Republicans against Environmental Protection

If you are an ardent news follower, you are probably were glued to the GOP’s attempt at downsizing the government. The GOP intention to do this was by refusing to raise the National Debt Limit. This secretive group consisting of conservatives and big businesses has vowed to protect their business interests at all costs. The group intends to protect business interests even at the cost of the natural environment.

Although this may sound like hearsay, a study carried out by the Center for Media and Democracy revealed that several of 800 bills that were supported by ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) would undo efforts that are being made to address issues on climate change.

If you think this is not serious, take the example of some of the major sponsors of ALEC such as Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, AT & T, Wal-Mart and Peabody Energy. These industry big wigs created a model law that will see the curbing of carbon reduction mandates in different states as well as the overturning of cap-and-trade deals. Several state lawmakers are introducing this model law ‘State Withdrawal from Regional Climate Change Initiatives’ all in the interest of business.

If you think that’s all, the GOP has much more in store for you. GOP’s war on the environment is geared towards placing the protection of the environment on the shoulders of individual property owners. According to the GOP, property owners should protect the environment of their own property. GOP supports self regulation and a market based on laisez –faire regulation for environment protection.

Conservative Republicans believe that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and national environmental policies are too restrictive. According to Mike Simpson, a republican from Idaho, EPA policies for regulation and environmental protection are the root cause of the failing economy.

Members of the GOP support the Bill which will see an end to regulation of business practices by the EPA. Land, wildlife, water and other natural resources will be at the mercy of profit makers. The GOP intends to stop regulations blocking pesticide manufacturers from dumping waste into waterways, air regulations that control emissions to air from cement companies, uranium mining in the Grand Canyon, ash burning of coal and many more.

In summary, the GOP is intent on using the nation’s natural resources to enrich present generations without a second thought of future generations. Republicans are more focused on destroying natural resources than they are on deregulating financial institutions that were responsible for the sinking economy and robbed millions of Americans.

Kentucky Rand Paul vs. Obamacare

Rand Paul from Kentucky was speaking recently about the new healthcare law some refer to as “Obamacare.” Like many Republicans, Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), is not a fan. Unlike many conservatives, the “tea party” sweetheart does not like the law because, he says, it reminds him of slavery.

“With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to healthcare, you have to realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me…It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses,” Paul said, adding that there is “an implied use of force…If I’m a physician in your community and you say you have a right to healthcare, you have a right to beat down my door with the police, escort me away and force me to take care of you? That’s ultimately what the right to free healthcare would be…”

Republicans Will Try Again to stop Health Care Reform

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor had decided to release the names of 37 Democratic members of the House, whom he is targeting to switch their vote on health care reform.
The Virginia Republican released a memo, which pinned the GOP’s prospects of derailing reform on convincing three of those 37 members to change their vote from a yea to a nay. If Republicans can secure those votes, it would reverse the narrow margin on which health care reform initially passed through the House of Representatives.
The memo read:

“Millions of Americans have made clear their opposition to the Democrat take-over of our nation’s health care system. Together with my Whip Team, I have identified 37 Democrats who – we believe – can be persuaded to vote against a final health care agreement. Because each of these 37 Democrats voted for the House bill, we only need to turn 3 votes to prevent a final agreement from passing…If we can convince enough of these 37 Members (along with the 39 Democrats who already voted no) to reconsider and switch their position on the bill, I know that we can defeat this government take-over of our health care before it becomes law.”

While the number of needed defections is small at best, Cantor’s gambit remains a long shot. Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, is widely believed to have the votes needed to get the legislation through her chamber. It is possible that some of the 39 Democratic lawmakers who opposed the reform in the first vote will switch their votes the second time. Certainly this will be possible if the legislation more closely resembles the Senate’s version.
Stay buckled in kids, it’s going to get interesting.