Oh, what could have been:
August 21, 2012
(some nonsense about beating Obama)
Toward that end, I hereby release all delegates bound or pledged to me under any and all state laws or party rules.
(more nonsense about beating Obama)
h/t Nicole, The duly-elected leadership of Tampa welcomes the GOP convention.
Open thread below...
If you haven't noticed this week's plethora of posts on global warming in the Climate Change SOS Blogathon, I urge you to visit some (or all of them) to read and perhaps join a discussion on the most important issue of our era. That's not hyperbole. Global warming, climate change, climate chaos?whatever you choose to call it?is upon us. It's happening faster than most scientists predicted. It's already having devastating effects in some regions. It's visible in some way almost everywhere on the planet.
Taking action in this arena will require an individual response that reexamines what pop sociologists and pop media call "lifestyle." It will require cooperative efforts among neighbors, communities and larger associations of people. It will require putting pressure on governments, from inside and outside. Taking will require wide-scale civil disobedience because the powers that be are determined to maintain the status quo and continue to make myopic decisions that exacerbate what is already going to be a tough future.
Micah McCarty, chairman of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington, pegs it exactly right: "Traditional values teach us to be good ancestors. Future generations are going to look back at us and say, 'What did you do about this?'"
McCarty wants to spread that teaching: "We're not just icons. We're not another flavor on the street of ethnic food. We have scientific value in the long-term observations of our peoples, and what our peoples have gone through to survive and adapt to changes that have been imposed on us."
For Native peoples, many of them directly dependent on traditional uses of natural resources for their livelihood, being good ancestors has become more difficult as a consequence of global warming. But they aren't just letting things happen to them without seeking solutions. The Quinault, for instance, have been working for years to deal with effects of global warming.
After the Quinault adopted a comprehensive climate change policy in 2008, tribal leaders traveled to U.N. climate talks in Poznan, Poland, hoping to compare notes with a variety of nations?including the United States.A couple of months ago, PBS took a look at the effects global warming is having or likely to have on American Indians with four pieces worth your time:
"When we arrived at the United States' door, we got the '6 inch' treatment?the door opened 6 inches, and they asked, 'What do you want?'" Sharp said. "When we went to Denmark and Germany, the door was open. They gave us cookies. They wanted to have a nice conversation about climate change."
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2002:
Slightly more than half of Americans support going to war against Iraq, a drop of 8 points from two months ago. However, even more significantly, the number drops to 40 percent if combat troops will be in Iraq longer than a year (a decade would probably be most accurate), and just 20 percent support an invasion Bush-style -- without any support from our Western allies.
I can't decide if this is smart or a big overreaction:
Mitt Romney’s quest to formally win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination may come two days earlier.
Plans are underway for Mr. Romney to be nominated on Monday – not Wednesday as previously thought – because of a potential threat from Tropical Storm Isaac and concerns about a possible disruption during the roll call vote from Ron Paul supporters at the Republican National Convention next week.
It is a change in the script from previous conventions, with the formal nomination on the eve of the acceptance speech. It is a formality, and Mr. Romney will still deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday evening, but the change would carry significance because Mr. Romney could accept general election money sooner.
“The roll call will take place on Monday,” said Jim Dyke, a convention spokesman, who dismissed suggestions that the schedule had changed. “We will go through the roll call in alphabetical order all the way through.”
As soon as Mr. Romney officially becomes the party’s presidential nominee, he can have access to the general election money he has spent months raising, putting him on the cusp of tapping into a significant financial advantage for the final two months of the race.
The convention schedule, according to discussions underway among party officials here, has as much to do with a desire to keep an orderly convention next week as it does with Isaac, the storm expected to develop into a hurricane as it moves toward Florida. -NYTimes
First, the roll call is no longer a big thing, at least for the networks, they stopped covering them a while back. So moving it to the non-network televised night is not a big deal.
But second, since it's not a big deal, why is the GOP so worried about Paul interruptions during the roll call?
Third, Romney's rolling in money. Two days is not going to make a difference.
