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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #945 on: April 30, 2019, 12:08:09 pm »
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little partial, local interests, our projects will be confounded and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. And, what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. ” (Benjamin Franklin)

Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy reading,
Or do things worth the writing.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance [as the framing of the Constitution] ... should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“I think with you, that nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue. Wise and good men are in my opinion, the strength of the state; more so than riches or arms.” (Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Samuel Johnson, August 23, 1750.)

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“…there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered.” (Benjamin Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention September 17, 1787.)

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” (Benjamin Franklin, his motto. This was part of the original proposal for the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States, which depicted the children of Israel being lead by a pillar of fire and Pharaoh's army drowning in the red sea. Instead today we have the familiar pyramid , and all-seeing eye.)

“The refusal of King George to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from clutches of the money manipulators was probably the prime cause of the revolution.” (Benjamin Franklin)

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #946 on: April 30, 2019, 01:42:33 pm »
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April 30, 2019



Republican Ohio Rep: Starve The Poor So We Can Fund Nuclear Industry

Last week, Cleveland.com reported that one of the reasons an Ohio lawmaker supports a bill that would give hundreds of millions of dollars to two nuclear power plants is because it also cuts subsidies that help working class communities pay for energy-efficiency upgrades. Because that, apparently, is a good thing.

“We are already paying for food, heating assistance, cell phones, child support” and other apparently frivolous luxuries, Rep Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) wrote in an email to another lawmaker, but we shouldn’t because “a little hunger in the belly or being a little cold on some really cold days is a good incentive. ”

Yes, according to Vitale, without that hunger or suffering, “what incentive is there for me to ever change and cover my own expenses?”

The Ohio bill, introduced by two Republicans, creates a new clean air program as an alternative to the state’s existing renewable portfolio standard. But, according to Cleveland.com’s reporting, “at least half” of the $300 million per year the bill would raise from a surcharge on electricity bills “is expected to go toward two northern Ohio 😈 nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse and Perry, that owner 👹 FirstEnergy Solutions plans to soon close unless it can get subsidies.”

If passed, that money will come just in time for FirstEnergy. The company has been aggressively seeking ways to save itself from bankruptcy, including through a now-hopefully-dead federal bailout for coal and nuclear power plants. As InsideClimate News reported in March, FirstEnergy appears to have shifted to a state-based approach, as it poured money into Ohio to try and save its two nuclear plants in the state.

And that’s not the only place where it’s focused. The Energy and Policy Institute recently dug through FirstEnergy’s bankruptcy documents and found that the company also spent millions on lobbying and public relations in Pennsylvania. Of the nearly $36 million that First Energy owes lobbyists Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, over a million is for lobbying work to find “a policy solution… that would enable the continued operation” of its nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

One wonders why First Energy spent millions of dollars on public relations and lobbying to save its dying nuclear plants when it could have been profiting off of existing subsidies for renewables instead of trying to fight them.

And, of course, there’s the question of why Rep Vitale thinks families should be cold and hungry, but FirstEnergy shouldn’t.

After all, “what incentive is there for [FirstEnergy] to to ever change” and survive in the free market where renewables are winning on price, if it doesn't have “a little hunger in the belly?”

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #947 on: May 01, 2019, 09:28:14 am »
Just another cut-out and bail out. But the poor always pay.

Next hey'll be claiming that nukes are a "green" solution.
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #948 on: May 01, 2019, 11:51:31 am »
Just another cut-out and bail out. But the poor always pay.

Next hey'll be claiming that nukes are a "green" solution.


Yep. These ethics AND reality challenged greedballs are a curse on humanity. 
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #949 on: May 01, 2019, 12:52:39 pm »
May 1, 2019

Money quote:

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"The idea that we can just reintroduce 2009 policies is not reflective of action that is necessary for now in the world of today," said Ocasio-Cortez. She added that "there is no harm in passing" Pelosi's bill, but ultimately, the GND is what's needed.

 



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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #950 on: May 01, 2019, 02:21:25 pm »
May 1, 2019

SNIPPET:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) echoed Van Hollen’s call for a new attorney general on Tuesday, in light of Barr’s behavior. “I think that Barr should resign. If he does not resign, he should be facing impeachment proceedings also. He has abdicated on his responsibility. He’s lied,” she told MSNBC.

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #951 on: May 01, 2019, 10:04:26 pm »
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #952 on: May 03, 2019, 08:30:44 pm »
May 3, 2019

Barr Made Trump Proud. The Rest of Us Got Screwed, Again.

WILLIAM RIVERS PITT, TRUTHOUT

Comprehensive reputational defenestration is hardly a new phenomenon in the Trump White House. That being said, it is a remarkable thing to watch someone in Attorney General William Barr's lofty position immolate the last tattered shreds of their dignity on live television. He did his job as he understands it, and the people who occupy his atmosphere raised toasts to him when he was done.


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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #953 on: May 05, 2019, 05:27:45 pm »
Mueller Stoked Trump-Russia Alarmism, Despite Finding No Collusion

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The Mueller report keeps alive the idea that Trump campaign contacts with Russians were a threat to U.S. national security, despite finding no collusion. This continued focus on the collusion narrative plays into the hands of the powerful national security state and diverts attention from real domestic threats to democracy which stem from the Trump administration's anti-democratic policies and the dysfunctional U.S. political system.


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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #954 on: May 05, 2019, 11:01:09 pm »
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In March, the DCCC announced its policy against progressive challengers of incumbent Dems. But the policy has been met with widespread scorn, and may be starting to backfire. Ryan Grim, Eugene Puryear, and Jacqueline Luqman discuss the situation


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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #955 on: May 08, 2019, 09:10:51 pm »

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« Reply #956 on: May 09, 2019, 05:43:07 pm »

Surly, you haven't been trying to push the bigoted buttons of a certain (Confederates in his closet proud) Texas Post Turtle , now have you?
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« Reply #957 on: May 10, 2019, 04:44:32 pm »

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #958 on: May 11, 2019, 05:48:16 pm »


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At this point, the moral and constitutional arguments for impeaching Donald Trump are self-evident, but with the White House actively spurning subpoenas and a long court fight in the offing, the question of how to do it becomes manifest. As it turns out, an official impeachment inquiry appears to be the easiest way to thwart White House obstructionism.

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After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin repeatedly refused to comply with requests to hand over President Trump's tax returns, the House Ways and Means Committee late Friday subpoenaed both Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for the documents. Meanwhile, calls to jail administration officials who do not comply intensify.

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Democrats who insist that impeachment is not politically expedient are effectively giving up their responsibility to check the executive branch and emboldening Trump to commit further crimes. These are the same centrists who never saw Trump coming in the first place and appear to have forgotten that it was anti-Trump energy that fueled the Democrats' success in the 2018 midterms.

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Re: Corruption in Government
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