.77 to $3.13 within the first 60 days after birth.
To Rand Paul, 775,000 women and children not receiving the aid that produces those results is "a pittance." Making 600 families at risk of homelessness in Seattle alone, and around 125,000 across the country, is "a pittance." Whose description do you think is more accurate? Paul's "pittance," or President Obama's "brutal" and "severe"?

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  It's a Pittance Of What They Will Eventually Cut n (13+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:58:04 AM PST

  •  Fortunately, SNAP will not be affected (10+ / 0-)

    but, WIC is a big deal. It's unconscionable to do this to any kids, for any reason, at any time.  GOP=Family Values - my ass.

    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:04:41 AM PST

  •  some wealthy folks really like the word "pittance" (16+ / 0-)

    ...just something that I've observed.

    A very small or inadequate amount of money paid to someone as an allowance or wage.
    •  It harkens back to the Dickensian days. (12+ / 0-)

      Good times!

      Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

      by kitebro on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:34:00 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes, That IS The World These A**holes Live In... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...back to the grand days of debtors' prisons, child labor, unionless workplaces, and where poor really meant you were going to die 40 years sooner than the upstairs people.

        They, their children and all the people they know will live in a sheltered world while the Cratchit's are going to live miserable lives on pittances handed out by their supposed betters.

        It's time for revolution! Enjoy having your head on a pike, Rand!

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

        by TerryDarc on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:55:05 AM PST

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        •  We Have Debor's Prisons In America Today! (2+ / 0-)
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          Here's the Wikipedia Article on U.S. debtor's prison laws by state. Bottom line: in almost every state people are currently being imprisoned for failure to pay debts that they can't afford to pay.

          •  Not Exactly... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...because we have progressed, ever so slightly. From the same Wiki article. Thanks, though for the reminder of our past.

            Usually for failure to provide child support and as a result of contempt of court charges.

            Modern Debtors' Prison

             1970 - Current

            While the United States no longer has brick and mortar debtors' prisons, or "gaols for debtors", the term "debtor's prison" in modern times still refers to the continued practice of imprisoning citizens for debts with more than a third of U.S. states allowing debtors to be jailed for non payment.  To what extent a debtor will actually be prosecuted varies from state to state. The modern use of the term debtors' prison arguably has its start with precedent rulings in 1970, 1971 and 1983 by the U.S. Supreme Court, and passage of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978.

            In 1970, the Court ruled in Williams v. Illinois that extending a maximum prison term because a person is too poor to pay fines or court costs violates the right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.  During 1971 in Tate v. Short, the Court found it unconstitutional to impose a fine as a sentence and then automatically convert it into a jail term solely because the defendant is indigent and cannot forthwith pay the fine in full.  And in the 1983 ruling for Bearden v. Georgia the Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment bars courts from revoking probation for a failure to pay a fine without first inquiring into a person’s ability to pay and considering whether there are adequate alternatives to imprisonment.

            A year long study released in 2010 of fifteen states with the highest prison populations by the Brennan Center for Justice, found that all fifteen states sampled have jurisdictions that arrest people for failing to pay debt or appear at debt related hearings.  Aside from citizens being jailed without legal counsel  the study identified four causes that lead to debtors' prison type arrests for debts

            What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

            by TerryDarc on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:02:13 AM PST

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    •  The Morning Joke team really had a great (4+ / 0-)

      celebration this morning, along with Nicole Wallace.  Oh, how funny it was that the President had "overplayed" his hand about the horrors of the sequester.  They all chuckled and grinned about how cutting one penny from every government dollar was the "apocalypse" only to President Obama.  Surely, they opined, the effects of such "minuscule" cuts would go unnoticed.

      And then Mike said:  Well, perhaps for you, Barnicle, and you, too, Joe.  You won't notice any effects.

      I sat bolt upright in my bed at the looks on both Barnicle's and Joe's face.  They never saw it coming.

      This is the tragedy of this whole austerity business.  The people doing the cutting are not the ones who will feel the effects.  The budget to them is just numbers on a page.  They can never see past that and visualize the human cost of these cuts.

