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What's the point of being rich if everyone else is as free as you are?



Imagine the horror rich people felt when they first encountered the little people driving their own cars on the roads. They are still in shock over your uppity way of life. Who do you think you are choosing your own doctor and buying your own insurance? Even worse is choosing to not have insurance as if you were a Vanderbilt! It`s high time you rabble were taught a lesson; choice is for those who deserve choices. What`s the point of being rich if everyone else is as free as you are?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/01/16/morning-plum-how-dems-are-fighting-back-on-obamacare/?commentID=washingtonpost.com/ECHO/item/1389888906-155-713

Would YOU Drink This?

The sight, the smell, the taste of freedom!


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I live in Charleston, WV. We have been w/out WATER for 6 days. The ban has lifted -- but would YOU drink this? pic.twitter.com/XL6rukC2ez




Poorest at Risk, Skepticism High as Officials OK Water Safety in West Virginia

Though officials announce water back at 'safe' limit, scientists and vulnerable residents not so sure

After the ban was lifted, residents were quick to post photos of the allegedly "safe" water online.



MORE HERE:
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/15-6

(Wow) Republicans Begin Laying Ground Work to Walk Away From Obamacare Opposition

(from RedState):

Conservative and Republican affiliated groups have started the 2014 assault against Democrats who support Obamacare. At the very same time, it is increasingly clear Republicans are laying the groundwork to abandon their opposition to Obamacare.

The Business Roundtable, which has a great relationship with Republican Leaders, is now listing Obamacare as an entitlement worth preserving.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former economic advisor to John McCain and who opposed passage of Obamacare, has started a think tank premised on keeping, but fixing, Obamacare. Holtz-Eakin has the ear of Republican leaders. In 2009, Mitch McConnell appointed him to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

The Chamber of Commerce is declaring it will work to fix, not repeal, Obamacare. In fact, just last week the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, “The administration is obviously committed to keeping the law in place, so the chamber has been working pragmatically to fix those parts of Obamacare that can be fixed.”



http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/16/republicans-begin-ground-work-to-walk-away-from-obamacare-opposition/

Imagine having to recount a sexual assault—a horrifyingly painful, personal experience—to the IRS!


House Republicans Are Pushing A Bill That Would Force The IRS To Audit Rape Victims

House Republicans are currently advancing the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” or HR 7, a measure that would impose sweeping restrictions on abortion coverage that could make the procedure less affordable for Americans across the country. In addition to preventing low-income women from using their Medicaid coverage to access abortion, HR 7 could also have dramatic implications for the tax code and the private insurance market. One of its most controversial provisions could actually require the Internal Revenue Service to conduct audits of rape victims.

Why? Because HR 7 eliminates medical-expense deductions for abortion care, essentially raising taxes on the women who opt to have an abortion. Like many abortion restrictions, this provision includes an exemption for victims of rape and incest, as well as women who encounter life-threatening complications from their pregnancies. But in order to enforce those exceptions, the IRS would have to verify that the women who are claiming a medical-expense deduction for an abortion fall into one of those three categories, to ensure they’re not committing tax fraud.

Essentially, that would empower the government agency to have the final say over what “count” as a sexual assault or a life-threatening situation. And that, in turn, would force victims to prove their case.
“Imagine having to recount a sexual assault — a horrifyingly painful, personal experience — to a tax collector,” NARAL Pro-Choice America says in an action alert to its members to encourage them to mobilize against HR 7. “An anti-choice bill in Congress would do just that. It could force sexual assault survivors who access abortion care to prove the assault occurred.”



THE REST:
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/16/3167301/taxpayer-funding-abortion-rape-irs/

House Republican: More babies equals more jobs, so let's ban abortion

During a debate over an anti-abortion bill currently advancing in Congress, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) suggested that Republicans support restricting access to abortion because it will ultimately benefit the economy if women have more children. Goodlatte noted that carrying pregnancies to term “very much promotes job creation.”:

“I would suggest that it is very much the case that those of us in the majority support this legislation because it is the morally right thing to do but it is also very very true that having a growing population and having new children brought into the world is not harmful to job creation,” he said. “It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children.”


THE REST:
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/15/3168601/congressman-births-job-creation/

It’s not just patriotic, but absolutely necessary, to question American deaths in wartime.

Gourley is weighing in on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s book, and new movie, “Lone Survivor,” about a failed mission in Afghanistan that took 19 lives:

“Yes, Marcus. They did die in vain.”

