twisted Tuesday … a Govt shutdown?



just another rant

Will somebody tell Republicans it is time to pay the bills? The media keeps reminding us that thousands of people will be out of jobs, as if anyone needs to be reminded. In what was/is considered the worse economic collapse, Republicans voted against the stimulus package in 2008, but they acted as if they voted for it when the money came in. While they were handing out checks left and right they continued to bad mouth PBO and the big government behavior, some Republicans asked for more money others said the money really did help but would deny it if asked.  The fact is, even more tried to give the money back which not only hurt their constituents it put Teachers, Police and other first responders at risk of losing their jobs.


Yet, here we are in the year 2013 with Republicans deciding that holding America hostage in the 11th hour is the best way to do “The Peoples Business.”  Apparently, they are still pissed that #ACA passed through Congress ~ became a law (ACA) which was then deemed constitutional by SCOTUS but they do not care so #ACA has been on the floor say 43 – 46 times. The Republican Party talks about how unfair the Democrats have been while wasting tax payer money and looking quite stupid at the same time.  So, after hours and hours of legislative ping pong, Republicans continue to say NO to just about everything to people/voters who might otherwise be unemployed before the November elections.  It baffles me and got to wonder how does this 1%  behavior look to their constituents, not to mention it seems reckless and inadvisable but given the last few months of The Political Party of NO does not disappoint.  They have proven not to be honest players, have not voted on any jobs bills and call unemployment bailouts; listen if this does not open your eyes what Republicans can do to let the public realize they are willing to use Americans as pawns to gain control of Congress. Though PBO is in his 2nd term, Republicans continue to play political games, the governing party is in place and the fix needed is not.

 Congress knows what to do to fix the problem, yet Republicans do not seem to care

 The month of September has so many memories,  good bad and the really ugly. It is a time when summer ends a time to remember history and is yet another step to move the debt deficit and new bills forward, not to experience past acts or behaviors. It is a month to invoke compassion, peace, love and cooperation, we all know the weather and the NFL won’t

 Republicans seem to say one thing and do anther on the floor of Congress. If the economy had been ok prior to the election of President Obama, the amount of spending would be next to nothing …people just seem to have amnesia … but we cannot let Republicans gain control of what will be  not only a correction but a move toward the 21st Century.  It may cost a little more but what better way to spend money …on All Americans not a select few not for a group who practices exclusion.  The notion that the collapse of our economy just happened is stupid and people need to realize the sad reality that the last guy could have fended off this but opted to pass the buck on the next President. I remember Bush saying this guy has no clue, it was an offensive comment then, and now 5.5 yrs. later, it does not take a rocket scientist to know that the state of our economy was a lot worse than we will ever really know. I would like to know whom among us is that stupid to think it would be corrected in 20 months when the fix is for about 30 years of errors that got us into this financial crisis?

I blame the Republican Tea Party for our current lack of improvement with all their no votes, blocking major legislation and using Americans as pawns to gain back control by any means necessary. Conservatives continue invoke fear, promote hate toward people considered to be in the Protected Classes and that is not just scary but should be a red flag for those who expect Politicians to speak out and up for All Americans; clearly The Republican Tea Party is not for everyone.

Rock Bottom


Think Progress

GOP Prepares to Take Us Over the Brink

In just a few hours the federal government will shut down for the first time in 17 years unless House Republicans stop wasting time on anti-Obamacare ransom notes and instead agree to a real compromise — a short-term funding bill at sequester spending levels — that will keep the government open.

Unfortunately, Republicans appear to care far more about more dead-end votes on Obamacare than about avoiding a damaging government shutdown.

Late Saturday, the House passed a measure that demanded a one-year halt to Obamacare in return for keeping the government open for just over two months. It also included a repugnant attack on women’s access to affordable birth control that would allow employers to deny birth control coverage to their female employees.

The Senate rejected this ransom note earlier this afternoon, but it appears that House Republicans are simply readying another equally unacceptable anti-Obamacare measure instead of a serious bill to keep the government open.

Sadly, we don’t have to wait for midnight to come to understand how damaging a government shutdown will be. Republican brinksmanship is already hurting the economy, just as it did during their manufactured debt limit crisis in 2011.

The New York Times reported today that “stock markets fell worldwide on Monday as political disagreements in Washington made a shutdown on Monday night increasingly likely.” “Investors are worried that even a temporary government shutdown could endanger an already weak economic recovery,” the Times added.

The Business Roundtable, a group representing corporate CEOs,surveyed its members and found that “half of top executives said the budget fights were crimping their hiring plans.”

