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14 Vicious Republican Assaults on America. E.P.A. & Union Bashing. #1 and 2. 2011: The beginning.

Updated on October 28, 2013

The EPA and Union Bashing

In Madison, Wis., thousands protested a plan to balance the state's budget in part by stripping public workers of bargaining rights.
In Madison, Wis., thousands protested a plan to balance the state's budget in part by stripping public workers of bargaining rights.
Environmental Agency - Big agency with small impact on environmental protections
Environmental Agency - Big agency with small impact on environmental protections
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GOP attacks continue on the American people. Big business is exalted by the GOP. The GOP's hidden agenda: Kill the E.P.A. and Union bashing.

Parts: 1 and 2, of 14 vicious attacks on America by the Republican Party - 2011.

These are the most currently prominent 14 attacks on America by the Republican Party. They are real. They are scary. They are deadly to the middle and working class.

Do they really believe they are doing the bidding of "the people" ?

Do they really believe that the American public does not know who is behind the Republican party and directs their agendas?

Are the American people really as stupid and gullible as Corporate America and their party, believe we are?

Is the loyalty to the agendas of the wealthy and conservative christians worth the price we will have to pay to Corporate America?

Let's take a quick look at what the G.O.P. and tea party are doing so far:

# 1. Attack on the E.P.A.

The house republicans passed a federal proposal that would make drastic cuts to programs that help solve climate crisis. This funding bill, that the House of Representatives voted in favor of, is an attack on climate change solutions and climate change science. These cuts would:

  • Prohibit the EPA from from setting limits on greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, factories and refineries, among the most significant sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.
  • Prohibit the EPA from collecting information about the sources where greenhouse gas pollution is coming from.
  • Eliminate funding for a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This program would efficiently supply scientific data and information about climate change and its impacts.
  • Slash the E.P.A.'s total budget by at 29%.

The Republican House passed a funding measure that threatens your health and safety. Speaker Boehner passed huge cuts to programs like meat inspection and water infrastructure that are essential to ensuring the safety of your food and water.

Speaker Boehner and his allies also slashed funding for the Environmental Protection Agency AND passed legislation that blocks scientists at the EPA from doing their job of protecting public health. The anti-environment amendments passed by the House have nothing to do with reducing the budget deficit. They are simply backdoor efforts to gut environmental protections that corporate America does not want.

Two weeks ago, while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., former house speaker, New Gingrich called for completely abolishing the E.P.A.

And just last week, Republican leaders in the House took a big step toward making the Gingrich plan to eliminate the EPA a reality by slashing funding for environmental and public health safeguards in their proposed "Continuing Resolution". These proposals only serve to protect the Coal and Oil industries from any restrictions on pollution practices and their profits.

These G.O.P. proposals (the largest cuts to EPA in 30 years) would jeopardize the water we drink and air that we breath, endangering the health and well-being of all Americans, but it would increase profits for the wealthy. The House has also proposed funding measures that also include attacks on our bedrock environmental laws that would prevent the EPA from closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act that would jeopardize the drinking water for 117+ million Americans. Also, the plan would prevent the EPA from enforcing common sense safeguards in the Clean Air Act that curb harmful carbon pollution and hold corporate polluters accountable.

The additional provisions have nothing to do with funding the government, or creating jobs, but are part of a long sought agenda by the nations biggest polluters. But, should we really be surprised? Speaker Boehner has received more that $1 million in campaign cash from Dirty Coal, Big Oil and other energy interest during his career in Congress. The Dirty energy allies want to totally dismantle EPA.

#2 Wisconsin G.O.P. agenda: Union Bashing

What just happened (still happening) in Wisconsin is a travesty of justice, and a premonition of just how far these radicals will go to attack the working class.

Bottom line: Rather than ask the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, the GOP is trying to balance the national budget off the backs of those that can least afford it. Launching their attacks on public workers (teachers, prison guards, police, fire fighters, government workers, etc...) is just a smoke screen for their hidden agenda here, and ultimately across the country. They will stop at nothing to attain their ultimate objective: Dismantle all unions, that are seen as a threat to corporate America; their complete control over all American workers; and most important of all: their profits.

The following quote from N.Y. Times, made by (R) state senate majority leader, Scott Fitzgerald, just about sums up this new G.O.P. attitude: "Scott Walker and I, and my brother (speaker Jeff Fitzgerald) went into this session with the understanding that we had to deliver on campaign promises, that people wanted the G.O.P. to make change, that the more feathers you ruffle this time, the better off you'll be".

They think "ruffling feathers" like beating down middle class families will make it easier to get re-elected. It's all about winning the next election and protecting their wealthy benefactors.

In Washington, House Republicans are backing Gov. Walker and his claim that working families are responsible for our current deficit.

Not surprisingly, Karl Rove, with extensive family history of ties to Hitler and his regime, and the very same "interests" that the GOP is fighting to protect, is massively backing the new radical GOP agenda.

Proof? The Republican house found a way to destroy collective bargaining for State employees via a "loophole" proving that their real intent was not to balance any budget, but to destroy the unions.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has admitted he considered "planting some trouble makers amid the crowds of peaceful protesters in Madison, to incite lawlessness".

