Archives for the month of: January, 2017

Today John Faso sent out an e-mail complaining that he is already being targeted for the next election and asking for donations for his re-election. He says Democrats are going to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into defeating him. But what about the millions he received from billionaires whose interests are in securing his votes to continue the destruction of the middle class – such as weakening regulations on Wall Street and lowering taxes on the rich.

In the less than a month he has been in office, he is already showing us who he is;  voting against veterans, voting against the Affordable Care Act, and voting against a woman’s right to choose.

I’m usually skeptical about Andrew Cuomo’s talk and actions, but this one he really seems to have gotten right in calling for a NY Constitutional Amendment to protect a woman’s right to choose.   Here is his statement and a link to support this amendment.[click on “Add your name now….”]

From: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo [mailto:info@go.ny.gov]
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 3:43 PM
Subject: New York won’t go back

Today I was proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and activists for women’s rights from across the state. In keeping with New York’s tradition of standing up for women’s rights, I pledged that all we have achieved for women in New York will never be undone. In fact, we are taking the fight even further.

I’m proposing a constitutional amendment to once and for all guarantee a woman’s right to choose in New York by enshrining the protections established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling into the New York State Constitution.

We have made tremendous progress and no matter what happens at the federal level, I promise you we won’t go back.

Add your name now to support my proposal for a constitutional amendment protecting a woman’s right to choose in New York. Adding your name only takes a moment, but sends a powerful message that you believe in protecting the rights of women in New York.

As Washington seeks to limit women’s rights, we will protect them. We will not allow the progress of the women’s movement to be stopped, and we must seize this opportunity to bring the state and the nation forward and stand up for women’s health. Make no mistake, we will always protect the right to choose in New York.

Add your name now to join our fight to protect women’s right in New York >>

“We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before.” – Donald Trump.  Here’s how: He has already announced a hiring freeze that will cost thousands of veterans jobs and keep at least 2,000 positions unfilled at the Department of Veterans Affairs. (this info from votevets.org)

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,  Samuel Johnson, 1775.

In 1908, Mark Twain added He is the man who talks the loudest.

In 1775, George Washington said Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

And 100 years ago Clarence Darrow wrote True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”

These statements have never been truer.

Waving the flag does not make one a good citizen, nor does living in an “us versus them” world. A true patriot is someone who looks critically at the nation, works tirelessly to fix problems without regard for personal safety, career, or profit, and actively defends the nation against real threats to peace, safety, and the principles of the Bill of Rights.

How many politicians would fit this definition? Is there anyone in the Trump camp who would not put their personal careers, greed, and ambition above everything?

Informed people are the best voters and activists. A new website will be following our elected officials and will be posting significant votes and actions, beginning with our US Senators and John Faso. There will also be a page devoted to George Amedore and Pete Lopez.  The site is HTTP://SEEDSOFDEMOCRACY.ORG. 

Check it out, access it very often, and tell others about it.

It hasn’t taken long for John Faso to show his true colors. Almost as soon as he got to Washington, he voted to gut key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.His stated reason is that this provides an opportunity to enact “something better.”  What he means is something better for insurance companies and worse for the public, cutting the number of people covered and privatizing the entire system. Simple fact: Medicare’s overhead rate is in the 5% range; the private insurance industry averages 20-25%. This means that privatizing, whether through vouchers or some other mechanism, takes away at least 15% of the Medicare dollar money that currently goes toward the provision of care.