      Oh, but last week they did all seem to agree that the sequester would possibly be replaced once people had to stand in long lines at the airport.  You see, in their world, that is considered a price to high for them to pay -- having to wait to board a plane to their vacation spots, second homes, etc.

      They are sickening.

  •  Until the effects of sequestration impact Paul's (3+ / 0-)

    ability to find the adhesive required to anchor that roadkill muskrat upon his head, he just won't care.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:09:57 AM PST

    •  angry marmot, I'm thinking about donating some (3+ / 0-)

      time to help Kentucky and Texas out from under the boots of randian rule.

      •  All y'all artists... read up and consider this (4+ / 0-)

        Artist Relocation Program in Paducah, KY.

        Rand Paul's adopted hometown.

        A house for $1 in an area of flourishing redevelopment for artists. A $2500 professional design assistance to kick start.

        Imagine what could happen if a bunch of wild-eyed liberal artsy types brought a Renaissance Revival to Kentucky and the force to counter the Randbots. Now that's a revival salvation show.

        One may live without bread, but not without roses.
        ~Jean Richepin
        Bread & Roses

        by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:11:19 AM PST

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        •  That's funny... (3+ / 0-)
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          I used to live in a small town about an hour's drive southeast of Paducah, KY.

          It was a town of about 1000 people, right on the banks of the Mississippi River, and it had the typical small town "values."  (eg, rampant racism, political bickering over who hosted the Cub Scout meetings, gossip over the smallest things.)  In a rare stroke of foresight, the town fathers named the town...I kid you not...Hickman, KY .

          Synchronicity is alive and well.

          •  Correction. Due to the sequester, I fail (2+ / 0-)
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            geography.  " hour's drive southwest of Paducah, KY."

            Sorry bout that.

          •  Small towns do suck eggs (0+ / 0-)

            when people don't speak up and let the assholes spew their hate.

            The big mouths and pushy people just seem to be larger than they really are. Even in small towns.

            And Hickman is a small farming community, BUT there are good people there.

            Lots of them.

            One may live without bread, but not without roses.
            ~Jean Richepin
            Bread & Roses

            by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:28:46 AM PST

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            •  I don't disagree, (0+ / 0-)

              but when the good is shouted over by the patently evil, when the good is glossed over by the status "well, it could be worse" quo mentality, when the good is defeated by complacency, then no amount of good people can effect any sort of change.

              And that's the political environment of that town, as of my last update about it, approximately 3 months ago.

              "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience every time." --Unknown

              by Subwoofer of the House on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:45:54 AM PST

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              •  Sue Whayne passed away years ago... (0+ / 0-)

                and her passion and fight seem to have been the sustaining energy of the area.

                She helped establish a local watchdog group. The Hickman County Local Government Project (LGP), which served as a watchdog over local government and encouraged citizen participation in government. It has folded up and is out of business. For now.

                All it takes is for one person to step up and revive Sue's passion and energy. Pick up the pieces from Sue's legacy and begin anew to take back their local government.

                Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does.

                One may live without bread, but not without roses.
                ~Jean Richepin
                Bread & Roses

                by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 02:51:57 PM PST

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  •  Food is one of those luxuries to which (16+ / 0-)

    the poor seem to feel they are entitled too. Shelter, too.

    Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

    by kitebro on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:32:31 AM PST

  •  'Better to decrease the surplus population!' (6+ / 0-)


    Do these guys know they're behaving like 19th century Dickensian villains? Do they care?

    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:32:45 AM PST

  •  I Don't Use The Word Evil -- Much (8+ / 0-)

    But in the case of the current Republican Party, I'll make an exception.

    How devoid of feeling are these people? How devoid of humanity are they? Rand Paul is just the current version of Newt Gingrich -- everything is an academic exercise, just numbers of a ledger. The suffering and death of real people means absolutely nothing to this kind of filth.

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:36:19 AM PST

  •  125,000 is not a big number.... (7+ / 0-)

    compared to the entire population, and yet, when it's just one person, and they believe in the cause, they will fight tooth and nail, and even pay personal visits to the hospital and legislate specifically, all for one person.

    (If that person is Terri Schiavo).