Finally, Issac's forecast continue to move west, and landfall in MS, AL or FL panhandle is now more likely. While a direct hit on Tampa is looking less and less likely, I think the GOP is worried about a Gustav effect. If a strong hurricane hits anywhere in the US, the GOP can't hold a convention at the same time. If Issac turns into a major hurricane Monday into Tuesday, they can actually have Romney's speech Monday night if they have to. (And then, yes, the networks would cover it).
#3, John Boehner?and that brings us to #2 on the list of U.S. House Republicans opposed to health care reform, and given that, I have a question:
#4, Eric Cantor
#5, Michele Bachmann
#6, Paul Ryan
#7, Louie Gohmert
#8, Allen West
#9, Joe Pitts
#10, Jack Kingston
#11, Patrick McHenry
#12, Spencer Bachus
#13, Jim Gerlach
#14, Cliff Stearns
#15, Jean Schmidt
#16, Phil Gingrey
#17, David Schweikert
#18, Virginia Foxx
#19, Pete Sessions
#20, Charlie Dent
#21, Cathy McMorris Rodgers
#22, Chris Smith
#23, Todd Akin
#24, Buck McKeon
#25, Kristi Noem
#26, Hal Rogers
#27, Lou Barletta (Two bonus selections: Boren and Ross)
#28, Paul Broun
#29, Mary Bono Mack
#30, David Dreier
#31, Marsha Blackburn (including backgrounder)
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick claims in his campaign literature and ads to be "leading the fight against Obamacare" in order to "preserve Medicare." There are worse Republicans in Congress than Mike, but on this issue, and too many others, he is lockstep with the tea party, and is leading the wrong fight.And concerning other matters, I give you the following:
Obamacare does not threaten Medicare. It does not cut the statutory Medicare benefits offered to seniors at all. It merely trims back the "Medicare Advantage" bauble added by President Bush to the Medicare tree so that private insurers could administer benefits to Medicare recipients instead of the government, at what has turned out to be a much higher cost. All of us want to trim the deficit. Cutting a boondoggle like Medicare Advantage is the right place to start.
The real threat to Medicare comes from the infamous Paul Ryan budget, which Fitzpatrick unwisely supported. It would cut the heart out of Medicare as we know it, ending the federal commitment to provide the current statutory Medicare benefits for future Medicare participants who are not yet 55. Ryan offers instead federal "premium support" (essentially a fixed price voucher) for seniors to use to buy private insurance or traditional Medicare, and tosses the program to the states to do with as they will. There would be no guarantee that either the private insurer or what is left of Medicare would continue to provide the same benefits Medicare now provides, or that the federal "premium support" would cover the costs of either program. Seniors might well be stuck paying more for less comprehensive coverage.
Fitzpatrick voted for the Ryan budget, and Mitt Romney says he supports it, too. It is the GOP agenda for gutting Medicare. For all the gory details, read Paul N. Van de Water's March 28 article "Medicare in the Ryan Budget" on the website of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, here.
Ryan argues that cuts in Medicare must be made to reduce the budget deficit and keep Medicare solvent, but then proposes in his budget an increase in military spending, even though we presently spend more on defense than all the rest of the nations of the world combined, and are not more secure for it than Scandinavia, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and a lot of other countries who spend a fraction of what we spend per citizen. They also provide more generous assistance in obtaining medical care to their seniors and to the less fortunate among them. They, and President Obama, have the right priorities. Mike Fitzpatrick, Mitt Romney and the GOP are on the wrong track.
Gregory S. Hill
And in response to this, Mikey claimed that the Democrats were ?playing politics? (how con-vee-nient for Mikey ? basically, he messed up by opposing the Democrats yet again; he could have voted to penalize offshoring companies and still kept the spending bill alive)?
