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I can understand the right for someone to vote against raising the minimum wage…….but BANNING cities from passing higher wages?

BANNING cities from enacting PAID SICK days?

BANNING cities from VACATION REQUIREMENTS?

BANNING????

Did she BAN Corporations from giving out bonuses?

Did she BAN corporations from enacting sick day?

Did she BAN corporations from giving vacations?

  • No.

Just BANNING the middle class…….

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‘At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements’.

(Bloggers Note : I live in Washington State where we have the highest minimum wage in the Nation. The legislation was passed in 1998 and the minimum wage raises with inflation. Strangely NOT ONE of the…

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That guy’s grazing cows out there free as a libertarian–exercising freedom that other folks pay for. A fee imposed by that liberal Anti-American, Marxist empirical tyrant, Ronald Reagan. LOL

Executive Order 12548 — Grazing Fees
February 14, 1986

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and in order to provide for establishment of appropriate fees for the grazing of domestic livestock on public rangelands, it is ordered as follows:

Section 1. Determination of Fees. The Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior are directed to exercise their authority, to the extent permitted by law under the various statutes they administer, to establish fees for domestic livestock grazing on the public rangelands which annually equals the $1.23 base established by the 1966 Western Livestock Grazing Survey multiplied by the result of the Forage Value Index (computed annually from data supplied by the Statistical Reporting Service) added to the Combined Index (Beef Cattle Price Index minus the Prices Paid Index) and divided by 100; provided, that the annual increase or decrease in such fee for any given year shall be limited to not more than plus or minus 25 percent of the previous year’s fee, and provided further, that the fee shall not be less than $1.35 per animal unit month.
http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/arc…/speeches/1986/21486b.htm

I have decided that a life in elected office will never be my fortune. For one thing my campaign adds would be entirely negative. I would envision an add something like this:

If you believe that the best use of your tax dollar is to support big business and large Oil Companies – Do not VOTE for me.
If your religion instructs you to believe a woman has no choice about her health and reproductive issues – Do not VOTE for me.
If you believe the right to vote is not a right for every citizen and that some citizens ought to be prevented from exercising that right – Do not VOTE for me.
If it is your conviction that Public Education needs to be defunded and privatized – Do not VOTE for me.
If you are in agreement that large for profit prisons are good for society – Do not VOTE for me.
If affording the children of impoverished families a nutritional diet and adequate clothing and shelter is at the bottom of your list of priorities – do not VOTE for me.
If you see no reason to address current climate change issues and agree with the science deniers – Do not VOTE for me.
If you can not abide the thought that equality applies to every human being – regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or economic station – Do not VOTE for me.
If you are Okay with spending your Tax Dollars to build up the Military while ignoring the needs of society – Do not VOTE for me.
If you truly believe that corporate entities are equal to and deserve the same consideration as individual citizens – Do not VOTE for me.
If you view the 2nd amendment as a sacred sacrament and see it as allowing free and unfettered gun ownership to anyone – Do not VOTE for me.
If you want to deny citizens – your neighbors – affordable healthcare and look upon anything but privatized corporate managed systems as evil socialized medicine – Do not VOTE for me.

If I gave this more thought the list would be much larger. But you get the gist of what I am saying. We can ill afford to pander to the purveyors of conservative – make that regressive policy.

Don Nelson

Despite what you keep hearing from Tea Party types and from some members of Congress the Postal Service is not going broke nor is it an outdated delivery service. It competes very well with all of the other delivery services in the United States and in fact continually delivers its mail and parcels on time much more often than either UPS or FedEx. And it actually partners with both of those delivery services to deliver parcels in areas they cannot or will deliver to.

It is the only constitutionally mandated entity of the Federal Government. Without the onerous pre-funding laid upon it by the outgoing Republican Congress in 2006 it would have made a combined profit over the past 3 years of more than one billion dollars. It delivers to every business and household in the United States and that includes Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and American Samoa! It has received no taxpayer monies since 1981 and in that time there have only been 3 years in which it has not made a profit.

It now delivers parcels on Sunday in several select areas across the nation including the OKC area in an exclusive deal it made with Amazon. It’s profits from its business in the delivery of parcels have increased 57% in the past 4 years. During the past Christmas season it was the only delivery service in America that was given high marks for its on-time deliveries. UPS and FedEx failed miserably during that same time period. The Postal Service handled nearly double all the parcels UPS and FedEx handled during that same time period, delivering more than 75,000 parcels on Christmas Day in order that they arrive at their destination on time for Christmas.

The Postal Service is one of the most efficiently run corporations in the world. Its employees are among the most productive of all employees in the United States. Letter Carriers who deliver the mail for the Postal Service are year after year the most trusted employees of the Federal Government. These are all facts that can easily be verified.

The Postal Service is the only delivery service in the world, as far as I can determine, that delivers six days a week and delivers more mail in one week than most other postal services or delivery services deliver in a year’s time. The Postal Service delivers more than 40 percent of all the world’s mail. It also is the end delivery service for more than 34 percent of all FedEx deliveries and in its ongoing partnership with UPS it is the end delivery service for nearly 30 percent of all UPS deliveries.

To say that the Postal Service is antiquated and outdated is to deny that nearly 80,000,000 million Americans still depend upon the Postal Service for their primary form of communication. Literally hundreds of thousands of small businesses and many large corporations depend upon the Postal Service to keep their businesses competitive.