    Ayn is the bane! Take the Antidote To Ayn Rand and call your doctor in the morning: You have health insurance now! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:36:22 AM PST

  •  Sign on Petition to stop sequestration (6+ / 0-)

    Already called my senators and my rep.  Also called and emailed the WH NO benefit cuts to the big 3.  Again!


  •  Yes Rand Paul identifies his IQ in File photo nt (2+ / 0-)
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    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:44:11 AM PST

  •  I agree with Sen. Paul (7+ / 0-)

    "Eviscerate" isn't the adjective I'd use, either ... BECAUSE IT'S NOT A FUCKING ADJECTIVE, YOU IGNORANT, ILL-BRED, RACIST NINNY!

  •  Don't worry...this is all part of the plan (2+ / 0-)
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    along with negotiating debt ceiling, creating and signing off on a sequestration deal that was strictly spending cuts during a negotiation about revenue and spending (pure brilliance by the way with Republicans saying don't throw me in that briar patch, can't tell you how many time I heard, Republicans will never cut defense while I tried to argue te other side), stopping federal pay raises, the payroll tax cut...

    all 11th dimensional only need to sit back and watch the magic happen...enjoy!

    Snark aside, the President made a decision in Nov 2010 that his legacy was going to be getting the budget under control.  That is why he brought in Bill Daley etc.   Remember win the future?  WTF indeed?

    He figured out in July 2011 that it would be as easy to roll Boehner as he and his advisors thought, and now the country is paying the price.  It was a bad strategic decision, and the DFHs that said so at the time (the political class was misreading the 2010 election) turned out to be right again.

    What can you do, except fight to tell Democrats that those focusing on long term debt during 8% unemployment have as much to worry about as Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn.  Until there elections are at risk, we will continue to lurch to the right, no matter how many posts Kos makes about the decline of the Republican party.  

    By the way, history is repeating itself from 2009 with a lack of focus on jobs and the results will be the same.

    "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

    by justmy2 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:46:03 AM PST

  •  The only Pittance (2+ / 0-)
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    is Rand Paul's brain.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of Evil is that good men do nothing." --Edmund Burke

    by Phosbrite on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:46:42 AM PST

  •  Eviscerate Is A Verb, Idiot! (1+ / 0-)
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    Didn't Dr. Rand Paul go to school? Eviscerate is a verb. An action word, not a modifier of a noun. This dolt is making decisions for us?!

    Definition of EVISCERATE
    transitive verb [also intransitive, see below...]
    a : to take out the entrails of : disembowel
    b : to deprive of vital content or force
    : to remove an organ from (a patient) or the contents of (an organ)

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

    by TerryDarc on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:49:14 AM PST

  •  Here in PA, it was reported in our newspapers that (3+ / 0-)
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    Head Start teachers and staff are going to be laid off and fewer kids will be accepted into Head Start programs is a possible result.  Also aging caseworkers who provide services for seniors are going to have their hours cut back and there will be layoffs.

    Kids and Seniors will be hurt the most , poor kids and seniors mostly.  

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:49:35 AM PST

    •  It was an Area Agency of Aging caseworker who (1+ / 0-)
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      kept a friend of ours from becoming one of the homeless. And he is in poor health, having suffered both a heart attack and a stroke a few years ago.  He is on oxygen and yet he was about to thrown out in the cold on the coldest day of the year. The landlord refused to fix what needed to be fixed in order for the unit not to be condemned so Codes banned anyone from living in that unit. He had no where to go. A caseworker for the Aging made calls and found him a place to live immediately to keep him from being homeless.  I was ready to leave my house and bring him here but he needed to be in that town for his doctor but she found him a place to live temporarily and then permanently.

      Caseworkers like this sainted woman who really came through and she was so kind..we will lose people like her to cutbacks.

      Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

      by wishingwell on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:54:21 AM PST

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  •   Rand Paul: moronic brute (1+ / 0-)
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    Is there anyone more infuriating than the moronic brute that is Ron Paul?  Granted, there is an army of moronic brutes of the GOP persuasion infesting the halls of Congress, but do any of them exceed Rand Paul's arrogance:IQ ratio?  I grant that most of the congressional GOPers have IQs in the double digits and most of them are obscenely arrogant, but when you compare Rand Paul's sky-high arrogance to his single digit IQ, you have an arrogrance:IQ ratio that no other congressional GOPer even approaches.  What is it with Kentucky?  Is there any chance that, at the end of his first term, Kentuckians will flus Rand Paul down the toilet like the turd he is?

