Category Archives: Msc

Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs

A new Institute for Policy Studies analysis of major US corporations paying less than 20 percent of earnings in federal corporate income taxes shows that more than half cut jobs since 2008 and increased CEO pay to more than $13 million. Among the companies that slashed jobs? Well their CEOs made more – $15 million.

Republicans Ban Disclosure of Hazardous Materials to the Public

Video Title: Koch-backed Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott helps hide chemical plant dangers

As shown in the above video, Republicans Lack of Regulations can have devastating consequences

 

After the West, TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion, instead of passing laws to prevent an accident like this from happening again, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott blocked public access to state records documenting the location of dangerous chemicals.

 

Federal officials said the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, which killed 15 people and injured more than 250, was a criminal act

Republicans Want to Legalize Hitting Protesters With a Car

Republicans in 6 states are trying to protect drivers who hit protesters

As white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville on Saturday, 20-year old James Field allegedly got into his car and plowed through a crowded street, killing a 32-year old woman and injuring 19 others. Fields was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree murder.

Conservatives Caught Sharing ‘How-To Run Over People’ Video

As the nation mourns the death of Heather Heyer, murdered by a domestic terrorist and neo-nazi in a car, Lawmakers in at least six GOP-controlled states have pushed for laws that would shield drivers from prosecution who hit protesters.

Legislation is being considered to ultimately legalize hitting and running over protesters who block roadways, the answer to frequent calls from anti-protest Republicans. Two Republican lawmakers in North Dakota started the trend in January when they introduced a bill that would protect motorists who hit pedestrians blocking traffic, as long as the consequences are unintentional.

In Tennessee, lawmakers proposed a measure to protect drivers from civil liability after a motorist ran into safety workers at a rally against President Trump’s travel ban in Nashville. Police said that five or six protesters ended up on top of an SUV before the driver, who was not arrested, left the scene.

According to The Outline, lawmakers in Florida, Rhode Island, and Texas have also flirted with similar measures this year. In Florida, a bill died in committee that would have prohibited lawsuits against drivers who “unintentionally” hit protesters, putting the burden of proof on the protesters. A proposal in Rhode Island, meanwhile, has been held for “further study.” And a bill in Texas, proposed in July, was recently referred to committee.

Shielding drivers from liability is not the only way Republican states have attempted to crack down on peaceful protests since the start of the Trump presidency. According to the Washington Post, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced bills to crack down on protesters. Among those proposals are bills that would allow cities to sue protesters in order to collect money to pay police forces required at demonstrations, increase the potential penalty for nonviolent demonstrations, and increase fines against picketers.

Republicans Bought and Paid for by the Rich

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

(AP) – At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the “Dallas piggy bank” is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes. Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.

Influential donors has informed congressional Republicans that the “Dallas piggy bank” is closed until they see major action on health care and taxes.

This is one of the main reasons Republicans are pushing to repeal Affordable Health Care which would cause millions to lose health coverage… they are being ORDERED to by their billionaire donors.

 

Republican have always been and will always be beholden to the RICH and will never care about Average Joe Americans.

Anyone who is not rich who votes Republican is voting against their own best interests.

 

Video shows how Reaganomics and tax breaks for the rich don’t work.  Paul Ryan and Republicans are Bought and Paid for by the Rich.

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Trump Wants to End Net Neutrality

More fallout from Trump being elected president… ending Net Neutrality Consumer Protection.

 

Google, Facebook, and Netflix are among those joining a “Day of Action” to protest the FCC’s plan to roll back Obama-era rules on net neutrality. CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett, who interviewed the new FCC chair, Ajit Pai, earlier this year, joins CBSN to discuss Pai’s goal of creating internet “fast lanes.”

 

Comcast Spreading Anti-Net-Neutrality Propaganda

 

Dead People’s Names Used to File Phony Anti-Net Neutrality Complaints to FCC

Since the FCC voted to roll back Title II net neutrality regulations, they’ve received nearly 3 million comments in support of the current net neutrality rules. However, thousands of phony anti-net neutrality complaints are being submitted to the FCC—using industry talking points—under the identities of celebrities, ordinary citizens, and even dead people. This phenomenon, known as ‘Comcastroturf,’ is being used to falsely inflate the number of anti-net neutrality complaints, so when they make their final vote in August, these fake comments will be used to bolster the idea that Americans support the FCC and Ajit Pat’s pro-corporate agenda.

The Trump administration served notice that its plans to deregulate broadband internet service companies would be to jettison the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were intended to safeguard free expression online.

The net neutrality rules, approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015, aimed to preserve the open internet and ensure that it could not be divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for web and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else.

Trump earlier this year appointed Ajit Pai, a former lawyer for Verizon and a minority Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission, as chairman of the agency. Mr. Pai voted against the net neutrality rules as a commission member in 2015.

