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Republican Congressman Vows To Kill Child Labor Regulations

Denny Rehberg, GOP Congressman And Senate Hopeful, Blasts Child Labor Regulations

WASHINGTON -- In a speech expounding on the rift between rural America and Washington D.C., Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) vowed Thursday to use his funding powers to stop the Obama administration from implementing new child-labor rules pertaining to agricultural work, accusing the "urban" Labor Department of meddling in a "rural" industry it doesn't understand.

"This is one of those situations where I think the Department of Labor is overstepping its boundaries, its knowledge base, and frankly I think you're sitting around watching reruns of "Blazing Saddles" and that's your interpretation of what goes on in the West," Rehberg, who holds the Labor Department's purse strings for the House of Representatives, said as he lectured a labor official during a hearing Thursday. "And it's not anymore."

Last year, the Labor Department proposed new rules governing what kinds of potentially dangerous tasks minors can and cannot perform on farms and in grain facilities. Although child and worker advocates said the new rules were long overdue, the proposals created an uproar among farmers and agricultural trade groups, who argued that the rules could hurt family-farming traditions.

Although the original proposals largely exempted family farms, the Labor Department bowed yesterday to the farming industry, further widening the exemptions it had already put forward. But that didn't stop Rehberg and GOP members of the House agriculture subcommittee from piling on the department Thursday, using the hearing as an opportunity to put forth their rural bona fides


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/denny-rehberg-child-labor_n_1250207.html


These monsters want to return to sweat shops
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Feb 3, 2012, 06:44 AM (0 replies)

TOON: Romney's Gift to Democrats

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Feb 1, 2012, 09:55 PM (0 replies)

Ohio bill would rais speed limits and outlaw Left Lane Squatters

Not passing? Get out of left lane, bill says

Look out, left-lane lollygaggers: Life in the fast lane might get a little less comfortable.

A new bill in the Ohio House proposing to increase the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 also would make staying in the left lane generally illegal unless drivers are exiting or passing slower vehicles.

House Bill 395 will have its first hearing on Tuesday.


Current Ohio law requires drivers to use the right or center lanes, with a number of exceptions. The proposed legislation essentially would limit the leeway of left-lane users to mosey down the interstates.

Accordingly, motorists would not be permitted to travel in the left-hand lane except when exiting, passing or allowing other vehicles to enter the right lane, or when existing road conditions would make driving a vehicle in the right lane unsafe.


About time someone kicks the squatters in the ass.




Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 31, 2012, 07:37 AM (7 replies)

Iconic skier's death points out U.S. health gap

Since the death of Canadian skier Sarah Burke in January, fans and supporters from around the world have donated over $300,000 – more than enough to cover the massive U.S. medical bill generated by efforts to save her.

The outpouring of grief for Burke and the influx of funds are a tribute to a young woman who was a pioneer and legend in her sport. The need for a fundraiser — to help her grieving family avert bankruptcy — was viewed by some Canadians and U.S. observers as a condemnation of the U.S. health care system.

"The irony is that had the accident occurred in Canada… her care would have been covered because, unlike the U.S., Canada has a system of universal coverage," wrote Wendell Potter, an insurance executive-turned-whistleblower who writes for iWatch at the Center for Public Integrity. "No one in Canada finds themselves in that predicament, nor do they face losing their homes as many Americans do when they become critically ill or suffer an injury..."


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Burke, who died at 29, was on skis by age five, and pursuing a professional skiing career before she left high school. She pioneered women’s halfpipe skiing and was instrumental in getting the event included in the X-Games, according to a profile in Sportsnet magazine of Canada.


http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/30/10274212-iconic-skiers-death-points-out-us-health-gap

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 31, 2012, 07:02 AM (26 replies)

Is The Donald running?

Just on Face The Nation, Trump may run if he doesn't like the nominee.
Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Jan 29, 2012, 10:34 AM (7 replies)

Santorum: Obama wants Americans to go to college to become indoctrinated

With all the news being focused on Newt and Mittens, he had to say something bold to get his name back in the news:

Rick Santorum accused President Obama of wanting Americans to go to colleges and universities that will indoctrinate them to be liberals.

"It's no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college," Santorum said Wednesday in Florida, according to CBS News. "The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure there wasn't one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?"



"If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly give them," Santorum continued. "Because, you know, 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it."

Santorum's comments continue down a route of attack on Obama he's taken in the past, accusing the president of saying every American has to go to college.




http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/206633-santorum-says-obama-wants-more-americans-to-go-to-college-so-they-can-be-indoctrinated

Video here: http://cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2012/01/25/bts-santorum-colleges-against-faith.cnn


No! Ricky, that is Education not indoctrination.
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Jan 27, 2012, 12:26 PM (40 replies)

IF, the republican pull a candidate switch and go with Jeb - here is a bumper sticker idea

ANOTHER BU$H?
IS AMERICA REALLY THAT STUPID?

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jan 25, 2012, 07:21 AM (2 replies)

10 more minutes...

Then I won't have to watch the political response
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:50 PM (0 replies)

Don't miss the Daily Show rerun tonight - 6 pm EST

Classic episode!
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 24, 2012, 05:58 PM (2 replies)

How conservatives lie about government

From Social Security hysteria to "Obamacare" madness, right-wing propaganda is increasingly divorced from reality


One benefit of the prolonged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been the revelation that most of the 20 or 30 percent of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives live in a fantasy world. In their imaginations, Barack Obama, a centrist Democrat with roots in Eisenhower Republicanism rather than Rooseveltian liberalism, is a radical figure trying to take America down the path of “European socialism.” The signature healthcare reform of Obama and the Democratic Congress, modeled on Mitt Romney’s insurance-friendly Massachusetts healthcare program and closely resembling a proposal by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, is described as “statist,” “socialist” or “fascist” (as though Hitler came to power with the goal of providing subsidies to private health insurance companies).

How can otherwise sane people believe such lunacy? The answer is that members of the right-wing counterculture are brainwashed — that is the only appropriate term — by the apocalyptic propaganda ground out constantly by the conservative media establishment. A perfect example is a recent essay by Philip Klein, a senior editorial writer of the Washington Examiner, the right-wing newspaper owned by the billionaire Philip Anshutz: “The Welfare State Is Destroying America.”



In the real world, of course, today’s national debt has nothing to do with Social Security, whose trust fund has a surplus that will last for decades, with the precise date of the trust fund’s exhaustion depending on the rate of general economic growth. True, the federal government has to raise the tax revenue to repay the money it borrowed from the trust fund — but then, the federal government has to repay all of its creditors, domestic and foreign. What’s wrong with that?

As if to concede that there is no Social Security crisis in the near future, Klein engages in three intellectually dishonest maneuvers typical of right-wing propagandists. First, he talks about medium-term and long-term problems as though they were present-day emergencies. Second, he blurs the distinction between Social Security’s long-term fiscal challenges, which are minor, and those caused by rising healthcare costs, in order to make Social Security seem worse off than it is in reality. Third, he implies that “the growing debt burden” of the United States is primarily caused by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, ignoring tax cuts, wars and the effects of a near-depression:

With health care costs rising and the population aging, America’s welfare-state obligations are bringing the country to its financial knees. If left unchecked, the growing debt burden will not only trigger runaway inflation and stifling taxes, but it will also threaten national security.



http://www.salon.com/2012/01/24/how_conservatives_lie_about_government/singleton/
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:10 PM (2 replies)
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