The worst for the economy is of course yet to come:

  • shutdown lasting three-to-four weeks could directly cost the government more than $2 BILLION, not including billions in more in costs to the economy thanks to plunging confidence among consumers and investors. Indeed, a shutdown could cost the economy $10 BILLION per week.
  • A government shutdown along with threats of an unprecedented default on our obligations, which Republicans are also threatening, is“corrosive on the economy,” according to Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. Moody’s estimates that a shutdown lasting three-to-four weeks could slash economic growth by as much as 1.4 percentage points.
  • The Washington Post notes that a shutdown lasting longer than a week “would suck money out of the economy and spread anxiety among consumers and businesses in a way that is likely to hold back economic activity.”

Fears over the impact to the economy led the GOP-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 230 other business groups to write to lawmakers last week “urging them to keep the government open.”

Shutting down the government tonight will kneecap the economy and hurt millions of Americans, but ironically it will do nothing to actually stop Obamacare. Indeed,tomorrow marks the opening of insurance marketplaces that will allow millions of Americans, many of whom are currently insured or who have never had insurance, to shop for a quality, affordable health plan.

“An important part of the Affordable Care Act takes effect tomorrow no matter what Congress decides to do today,” said President Obama late this afternoon. “The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down. ”

Given the Republicans’ spiteful fixation on denying health care to millions of Americans, it’s no wonder that a poll out today found that the approval rating of Congress has dropped to just 10 percent — an all-time low. Other recent polls have found overwhelming disapproval for the GOP and its actions:

  • Just 7 percent of Americans back the GOP’s plan to delay and defund Obamacare. And less than one-third of Americans (26 percent) support the GOP’s ultimate and oft-stated goal of completely repealing Obamacare.
  • A whopping 68 percent of Americans want the law to move forward as is or with improvements.
  • More than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) agree that shutting down the government for even a few days is “a bad thing for the country.”
  • Six in ten Americans also agree that it is more important for Congress to avoid shutting down the government than preventing Obamacare from moving forward.
  • An overwhelming 80 percent of Americans agree that threatening a government shutdown is not an acceptable way to negotiate.
  • Just 19 percent of Americans believe that it’s worth shutting down the government in order to defund Obamacare. That means that about half of the small minority of Americans who actually favor defunding Obamacare still oppose shutting down the government in order to do so.
  • More than two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) say Republicans in Congress “have acted mostly like spoiled children during the recent debate over the federal budget.”
  • Another poll found that just 26 percent of Americans approve of how Republicans in Congress have handled negotiations over the federal budget.

It’s also no wonder then that if the government shuts down tonight, the public will, correctly, blame Republicans. One poll out today found that a majority of Americans (51 percent) say they will blame Republicans in Congress “a lot” if the government shuts down, which is consistent with the findings of other recent polls.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s sadly once again clear that Republicans will do anything — including shutting down the government and sabotaging the economy — in order to stop millions of Americans from gaining the security of quality, affordable health care.

Sign our Petition: Brooklyn NOT Busters!

Dear TBI Friend and Supporter,

Over a year ago technicians at a Brooklyn Cablevision location overwhelmingly voted to join the Communications Workers of America, but they are still waiting for a fair contract. Why? Cablevision CEO James Dolan and his company have refused to bargain in good faith.

Not only does Dolan control one of the largest cable companies in New York City, he also owns the largest arena in ManhattanMadison Square Garden. The NBA has announced that the 2015 All-Star game will be held in New York, either at Madison Square Garden or the Brooklyn-based Barclays Center.

We need your help: the NBA shouldn’t reward a union-buster with an event like the All-Star Game. Sign this petition to urge the NBA to hold the game at Barclays Center, not Dolan-owned Madison Square Garden.

As part of their anti-union campaign, Dolan and Cablevision gave everyone at the company a raise except the Brooklyn technicians. Later, Cablevision fired 22 workers who attempted to use the company’s open door policy to discuss the stalled contract negotiations. He refuses to pay these technicians fairly for their work, but last year he paid himself $11.45 million – nearly as much as all the Brooklyn techs combined.

Please step up and help us make sure James Dolan and his union-busting company do not get rewarded for their behavior.

Sign the petition here.