  •  After posting that diary yesterday and (1+ / 0-)
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    reading this today..I am just shaking my head and really
    trying to figure out what the hell !!!!!!   First they came for the WIC and headstart........Where is all this starving the poor going to end, with a CEO using our heads as their footstools.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:54:21 AM PST

  •  It is far better that poor families (4+ / 0-)

    languish in the cold than rich-ass mofos have to wait in line at the airport because they don't want to pay more tax on their goddamned corporate jet.

    Yes, capitalism is the best philosophy ever and our country cannot possibly run without it. And thus it is GOOD to turn the poor into the cold.

    This wouldn't be happening if Americans left their homes and clogged Washington DC. This happens because leaders are totally unafraid of reprisal by the people.

    They hate us and have zero fear.

    Unfortunately the requisite actions are illegal.

    I guess we're fucked because we have to follow the rules and stay within the lines.


    It could have been a decent country.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:54:47 AM PST

  •  150 families here (2+ / 0-)
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    I was speaking with the director of the Butte Housing Authority yesterday and they're facing a $600k shortfall due to the sequester.

    Even after staff reductions they will still have to face making 150 families homeless.

    It is particularly galling to the director that almost all of these families were recently homeless and soon will be so again.

    The layoffs also mean service reductions and delays and the core function of the Authority -- that of getting people into affordable housing -- has been significantly impacted.

    Over his objections I'm going to try to enlist the help of local media to document evictions and/or denials of service. Don't get me wrong, he's a great guy and cares for the community. His objections come from a legal POV, he can't appear to be meddling in that fashion. I have no such constraints.

    If we are going to live at the speed of code, we need to remember the stillness of eternity. -- dharmasyd

    by Darryl House on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:58:16 AM PST

  •  military (0+ / 0-)

    Does Obama have the power to control where cuts take place in the military?  I wonder why I don't hear shills for the military/industrial complex complaining--instead of cutting civilian employment pay through furloughs, the government should be stretching out hardware contracts--and cutting some weapons/planes/ships altogether.  When Lockheed feels the pain, the sequester will end.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:01:22 AM PST

  •  How does this "pittance" affect Kentuckians? (3+ / 0-)
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    Each time one of these pathetic excuses for a Senator human being spews their self-righteous hatred against the average American... we should shuffle up some sequester affects for 'em.

    Financial losses if Sequester Takes Place:

    ... Kentucky would lose $11.8 million for primary and secondary education...

    Education for children with disabilities also would be affected, the White House said. The state would lose $7.7 million...

    ... Head Start and Early Head Start services "would be eliminated for about 1,100 children in Kentucky...

    Military readiness also would be affected... about 11,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, "reducing gross pay by around $54.4 million in total." Additionally, funding for base operations would be cut by $122 million in Kentucky...

    Kentucky also would lose $2.1 million in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, and $478,000 for job-search assistance...

    And Kentucky would lose $677,000 for meals for senior citizens...

    One may live without bread, but not without roses.
    ~Jean Richepin
    Bread & Roses

    by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:03:32 AM PST

    •  Unfortunately, KY is a deep red state. I (0+ / 0-)

      doubt that Kentuckians will actually be screaming at their Republican Senator about these cuts and/or make the connection regarding who is ultimately responsible for the cuts.

      The blame will be assigned to the Dems and the cognitive dissonance will be as strong as ever.

      •  Given my earlier mentioned first hand knowledge (0+ / 0-)

        of KY, I agree wholeheartedly.  These people would have gladly taken golden showers from St. Reagan and called it proof that the trickle-down theory works.

        •  *Those* people? (0+ / 0-)

          What kind of people would that be?  Sub-human? Why do you use that term?

          Like I said above... Kentucky is FULL of good people who do give a damn and fight.

          Good people who speak up and stand up and change the world for better.

