Republicans Plan to Fund Higher Military Spending With Cuts to Programs for the Poor and Working Class – House Republicans are set to advance legislation to replace automatic defense spending cuts they agreed to last year with cuts to programs for the poor and working class….The proposal — which is an outgrowth of the budget the House GOP overwhelmingly voted for late March — would cut some $261 billion from health care programs, food stamps, unemployment benefits and child tax credits, among others. It constitutes a violation of the GOP’s end of the debt-limit deal, which included painful sacrifices for both parties if the Congress failed to reach a bipartisan deficit-reduction agreement.”
If the GOP really wanted to avoid defense spending cuts, it wouldn’t be difficult to simply allow the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans to expire — as they were intended to do — in order to pay for them. But Republicans aren’t about to consider hurting the financial firepower of those who contribute the most to funding their campaigns (or voting to increase their own taxes, considering the majority of Congress are millionaires themselves). So once more, they propose that the social safety net be gutted in order to appease every one of their favorite constituents.
The bills drawn up by the House are a stark reminder of what exactly the Republican party would do if they had full control over the legislature, and no checks on their power. It is a reminder of who would benefit, and who is likely to pay the price.
Fox News Tea Party Guest Laments ‘Mistake’ of Letting Women Vote – Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a tea party activist that’s appeared several times on Fox News, and founder of an organization where Sean Hannity serves as an advisory board member, said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America’s greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that back in “the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them.”
In the video, published to YouTube in March, Peterson explains that he believes women simply can’t handle “anything,” and that in his experience, “You walk up to them with a issue, they freak out right away. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it’s not in their nature. They don’t have love. They don’t have love.”
Despite his statements being online for more than a month, Hannity welcomed Peterson on his show last Tuesday to castigate the Obama administration over “taking credit” for the Osama bin Laden assassination.
Bill to Help Keep Student Loan Interest Rates Low Has No Republican Sponsors – Interest rates for federal student loans to help pay for college are set to double July 1 unless Congress and the White House find a way to avoid another looming political standoff.
The White House is pushing for an extension of the current interest rate of 3.4 percent. Without it, the rate will climb to 6.8 percent for more than 7 million students across the country, and the average loan recipient would be another $1,000 in debt, according to White House spokesman Matt Lehrich.
A bill to maintain the current rate, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut, has 126 Democratic co-sponsors but no Republicans.
Three Judges on Texas Supreme Court Using Campaign Funds as a Piggybank for Their Personal Travel – It’s bad enough that a majority of the Texas Supreme Court performs as a wholly owned subsidiary of Texans for Lawsuit Reform. Now it’s apparent that a third of the judges — Nathan Hecht, Paul Green, and David Medina — have no compunction about flouting ethics rules by using campaign funds as a piggybank for their personal travel to and from work. Texas Watch has filed complaints against all three judges with the Texas Ethics Commission.
Republican Who Won Yesterday’s Republican Senate Primary Says Bipartisanship is Democrats Coming to the Republican Point of View – Richard Mourdock says, “They have to come our way.”
Watch the video to see how one-sided and extreme the new batch of Republicans are.
Galveston County Republican Constable Allegedly Sexually Harrassed Deputy – Galveston County Constable Pam Matranga made lewd and suggestive advances to Deputy James Gist, including forcing his head into her breasts on two occasions, according to his complaint.
“[Matranga] lifted her blouse and pulled it down over Plaintiff’s head. [She] pressed her breasts against the head of Plaintiff,” said the lawsuit, which was filed in District Court in Galveston County earlier this month.
Matranga denies the allegations. So, somebody is not telling the truth.