Monthly Archives: May 2011

Default: the Student Loan Documentary

Default: the Student Loan Documentary

The banks are still screwing us over. It didn’t end with the “Great Recession” and it did not begin with that era. They call it the “student loan bubble” and it’s not much unlike the housing or dotcom bubble that we witnessed in the early part of the 2000s. Republicans in the Senate just voted to allow the big 5 oil companies to receive a tax rebate in the billions. They complain about how jobs are being shipped overseas.
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Senate Republicans Double Down For Big Oil

NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

For Immediate Release: May 18, 2011
Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411

After Republicans Voted AGAIN to Protect Big Oil’s Taxpayer Subsidies, Floridians Left Wondering Who Haridopolos, LeMieux, and Hasner Will Fight for In the Senate 

When it comes to Big Oil or taxpayers, whose side are Florida’s Republican Senate hopefuls on? That’s a question Floridians deserve an answer to from Mike Haridopolos and Adam Hasner after their party leaders in Washington once again picked Big Oil yesterday. Continue reading

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What Mainstream Media Missed At Allen West’s May 2011 Town Hall

cross posted at dptilson on May 18, 2011

At U.S. Rep. West’s 5/16/11 Town Hall, GOP congressman & Tea Party favorite is circled by security forces, but still gets confronted by small business owner from his district who takes issue with Republican talking points on deficit, taxes, Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid…and gets escorted out of the meeting for expressing himself. Continue reading

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Allen West Instigating Violence Against Muslim Americans

From the Inbox:  Congressman West Statement on South Florida Men Linked to Pakistani Taliban(WASHINGTON)

— Congressman Allen West (FL-22) released the following statement on the news of three South Florida residents charged with funneling money to the Taliban in Pakistan:


The news that three South Florida residents, including an Imam from Margate, are among six people charged with providing support to the Taliban in Pakistan, is further proof that there are individuals among us aiding and abetting terrorists who want to destroy our way of life. The United States clearly continues to be a prime target. These men were living among South Floridians, worshiping at mosques in our own back yard, and using United States banks to wire money back to terrorist groups.


I commend the men and women of law enforcement who were able to apprehend these suspected terrorists. With the removal of Osama bin Laden, our enemies will only grow more brazen and more committed, not just overseas, but right on our own shores. I call on President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice, and all law enforcement to continue to recognize the seriousness of homegrown terrorism.


The protection of the citizens of this nation will continue to be my prime commitment. We must recognize that a very real, dangerous faction of Islamic extremism exists in our communities. These terrorists are recruiting American citizens, infiltrating our schools and our military, and using our own resources against us.


These terrorists will stop at nothing to kill and destroy us. America must be vigilant and on guard against attacks from the extreme Islamic world and not back down or show weakness to these terrorist groups. We must recognize America’s own soil has now become the center of a new, 21st Century battlefield.”

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Allen West Receives Medicare Award

After voting for the Ryan Plan, which turns Medicare into an under-valued voucher program, Congressman Allen West was honored with the Guardian of Seniors Rights’ award by the 60 Plus Association.

It's easy to guard something when it no longer exists

The self-proclaimed alternative to AARP began running 60-second radio ads in 30 Congressional districts – Allen West included – thanking Republicans for voting for House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which would phase out the current Medicare program completely for those under 55 years of age.  The ads misleadingly assert that the Ryan Plan, which will turn Medicare into a voucher system, will make “no changes for seniors on Medicare now or those who will soon go on it”.

In an award ceremony at the nation’s capital, 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin said “While both programs are running deficits, seniors are not to blame,” Martin emphasized.  “After all, we seniors have paid into both all our working lives.  We’ve paid our dues but seniors know why deficits face both Medicare and Social Security.”

He continues “On behalf of 7.l million seniors that 60 Plus looks to for support, seniors know you’re in our corner. Congressman West, you have earned our respect and our appreciation. 60 Plus thanks you.”

Allen West has made clear how he feels about Medicare and those other big government evils.  We also know how much the seniors in his district responded at his latest town hall.

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Abortion Trumps Job Creation During Legislative Session

Republicans campaigned on the promise of focusing on job creation.  Instead of putting Floridians back to work, the GOP majority has spent their first legislative session pushing their radical social agenda: regulating women’s reproductive health care just because they can.

Florida is leading the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act based on the GOP claims of government over-reach in the doctor/patient relationship.  So it makes sense that Republican lawmakers crafted a proposed constitutional amendment that includes weakening personal freedom by expanding the government.

HJR 1179 will be on the 2012 ballot and if passed, exempts abortion from the state’s strong privacy rights.

The ultrasound bill (HB 1127) was brought back from the dead and sitting on Governor Rick Scott’s desk for a signature.

Last year, Governor Christ vetoed a measure that would force women to have an ultrasound and view the images while listening to a detailed description.

Ultrasounds are routine in abortion procedures, and the most recent version allows women to opt-out of the narrated viewing.  So, Republican lawmakers haven’t actually done anything other than send the message that women are too incompetent to make decisions about her reproductive health and the state government has to intervene.

Senators Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, and Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said as much during debate.  “I didn’t come up here to come and tell you what you must do with your bodies,” Sen. Lynn said.  “I will vote no, not only on this bill, but every other bill we have on abortion.”

Sen. Detert added that she resents voting on a bill that “acts like I’m too stupid to confer with my own doctor on what I should do.  This is not what we were sent up here to do.”

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