The Postal Service isn’t going broke. If congress would end the pre-funding tomorrow the Postal Service is on tract to make more than 1 billions dollars in profit this fiscal year. Does that sound like an outmoded outdated antiquated business? No it sounds like a business that is on very sound footing now and for the foreseeable future!

Bob Bearden

Wild nonsense in the GOP nudges Moderates out the elephant door. Rockefeller Republicans is a term I’ve heard. Many of them have left the party, as early as the 60′s and 70′s. I have collected a list of recent exiles just in the last 2 years from different States. Pushed out by  too much of that nonsense. If this keeps up, the Democratic Party will be the old Republican Party in our lifetime. If it is not already (for better or worse)

1. See Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers.

“A Republican Judge from San Antonio, Texas, has announced he is quitting the GOP and will seek re-election as a Democrat, saying that he can no longer be part of political party whose identity is based on hate, bigotry and destroying people’s lives.” – Steven Rosenfeld

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2. And NPRs, Moderate Republicans Lost In GOP’s Official Platform,

“Two moderate Republicans — former congressmen Mike Castle of Delaware and Tom Davis of Virginia — wonder whether that wing of their party can survive. In years past the party had a component referred to as “Rockefeller Republicans” — named after former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. The group tended to work well with middle of the road Democrats.” – Robert Siegel

3. Charlie Crist Plots His Comeback As A Democrat,

“The man who once identified himself as a Ronald Reagan Republican is preparing for another gubernatorial bid, this time as a Barack Obama Democrat.” – MICHAEL J. MISHAK

4. Republican Councilmember Peter Koo Switches To Democratic Party

“As a new Democrat, I hope to better use my immigration experience and business acumen to help shape and brighten a brighter future for this great city,” he declared.

5. Jean Schodorf, Outgoing Kansas State Senator, Becomes A Democrat

“It seems that the Democrats are creating jobs and solving the problems of the debt and keeping our nation solvent,” Schodorf said.

4. And Jason Thigpen:

“After raising almost $43,000 as a republican candidate for North Carolina third Congressional District, Jason Thigpen announced on October 31, 2013 that he is switching to the Democratic Party.” – Randa Morris

Getting Extreme

You might want to get out and interview candidates. Then VOTE.

 

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Jimmy Carter: Southern White Men Turn To The GOP Because Of ‘Race’

 

Every woman in the work force should get out and vote. And vote not for some hot button issue that divides, but they should vote their pocket books and in doing so they can change the course of history by electing sane progressive individuals who care about the real issues which are equal pay, poverty and a living wage for all!

You can carp about other issues as being important but unless we stem the rising tide of poverty in this nation all the other issues will fade in importance and become meaningless. When poverty overtakes you it is like Gandhi said, “We are here today in this fine sanctuary to speak of God after a fine breakfast and looking forward an even finer lunch. But how can we speak of God to those who are hungry. To them God can only appear as bread and butter!”

Poverty should trump all and it should be the paramount concern for us all, because in spending more and more time texting endlessly on our smart phones we are being disconnected with the one issue that tops all other issues – poverty and how do we end hunger in the richest nation on earth? And why do we have hunger in the richest nation on earth? As Franklin Roosevelt said, “As a nation we are judged not by how much we add to those who have plenty, but how we treat those among who have little.”

The issues that help address hunger in America are and should be raising the minimum wage and pushing harder for equal pay for women. Women make up almost half of the work force in our nation and yet they receive only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Among single parent households women out number the men and yet many women who are single parents are struggling to raise their families on only 2/3 of what a man receives. That should not be.

We have all those hot button issues that politicians use to ensure that their base gets out and votes to re-elect them to office every two years and those same politicians stand tall and yell the loudest about Christian Values and Family Values and then when elected stand up and vilify women in the workplace and dis as lazy and shiftless those workers who are earning minimum wage or worse. They deride the SNAP Program and vote time after time to cut programs that keep people from going hungry and seniors from living in abject poverty. They are always ready to destroy the social safety net our nation has enacted to protect the least among us. That is a legacy that I would be ashamed to have as my epitaph.

They ever claim to be followers of the Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth and yet they patently ignore his words, “What you do unto the least of mine you also do unto me!” We must as women as seniors and as fellow human beings overcome the issues that divides us and concentrate on the issues that matter. Equal pay for all workers regardless of gender or any other reason. Finding ways to end hunger in America and raise the wages of all workers to a level that they too can have the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity.

Those are the moral imperatives of our time!

Bob Bearden

Originally posted on The ObamaCrat™:

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Rand’s Obamacare stats: 9.3 million new insureds, and counting

By Michael Hiltzik

The long-awaited Rand Corp. study of Obamacare’s effect on health insurance coverage was released Tuesday and confirmed the numbers that had been telegraphed for more than a week: At least 9.3 million more Americans have health insurance now than in September 2013, virtually all of them as a result of the law.

Just the start? President Obama announces preliminary Affordable Care Act signups. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images / April 1, 2014)

Just the start? President Obama announces preliminary Affordable Care Act signups. (Nicholas Kamm / AFP/Getty Images / April 1, 2014)

 

That’s a net figure, accommodating all those who lost their individual health insurance because of cancellations. The Rand study confirms other surveys that placed the number of people who lost their old insurance and did not or could not replace it — the focus of an enormous volume of anti-Obamacare rhetoric — at less than 1 million. The Rand…

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