June 19, 2013
Forest Fire, Forest Service, House of Representitives, Politics, President Obama, republican, Sequestration, United States
Fire Fighters Struggle With Flames and Budgets
Every summer there is another record breaking forest fire immolating homeowners and ravaging communities. 2013 is no exception.
Throughout the American West, the United States Forest Service is scrambling to evacuate homes and contain destructive wildfires. These fire epidemics are getting worse every summer. Analysts blame urban encroaching into forests, global warming drying out the West, and bad luck.
Meanwhile, Washington’s sequestration and budget cuts have just axed the wildfire protection budget by more than forty-percent.
A gridlocked congress’s inability to act has pushed President Obama to preemptively reducing programs to offset future spending caps. These cuts are on top of the millions lost to the sequestration eroding the Forest Service’s budget. The Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program, responsible for controlling damaging megablazes, has lost $208 million of its original $500 million dollar budget. As the Forest Service chooses how to allocate its meager resources, experts are predicting worsening fires throughout the foreseeable future.
The United States must invest in wildfire protection instead of cutting funding. It also must spend smarter. Proactive strategy, ranging from clearing at-risk brush to lighting clearing fires, are progressively considered the best option for the fiscally starved Forest Service. Rather than fighting megablazes head on preemptive action curtails megablazes from ever burning out of control of threatening communities. These preventive methods are the cheapest option to saving endangered towns; every dollar spent on prevention multiplies itself into ten dollars saved on firefighter costs. To unlock the funds needed to reinstate funding to the Forest Services it will take political action from Congress, the institution originally responsible for the crippling cuts.
Many Republican Congressmen, ironically representing the fire-plagued west, are responsible for the sequestration and budget cuts. These austerity hawks are endeavoring to “starve the beast” of big government; by choking off the federal programs and taxes these zealots intend to force the nation towards smaller government. The Republican leadership is now self-immolating its own districts to uphold a deranged ideology. It’s no wonder Congress’s approval rating has plunged to ten percent. Another record.
July 25, 2011
2012 Presidential Election, Article 6, Herman Cain, Mosque Ban, republican, Theocracy
What is Reason Number Two?
He is targeting Muslims; actively pursuing an agenda that will permit bans on mosques to be set up anywhere in America.
Why Is This Good Thing?
… It’s not …
This radical appeal to the TEA party extremists is a gamble, in an attempt to win the early primaries and gain a better chance of ensnaring the Republican nomination. In the end he is discriminating against all fringe religions.
Why is This Bad Thing?
Banning mosques is the equivalent to setting the Constitution on fire.
Herman Cain pretends to act in the defense of the average American. The fallacious reasoning behind his controversial policy a prevention of Muslims passing Shariah laws. He paints it as a hostile takeover of an alien religion; in reality the core values of Islam are essentially the same as Christianity. Islam influenced laws would only empower local governments.
His religious assaults are cloaked in civilian security; he makes it clear that he is not advocating for banning Islam outright. Mosques may only be eliminated when the majority of the populace does not want them.
For me, this translates to: The primary religion of any area can criminalize secondary ones.
I am a Congregationalist, my town is dominated by Catholics. If such a law, like what Herman Cain has proposed, would be passed I would be in the crosshairs. Chances are, so would you. There is no difference between Congregationalists, Jews, Wickens, or Muslims under such a law. It would be easy to fall victim to theocratic takeover. The basis for the separation of church and state is this very reason; to prevent alienation of minorities.
By supporting theocracy Herman Cain is repealing over two hundred years of law and Article 6 of the Constitution, the promise of protection against religious tyranny.
Part 1: Cain’s “fair tax” is highway robbery.
July 19, 2011
2012 Presidential Election, Fair Tax, Federal Tax, Herman Cain, republican
Herman Cain; contender for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination
What is Reason Number One?
Cain’s proposed “Fair Tax” federal taxation system.
What is Fair Tax?
It is a simple plan.