Fitzpatrick also voted in support of HR 822, ?a bill that would force PA to accept concealed carry permits from every other state, even if a carrier is too dangerous to be granted a permit under our own laws,? as Retired Chief of Police in West Goshen, PA Mike Carroll told us (more is here). He also gets it for holding a ?tele? town hall, as noted here, even though he criticized Patrick Murphy relentlessly for it during the 2010 campaign (and during his first congressional break, he held a ?town hall? event at a senior center?nothing wrong with that except for the fact that he totally froze out working people from attending...hasn't had any lately either, I don't believe; haven't heard of any - could be wrong). And oh yeah, he did have another ?town hall? with the Teahadists, as Think Progress reminds us here (the one in which Mikey accused President Obama of treason from 4:16 to 4:20, even though the ?professional? journalists of his house organ, the Bucks County Courier Times, had not one word to say about it). And of course, totally ignoring the maxim that criticism of the Commander-in-Chief stops at the water?s proverbial edge, he visited our troops in Afghanistan here and said that Number 44 ?risked mission failure? with force reductions (of course, not a word from Mikey about how Obama?s wretched predecessor continually shortchanged the effort). There?s a whole bunch of stuff on Fitzpatrick and energy here, including votes against funding clean energy and preserving tax breaks for oil companies (and incorrectly blaming President Obama for rising oil prices). This takes you to a three-part series of posts I did earlier this year concerning all of Fitzpatrick?s supposed ?accomplishments? in 2011, including supporting the ?TRAIN? Act (HR 2401), which, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, would permanently block environmental rules on mercury and other cross-state pollution, possibly leading to as many as 25,000 deaths from heart and asthma attacks; the ?Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011? which amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from ?(issuing) any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change?; and HR 140, which would end birthright citizenship in this country, thus repealing the 14th amendment to the Constitution. More stuff on Fitzpatrick and health care is here (more evergreen BS - ?Obamacare? was supposedly ?railroaded? through Congress?a particularly silly lie?and ?tort reform? is supposedly needed to keep coverage affordable?also, Fitzpatrick has claimed that ?Obamacare? would take about $500 million from Medicare, which is most definitely not true.)
(And by the way, in the Wordpress post above, Fitzpatrick claimed that the health care reform bill was 2,700 pages. In the previous video, he says the bill was 2,600 pages. Earlier in the countdown, Louie Gohmert claimed that the bill was 2,800 pages. Which is it, Repugs?)
The congressman said he voted against a motion by Democrats because he thought it would have killed the legislation and prevented Republicans from cutting the budget.Continuing, I also give you the following?
Two weeks ago, while defending his vote not to penalize companies that ship jobs overseas, Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said the motion defeated in January would have sent the full bill back to committee, where it would have been killed.
And since it was tied to House Resolution 38, which allowed Republicans to cut federal spending, the GOP would have been prevented from slicing the budget. It turns out, that's not the case.
Because the term "forthwith" was included in the Democrats' motion, the proposal to "curb the practice of U.S. companies sending jobs overseas" would have been attached to the spending-cuts bill and it could have been voted on immediately.
That was confirmed by the office of another House Republican and Lara Brown, a political science professor at Villanova.
"It is true that there are two forms of recommit motions, and yes, the 'forthwith' does matter in terms of whether the bill dies because it gets sent back to the committee or it is voted on with the new language inserted," Brown said.
Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said this about Fitzpatrick's vote:
"While Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick talks about cutting spending, he should stop spending taxpayer money on corporations that ship American jobs overseas. The Republicans' plan to reduce federal spending protects tax breaks for companies shipping our jobs overseas, and is funded on the back of middle income families."
There?s no question that our election politics are full of extreme rhetoric, which both sides can agree is not helping us have an intelligent debate. But the mud slinging described in ?Politics of the extreme? (Aug. 12) does not factor in one thing: actual votes.?and if you?re looking for another less-than-illustrious moment from Mikey during his return to Congress, I give you this?
Rep. Fitzpatrick has earned his reputation as a far-right congressman, whether you agree with his votes or not. He voted for the Ryan budget twice, which would turn Medicare into a voucher program while giving tax breaks to the super wealthy. He voted against considering a bill called the Bring Our Jobs Home Act to stop tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas. And recently, he voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent.
These are just a few votes among many Congressman Fitzpatrick has taken that fall in line with the increasingly far-right Republican Party. Mitt Romney took a gamble choosing Paul Ryan because he thinks voters will accept his party?s extreme positions. Congressman Fitzpatrick?s gamble is that he hopes his moderate district won?t notice.
Lindsay Patterson, President
USW Local 404
USW Political Coordinator
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