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Democrats Object to and Block Sen. Paul’s Efforts to Reopen the Federal Government

October 9, 2013 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today joined his Republican colleagues on the Senate Floor to offer a series of unanimous consent requests to reopen the federal government, including funding for the National Institute of Health, the National Park Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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SEN. PAUL: Let’s be very clear here today. Republicans have come to the floor to reopen government. We’ve offered request after request to reopen the government. We’ve offered to negotiate. From the other side, we hear, we will not negotiate. We will not compromise. And we will not reopen the government. We have offered 13 different compromises today to reopen the government. We are willing to open the government, and they say, oh, you must agree to everything or we will open nothing. We will not compromise, and we say to them, why don’t we open the parts of government that we agree to? Can we not end this farce of putting security guards in front of the World War II Memorial? My goodness, it’s an open park. They spent more money closing it than we spend keeping it open. We spend more money guarding the World War II Memorial than we do protecting our ambassador in Libya. It’s become a farce.

85 percent of your government is open. We’ve offered today to open another 10 percent. Compromise means coming together and voting on some of the things you agree on. Every program that we’ve wanted to open today–the national parks, NIH, Veterans Affairs, allowing funerals, for goodness’ sakes, for our military heroes who have died in action — they say we agree to it, but we won’t agree to it.

So let’s be very clear. Republicans have offered today very specific proposals for opening government. The democrats have uniformly rejected every appeal to open government. So in one of our wounded heroes can’t have a funeral, when one of our people cannot be buried in Arlington Cemetery, when a World War II veteran goes to the monument and is barricaded and kept from viewing the monument to celebrate their service, be very clear that Republicans have asked to open the government, and the Democrats have rejected opening it every point. In fact, they’re very, very explicit with their strategy. We will not negotiate, they say.
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Sen. Paul Appears on Your World With Neil Cavuto- October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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SENATE FLOOR: Sen. Paul Supports Re-opening the Government- October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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Tea Party Republicans Resist D.C. Hazing

October 9, 2013 in Economics

By Chris Edwards

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You may remember the scene in Animal House where Kevin Bacon plays a fraternity pledge being hazed. Down on all fours getting paddled, Bacon says, “Thank you sir, may I have another?”

The political establishment is trying to haze fiscal conservatives in Congress. End the shutdown, they say, and allow President Obama to administer the paddle. A recent story in the Washington Post, for example, focused on how business leaders supposedly want Republicans to be “pragmatic” and not “revolutionary,” like Rep. Justin Amash.

Amash is so revolutionary that he wants to repeal an unpopular law: Obamacare. This is a law that the Democrats pushed through Congress in a very partisan and arm-twisty fashion without a single Republican vote. It is a law that the president has made a series of unilateral changes to without the approval of Congress.

The political establishment is trying to haze fiscal conservatives in Congress. End the shutdown, they say, and allow President Obama to administer the paddle.”

The House Republicans have voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, and polls show that the general public has consistently opposed the law since it was passed more than three years ago. If there is a shortage of “pragmatism” anywhere, it is in a White House that has turned a deaf ear to the Obamacare concerns of Republicans and the general public.

The GOP has finally dug in its heels on Obamacare. Using a government shutdown to try and force reforms may seem extreme to some, but it is not unreasonable given the huge damaging impact that the law will have on our health care system.

Remember that the only major budget reform of recent years — the 2011 Budget Control Act — did not come about from the Republicans saying submissively to Obama, “Thank you Mr. President sir for your $1 trillion deficits, may we have another?” Instead, the Republicans confronted the president over a debt-limit vote to successfully force change.

Much of the Washington establishment seems to think that Republicans — especially tea party Republicans — ought to take a passive “go along to get along” governing approach. But in my book, The Republican Revolution 10 Years Later, an essay from Newt Gingrich talks about how Republican reformers in the 1990s faced “active, continuing opposition” from the party’s old guard, and an essay from Dick Armey describes how the old guard just wanted the two parties “to get along …read more

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New Study: American Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Moms

October 9, 2013 in Blogs

By Jodie Gummow, AlterNet

Women are dying earlier than they used to but scientists haven’t figured out why.


