Archive for December 10th, 2009

SEIU FTW

SEIU’s Eliseo Medina does a great job calling out the GOP’s hypocrisy on pretending that their hatred of undocumented immigrants is some kind of admirable, patriotic defense of American workers; bonus points for pointing out how the Entitlement Reform Party also suddenly morphed into the Save Medicare Party:

[Republicans will] even resort to feigning support for policies and programs that they’ve historically opposed — like Medicare — and then reverse course and file amendments to privatize it.

Given this track record, it should come as no surprise then that members of the anti-immigrant (and anti-worker) Immigration Reform Caucus are now trying to co-opt a “pro-worker agenda” in a ruthless effort to push their extremist mass deportation agenda and block the smart, practical immigration reform American workers need.

Thanks to a new report released today from America’s Voice Education Fund, a closer look at the voting records of these Members show them to be some of the most consistent opponents of legislation that would benefit American workers.

Despite the hype, the op-eds, and the continued pandering to a small minority of anti-immigrant voters, these leaders have no interest in supporting working families; no interest in raising standards or wages for working people who struggle everyday to provide for their families. In fact, these so-called champions of the American worker have taken every opportunity to make life harder for working families.

As the report shows, SEIU gives 95 percent of these phony reformers an “F” grade for their anti-worker voting records. Of the 87 Members of the House of Representatives who received an “A” grade from the extremist anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in the 110th Congress:

· 94 percent voted against the Employee Free Choice Act
· 93 percent against Equal Pay for Women
· 83 percent against Extending Unemployment Compensation
· 68 percent against Increasing the Minimum Wage
· 82 percent against Providing Parental Leave for Federal Employees

(This is actually one of the very few instances where Republicans do not use “workers” and “jobs” as a synonym for “profits”, by the way.)

Some other things the Republicans have recently become fierce defenders of:

o Balanced budgets.
o The filibuster.
o The minority party’s right to participate in the legislative process.
o Transparency and accountability for the Fed.
o Constitutional freedoms (only for Americans, though).

I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but you get the general idea…

December 10th, 2009 at 10:33pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Immigration,Labor,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Nice Try, Religious People.

See if you can spot the flaw in their reasoning:

Leaders of the group, called the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care, met with Lieberman on Monday but said he maintained his opposition to the public option.

Their latest attempt to lobby the senator will appear in newspapers across the state today, an advertisement featuring a letter from Norwalk Rabbi Joseph Ron Fish describing the imperative of multiple faiths to seek the welfare of everyone, particularly the meek and vulnerable. The advertisement includes the signatures of 240 Connecticut religious leaders and will argue that Lieberman must support “real reform” as a matter of conscience, according to the group.

(…)

One religious leader, the Rev. Joshua Mason Pawelek, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Manchester, said he hopes the advertisement, along with the work of other groups lobbying Lieberman, will convince the senator to reconsider his position on the public option.

“Hopefully he will get the message that his constituency … supports health care reform,” Pawelek said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “Hopefully he would understand that and have his heart moved and change his mind.”

Joe’s constituency isn’t the people of Connecticut, it’s Aetna and the health insurance industry.  You know, the people his wife is a professional lobbyist for?

2 comments December 10th, 2009 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Healthcare,Lieberman,Politics,Religion,Wankers

David Frum Attempts A Little Rebranding

Apparently neocons are the Totally Reasonable Pragmatic Conservatives who are trying to drag the Republican party back from the brink of insanity.

Interestingly, Frum makes absolutely no mention of their disturbing bloodthirst for constant war.

2 comments December 10th, 2009 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Republicans


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