First, abolish all current federal taxes. Second, impose a blanket national sales tax at a fixed percentage rate. Everyone pays the same, regardless of class. In addition everyone only pays on goods they want to buy.
“Prebates” would buy everyone essential goods so those in poverty will be gifted a decent standard of living. The Internal Revenue Service will no longer need to exist, and would be removed. The tax code will no longer be abused because it will be too simple.
Good idea, right?
Why is this an Un-Fair Tax?
The proposed national taxation rate is 23%.
Healthcare is taxed. Mortgages are taxed. Food and water are taxed. Paychecks are not taxed; you will get every cent that you earn. The federal’s lion share will be taken when ANY goods are bought, ANYWHERE. Herman Cain outlines this himself, under the cloak of propaganda.
For the bottom ninety percent of the population this is a drastic tax increase. For example, those in the bottom quintile will see their taxes increase by 460 percent. Prices of goods will rise by 23% percent, counteracting pay raises, because business will need to keep profitable. People do not win back a piece of their paycheck, they just lose government reimbursement.
Cain claims that his “prebates” will reimburse Americans so they can buy what they need, placing them at the poverty line. Therefore, EVERYONE who does not currently pay above 23% will be driven down to the poverty line. That includes you.
Herman Cain and his “Fair Tax” are will enslave Americans, one overpriced purchase at a time. Americans will just stop spending money, creating widespread deflation and winning Cain a recession.
Part 2: Cain allegedly supports silencing minority religions.
February 10, 2011
Clean Air Act, corporations, death, domestic, Environmental Protection Agency, global warming, legislation, republican, United States
The Republican party is once again assaulting the Environmental Protection Agency; determined to vanquish is chiefly Democratic foe. They claim that this wayward agency inhibits progress for America and should be swiftly done away with to benefit the economy. Meanwhile the Democrats are fiercely defending their agency, rightfully claiming that it is one of the greatest protectors of American life.
What Controversy Has Reignited This Attack?
Recently, the Environmental Protection agency has been actively fighting Global Warming. This ominous threat to humanity, taken from the greenhouse gases of the international industry, will result in higher sea levels, flooded cities, expanding deserts, and eroding farmlands. However, this crusade for the betterment of humanity has been met with stiff opposition from the Republicans, who control the House of Representatives. Without their consent progress in defeating global warming will be brought to a standstill; the EPA has been increasing desperate and demanding
In response notable TEA Party Republicans proposed 18% budget cuts that would paralyze the agency. Should these measures pass all efforts to counteract global warming will be brought to a standstill.
Why are Republicans Opposed to Global Warming and the EPA?
The Republican party is a chiefly conservative party; their core values instruct them to shrink the government and allow laissez-faire to flourish in America, creating a “paradise” where each individual would dictate their own fate without being weighed down by taxes that would benefit their lessers. They are favored by the large corporations, who would greatly profit by deregulation of the government. These deregulations have resulted in every single recession in world history. By eliminating government oversight of these companies expensive issues snowballed out of control, such as the dot-com recession or the sub-prime loam recession.
The EPA wants to place stringent regulations on polluting industry, using the Clean Air Act they intend to stem the emitted greenhouse gases and weaken the magnitude of global warming. This will result in slightly higher costs for American industries, they will be taxed heavily for greenhouse gas emissions. Through their political pressure they have delayed this rightful responsibility, using the Republican party as a shield to protect their own financial interests. As long at these the reforms of the Clean Air Act are held up they will not be taxed, saving them millions of dollars today at the expense of trillions of dollars tomorrow.
What Will Be the People’s Response?
Outrage, riots, election of new senators (if they value their own lives). Global warming will threaten the coming generations, and today’s innocent individuals. Already America is suffering from the global warming; critical crops are in short supply, worsening weather conditions, in addition to increased pollutant poisoning our children. The corporations have always been stood for money, the people must stand for their lives. As long as the people vote in politicians that favor these corporations over them these tragedies will continue to strengthen, in number and magnitude.