Billionaire activist Tom Steyer’s organization NextGen Climate is planning to attack climate change denying presidential candidates during the 2016 election. So far, only Republican candidates have denied climate change. This means NextGen will spend a lot of resources hitting Republicans.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at the DNC on Monday night and made it clear: “a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.”
Okay, you have won the Democratic Nomination. 80% of Bernie’s supporters have rallied to her. Now please understand that some people that spent the last year supporting Bernie are not going to support Hillary, and NO we aren’t going to the devil in a snit fit. NO we are not spoiled children, I cannot speak for all Bernie supporters, but my dislike of the Clintons extends back to 92 and is not a modern creation. I supported the Democrats to elect Obama and was attracted this time by Elizabeth Warren. When she decided not to run, I looked to Jill, but then Bernie looked like a valid option and long shot but still a possibility. So now I return to the 2rd party realm, let’s agree that the Down Ballot is important and that voters should not be bullied, nor shamed and ESPECIALLY not driven away from voting. We can personally disagree on President and still agree that the Koch Bros. with %800M in campaign cash and a desire to control everything from local school boards to state Legislatures are a REAL DANGER, and stop beating each other up for something you are not going to change.
When Republicans reveal their budget this week, the Koch Brothers have one special request:
“We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
That’s pulled directly from David Koch’s platform back when he ran for President. Little has changed 35 years later.
The Kochs stand to pad their billions substantially from the privatization and defunding of Social Security. That’s why they spent so many millions buying a Republican Congress in 2014.
Don’t let them undermine Social Security without a fight.
The Federal Lands will not be your’s anymore, it will belong to the Koch Brothers and the monies for the sale will fit snugly in the pockets of Republican politicians.
Along with provisions on pornography and LGBT “conversion therapy” is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands. The inclusion of this provision in the Republican Party’s platform reflects the growing influence of and ideological alliance between several anti-park members of the GOP and anti-government extremists, led by Cliven Bundy, who dispute the federal government’s authority over national public lands “Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.” The provision calls for an immediate full-scale disposal of “certain” public lands, without defining which lands it would apply to, leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership. see rest of story here:
The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. Along with provisions on pornography and LGBT “conversion therapy” is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands.
The inclusion of this provision in the Republican Party’s platform reflects the growing influence of and ideological alliance between several anti-park members of the GOP and anti-government extremists, led by Cliven Bundy, who dispute the federal government’s authority over national public lands.
“Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.”
The provision calls for an immediate full-scale disposal of “certain” public lands, without defining which lands it would apply to, leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership.
The Koch Brothers Are Now Funding The Bundy Land Seizure Agenda
“That’s a very broad brush to basically say we’re going to turn over all federal lands to states; some states don’t have the resources to handle it,” said West Virginia state Senator and committee delegate Vic Sprouse, who was pushing for a similar provision, but with milder language. He said this more extreme language would instead “willy-nilly” turn over federal property without regard to the type of land or willingness of the state to manage it.
Though public land disposal language was also present in the GOP’s 2012 platform, the position takes on new meaning in the wake of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover earlier this year. The now-indicted leaders of the takeover, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and other extremists present at the refuge similarly demanded that the U.S. government give up authority over national public lands in the West.
“I have long believed that public lands are an equalizer in America, where access to public lands ensures that you don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy the great outdoors or to introduce your children to hunting, fishing and hiking,” said Senator Martin Heinrich during a recent floor speech on ALEC-funded land seizure legislation. “This land grab idea is just as ludicrous as denying climate change, just as detached from reality, and similarly comes at the expense of our public health and protection of our public lands and resources.”
Congressional Proposal Would Create A Texas-Sized ‘Republic Of Cliven Bundy’
Disposal of national parks, wilderness, forests, and other public lands is not the only way the GOP platform addresses conservation issues. Delegates also approved an amendment aimed at curbing the Antiquities Act of 1906, a law which has protected national monuments ranging from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon. The amendment requires “the approval of the state where the national monument is designated or a national park is proposed,” which would severely limit the President’s ability to protect at-risk places.
