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New 'Gang of Moderates' Cuts Target Women and Children Again.Disproportionately Affect Women and Children.

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Eliminations: Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, CDS, Food Stamps, .....

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Blue B (855)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 2:08 am

Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that a list of items the so-called “centrist” Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) have proposed cutting from the economic recovery package would disproportionately affect women and children.
These cuts included $150 million to the Violence Against Women Act and
$1.1 billion to Head Start. Today, Greg Sargent posts an internal Senate memo detailing the newest cuts that the so-called “Gang of Moderates” — led
by Collins and Nelson — is proposing. Once again, the eliminations and
reductions are going toward programs that assist women and children:


Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, Western Area Power Administration, CDC, Food Stamps



Public Transit $3.4 billion, School Construction $60 billion

The increases the Gang wants? Funds for Brownfields, STAG Grants, transportation, and of course, defense.

UpdateBrad Johnson takes a look at the cuts to green jobs, and Pat Garofalo highlights the cuts to education.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 2:13 am
TY Blue for all the great articles you keep putting out... i am so impressed with all the hard work you do !! love ya girlfriend ! :) smile

Blue B (855)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 2:31 am
Thanks, Roxie, for your encouragement and support.

It seems that Senate Republicans invoked the threat of a filibuster. And the 'centrist' group has leveraged that threat to add more tax cuts that won't accomplish anything and cut out a lot of spending that would.

Blue B (855)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 2:32 am
Lou$y RepubliCON$ ... they alway$ cut benefits for old people, women and children first ...

sue M (184)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 9:32 am
I agree Blue. They are not the most workable and are designed to fail programmes but they are better than no programme at all.

Blue B (855)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 5:54 pm
List Of What Got Cut From The Stimulus Bill

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 5:01 am
Excellent Post Blue! Thank You! There is lots of info! Noted!

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 2:12 pm
RNC chair: Stimulus jobs aren't real

Republican Rep. Pete Sessions: Taliban Is 'a Model' for How GOP Can Become An 'Insurgency.'»

As John Cole explained this week, "I really don't understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane."

Between sanity and craziness, there is no common ground.


Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 2:57 pm

In Florida, Despair and Foreclosures
Desperation has moved into this once-middle-class exurb of Fort Myers, where hammers used to pound. In Lehigh Acres, Fla., one of the sprawling exurbs that the housing boom reshaped, the American dream is in high reverse.

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 2:58 pm

What About Us?
Wall Street's problems have captured the attention of Congress, the White House and the media. But ordinary folks are wondering if anyone is paying attention to them. A look at how Americans are coping with the economic crisis.

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 5:24 pm
Light Up Those Phone Lines!

Operation Zero Credibility : Calling the Leadership

Majority Leader Harry Reid
(202) 224-3542

Majority Whip Dick Durbin
(202) 224-2152

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
(202) 225-0100

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
(202) 225-4131

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn
(202) 226-3210

The message:

"The Republicans have zero credibility on the economy."

Paraphrase President Obama:

"Please reject the Republican theories that got us into this mess in the first place."

And for Senator Reid:

"Make the Republicans stand and filibuster if they want to filibuster. No cloture votes!"

From there, considering the unprecedented dollar amount of the recovery bill, it might be impossible to herd every cat. But perhaps, in the process, we'll at least marginalize the Republicans just a little more. And that will surely mean a larger, more robust recovery bill.

So as the saying goes: We are the ones we've been waiting for, and all that.

Don't write or send e-mails. Written screeds can be conveniently lost, deleted or shredded. Telephones, on the other hand, make loud beeping and ringing noises and you'll know right away that there's a real life human being on the other end of the line who has to listen to what you have to say.

Phone numbers for your senators here. Phone numbers for your congressmember here.

The message:

"The Republicans have zero credibility on the economy."

Paraphrase President Obama:

"Please reject the Republican theories that got us into this mess in the first place."

Feel free to toss in the following:

"Make the Republicans stand and filibuster if they want to filibuster. No cloture votes!

Don't get into specific details of the bill. Our message needs to be consistent and unified: Zero Cred. The Republicans have zero credibility. We reject their ideas and we reject their theories.