Despite rapid medical and technological advances aimed at increasing life expectancy, it seems women today are missing out on benefiting from such progress.  

According to recent studies, the life span for women has decreased over the last two decades, with women today expected to have a much shorter life span than their mothers, The Atlantic reported.

In one study conducted by the University of Wisconsin and published in March, researchers found that female mortality rates rose in 43 percent of U.S. counties from the early '90s to 2006 and that women aged 75 and younger were dying at higher rates than their predecessors. At the same time, the life expectancy for men did not change.

A more recent report confirmed these findings, revealing that female life expectancy either stagnated or declined in 45 percent of U.S. counties between 1985 and 2010.

In both studies, scientists are baffled about what is causing the decline, although some attribute the higher mortality rates to obesity, smoking rates and higher education levels. 

Co-author of the Washingston study, David Kindig, said he was so shocked by the findings that he did the numbers again only to find the same result. He lso said that health care, or lack thereof, may not be the whole story:

“'More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important… It could be cultural, political, or environmental, but the truth is we don't really know the answer,’ he told The Atlantic.

However, one factor affecting mortality remains clear and that is location. There is a clear link between where women live in the United States and their life expectancy. Women in the Southeast are most affected, particularly in Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas, while the Northeast is least impacted by the trend. Women in Florida lived an average age of 85.8 years, while in West Virginia the average age of death was only 74. 

In addition, a Health Affairs study published in 2012 revealed that life expectancy …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Understanding The IPCC Climate Assessment

October 9, 2013 in Economics

As George Orwell noted, political language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Rarely has this been so apparent as with the Fifth Assessment Report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released recently to both fanfare and stinging criticism. Cato scholar and MIT professor Richard S. Lindzen has noted the political nature of the report, and catalogued the dishonesty of the “consensus” it so actively promotes.

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Cheney, Rumsfeld and Other War Criminals Joke About Waterboarding as America Burns

October 9, 2013 in Blogs

By Joan Walsh, Salon

Torture proves hilarious to conservatives at Cheney roast.


 

Talk about torture.

As the nation is dragged toward a debt-ceiling crisis by a band of radical Republicans determined to invalidate laws they don’t like but don’t have the power to repeal, party elders got together for a light-hearted roast of accused war criminal Dick Cheney in New York Tuesday night. The ad in Commentary read:

He was White House chief of staff. He was House minority whip. He was secretary of defense. He was vice president of the United States. Now…he will be the main course.

Ben Smith at BuzzFeed has the exclusive details.  Read them.

Apparently guests shared details of the off-the-record gala, which featured humor from Donald Rumsfeld, Michael Mukasey and spoiled nepotista (and party wrecker) Liz Cheney, who wants to be the first Wyoming senator who’s actually from Virginia. There were light-hearted water-boarding jokes, and someone – reportedly Sen. Joe Lieberman — rocked the house by saying “something to the effect that it’s nice that we’re all here at the Plaza instead of in cages after some war crimes trial,” one of Smith’s sources told him.

If only.

At least a couple of people have a conscience buried under all their money, because they told Smith they thought some of the jokes were inappropriate. “There were some waterboarding jokes that were really tasteless,” one said. “I can see the case for enhanced interrogation techniques after Sept. 11 but I can’t really endorse sitting there drinking wine and fancy dinner at the Plaza laughing uproariously about it.”

But judging from the uproarious laughter reported, most attendees didn’t have a problem with it.

I found my blood boiling after reading Smith’s piece. Our tax dollars keep Cheney alive, on the best healthcare government money can buy, while his political inheritors shut down the government to stop the uninsured from getting help. Doctors keep trying, and failing, to give Cheney a working heart; instead, he seems to be kept alive by spite.

