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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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More Insights From Allen West

Allen West held his second town hall since he cast controversial votes that have been plaguing Republicans who returned to their respective districts earlier this week.

It’s that damn Paul Ryan and his budget bill.  The Tea-Party freshman were going to return to a loving embrace at their town halls.  But Karma’s a bitch, and instead time-warped them back to the circus of 2009.  Only now, these town-hall attendees actually live in the area and are yelling at the Republican Congressmen whose plan threatens their Medicare and health care while adding to the massive budget deficit they promised to close.

Less than a minute in to this first clip, West defends his choice to de-fund Planned Parenthood and NPR, a measly 1% of the budget, while the Department of Defense has doubled their budget to over $600 billion.  West’s response is a fantastic demonstration of the art of room clearing:

He might have pissed off all those people with those Planned Parenthood remarks, but he really dug himself into a hole when he pivoted into the “not turning his back on the people he served with” justification.

About 6 minutes into the next clip is West’s read on how the 2 parties can work together for the great good of America as a nation:

There is an incredible ideological chasm developing in the United States of America and the gist is very simple: if you got more people who are tied or dependent upon government, by subsistence check or employment check, it becomes upside-down in the United States of America.  And if there are people who believe that what built this great nation in 234 years is large government, I can’t compromise with that.  Because that goes against our principles – that goes against everything the founding fathers wrote, that goes against everything that has built this country to where it is now.”

That’s depressingly unsurprising.  Allen West stands firm on his tea-bagger platform of not cooperating with anyone who supports helping the greater good of those he was hired to represent.

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Video of Nicole Sandler Arrested From Allen West Town Hall

around minute 8 is where the arrest occurs

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Congressman Allen West Defines his Debt Ceiling Conditions

Florida Congressman Allen West held a town hall event in Fort Lauderdale this evening.  It would have been a better show (by which I mean “authentic”), however it did start with some fireworks.

Upon arriving, everyone was given a card to fill out with standard info such as name, address, phone number, and email.  We were also asked to fill out the question/concern we wanted West to address.  Initially I assumed it was so they could gauge the temperature of the crowd.  Ya know, take stock of general areas of interest and call people to the microphone accordingly.  This isn’t unusual considering what most GOP congressman have faced at their respective town halls this week.  If anything I figured they were hoping to avoid the Medicare voucher vote entirely.

He works for "you"....just don't ask him any questions

This wasn’t the case it all.  Instead of calling people down to voice their concerns, Allen West had 2 staffers allegedly read the questions to him. I know for a fact they threw aside most of genuine questions because they threw out at least 4 people who took issue with this Q & A format.  One woman was taken into police custody.

Dave Weigel reports that a Wall Street front group is loading conservative activists with soft ball questions and packing them into GOP town halls.  That was what I expected. Instead we have a Congressman totally ducking any questions and soft-balling himself.

With regard to the Debt Ceiling, West defined the terms under which he’ll vote to raise it: a constitutional “balanced budget” amendment”, a provision in the constitution that triggers automatic budget cuts when the federal budget nears the debt limit, deregulation and cutting corporate taxes to 20%.

**UPDATE** Turns out the woman who was arrested by Fort Lauderdale police was Air America’s own Nicole Sandler.

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Rick Scott Has a Plan For Jobs – Cut Them

Follow up on earlier post:  Recall Rick Scott

This blog is in no way dedicated to Governor Voldemort, but he hit new levels of evil with the most recent, despicable executive order cutting 15%  of the funding for the severely handicapped, slashing payments by 40% for the 30,000 disabled Floridians who rely on the state’s Medicaid program.

His rule of governing can’t be any clearer: he’s literally stepping on the most vulnerable to kiss the asses of the few corporations who hoard their cash despite record profits.  There is no reason he deserves the 30% approval rating he currently has.

In order to stress the need for a recall effort, I wanted to underscore this by updating some information from an earlier post. Recently, I commented on the stunning contrast between Florida Governor Rick Scott’s campaign promise to bring 700,000 jobs to the state of Florida. I noted then that the state of Florida was projected to cut almost 70,000 cash-money jobs.

Those numbers were wrong.

More recent numbers suggest that in the 4 months since taking office, Scott has cost the state roughly 74,000 jobs (estimates includes the number of jobs that were lost, in the long run, with the high-speed rail project). This includes 1,600 jobs cut from the Department of Health; 1,690 cut from the Department of Corrections and the Department of Children and Families; 28,500 expected to be lost from road projects;  about 4,106 job losses are yet to be determined but are planned for next year, or a total of 12,700 lost over the next 2 years;  and of course 24,000 to 40,000 jobs that would have come from the high-speed rail project that Scott nixed.

 

Thank Rick Scott for why China is ahead of us.

Thank Rick Scott for why China is ahead of us.

Those are just the state/public jobs that were cut by Rick Scott.

Florida A&M University, a private school, recently voted to eliminate 242 positions by their board of trustees.

Since taking office, private businesses such as the French firm, Teleperformance, has had to lay off 1,200 workers and retailers in Florida estimate they’ve had to fire over 5,700 employees due to Florida’s plummeting economic climate.

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