Mr. and Mrs. E’s wages and benefits are under attack by Ohio Governor John Kasich. If that isn’t enough, the price of gasoline seems to be going up on a daily basis. The governor wants to help me out with that problem by drilling for oil in Ohio’s state parks. It’s drill baby drill with this Republican crowd. The truth is more drilling won’t bring down the price of gasoline. That is because the price has nothing to do with supply and demand. The price is being ran up by oil speculators.
My daughter, the Mac goes to college in Pittsburgh. She has been notified that her grants will be cut in half for next year because of Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Corbett’s budget cuts. This will be more economic worries on Mr. and Mrs. E. Mac is already working a job and has worked for years to put away money for college. She is wondering what else she can do to help pay for college. I have suggested to her that she could get plenty of assistance from Gov. Corbett if she would do the kinds of things he and his fellow Republicans respect. So in other words, she needs to poison the drinking water, and contaminate the ground and air. She needs to cause health risks that extend from rashes to cancer. I say this because these are the dangers faced by” fracking”. Governor Corbett has given special interest tax breaks for energy companies that use environmentally destructive “fracking” to obtain natural gas. This tax break will give energy companies hundreds of millions of dollars in profits. Pennsylvania is the only state out of the top 15 gas producers that doesn’t have a tax on the gas companies.
Of course, to give the tax break, $1 billion was cut in education funding. Dental care was also cut for Medicaid recipients and teachers salaries were frozen among other things being cut. The public education cuts hit poorer districts ten times harder than students in wealthier districts. It goes without saying that the energy industry that Gov. Corbett is giving tax breaks to donated to his gubernatorial campaign.
Our Ohio house has passed a tax break for the petroleum industry also. Gov. Kasich’s budget plan includes a repeal of the Ohio estate tax and includes an income tax cut for the rich which had been halted by former Gov. Strickland because of Ohio’s financial crisis. While Strickland wanted the petroleum companies and the wealthy to pay their fair share to help balance the budget, Gov. Kasich has other plans. Instead of the balancing the budget on the backs of the greedy he is going to do it on the backs of the needy. Kasich’s budget proposes cuts of 25 percent of the state’s education budget, $1 million from food banks, $12 million from children’s hospitals, and $15.9 million from an adoption program for children with special needs. In a further pay back to the energy companies that helped finance his gubernatorial campaign he announced that he’d like to open Ohio’s state parks to gas and oil drilling. In D.C. every House Republican voted against taking away taxpayer-funded subsidies from big oil companies. Ending such subsidies would have saved taxpayers billions of dollars.
As you can see turning the middle class into the poor is not enough for the GOP. Their sole interest is to serve the corporate interest that finances and owns them. Humanity is of no value to the GOP. The human race, the animal kingdom and Mother Earth are in danger from the Republican Party. If the examples of a couple of corporate-owned governors doesn’t give you the dangers we face from Republicans I have other examples. Wall Street and its financial reporters were more concerned about the economic destruction cause by the recent earthquake in Japan than the loss of human life. Not only are these conservative soulless bastards, they are down right dangerous to human life. Recently, conservative commentators Ann Coulter said that radiation is good for people.
There are plenty of other recent examples to show how Republicans are about protecting corporations at the expense of people’s health. Many freshman Teabagger Republicans are siding with Newt Gingrich in his idea to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans in the House Energy Committee unanimously voted three times to deny that climate change is real, despite the broad scientific consensus that “climate change is happening and human beings are a major reason for it.” Republican like to talk about being the party of responsibility. To them that means a poor person should not ask for help but instead pull him self up by his own bootstraps (no matter that he doesn’t own a pair of shoes). Of course Republican self-responsibility world doesn’t extend to Corporate America. Corporate America is allowed to poison people and get all manner of taxpayer-funded, corporate welfare.
I’ve always believed we can learn a lot from history. For example, we need to look at, the Great Law of the Iroquois – which considers seven generations ahead (a couple hundred years into the future) and decides whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future. Part of this law says, ” in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self-interest shall be cast into oblivion.” Another part states, ” look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground-the unborn of the future Nation.”
How does that compare with today’s supposed Christian law makers? The Bible says that man is Earth’s caretaker. To me that means the Iroquois had it right that we should take care of the Earth for future generation. Conservatives and Fundamentalist Christian read the same Bible verse about being the Earth’s caretaker and get a different interpretation. They feel that since they are the Earths caretaker, the planet is theirs to rape, future generations be damned. Guys like Rush Limbaugh look at the magnificense of a Sequoia Tree and see only how many picnic tables it would make.
If we want the best health care we can get for our own safety and Mother Natures we have to stop this cancer called, “conservatism.” Conservatives have realized they have an image problem in recent years. That is why they were using the term, “compassionate conservative.” Don’t be fooled. A “compassionate conservative” is jut a smiling cannibal. In the end he will still devour you and this planet.
Calvin Russel: One Meatball
“It apparently no longer matters in Congress what health experts and scientists think, all that seems to matter is what Koch Industries thinks.” ~ Rep. Harry Waxman (D-CA)