Bertha Lewis President & Founder The Black Institute

Tell Randolph County school board to reverse its ban on “Invisible Man”

Black literature is under attack.Invisible Man book coverDemand Randolph County reverse its ban on Invisible Man at tonight’s meeting.Join Us

It took just one letter from an angry parent to convince a North Carolina school district to remove Ralph Ellison‘s Invisible Man from school libraries in the county. A short board meeting prompted by a single letter — describing one of the most significant pieces of Black literature in American history as “filthy” — was all that five members of the Randolph County Board of Education needed to feel justified in voting to ban the novel last week.1 It’s just the kind of quiet injustice — and officially-sanctioned bias — that happens behind closed doors in towns across the country all of the time. But this time, we have an opportunity to push back.

Just days after Randolph’s decision made national headlines, the school board called an emergency special meeting for tonight regarding the ban.2 If a couple of bad press hits is enough to make Randolph reconsider, imagine how powerful thousands of our voices can be.

The Board is meeting TONIGHT. Will you join us in demanding that the school board reverse its decision and return Invisible Man to library shelves? It only takes a moment.

This isn’t the first time in recent months that books by Black authors depicting American racism have been attacked. Earlier this month, the president of the Ohio Board of Education called Toni Morrison‘s The Bluest Eye “pornographic.”3 And in July, a Detroit-area school district came under fire for dumping a collection of over 10,000 volumes of invaluable Black books and artifacts.4 Enough is enough.

Banning Black stories not only alienates Black students, it denies all students the opportunity to engage with and discuss important themes like racial enmity in society and the development of personal identity. For elected officials concerned with the education of our young people, it’s particularly perverse that Randolph’s school board failed to recognize the irony of banning a book that’s about silencing critical voices and the ways in which racist culture restricts individuals from reaching their full human potential.

Please join us in calling on the Randolph County school board to reverse its book ban at tonight’s meeting. Together we can send a message about the critical value of Black literature in our schools.

Thanks and Peace,

–Rashad, Arisha, Matt, Kim, Hannah, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange team.
September 25th, 2013

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1. “Invisible Man Banned: Ralph Ellison’s Landmark Novel Banned From School Libraries,” Huffington Post, 09-19-13

2. “Board to reconsider its ‘Invisible Man’ ban,” Asheboro Courier-Tribune, 09-20-13

3. “ACLU to Ohio schools leader: Toni Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ not porn,” News Channel 5, 09-12-13

4. “Discarded Black history books incite protests in Detroit,” Amsterdam News, 08-10-13

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 10/01 ~~ the House


Congress…  empty on so many levels

The Senate stands in adjournment until 9:30am on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.  If the Senate receives a message from the House, the Majority Leader announced he will move to table the message tomorrow morning at 9:30am.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings

Shortly after the Senate convenes and the Senate receives the House Message on H.J.Res.59, the continuing resolution, the Senate will immediately consider the House Message and Senator Reid will move to table the House Message. The House Message which would delay Obamacare for 1 year and request a conference on the joint resolution. Senators should expect the vote to begin around 9:35am.

At 9:33am the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on Reid motion to table the House Message on H.R.59, the continuing resolution. The House Message would delay Obamacare for 1 year and request a conference on the joint resolution;

Tabled: 54-46

10:06am The House Message on H.J.Res.59 (1-year Obamacare delay and request for conference) was tabled 54-46. The continuing resolution will now go back to the House for its consideration.

The Senate is in a period of morning business for debate only until 12:30pm with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The Senate is in a period of morning business for debate only until 5:00pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each and the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees.

The Senate disagreed in the House amendment to H.R.2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013; insisted on its amendment; requested a conference with the House on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses; and authorized the Chair to appoint conferees with a ratio of 7:5 on the part of the Senate.

The following senators were appointed as conferees on the FARM Act:

–          Stabenow;

–          Leahy;

–          Harkin;

–          Baucus;

–          Brown;

–          Klobuchar;

–          Bennet;

–          Cochran;

–          Chambliss;

–          Roberts;

–          Boozman; and

–          Hoeven.

3:55pm The Senate is in a period of morning business for debate only until 6:00pm, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, and with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each; and the Majority Leader recognized at 6:00pm.



1)      Reid motion to table the House Message (delay Obamacare for 1 year and request a conference on the joint resolution) on H.J.Res.59, the continuing resolution; Tabled: 54-46


Requested a conference with the House on H.R.2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 and appointed the following conferees: Stabenow, Leahy, Harkin, Baucus, Brown, Klobuchar, Bennet, Cochran, Chambliss, Roberts, Boozman, and Hoeven (ratio of 7:5).

Adopted S.Res.264, a resolution to authorize testimony, documents, and representation in State of Florida v. Lawrence, Denny, & Scarbrough


Last Floor Action:
9:59:04 P.M. – The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 2, 2013.

Last Floor Action:
1:25:30 A.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on October 1, 2013.