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Kasich Brags About How He Took Health Insurance Away From Poor People in Ohio

This post originally appeared on RingofFireRadio.com.

Not only has Ohio Governor John Kasich drastically reduced his state’s use of Medicare and Medicaid, he recently bragged about it at the GOP debate and promised that he could “do it thrice” to the entirety of the United States if elected.

Kasich said that he somehow did not cut benefits or kick anyone off of the programs, but reduced the ten percent growth down to two-and-a-half percent. He must have some black magic up his sleeves, because no one can figure out how he Houdini’d those numbers. Regardless, Kasich claims that he can do the same thing to the national numbers if elected.

Of course, with this huge chunk of money taken from the poor, elderly, and disabled, Kasich had ideas about where the savings will be spent. “We freeze non-defense discretionary for eight years,” Kasich said, “we also put an increase in defense spending.”

In case you are confused, Kasich vowed that he would slash social programs, which are extremely important for the massive elderly population in this country, in order to pad an already bloated defense budget.

Out of all of the things this nation needs, a stronger military is not one of them. Kasich and Republicans like him are cashing in on America’s patriotism and post 9/11 fear of terrorism in order to disadvantage the poor and disabled.

Read more about this story at Addicting Info “Kasich: We Took Health Insurance From The Poor In Ohio Because ‘We’re Innovators’ (VIDEO)”

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Carly Fiorina: When Government Protects Consumers, It Leads To Socialism

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Carly Fiorina is best known for completely tanking Hewlett-Packard as its CEO. So, it makes sense that she’ll do the same thing to the American economy should she actually get to be in charge of it (thankfully, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell of that happening).

Well, at this point in tonight’s GOP debate, Fiorina has outlined what she thinks of regulations that protect the American consumer: She hates them, and she thinks it leads to an evil socialist government. Now, Fiorina was right about one thing, to be fair. It’s the government’s fault we have these huge, too big to fail banks in the first place; after all, it’s a lack of regulation that allowed the greedy Wall Street Banksters to do what they do. Had they been regulated, their mergers that turned them into the massive, billionaire-run conglomerates that they are now simply wouldn’t have been allowed. However, as is to be expected, she is dead wrong on everything else.

Fiorina said of regulations that protect consumers:

“I think what’s interesting about Dodd-Frank is it’s a great example of how socialism starts. Socialism starts when government creates a problem, and then government steps in to solve the problem. Government created the problem of a real estate boom. How did we create it? Under Republicans and Democrats alike, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, everybody gathered together, Republicans and Democrats and said home ownership is part of the American dream, let’s create a bubble, and then government stepped in, Republicans and Democrats, and, by the way, under President George W. Bush, banks were told, encouraged, told really, to buy other banks, to take money. And now what do we have with Dodd-Frank? The classic with crony capitalism…. The big have gotten bigger…and on top of all that, we have created something called the Consumer Protection Bureau, a vast bureaucracy with no congressional oversight, that’s digging through hundreds of millions of your credit records to detect fraud. This is how socialism starts ladies and gentlemen. We must take our government back.”

So, in other words, Fiorina’s major issue with the fact that there’s an agency that protects the average joe from fraud and exploitation. Got it. This is the GOP’s America, folks. Anything that protects you and me is evil and socialist, and must be stopped.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Angers Republicans With Facts

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, beloved cosmologist, has taken to twitter in order to comment on gun violence in the home, much to the chagrin of angry Republicans everywhere.

Tyson, known as the best public representative for the scientific community since Bill Nye the Science Guy, has used his twitter account very effectively over the years in order to argue for rationalism, science, and fact-based thinking. This time, that fact-based thinking has led him to post a few simple gun violence statistics.

3,400: Americans who died by Terrorism since 2001

3,400: Americans who died by household Firearms since five weeks ago.

Of course, many twitter users attempted to derail the intended message by pointing out deaths from obesity, hammers, etc., with many of the numbers being misrepresented or just plain wrong. Tyson later followed up his initial tweet with two others:

400,000: Americans who died fighting in World War II.

400,000: Americans who died by household Firearms since 2001

And,

1.4 Million: Americans who died in all Wars fought since 1776.

1.4 Million: Americans who died via household Guns since 1968

These numbers are pretty astounding when thinking about the massive grief and loss these events caused. How can we stand idly by as household gun violence commits atrocity after atrocity?

