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Because They Can [Jan. 9th, 2017|04:42 pm]
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The federal week in review:

1. Pres-Elect fires all Ambassadors and Special Envoys, ordering them out by inauguration day.

2. House brings back the Holman rule allowing them to reduce an individual civil service, SES positions, or political appointee's salary to $1, effectively firing them by amendment to any piece of legislation. We now know why they wanted names and positions of people in Energy and State.

3. Senate schedules 6 simultaneous hearings on cabinet nominees and triple-books those hearings with Pres-Elect's first press conference in months and an ACA budget vote, effectively preventing any concentrated coverage or protest.

4. House GOP expressly forbids the Congressional Budget Office from reporting or tracking ANY costs related to the repeal of the ACA.

5. Pres-Elect continues to throw the intelligence community under the bus to protect Putin, despite the growing mountain of evidence that the Russians deliberately interfered in our election.

6. Pres-Elect breaks a central campaign promise to make Mexico pay for the wall by asking Congress (in other words, us, the taxpayers) to pay for it.

7. Pres-Elect threatens Toyota over a new plant that was never coming to the US nor will take jobs out of the US.

8. House passes the REINS act, giving them veto power over any rules enacted by any federal agency or department--for example, FDA or EPA bans a drug or pesticide, Congress can overrule based on lobbyists not science. Don't like that endangered species designation, Congress kills it.

This is not the way to govern a nation, any nation.   It is not the way to govern the United States of America---not the way to be a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" when the majority of the people did not choose this administration as shown by the popular vote.

This is the way to overthrow a representative government and turn it into a dictatorship.   In addition to those things listed above, various Republican legislators in several states and one in Congress have proposed laws that would make dissent--speaking out against any of these policies--a form of terrorism, to be treated the same as bombing something.   The Speaker of the House refused to even accept (let alone look at) petitions presented that he knew he didn't agree with.  The Senate Majority Leader has allowed confirmation hearings to proceed without any of the financial or other checking that he demanded when the President wasn't of his party: that is unethical and unfair.  The GOP House has interfered with the Congressional Budget Office not just this time, but previously, whenever they wanted to keep secret the cost of their proposed actions: that is unethical, at the very root of financial impropriety.

Make clear to your elected representatives that you do not like this and will protest.  And protest again.  And stand against tyranny.  If you go back and look at the list of grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence...and at what the Bill of Rights of our Constitution tries to assure would not happen again...those things on the list are a road map to overturning the foundations of our freedoms.

Our voting rights and our election process was more than tarnished--it was badly damaged by the range of things done to it in the past years by those who've pushed this agenda as well.  Disenfranchising American citizens--requiring expensive and difficult and time-consuming proofs (after proofs after proofs) of eligibility.   Gerrymandering to ensure that certain groups could not possibly elect a representative who truly represented them.  Hacking (orchestrated outside the country with collusion from within.  Voter intimidation, including armed men riding past voting places.  This is a serious issue.  It is a serious issue in every state, in every county, every community.   And as a result, this nation's ability to stand proudly among others--to be the beacon it once was for a democratic form of government, for fair and honest elections--has disappeared.  Everyone in the world knows that this election was not typical, was not fair, was not honest.


[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2017-01-10 03:46 am (UTC)
I also *love* the ability to sell off Federal land with no value.

Unfortunately(?) complaining to my congress people is preaching to the choir.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-01-11 04:39 am (UTC)
All my elected representatives are rock-solid Republicans. Cruz thinks Sessions is wonderful and "will uphold the law" (and claims that Holder was constantly breaking it...er, no.) Cornyn is as close to senile in terms of intellect as someone 7 years younger than I am can get. Carter (the Congresscritter) is a dud. And in the state lege....my area is so gerrymandered that there's no way I'll see a chance being represented, really, in my lifetime probably.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2017-01-10 05:29 pm (UTC)
"This is not the way to govern a nation".... but it's a wonderful way to create a plutocracy/kleptocracy! The Republicans keep claiming they want a nation that they can drown in a bathtub: well, they're creating it. And we're all going to get to live the dream. And when their followers start losing their jobs and benefits, along with everyone else: well, they're heavily-armed and were encouraged that "they know what to do with that Second Amendment thing."

At least they're pushing the DeVos hearings to next week. I can't imagine putting someone with a BA in Business Admin in charge of Education, a woman who has never worked in teaching or education administration, whose kids all went to private schools. This is where I wish we had hibernation chambers and I could just go in with a timer set for 50 years. Then again, it might be Mad Max when I came out.
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[User Picture]From: Susan Dobell
2017-01-12 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for paying attention, and setting it out clearly. In the UK we tend to get the shennanigans reported, not the actual in depth and underhand things that are happening.
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[User Picture]From: the_hag
2017-01-12 05:03 pm (UTC)

I'll second that...

Thank you! I've been trying to keep up with all of it, but it's been difficult. You've laid it out clearly and logically.

It's hard to stomach, but keeping informed necessary. I will definitely call my representatives, but I live in Arizona, so probably not going to be much help. :-)
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[User Picture]From: alex_antonin
2017-01-13 09:08 am (UTC)
They've also voted to get rid of the ACA (obamacare), and are talking about getting rid of social security. Millions of people, including the disabled and the elderly, are going to be royally EFFED if that happens.

I've been saying for years that this country was a secret oligarchy run by the one-percenters, the signs of creeping fascism were getting stronger every week for years. Now I know why Trump was made to win; they're tired of secret fascism and are moving into the open.

What's worse, I'm starting to think Hillary Clinton may have been in on it.
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