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Guest for Monday April 17th: 7:30-8:00am Congressman John Faso
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CALL IN – TIE UP THE PHONES AND CALL HIM ON ALL HIS LIES
Home is where the heart is, and for John Faso, his heart has certainly not been in the 19th Congressional District. For his entire 20+ year political career, his heart has been in the corporate headquarters of the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, and the ultra-wealthy. In his short time in Washington, his voting record confirms this.
So while he rails against so-called carpetbaggers – claims of dubious credibility – he can most accurately be named one of the nation’s premier CORPORATEBAGGERS, a politician whose every move shows us where his heart really is, from a lifetime of unquestioning support and work for the fossil fuel industry, to his critical support for Trumpcare, to his votes to enable pollution of the nation’s waterways.
His biggest supporters are from outside the 19th District.
Because his continuing failure to represent us is so obvious, and his words so consistently belie his actions, the ultra-wealthy are already pouring millions into the district to shore up his re-election campaign. There is a real opportunity for the voters of the 19th district to show that big money can be defeated by a knowledgeable and active citizenry.
Remember the film “The Manchurian Candidate?” That was about one man controlled by a hostile foreign power and ordered to act against the United States. Today we have the Russian version, a whole administration doing the bidding of a foreign power. In the film the plot was exposed – hopefully the Puppets of Putin will be similarly exposed and defeated.
From Citizen Action New York:
There’s some big news out of D.C. this morning [3/16/17].
At 10 a.m., Congressmember John Faso voted in support of the disastrous Republican bill that would leave 120,000 people in his district without health care.
But three other Republicans on the budget committee voted against it. Yesterday, Politico reported that House Republicans from New York are becoming “wary of Obamacare replacement.” They should be. Thousands…have called, sent messages and held massive rallies every week – demanding health care for all, not tax breaks for the super-rich.
At a legislative workshop last night (March 8th) there appears to be a push for immediate issuance of the proposed multi-million dollar bond issue to pay for the jail. Afterwards, they would talk about amendments to the plan – size, alternatives, etc. This is backwards!! Once the money is borrowed, we pay interest on it, no matter if the final plans call for a lower cost building. The only given reason for this is to avoid rising interest rates; but any short-term interest rate rise is sure to be negligent, and far less than the cost of borrowing more money than we need. And getting the extra money back by calling the bond early, then issuing another one, would cost more than the negligible extra interest due to any delay in the original issue. CAL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY TO INSIST THAT THE VOTE ON THE BOND ISSUE BE POSTPONED FOR AT LEAST A MONTH. Phone numbers are listed on the Greene County site referenced in the last post.
Here is a link to the Greene County page (and links from there) about the proposed jail. It is a bit misleading because it does not note the alternatives to incarceration or total costs, among other things. It also implies that this is a done deal – IT IS NOT!! The links to newspaper articles tell a more complete story. We strongly recommend that every community hold a public meeting on the proposed jail, including those opposed to the current plan. Remember, this a very expensive project and we will be paying for years.
KEEP WATCHING! MORE TO FOLLOW.
Is there some sort of competition among Republicans to see who can stray farther from the truth and bend over backwards to turn the entire nation over to Wall Street and big corporations? It’s hard to know which one is leading this charge to come in second to Trump. John Faso is certainly in the running.
His latest obfuscation concerns the disastrous Republican (Destroy) Health Care Plan. He brags that they are preserving coverage for children under the age of 26, and mandating coverage for preexisting conditions. Here is just some of what he conveniently misses: cancelling the mandate for individuals to secure coverage and employers to provide it; cancelling the tax subsidies for low-income Americans to help pay for coverage; cancelling the expansion of Medicaid; cancelling national coverage standards for health plans; cancelling the federal health insurance exchange; and forcing those with pre-existing conditions into special high cost pools. Estimates are that insurance companies will reap a billion dollar windfall in the first year –and you can be sure that some of that will trickle down to the campaign coffers of John Faso.
No doubt he will change his public stand on some of these, but you can bet that in the end he will vote the way Paul Ryan tells him to.
WE WILL ALL BE HURT, TOGETHER WITH OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY, unless you are a billionaire or a member of Congress. Here is a link to the letter AARP sent to Congress opposing the bill.
One item that may be easy to overlook is how it will affect students over the age of 26, who do not make enough for the proposed tax breaks to help them.Higher education costs are already way too high and this is sure the drive students away, impacting those on whose future the nation’s technological future depends.
Here is a simple statistic that should convince you that a single payer system is the only way to go. Overhead and profit take at least 20% of the health care dollars spent on private insurance; Medicare’s overhead is below 2% (This number rises to around 6% if it includes the overhead of private insurers participating in Medicare Parts c & D). So if you spend $500 per month on private health insurance, over $100 is immediately withdrawn from what can be spent on actual care.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is inviting comment and counting calls before it decides on whether to approve Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council. Call 202-224-4751. Just say: HI, MY NAME IS ________ . I AM FROM _STATE___ . AND AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. I OPPOSE STEVE BANNON BEING CONFIRMED TO SIT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL.
That’s all you have to do -shouldn’t take more than 10 seconds. Keep trying if you get a busy signal.