Read more of Mr. Tyson’s twitter posts and responses on Raw Story here “Neil deGrasse Tyson infuriates conservatives by pointing out simple gun violence statistics”

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58% Of Americans Favor Tighter Gun Laws: Poll

About 80 percent of Democrats polled wanted stricter gun laws while about 60 percent of Republicans said gun laws should stay the same or become looser 

 

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Pope Does Not Hold Back on His Criticism of Cold Hearted Bishops & Politicians

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Pope Francis had harsh criticism for conservative bishops in the church who would rather stick to strict dogma and “bury their heads in the sand” while families are struggling.

As the Huffington Post reports:

The pope spoke at the end of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, where the bishops agreed to a qualified opening toward divorcees who have remarried outside the Church but rejected calls for more welcoming language toward homosexuals.

It was the latest in a series of admonitions to bishops by the pontiff, who has stressed since his election in 2013 that the 1.2 billion-member Church should be open to change, side with the poor and rid itself of the pomp and stuffiness that has alienated so many Catholics.

He said the synod had “laid bare the closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families”.

He also decried “conspiracy theories” and the “blinkered viewpoints” of some of the gathering, and said the Church could not transmit its message to new generations “at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible”.

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The synod is an advisory body that does not have the power to alter church doctrine. The pope, who is the final arbiter on any change and who has called for a more merciful and inclusive Church, can use the material to write his own document, known as an “apostolic exhortation”.

Throughout the gathering Pope Francis called on the church to move away from rigid and archaic practices that placed adherence to rigid policy over the kindness and care of those seeking the acceptance of the church.

For more on this, read the article from the Huffington Post titled: “Pope Francis Ends Synod by Excoriating Bishops With ‘Closed Hearts’ and ‘Heads In The Sand.

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Bad News for Bacon Lovers: WHO Says Processed Meats Cause Cancer

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The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday that bacon, sausage, other processed meats, and possibly red meat, cause cancer.

A panel of 22 international experts reviewed decades of research on the connection between red meat, processed meats, and cancer. Big Ag has been readying for a response by funding its own scientists to question the WHO’s scientific findings that meats cause cancer.

“We simply don’t think the evidence support any causal link between any red meat and any type of cancer,” said Shalene McNeill, executive director of human nutrition at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. However, WHO scientists maintain that epidemiological evidence supports the theory.

“I understand that people may be skeptical about this report on meat because the experimental data is not terribly strong,” said Paolo Boffetta, a professor of Tisch Cancer Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and WHO panelist. “But in this case the epidemiological  evidence is very strong.”

Considering how meat is a considerable part of the American diet, the WHO findings are likely to create much controversy. Maybe it’s time for Americans to lay off of the pork.

For more on this story, visit the Washington Post “Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, World Health Organization declares.”

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Feds Spend Billions to Destroy Marijuana: No Effort to Stop Wall Street Thugs

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On Friday, a group of undercover federal agents entered into Menominee Indian Tribal lands in Wisconsin and proceeded to destroy approximately 30,000 hemp plants. The Federal Government would rather spend billions in destroying a harmless plant through sweeping, invasive police maneuvers and, yet, Wall Street thugs who do way more damage to people in this country go untouched by the law.

The Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw issued a statement regarding the raid last week:

There has been disagreement between the Tribe and Acting U.S. Attorney Greg Haanstad as to whether the Tribe’s actions in cultivating its industrial hemp crop was in compliance with the 2014 Farm Bill. The Tribe has worked tirelessly to find a solution to this disagreement, including offering to destroy itself certain strains of the industrial hemp crop that both sides had identified as problematic and offering to file Declaratory Judgment Action in United States District Court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin to allow a federal judge to decide the disputed issues. These offers by the Tribe were rejected in favor of the aggressive unilateral action we saw today.

We need federal efforts pursuing the real problems and threats to the American people, not sovereign tribes growing hemp in their own lands. Wall Street criminals are a much more real and persistent threat than some weed in Wisconsin.

For more on this, read the article from Addicting Info titled: “Federal Agents Raid Native American Lands To Destroy Hemp Crop It Was Legal To Grow (VIDEO).

