These kinds of ‘values’ are exactly what’s at stake with the federal budget and the Republican-Teaparty’s Agree-Or-Government-Shutdown H.R.1 bill. The House was on a break last week, so the debate begins again this week — IF you can even call something a ‘debate’ when one side (Republicans) will change NOTHING in their bill.
Our government is temporarily funded through April 8, and here are the ‘very important issues‘ that the Republican-Teaparty have worked on since January: SIX ISSUES that are more important than jobs. Does that give you the impression they’re really worried about spending, at all?
An amendment which, of course, has nothing to do with floods or insurance but has everything to do with his party’s plan to do nothing until Election Day.
Think Progess reports that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is trying to attach an anti-choice amendment to the Senate’s flood insurance bill.
“After years of delay, senators recently came to an agreement over the flood bill and were set to vote on it this week. But now, Paul is threatening to hold up its final passage by adding an amendment defining when life begins. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed his displeasure with that move this morning, saying he would not bring the bill up for a vote if the amendment is added. […] The National Flood Insurance Program helps homeowners whose houses are destroyed by floods — like those that devastated Minnesota and are currently sweeping Florida — and has absolutely nothing to do with abortion or conception.”
Why does Aqua Budda have a sudden interest in women’s issues like contraception and choice — is it like auditioning to be Romney’s VP? Isn’t he supposed to be a libertarian with the whole individual liberty, smaller government, ‘keep the federal gov’mit out of my business’ routine? I know, I know — that claptrap only applies to white males. Clearly.
Mother Jones reports this morning that while investigating government documents, such as SEC filings, they’ve discovered that not only did Romney have a direct hand with the company Stericycle, but that he did not leave Bain Capital in 1999 as both the campaign and Bain constantly assert:
“Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed in a politically perilous controversy when theHuffington Post reported that in 1999 the GOP presidential candidate had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. Coming during the heat of the GOP primaries, as Romney tried to sell South Carolina Republicans on his pro-life bona fides, the revelation had the potential to damage the candidate’s reputation among values voters already suspicious of his shifting position on abortion.
“But Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded, tamped down the controversy. The company said Romney left the firm in February 1999 to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and likely had nothing to with the deal. The matter never became a campaign issue. But documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission—and obtained by Mother Jones—list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents—one of which was signed by Romney—also contradict the official account of Romney’s exit from Bain.”
This is a BFD for values voters (you’d think, they claim!) — but they shouldn’t be surprised when pure, vulture capitalism is what they choose to support: if you can make a profit on something — outsourcing American jobs to China, offshoring your American money into foreign bank accounts to avoid taxes, or disposal of aborted fetuses, that’s the way America works. Capitalism! Profit! Romney is a savvy businessman! Job creators!
If it turns out that this isn’t going to be a problem for the Christian fundamentalists, let’s not hear another word about a woman’s LEGAL freedom of choice. Read the rest…