Let's do this.

Mark G (36)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 5:42 pm
The congress controls the budget and goverment spending. The congress has been controlled by Democrats for over 2 years. There is NO difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. Government has caused this problem. They want to perpetuate it so we fall further in their control. "Don't get into specific details of the bill." Don't get into the specific details of the war, etc, etc... They don't WANT us to get into specifics. They want us to shut up.
The stimulus package is just another way to put us more under their thumb.
Wake up. The government has no money. They have OUR money. Do you like they way they are trying to spend more of it?

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 6:23 pm
Nice try, Mark! $ is the Bu$h RepubliCON$ who $pent $1 trillion on 2 illegal war$ and pa$$ed the Bu$h TARP Bill with no re$triction$ on how the Bu$h banker$ $pent the taxpayer$ oney ...

A Modest Proposal:
States Lose "Main Street Job Creation Act" Funding If Senators Vote Against

.....if both U.S. Senators vote against the "Main Street Job Creation Act" their state loses its entire allocation from the legislation.

This may sound Draconian, but it might induce the people out of work and with piles of bills to tar and feather the "economic kamikazee" Republican Senators who got America into this mess -- and to run them out of the country.

After all, most of the GOP Neo-Confederate opposition to the "Main Street Job Creation Act" comes from Senators who represent states that already receive more money from the federal government than they pay into the treasury. With the exception of Florida, most of the Old South is still poorer than most of the rest of the nation, and needs massive federal aid to survive economically.

Stepford Republican Senators who believe that you can stop a house from burning down with a tax cut for the rich -- like Chatty Kathy dolls who just repeat the same line over and over again -- should suffer the political consequences of being so profoundly treacherous to the nation. And nothing would get them off the nearly 30-year-old message point of tax cuts for the rich like a good tar and feathering.

So let Mitch McConnell and John McCain lead the Anti-job, Anti-economic recovery "Stonewall Jackson" brigade of GOP rebels who would do the Union harm. But let their states hold them responsible for not receiving any funds to help improve the employment and economic prospects that comes with the "Main Street Job Creation Act."

It's fair and just, because otherwise the Confederate holdouts and their co-horts in the GOP Senate caucus can claim that they are defending the legacy of Ronald Reagan (a cratered economy, in reality) without consequences.

Let's have some accountablity here.

Blue B (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 9:20 pm
Naomi Klein says All of Them Must Go:

Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: "You are Enron. We are Argentina."

Its message was simple enough. You--politicians and CEOs huddled at some trade summit--are like the reckless scamming execs at Enron (of course, we didn't know the half of it). We--the rabble outside--are like the people of Argentina, who, in the midst of an economic crisis eerily similar to our own, took to the street banging pots and pans. They shouted, "¡Que se vayan todos!" ("All of them must go!") and forced out a procession of four presidents in less than three weeks. What made Argentina's 2001-02 uprising unique was that it wasn't directed at a particular political party or even at corruption in the abstract. The target was the dominant economic model--this was the first national revolt against contemporary deregulated capitalism.

It's taken a while, but from Iceland to Latvia, South Korea to Greece, the rest of the world is finally having its ¡Que se vayan todos! moment.

The stoic Icelandic matriarchs beating their pots flat even as their kids ransack the fridge for projectiles (eggs, sure, but yogurt?) echo the tactics made famous in Buenos Aires. So does the collective rage at elites who trashed a once thriving country and thought they could get away with it. As Gudrun Jonsdottir, a 36-year-old Icelandic office worker, put it: "I've just had enough of this whole thing. I don't trust the government, I don't trust the banks, I don't trust the political parties and I don't trust the IMF. We had a good country, and they ruined it."

In other countries, then, people aren't accepting the destruction with resignation, but making it clear out in the streets that they refuse to be victimized any longer. I realize Americans are fearful, but I am more afraid of what will happen if we don't do the same.

Donn M (56)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 10:13 pm
Right on, Mark. If this bill is so important, why can't they take the time to get it right? And of course they don't want us to get into specifics because that would reveal just how much of our money they want to waste.