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Iceland Tosses 26 Banking Executives in Prison

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While the US Department of Justice is content to slap miniscule fines on huge Wall Street firms and go after small-time traders, the Icelandic Supreme Court and Reykjavik District Court has sent a total of 26 banking executives to prison. These bankster criminals will be serving up to five years for market manipulation, embezzlement and breach of fiduciary duty.

Meanwhile, criminal banking executives who were instrumental in creating the financial crisis of 2008 continue to ride around in their limousines and private jets, sipping $1000-dollar-a-bottle champagne, while the banks themselves are raking in yearly profits of more over $160 billion. At the same time, bought-and-paid-for federal legislators have refused to pass any regulations to stop them from doing it all over again.

While the US continues to dig out from under that catastrophe, Iceland has recovered quite nicely. How? Simple: instead of forcing the victims to bail out the banks, Iceland simply allowed them to fail. They put currency controls in place, supported those who were screwed over by the financial institutions, and rejected the failed austerity measures imposed on citizens in Europe.

The prosecutions in Iceland have only just gotten started – and the courts will be playing hardball. As Icelandic law now stands, the maximum penalty for financial crimes is six years. However, the country’s Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments supporting extensions of those sentences. Meanwhile, corporate crime in the US continues unabated.

And why is the US not following suit? There are a number of reasons, most of which are familiar to our readers.  Not the least of these is the revolving door. The most infamous example is that of former US Attorney General Eric Holder, who worked for a law firm that frequently represents large banking institutions. After stepping down earlier this year, Holder returned to that same firm.

Of course, he’s not the only one. Members of Congress, as well as their former staffers, frequently go to work for lobbying firms. In fact, there are over 2,000 lobbyists working for the financial industry in Washington DC. Meanwhile, in the Halls of Congress are numerous lawmakers whose sole focus is to serve the interests of Wall Street. These are the ones who have stood in the way of reinstating Glass-Steagall, and attack provisions of  Dodd-Frank.  Congressional members of the “Banking Caucus” include Ed Royce (R-CA),  Shelly Capito (R-WV), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Steve Stivers (R-OH),  David Scott (D-GA), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Jim Himes (D-CT), and Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

And yes, the banking industry whores come from both sides of the aisle, tragically enough.

The fact is that Iceland has been putting banking criminals in prison, and the US is simply letting them skate while giving the institutions a slap on the wrist. It is a damning indictment of a system that enables wealthy individuals and corporations to simply buy politicians outright, allowing politicians to represent and work for the very same institutions they’re supposed to be regulating.

Under any reasonable, functional system, this would be called a “conflict of interest.” But when it happens inside the Beltway, it’s just business and politics as usual.

Have you had enough, yet?

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FCC Votes to Stop Prison Phone Call Extortion

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to crack down on prison phone rates in what can only be described as extortion by the phone companies.

“Voting to endorse today’s reforms will eliminate the most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen in my 17 years as a state and federal regulator,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said. “The system is inequitable, it has preyed on our most vulnerable for too long, families are being further torn apart, and the cycle of poverty is being perpetuated.”

Phone companies were charging prisoners exorbitant amounts of money to make and accept phone calls to their friends and family, sometimes charging up to $14 per minute. The FCC rules cap phone calls at 11 cents per minute. Securus Technologies and Global Tel*Link control the $1.2 billion prison call market.

Included in high minute fees are even higher service fees that cause phone bills to cost as much as $500 per month in some cases.

“None of us would consider ever paying $500 a month for a voice-only service where calls are dropped for seemingly no reason, where fees and commissions could be as high at 60 percent per call and, if we are not careful, where a four-minute call could cost us a whopping $54,” added Clyburn.

For more on this story, visit VICE Motherboard “FCC Votes to Stop Prisons from Charging $14 a Minute for Phone Calls”

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Donald Trump Thinks We “Could Use” More Global Warming

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As the weather has been turning lately, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted that the country “could use” some more global warming.

Trump has claimed that he’s “not a big believer in climate change,” saying that odd atmospheric patterns are just “weather.”

“It’s called weather changes and you have storms and you have rain and you have beautiful days,” said Trump last month. Does Trump even know what he’s talking about, or does he just know what Republican voters want to hear?

Trump is more than likely just trying to sell himself to conservative voters with his climate denial. There’s no way he can know what he’s talking about.

For more on this story, visit CNN “Donald Trump tweets ‘We could use’ global warming”

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