          Mary Sue Whayne was one of those people. She didn't have a big mouth, but she sure had a strong belief in right and wrong for her community. And she was outraged at the injustice aimed at her and her family and her community, so she stood up and defended it. This little bitty woman with a soft voice.

          And she made the state of Kentucky a far better place to live.

          Thank you Sue Whayne for demonstrating Citizen Power.

          And, my FIRST HAND knowledge comes from living in the heart of Kentucky in Lexington. With a part of my family settling into the mountains 200+ years ago. Any of the women in my family could be DARs.

          Don't diss Kentuckians as barefoot knuckledraggers. Those damn golden showers of Raygun began in the glory land of California thank you very much.

          One may live without bread, but not without roses.
          ~Jean Richepin
          Bread & Roses

          by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:36:34 AM PST

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          •  Allow me to clarify, and apologize (0+ / 0-)

            for the poor choice of words.

            By "those people," I mean the typical people in my hometown.  The place actually had a functioning chapter of the KKK, for Pete's sake.

            My grandfather was one of the people fighting the good fight to bring a hint of blue, or at least purple, to KY, and I thank him for his activism, spirit, and verve in that very, very hostile environment.

            I did not intend to say that all Kentuckians are vile, backwards troglodytes, and I apologize for giving that impression.  I did, however, intend to say that the political environment in Kentucky, especially back-country southwest Kentucky, is hostile to progressive thinking, planning, or frankly anything that doesn't align 100% with the stereotypical WASP.

            "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience every time." --Unknown

            by Subwoofer of the House on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 11:41:53 AM PST

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            •  And in blue California you have skinheads and KKK (0+ / 0-)

              same with Washington state or Oregon or Massachusetts or NY, etc...

              It is when good people stay quiet and let the bad people get the upper hand that our communities melt into the quagmire of hate.

              Granted, Kentucky is a largely rural state in many areas. It is a bane, but also carries a silver lining in that many of our rural communities are not burdened with toxins from industry as much as Ohio or Illinois.

              But, with that said, even in these rural areas, you have progressive people who are educated, liberal, dedicated to the environment and their communities. They just happen to like wide open spaces and their small piece of heaven on earth in Kentucky.

              Anyway, the entire country is mostly shades of purple. Strong blue in cities, angry blood red in Wyoming and Utah. And Tennessee. But, not Kentucky. We're double PPs here... purple and populous.

              One may live without bread, but not without roses.
              ~Jean Richepin
              Bread & Roses

              by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 03:00:58 PM PST

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              •  I'll not debate anecdotal evidence (0+ / 0-)

                It's clear you had a vastly different experience there than I did, and that's a blessing. It may be the fact that my rose coloured glasses broke a looong time ago, but I do not have pleasant memories of that place.

                "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience every time." --Unknown

                by Subwoofer of the House on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:03:11 PM PST

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                •  My memories are not all good (0+ / 0-)

                  and I've experienced horrible things in Kentucky from horrible hateful people.

                  But, I could say the same of other states and other places.

                  Thankfully I moved on to better people and better places.

                  Every where you live the assholes try to get the upper hand and ruin everything. You just have to live with enough peace to get your bearings and fight back.

                  One may live without bread, but not without roses.
                  ~Jean Richepin
                  Bread & Roses

                  by bronte17 on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 07:17:10 PM PST

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  •  Not to mention "eviscerate" isn't an adjective.n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams

    by Alice Olson on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:06:04 AM PST

  •  More deep thoughts from the neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie (0+ / 0-)

    Well they do KIND OF grow up..even li'l Randy.

  •  In NY State it means unemployment for those (1+ / 0-)
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    in the most pain financially (anyone unemployed over 6 months) sequester means a 10% reduction - so the top tier goes from $405 a week to $365. And as I was let got a month before my contract ended this could be me in a few months.  And I was SO close 62 in 6 months!  Bastardos

    •  Same in PA (0+ / 0-)

      I passed the six month barrier last week, so my UI gets cut.

      Since they haven't yet notified me that I'm even getting it--the department is overworked and understaffed, so I'm not angry at them--who knows what's going on?

      Given conflicting statements on the PA site (you do/you don't get extended UI), I'm not sure what's happening.

      I'll call this week.