Throughout history, our nation’s greatest leaders have understood on a deeply personal level that however honorably a soldier acquits himself, he can die in vain, and that it is the responsibility of the leaders and citizenry to see to it that they don’t. Our country has lost its sense of that responsibility to a horrifying extent. Our generals have lost the capability to succeed and the integrity to admit failure. Our society has lost the courage and energy to hold them accountable. Over the last decade, our top leaders have wasted the lives of our sons, daughters, and comrades with their incompetence and hubris. After each failure, our citizens have failed to hold them accountable, instead underwriting new failed strategies as quickly as their predecessors with our apathy and sense of detachment. And then we use the tired paeans of “never forget” and “honor the fallen” to distract ourselves from our guilt in the affair. When we blithely declare that they did not die in vain, we deface their honor by using it to wipe the blood from our hands.

We have lost our collective ability to win a war as well as the strength of character to accept defeat. And in the end, it is those who represent the epitome of that character we lack that pay the price. Can there be a death any more in vain than one that secures for us freedoms that we hold in such low regard as to not even use them on behalf of those that protect us? If there is, I cannot think of one.

It is my greatest hope that Luttrell’s response opens a national dialogue on this subject, and that people finally embrace the true, terrible nature of our self-inflicted losses. Let us as a nation finally feel the guilt we ought to for failing our civic duty. And let that be what we remember before we send the next servicemember to battle. For surely, there will be a next war. When it comes, let us be a nation of people who are as faithful to our principles and considerate of our obligations as those who fight for us. Let us be worthy of their sacrifice. That is the only way to prevent them from dying in vain.


MORE:
http://americablog.com/2014/01/foreign-policy-yes-marcus-die-vain.html
http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/15/yes_marcus_they_did_die_in_vain

Presenting - President Chris Christie - Day 100


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/16/1269727/-Comic-President-Chris-Christie-Day-nbsp-100

U. S. Senate taking its own look at Bridgegate affair

Rockefeller wants to know what oversight the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority exercised regarding the lane closures, which clogged Fort Lee streets Sept. 9-13, and led to the resignation or firing of at least three officials close to Gov. Chris Christie inside the agency and the governor's office.

Rockefeller wrote in a Dec. 17 letter to Port Authority Chairman David Samson and Vice Chairman Scott Rechler that his committee has oversight authority over the bi-state agency, which was chartered by Congress in 1921, and he was concerned that the closures might have threatened safety and impeded interstate commerce.

Specifically, Rockefeller has asked for details involving: the agency's standard process for conducting lane closures and/or traffic studies, including assessment of their impact and notification of the public and emergency responders; how the two states share information about closures and other operations; what process was followed in this particular case; what prompted the closures and was there ever a traffic study?

Rockefeller also wanted to know who approved Baroni's Nov. 25 testimony to a state Assembly panel asserting the closures were linked to a traffic study; did the board of commissioners review his testimony; and were any concerns raised?

UGLY LETTER HERE:
http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=3261919c-bda9-4644-8d70-80aeba8da8be
MORE HERE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/16/1270057/-U-S-Senate-taking-its-own-look-at-Bridgegate-affair

WATCH: S.E. Cupp gets an income inequality lesson from Robert Reich

“You would suggest that we force employers to raise wages, force union participation, raise taxes on the top job creators, and force employers to cut off hiring at 50 employees to avoid Obamacare mandates,” Cupp told Reich. “How is that a job recipe for job creation?”

“It’s not forcing,” Reich replied, leading Cupp to shoot back, “You want to raise the minimum wage, which would force (employers) to raise wages.”

“We’ve had a minimum wage in this country since 1935,” Reich responded. “Raising the minimum wage is good for the country. It puts more money in the pockets of people. Sixty-five percent of Americans want to raise the minimum wage. Most minimum-wage workers these days are not teenagers; they are breadwinners. If you help them, you are helping the economy overall. And a lot of employers will benefit from a higher minimum wage.”

Reich went on to argue that a minimum wage comparable to pay in 1968 after adjusting for inflation would be $10.40, and $15 an hour after adjusting for “productivity improvements.”

VIDEO & MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/15/watch-s-e-cupp-gets-an-income-inequality-lesson-from-robert-reich/

Voters = pawns to be manipulated in the nasty chess game that Republicans & Democrats are playing

"What also seems dangerous is how strongly it confirms the growing skepticism and cynicism with which Americans view their government, our conviction that our leaders are out of touch with, and don’t care about, the well being and the lives of ordinary people, and our belief that politicians see voters merely as pawns to be manipulated in the nasty chess game that Republicans and Democrats are playing against each other. Presumably, the governor’s close associates weren’t stalled on the bridge, nor was it their mothers or grandmothers who might have died in the ambulance en route to the hospital."

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/jan/15/s...
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