Blue B (855)
Monday February 9, 2009, 2:43 pm
What Matters

Charming. Just charming. Nice going, "centrists." Nice %#&!*% job:

$40 billion State Fiscal Stabilization

$16 billion School Construction

$7.5 billion of State Incentive Grants

$5.8 billion Health Prevention Activity

$4.5 billion GSA

$3.5 billion Higher Ed Construction (Eliminated)

$3.5 billion Federal Bldgs Greening

$2.25 Neighborhood Stabilization (Eliminate)

$2 billion broadband

$2 billion HIT Grants

$1.25 billion project based rental

$1 billion Head Start/Early Start

$1.2 billion in Retrofiting Project 8 Housing

$1 billion Energy Loan Guarantees

Via Kos, that's what got cut from the stimulus bill. Bipartisanship is the
victor! Huzzah, huzzah, we all feel good about ourselves for being friends! Wheee! Way to go, Senator Nelson, Senator Collins, Senator McFlockingCaskill. Way to be. You cut some kids' textbooks and made sure we'll get our a$$et$ kicked by the Chinese IN SPACE just to continue going to lunch with your favorite people in the whole wide world: One
So you schoolkids, trying to do math problems with the windows nailed shut and your coats on, who walked through doors with padlocks and chains just to show up today, you can just bugger off, because the Republicans and Democrats still love each other, and that's
what matters.
You families, living in your apartment on Section 8 vouchers in the only part of town your snotty suburb will allow Section 8 housing built, wondering why your heat is off in January and you can't get hot water and the sewer backs up and your locks don't work (which is good, because the crackhead next door likes to come in at all hours) and the roof's caving in? Not as important as maintaining Senate collegiality and crowing about working together.

You parents, trying to raise little kids while working the five jobs you work to be "uniquely American" and pay your mortgage? Not as big a deal as being able to Twitter joyously that you aren't for pork and earmarks, no siree.

You know, I think I really wouldn't have a problem with bipartisanship. But this isn't bipartisanship, making these cuts in order to make these friends. This is narcissism. This is the same mirror-kissing bullshit that got us FISA and the Military Commissions Act, that got us the war and the spying and the debt and the death. This is prioritizing being friends over improving people's lives, and that's not bipartisanship, that's institutionalized selfishness.
I have a news flash for Nelson and McCaskill. Nobody really gives a %#&!*%
about you. Nobody really cares if you can still pass notes to Susan Collins in the coatroom between classes sessions. Nobody out here in the world in which our local governments can't pay people to do such trivial work as teaching people to read gives a %#&!*% about how you look on the Sunday shows because we're too busy working extra hours to watch the Sunday shows.
We only care about "ending the gridlock in Washington" and "working with Congress and the president" and "moving things along" when it results in our lives being better. Otherwise we don't really care that much. So quit sucking face with your reflections and acting like it means something to us. It's embarrassing.

Posted by Athenae on February 09, 2009 at 09:05 in Congress | Permalink

Blue B (855)
Monday February 9, 2009, 11:34 pm

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Ned Hamson (49)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 8:14 am
It's politics not as usual - Someone needs to tell them - get with helping all of us or don't let the door hit you when you get voted out of office!

Blue B (855)
Tuesday February 10, 2009, 11:43 am
Protestors Picket Bank CEO's Homes, Offices

A new kind of street warfare is breaking out against Wall Street titans - and it's happening on their lawns and outside their lobbies too. A corps of agitators - financed, ironically, with federal-stimulus millions - is making the rounds of suburban mans

Blue B (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 3:55 pm

RNC Chair Steele on His Own Party: 'No Reason, None, to Trust Our Words or Our Actions at This Point.'»

Steele: The reality of it is, you are absolutely right. You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point. So, yeah, it's going to be an uphill climb.

Blue B (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 5:17 pm
* The president's national intelligence director explained yesterday
that the largest near-term security threat to the United States isn't
terrorism -- it's the global economic crisis.

Blue B (855)
Friday February 13, 2009, 8:47 pm
Stimulus Package Contains Strict New Restrictions On Executive Pay
Goes Beyond What Obama Admin Imposed Last Week
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