To be continued in next hub.

by: d.william 03/11/11

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      And i agree that the tea party members have irreparably damage the GOP. Some of the 'normal' republicans are now rebelling against those radical tea party members, but the damage is done and until they get them out of congress, i truly hope the other party can maintain some control over their radical agendas. Although, they are not having much luck in those states that are being bombarded with discriminatory laws against women, gays, seniors, the poor, the middle class - hell everyone except the wealthy and corporate giants.

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      RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

      Er-r, d.Williams, Marquis has conveniently ignored Dubyuh's military record ---both when he was a drunken kid and the other...the other...the illegal wars he immersed America in.

      Further, I would like to see the Tea Party addressed separate fromthe GOP because they are not precisely synonymous. Remember the Moral Majority (which is neither) of the 1980's? It is now called the Tea Party. There still remains many Republicans who keep the T.P. both away and in their restrooms.

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Spoken like a true republican tea party member. Totally lost in the oblivion of their own ignorance.

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      Democrats and the Left are the real scams. Take for instance, the liar and draft dodger Al Gore. He had nothing but falsifications in his book and yet people bought into it.

      I think the dumbest people are the environmental alarmists. They hate people anyway.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading and taking time to comment. My answer to your question would be: Puleeeze ! The tea party will never be sorry for anything they do, they are stupid enough to think that they can change the way government does business without reprecussions. They probably also believe that this is really what the american people want. I hate to disillusion them, but the american people just want to be left alone in their private little worlds, and not get dumped on by big business and/or their (our) government. When we had a government that we could trust, this was OK. Today, not so much. We now have to stand up for what we once had and demand it back, but not the way the tea party or GOP is going at it. Rob the middle class and the working class and give it to the rich.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      I've been trying to compile a of list of their infractions and find it is damn near impossible. They have a broad agenda to turn America into an absolute corporate state with cheap labor. I wonder if the tea party is sorry yet?


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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Excellent commentary, and the entire thing could be easily incorporated into my hub with little change to it. Thanks, I will consider it, your addednum to my article, and it will serve to enhance the basic motility of the thought.

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      Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      always, you stated that the GOP really thinks the people are stupid. I am sorry but all evidence indicates that they are correct in regards to the majority of Americans. This is no accident either. It has only taken 30 years, 1 generation, for this country to sink from the top, to frightfully close to the bottom of industrialized nations in levels of intelligence and thinking skills. The right still continues to fight for the right to destroy what little bit that remains of factual knowledge our students receive. Instead of teaching our students critical thinking skills, they fight to teach the intelligent design crap. They seek to rewrite history in an effort to convince each following generation that their fairy tale is actual fact. They fear thinking people and will stop at nothing to halt anyone from becoming one. You have non thinking local business people making decisions about the cirriculumn that our sdtudents are taught. People who have a high school diploma feel they are the best person available to decide what history and science teachers will teach. They learn this crap in their church and feel they have the right to force it down the throats of all Americans. They want to teach religion in our government funded schools and yet refuse to consider paying taxes for the right to do so. The worst part of this is that very few of them have the first clue about their religion and or any religion for that matter. Another example of the blind leading the blind. Another example of a higher priority being placed on fantasy than actual facts. It wont end until this country is destroyed. One thing they will accomplish by rewritting history is to make it easier for those who come after us to be sucked into the same bucket of crap they have forced this country into today. god bless american my ass. god destroy america is closer to the truth.

      Long live the Pastafarians and their Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for your comments. I will look for your new hub when you publish. dw

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      KT Banks 6 years ago from Texas

      I voted it Up and Useful. We need more people like you.

      And I agree with Always Exploring also.

      I'm about to write a hub on Freedom vs Privacy.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for visiting and your comments. And of course, you are correct in your assessments.

      I do believe however, that the GOP is being hijacked by the most radical right wing nuts. But, I am certainly not discounting the fact that the party itself is far too conservative in most of its views, and out of sync with the majority of americans.

      The blatant assaults on the middle class is way too extreme, even for the majority of the GOP.

      The International Commission for Labor Rights has sent notice to the Wisconsin legislature that their actions are illegal, so hopefully they will concede without a long drawn out court battle that will be at the american people's expense.

      These radicals are doing way more harm to the economy than good.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The GOP really thinks the people are stupid. What bothers me the most is the poor and the middle class vote Republican because they believe they are christians. The GOP cares nothing about the people. They are full of greed and want to win back the whitehouse, woe unto us, if this happens. We will no longer have any civil rights, unions, soc. sec., and the list goes on. If we the people don't stand then we're doomed. The Gop would love to see the sweat shops again and if the unions go, that will happen. Thank you for a very informative hub.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for reading, and your comments. And the answer to your quesion is: Yes. they really do believe that the american public is made up of a bunch of fools. We believe their lies, and do nothing when they take too many liberties with their underhandedness.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      I gave up trying to understand politiciams a while back. Do they think we are all fools?

      Great hub.