Since becoming chairman, Mr. Pai has indicated that he plans to either roll back or decline to enforce many consumer protection regulations created during the Obama administration, including those regarding net neutrality.

Supporters of net neutrality have insisted the rules are necessary to protect equal access to content on the internet. Opponents said the rules unfairly subjected broadband internet suppliers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter to utility-style regulation.

Courts have made clear that if the FCC ends Title II classification, the FCC must let ISPs offer “fast lanes” to websites for a fee. Chairman Pai has made clear that he intends to do exactly this.

But if some companies can pay our ISPs to have their content load faster, startups and small businesses that can’t pay those fees won’t be able to compete. Internet providers will be able to impose a private tax on every sector of the American economy.

Moreover, under Chairman Pai’s plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don’t like. They’ll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can’t pay up to have their voices heard.

Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says

Mr. Spicer said President Trump had “pledged to reverse this overreach.” The Obama-era rules, Mr. Spicer said, were an example of “bureaucrats in Washington” placing restrictions on one kind of company – internet service suppliers – and “picking winners and losers.”

This is what you get when you elect Republicans… policies which favor BIG BUSINESSES and SCREW Average Joe Americans.

 

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)

 

Why is net neutrality important?

The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.

YouTube Stars Urge The FCC To Keep Net Neutrality

Below is a list of notable websites, companies, and organizations which support and agree on defending Title II net neutrality.

Obamacare Versus Trumpcare

Video explains the differences between Obamacare and Trumpcare

Trump’s Broken Promises Regarding Healthcare

Despite repeated campaign promises not to cut Medcaid, Trump supports the Senate health care bill which one GOP senator said cuts health care for “tens of millions.” Ari Melber discusses with Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of Medicare and Medicaid.

Why Cutting Medicaid Would Be A Disaster

Through Medicaid home and community based services, Andraea is able to make a difference in people’s lives in her community. The Senate health care bill puts those services in jeopardy.

 

Priscilla and her daughter Micah of West Virginia — two people whose lives Senate Republicans are willing to trade for huge tax breaks to the wealthy.

Trump Knows NOTHING About Trumpcare

Most small children pretending to be president would do a better job than Trump did in a recent Trumpcare meeting.

Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

(AP) – At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the “Dallas piggy bank” is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes. Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.

More proof Billionaires own the GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

Republicans Propose Cuts to Vets Benefits

Elderly Vets Could Face Benefits Cut Under Trump Budget

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin defended Wednesday a proposal in President Donald Trump’s federal budget plan that would cut a benefit paying thousands of dollars annually to disabled elderly veterans. The issue involved Shulkin’s push for an expanded choice program allowing veterans to opt for private care and the offset from veterans’ benefits to pay for more choice.

Republicans are always acting like they are SO patriotic and “Support Our Troops”.

Veterans Affairs Secretary stated that a proposal in President Donald Trump’s federal budget plan would cut a benefit paying thousands of dollars annually to disabled elderly veterans.

 

Republicans Plan Will Strip Health Care from Millions

GOP Threat To Medicaid Threatens Liberty Of Millions Of Americans

Rachel Maddow tells the history of ADAPT and the activism of disabled Americans and points out the leadership role these activists have taken in challenging the Republican plan to take Medicaid away from millions.

 

Mother and son: Medicaid isn’t about politics, it’s about lives

MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell 6/23/17 – Mike Phillips is severely physically disabled, but thanks to Medicaid, he’s able to be cared for at home by his family. In a remarkable interview with Ari Melber, Mike and his mother Karen Clay explain how Medicaid cuts would literally end life as they know it.

 

Senate Republicans vowed they would follow a bipartisan committee process and to always give the American people time to “read the bill”. But now, the Senate GOP is drafting a secret, partisan health care bill behind closed doors, refusing any meaningful bipartisan input on the bill and refusing to hold any hearings on this legislation that would impact one sixth of our economy. Senate Democrats today urged the GOP to reverse course on this tactic and release to the public the legislation that would impact the health and bottom lines of millions of Americans.

 

Senate Republicans are reportedly close to finishing up their version of a new health care bill. They are keeping details of the measure secret while trying to get it to the Senate floor for a vote before the 4th of July recess.

 

Why Are Republican Senators Hiding Their New Healthcare Bill?

 

Republicans efforts to Repeal the Affordable Health Care Act will Strip Health Care from Millions

 

Fmr. GOP congressman: Why I changed my mind on Obamacare

Lawrence O’Donnell talks to Ezra Klein about the “catastrophic” CBO report – which estimates 22 million people would lose health care coverage – and GOP Rep. David Jolly shares his personal story of what happened when he found himself unemployed and uninsured.

Donald Trump Infrastructure Plan Scam

Donald Trump says he has an infrastructure plan, but really it’s an infrastructure scam.