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The Dirty Thirty – June 2012 Edition
By: Hrafnkell HaraldssonJun. 1st, 2012more from Hrafnkell Haraldsson
Today marks a new format for new iterations of the Dirty Thirty: rather than a re-posting each month of the entire list, only the updated information will be included, while the entire list including updates will be found under the Dirty Thirty link above (likewise under the Proof of the GOP War on Women link for legislation related to reproductive rights, etc). This move has been necessitated by the sheer bulk of data provided and in response to reader complaints and in order to make that data more accessible to readers. The Dirty Thirty is now a 52-page Word document approaching 30,000 words in length, daunting not only to upkeep but to read. The result of this format change is a 10-page, 5,000 word document, still a chilling reminder of what the Republican Party has in store for Americans and their liberties.
It is hoped that this new format will draw sighs of relief from readers.
(As always, new items and categories in red).
The War on Women’s Reproductive Rights
o Anti-abortion Laws
o ”Personhood Laws” and Fetal Rights and Mandatory Ultrasounds
o War on Birth Control/Contraception
o Violence Against Women
The War on Church and State
o Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) is pushing his Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act (Jones bill/HR 235) to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (H.R. 4520). According to the Interfaith Alliance, “If passed, the Jones bill would go far toward eroding the wall of separation between the institutions of religion and government by reversing IRS tax laws that prohibit houses of worship from engaging in partisan politicking.” With typical Republican underhandedness and disregard for the Democratic process, “The American Jobs Creation Act already passed the House and Senate and is in conference committee. By inserting the Jones legislation into this bill during conference committee, Delay and Jones ensure that the House and Senate will never get a chance to vote on the Jones bill, which the House has defeated in various forms twice before.”
The War on Marriage Equality and the Anti-Gay Agenda
The War on Obama: Birthers and Anti-Obama Legislation
The War on Voting Rights
The War on Hungry Children and Families
o The New York Times reports, that on May 10, 2012 “The House approved sweeping legislation…to cut $310 billion from the deficit over the next decade — much of it from programs for the poor — and shift some of that savings to the Pentagon to stave off automatic military spending cuts scheduled for next year. The legislation has no chance of passing the Senate or of becoming law. The White House issued a stern veto threat, saying the bill would “fail the test of fairness and shared responsibility.” The Times: “The bill’s political sensitivity came through in the 218-to-199 vote. Democrats were united in their opposition. Sixteen Republicans sided with the Democrats, and one Republican voted present.” Cut are “food stamps, children’s health insurance and Medicaid, eliminated the Social Services Block Grant to state and local governments (which pay for Meals on Wheels, child abuse prevention and other programs) and eliminated a new fund intended to help the government liquidate failed financial giants.” The Times goes on to say that “Of the savings, $23.5 billion came from Medicaid and children’s health care; $4.2 billion from hospitals that serve the poor and uninsured; and $33.7 billion from supplemental nutrition assistance. In all, about a quarter of the cuts would come directly from programs that benefit the poor.” Meanwhile, we can afford to build a missile defense system for the East Coast that probably does not even work and that the Pentagon says is unecessary. Apparently the GOP feels it is important to protect all those people who are going to starve from a non-existent missile threat. The Republicans call taking care of those in need “lower-priority spending,” while protecting us from non-existent threats is higher-priority spending. You get how this works by now.