Sunday, March 20, 2011

Republican Viciousness Continues Unabated

In what Daily Kos very properly calls a Republican assault on sanity, here is a sample of what the party of Lincoln Hoover is up to these days, as an alternative to all of the job-generating that was promised by their multi-billion dollar campaign:

"Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have to investigate whether certain terminated pregnancies were the result of rape or incest."

So, they hate the IRS, and in fact defend people like Randy Weaver who think it's okay to just shoot IRS agents down, but they're all for using it to persecute women who are victims of rape or incest.

CARSON CITY -- One day before early voting starts in most municipal elections in Southern Nevada, a Mesquite assemblyman has introduced a bill to halt the popular practice.  Assemblyman Cresent Hardy said he was asked by a Las Vegas group, which he declined to name, to introduce Assembly Bill 311.  Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said early voting is "incredibly popular" and he knows of no voting violations caused by early voting. "

Once again, lies about nonexistent voting fraud are being used by Republicans to make it harder for groups identified as voting Democratic to exercise that right.  This has been going on for at least sixty years, yet the press, which swallowed whole the lies about Acorn, isn't interested in such stories in any way.  And how about this one:

"St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month."

What earthly good could this accomplish , except as the most mean'spirited attack on poor people that Minnesota Republicans could think of?

Well, here's a little more that Kos missed:

In a flurry of legislative activity this week, the New Hampshire House approved a tax cut on cigarettes
– Wednesday, the House approved  a bill freezing funding for schools.
– Tuesday, lawmakers approved a bill that “removes compulsory school attendance for children.”
– The Republican-controlled Senate approved pension-reform legislation that increases health care costs and raises the retirement age for public workers.
– House members passed an amendment to the state Constitution “to bypass a Supreme Court decision ordering the state to pay for the cost of an adequate education for every public schoolchild.”

Republicans can't find enough money to educate children, or keep their promises to their workers, but they can find the money for a huge windfall for tobacco companies.  That's what is important to them.  All of the above is truly an orgy of madness, while they utterly ignore everything that might really help our country recover from the damage that their behavior caused.  God help us.

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