The former vice president and his neocon buddies couldn’t get together to reminisce about their war service, because they all ducked the military — Cheney most famously …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Rothbard: Repudiate the National Debt

October 9, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

This article ran in the June 1992 issue of Chronicles (pp. 49–52):

Repudiating the National Debt

by Murray Rothbard

In the spring of 1981, conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives cried. They cried because, in the first flush of the Reagan Revolution that was supposed to bring drastic cuts in taxes and government spending, as well as a balanced budget, they were being asked by the White House and their own leadership to vote for an increase in the statutory limit on the federal public debt, which was then scraping the legal ceiling of $1 trillion. They cried because all of their lives they had voted against an increase in public debt, and now they were being asked, by their own party and their own movement, to violate their lifelong principles. The White House and its leadership assured them that this breach in principle would be their last: that it was necessary for one last increase in the debt limit to give President Reagan a chance to bring about a balanced budget and to begin to reduce the debt. Many of these Republicans tearfully announced that they were taking this fateful step because they deeply trusted their president, who would not let them down.

Famous last words. In a sense, the Reagan handlers were right: there were no more tears, no more complaints, because the principles themselves were quickly forgotten, swept into the dustbin of history. Deficits and the public debt have piled up mountainously since then, andfew people care, least of all conservative Republicans. Every few years, the legal limit is raised automatically. By the end of the Reagan reign the federal debt was $2.6 trillion; now it is $3.5 trillion and rising rapidly. And this is the rosy side of the picture, because if you add in “off-budget” loan guarantees and contingencies, the grand total federal debt is $20 trillion.

Before the Reagan era, conservatives were clear about how they felt about deficits and the public debt: a balanced budget was good, and deficits and the public debt were bad, piled up by free-spending Keynesians and socialists, who absurdly proclaimed that there was nothing wrong or onerous about the public debt. In the famous words of the left-Keynesian apostle of “functional finance,” Professor Abba Lernr, there is nothing wrong with the public debtbecause “we owe it to ourselves.” In those days, at least, conservatives were astute enough to realize that it made an enormous amount of difference whether – slicing through the obfuscatory collective nouns – one is a member of the “we” (the burdened taxpayer) …read more

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Washington Times: SEKULOW: Where Obama’s ‘red line’ ends

October 9, 2013 in Politics & Elections

Amid the political turmoil in Egypt, an egregious targeted campaign of violence against Christians is being left out of the headlines.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters have reportedly paraded nuns through the streets like prisoners of war. Countless churches are being destroyed. Some that have stood for over a millennium have been forced to close their doors for the first time.

Though our political leaders attribute this targeted persecution as the unfortunate collateral damage of national conflict, these disturbing events are in reality part of a broader trend of systemic violence being perpetrated by radical Islamists across the Middle East – specifically targeting Christians.

More than 60 churches have been burned, and dozens of Christians have been attacked and killed since the military’s ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. While Christians have long been a minority in Egypt, the persecution of Egypt’s Christian population – the largest in the Middle East – dramatically escalated under the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule and has spawned unthinkable destruction in the wake of the Brotherhood’s ouster.

The notion that this devastation is merely the result of political crossfire or the unintended consequence of civil strife is willful ignorance. Making up 10 percent of Egypt’s population, Christians are not an outside coalition of religious extremists; rather, they represent an established community of more than 8 million individuals that have managed to live peacefully with their Muslim neighbors for centuries.

Though President Obama has highlighted the plight of ‘religious minorities’ in Egypt, calling for ‘respect’ from all sides, he has yet to acknowledge that the principal targets of this violence are, in fact, Christians, refusing to even use the word ‘Christian’ in his limited remarks. Worse yet, the president has refused to address the radical Islamic forces behind the targeted violence.

The White House was directly asked about this disturbing situation at a recent news conference: ‘With people being killed, Christians in particular being targeted, churches being destroyed, what’s the president’s red line in Egypt?’ Unbelievably, the White House spokesman joked, ‘Well, I didn’t bring my red pen out with me today.’

Have we in America become so intent on being politically correct that we fail to condemn widespread religious intolerance in other nations? The relative inaction on the part of the White House on this grave situation seems to indicate that we would sooner joke about the systematic persecution of Christians than condemn violence perpetrated by radical Islamists.The United States provides billions in foreign …read more

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Sen. Paul Appears on America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer- October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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