Thursday, June 12, 2014

Last Call For Bobby Jindal's War On Women

And as expected, Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law an abortion clinic bill so awful, it will probably close the state's remaining clinics in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation Thursday that is all but guaranteed to close the only abortion clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

His office issued a release after the bill signing ceremony Thursday (June 12) at the First Baptist Church in West Monroe, where the governor signed two pieces of "pro-life legislation." Sponsors of the bills are from Monroe and West Monroe.

House Bill 388, sponsored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe, proposes a new law adding requirements of abortion doctors that clinic administrators say will force them out of business because of the unlikeliness they will be able to comply. Supporters have dubbed it the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act.

House Bill 305, sponsored by Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, would prohibit abortion providers or their affiliates, including Planned Parenthood, to instruct or distribute information on health related issues, such as sex eduction, at public or charter schools.

"I am proud to sign these bills because they will help us continue to protect women and the life of the unborn in our state," Jindal said in a statement issued after the signing. "These new laws will give women the health and safety protections they deserve and continue to make Louisiana a state that values individual human life."

A lawyer for the clinics has indicated administrators will likely file a joint suit challenging the new law after House Bill 388. It's unclear if the court would grant the clinics an injunction, allowing them to keep their doors open, while litigation pends.

The bill would leave a grand total of one abortion clinic in the entire state, if that much, for 4.6 million people.  But remember, there's no war on women, Republicans aren't trying to eliminate clinics through regulations designed to close them, and women without resources totally aren't going to turn to unsafe abortion methods as a result, risk their lives.

And we certainly wouldn't see a national version of this law the minute Republicans controil Congress and the White House again, so you should probably stay home and not vote because Obama disappointed you personally.

Taking Stockman Of His Situation

Texas Republican congressman (and impeachment fanatic) Steve Stockman has an ethics problem and may have broken campaign laws.  Shocking, I know.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) may have violated federal law and House rules when he accepted campaign donations from two of his congressional staffers, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) said Wednesday.

OCE announced in a press release that it had sent a referral in March to the House Ethics Committee recommending further investigate a number of allegations, including that Stockman made false statements and "endeavored to impede" OCE's investigation.

According to OCE, Stockman accepted campaign contributions from two congressional staff members in February 2013. The campaign's subsequent campaign finance reports identified the donors as family members of the employees. Stockman also allegedly was paying those two staff members full-time salaries when they were only doing part-time work.

In the end it doesn't matter too much as Stockman lost his bid to primary Sen. John Cornyn earlier this year and is retiring from the House at the end of the year anyway, but it would be nice if Stockman actually faces some fines or worse for breaking the law.

We'll see.

Brat Attack

The more we find out about David Brat, the man who dethroned House GOP majority leader Eric Cantor, the more it becomes clear the Tea Party inmates have taken over the GOP asylum.

A quick review of his public statements reveals a fellow who is about as tea party as can be. He appears to endorse slashing Social Security payouts to seniors by two-thirds. He wants to dissolve the IRS. And he has called for drastic cuts to education funding, explaining, "My hero Socrates trained in Plato on a rock. How much did that cost? So the greatest minds in history became the greatest minds in history without spending a lot of money."

An economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in central Virginia, Brat frequently has repeated the conservative canard that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae brought down the housing market by handling the vast majority of subprime mortgages. That is, he absolves Big Finance and the banks of responsibility for the financial crisis that triggered the recession, which hammered middle-class and low-income families across the country. (In fact, as the housing bubble grew, Freddie and Fannie shed their subprime holdings, while banks grabbed more.)

In his campaign speeches, Brat has pointed out that he isn't worried about climate change because "rich countries solve their problems".

In other words, this guy is your standard Tea Party whackjob, not a populist, unless you think "populist" means cutting Social Security payments to Grandma.

I'll give you my general answer. And my general answer is you have to do what's fair. Right. So you put together a graph or a chart and you go out to the American people, you go to the podium, and you say, this is what you put in on average, this is what you get out on average. Currently, seniors are getting about three dollars out of all of the programs for every dollar they put in. So, in general, you've got to go to the American people and just be honest with them and say, "Here's what fairness would look like." Right. So, maybe the next ten years we have to grandfather some folks in, but basically we're going to move them in a direct line toward fairness and we have to live within our means.

And of course he hates the United Nations.

 "Common-" anything I'm against. United Nations. Common everything. If you say common, by definition you're saying it's top-down. I'm going to force this on you. That's what dictators do.

And by "dictators", he means President Obama.

The left does not believe in diversity. They believe in top-down, I'm going to force my way onto you. Obama is forcing un-diversity onto everybody. It's not diversity. It's top down, central planning, on everything.

Yep, a college economics professor who thinks liberalism is socialism.  I'm so shocked by the existence of someone so ignorant headed for Congress to make laws.

This guy's just another Randian glibertarian jackass who Republican voters figure won't actually vote to take anything away from them, just from those people who don't deserve it, I mean those people aren't even human, right?


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