      (-6.25, -6.77) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 10:35:09 AM PST

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  •  As long as the poor keep voting Republican, (2+ / 0-)

    this madness will continue, and only get worse and worse. And poor people will continue to vote Republican, because the poor are most likely to believe the propaganda about the evil secularists on the left wanting to take away their guns and God. And they sure as hell can't vote for that.

    "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. -- John Stuart Mill (March, 1866)

    by Blood on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:14:29 AM PST

  •  So Rand Paul is OK with the Sequester, (0+ / 0-)

    perfectly fine with taking the "credit". And so are his TeaBag buddies.
    While other parts of his party are screaming about the misery that Obamaquester is doing to US.
    One more piece of the GOP split. (evil grin)
    Paul should be encouraged to take every bit of "credit" he can for this so that when it finally really kicks in and people start really hurting, he and his cohort can take all the blame.
    It would be very nice to see half the GOP Congressional Delegation booted out on their fat 4sses in 2014.
    Unfortunately we're stuck with RPaul for 4 more years but we can make him the Senior Senator from KY in '14 and then the Ex-Senator in '16.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:17:55 AM PST

  •  Corrupt Ideology Bankrupts Itself (1+ / 0-)

    It's morally worthless.  

    It's not just morally worthless, it is a drag on the efficiency and success of the nation.  

    It's also ineffective.  We are not only doing wrong, we are also doing it wrong.  

    Rand Paul holds an ideology that doesn't believe in the entire concept of "society".  That fact alone should be enough to disqualify his opinion.  

    That doesn't mean he shouldn't hold office.  It's just that his opinion on the basic unit governance- a community- should be taken into consideration when people make their vote.  


    by otto on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:18:36 AM PST

  •  Don't confuse austerity with irresponsible cheap (0+ / 0-)

    A person wanting to lose weight badly could go on a very strict diet (500 cal/day), and that person would get out of this...worse than he/she was before because the bodily functions (heart, kidneys, etc.) require more than that simply to function properly.

    Same is true with the economy. It one cuts spending too much, vital activities will be directly impacted, and the overall economy will further suffer.

    Just ask Greece...

  •  Rand Paul lives in a political fantasy world.. (0+ / 0-)

    the realities of which would be impressive, if he was a politically astute 14-year-old.

    He and his ridiculous dogma have no place at the table of the modern world.

    He sits at the 'kids table' with the likes of the Gomhert's (so unimportant, I don't have time to google his name for spelling) and Palin's.

    Even Rubio's son gets to sit at the 'adults table'.

    draw a window on the wall to remind you of the silkrain that makes things grow - Yoko Ono

    by quinn on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:22:18 AM PST

  •  ah (0+ / 0-)

    Just wanted to say thank you Laura...your writing and insight really help me focus...

    ashes..ashes..we all fall down

  •  He has never (1+ / 0-)
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    had to go without.  He has no comprehension of the actual meaning of the words that ooze out of his mouth.

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:31:17 AM PST

  •  Now we get a glimpse (1+ / 0-)
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    of what libertarian heaven looks like.

    It looks like hell.

    Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong.

    by shoeless on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:35:55 AM PST

  •  The New Game (0+ / 0-)

    So Republicans are going to deny the reality that cuts hurt people. And they'll apparently wait until the media force them to modify their stance by reporting hardship stories. Then what?

    I wonder what the new approval rating of congress will look like in a week or so?

  •  Hey, Randy, (0+ / 0-)

    "eviscerate" isn't an adjective, you putz. It's a verb.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:58:57 AM PST

  •  Republicans have always had trouble with math (0+ / 0-)

    (kinda like Barbie).  In this case it seems like the "multiplier effect" is the stumbling block.

    Or maybe it's more basic, like just plain multiplication that's their issue.

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:18:47 AM PST

  •  Dr. Paul forgot about the Hippocratic Oath? (0+ / 0-)

    I believe Duke University School of Medicine includes this as part of their graduation ceremony. A modern version states:

    I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

  •  Rand (0+ / 0-)

    Surely the most empathically challenged, vicious, contemptuous/ible little varmit to have chewed his way into Congress in many a moon. Withhold oxygen (ignore him), please.

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