The delegates also passed language specifying that the Republican Party believes that the sage grouse, prairie chicken, and the gray wolf should be exempt from the protections of the Endangered Species Act. This not only gets into the weeds of local issues, but cuts corners in scientific species and conservation management regulations.
Party delegates will vote to adopt the draft document at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.
Jenny Rowland is the Research and Advocacy Associate for the Public Lands Project at Center for American Progress. Follow her on Twitter @jennyhrowland.
Because their only policy positions are more tax cuts for the rich, cutting or eliminating government agencies and programs that the Koch Brother’s do not like nor want, more wasteful spending on Department of Defence projects that we do not need, more money to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, will reportedly pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. The news, broken by Roll Call and corroborated by the New York Times and the Indianapolis Star, is still not solid as of Thursday—the Times reports that Trump could “backtrack” on his choice before his campaign is scheduled to make its announcement at 11am ET on Friday. But all signs at the moment point to Pence as Trump’s VP pick.
1) Pence is a strict social and fiscal conservative
According to USA Today, Pence 53, describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” And Pence’s record as a U.S. congressman and governor reflects just that.
2) Pence has ties to Republican donors, including the Koch brothers
Pence would bring another thing to the table: ties to the billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch. And given the large lump of money the brothers raised in the 2012 election—over $400 million—adding Pence would be a huge advantage for the presumptive GOP nominee.
3) Pence disagreed with Trump’s Muslim immigration ban
Just moments after Roll Call leaked that Trump would allegedly pick Pence as his VP, Twitter users resurfaced a December 2015 tweet in which Pence vocally opposed Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigrants from entering the country.
“The goal is to bring attention to a colossal political scheme that is designed to operate in the dark and to take the American public unawares. If the denial apparatus is called out as being what it is, which is a big complicated front for the fossil-fuel industry, it will be less effective. In an open democracy, all this behind-the-scenes and under-the-table mischief is stuff that merits being called out.”
Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana has a longtime relationship with the reactionary multibillionaire Kochs, who head a vast energy empire that is the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., with revenues of $115 billion in 2013.
By choosing Pence, Trump exposes his willingness to cozy up to the Kochs. Who knows, he might need their vast resources to try to buy the election. Even though they have opposed Trump up to this point, they may now support him — to leverage control over Pence and, ultimately, over Trump.
Clearly, Trump chose Pence to shore up his conservative, evangelical credentials. Pence, whom the July 17 New York Times called “a loony lightweight” during his 12 years in Congress, is one of the most conservative, ostentatiously religious U.S. politicians. None of the 90 House bills he proposed has passed.
Both the AFL-CIO and the Working Families Party describe him as an enemy of working people. He voted against raising the minimum wage, expanding health coverage for poor kids, increasing funding for subsidized housing and prohibiting job discrimination against LGBTQ people. He supported deporting undocumented children and eliminating automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. to undocumented parents. His vote to build a fence at the Mexican border is one of the few positions he shares, besides racism, with Trump!
How Trump won the Republican nomination which wasn’t difficult.
The Republican’s current voter base who’s ideology has been created and shaped by the “ likes” of these people for 25 years now, is how Trump ran away with the nomination. Sadly all he had to do was repeat the same hateful rhetoric that ’s been spewed on Right Wing Talk Radio and Fox News. Rush Limbaugh (a Koch Brothers Puppet)came into national prominence 25 years ago, his views were considered extreme by mainstream Republicans.
As the Conservative Entertainment machine rapidly grew, the ideas of the John Birch Society(funded by the Koch Brothers) are now the mainstream views of today’s Republican voter.This toxic ideology has culminated in the nomination of Donald Trump. During the primaries, Donald Trump spewed forth the most xenophobic, racist, sexist statements and behaviour, and in all almost every instance, his poll numbers increased. What does this say about the present state of the GOP?
There have been lots of empty seats at the convention, and not a single person from The Bush Administration, including Bush himself, former nominees McCain, Romney, and even popular Republican Governor John Kasich of OHIO are present at this convention. Bob Dole was only there because he has dementia and probably doesn’t know where he is, what does that tell you?