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