GOP Florida lawmakers have rejected over $50 million in much-needed federal child-abuse prevention money because it was part of Obama's healthcare reform package. Sorry: speechless.
They will most assuredly accept money from the insurance companies it will bring new business to, however.
Speechless? Like what, you're surprised? Why? When have the republicans EVER shown a speck of compassion of children once they were born? It's totally against their nature. I would be surprised if they DID take it. It's the sane, compassionate thing to do. They are against it. In fact, this seems like a good time for a Marx Brothers tune. Here's one from Horsefeathers. Seems appropriate. Youtube it for the full effect.
I don't know what they have to say
It makes no difference anyway
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
No matter what it is
Or who commenced it
I'm against it!
Your proposition may be good
But let's have one thing understood
Whatever it is, I'm against it!
And even when you've changed it
Or condensed it
I'm against it!
I'm opposed to it
On general principles
I'm opposed to it!
(He's opposed to it)
(In fact, he says he's opposed to it!)
For months before my son was born
I used to yell from night to morn
"Whatever it is, I'm against it!"
And I've kept yelling
Since I first commenced it
"I'm against it!"
Everything old is new again. I think I may have to work this one up for my solo gig.
It sure fits these times.
I'm not Chuck, but I agree with him 100%. Conservative ideology is completely incompatible with the teachings of Jesus.
One more piece of evidence that the GOP only cares for you if you're not born yet. Once you're born, you're on your own.
what've you got against encouraging people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps? So they're a little young, if they don't learn to earn their keep when small, how are they going to do it when they're older? If those babies want government help they can get in line. If there's anything left over after corporate america gets thru with it, well, then we've obviously done something wrong.
/end conservative thought.
Ha ha, you just caused me to have a eureka moment! The reason the right cares about the unborn is because they don't have bootstraps! Once the baby is born and you can put booties on them, they have bootstraps, and so are on their own. Brilliant!
The country I grew up in no longer exists. How much longer before I have to kill or be killed?
Your posting name is also the name of one of my favourite authors forgive me I suggest you stick around people with your qualities are highly needed.
They are difficult, perhaps painful times they are also exiting times evolutionary time.
Yourself, Siouxrose, teddy, amacd ezeflyer,Memory_Hole, moonpie, conscience & others. every now & than I read your POSTS, sea your stories everyone's with great interest, something you're doing, writing is right, or should I say left.
I never do, but some of us may have innocently relied on too much on leaders its Ok, perhaps its time to rely on the PEOPLE.
We have not even started, Siouxrose is right MIND CONTROL & lobotomy through various means. MAN & WOMAN ARE STILL STUNNED, something I watched here & elsewhere this morning about the AMERICAN DREAM, its truly like watching somebody who just had A CAR ACCIDENT.
What American dream?, what is it? HOW COME IM NOT EXPERIENCING IT?
Does TwoAmericas post here anymore? I appreciated his perspective.
The article states that they don't want to spend all this money on home-visits, and, that people who participated in this program found work in a high percentage.
Presumably, and first of all, the study involved abusers or at-risk abusers who were lower income. Because child abuse crosses socio-economic lines. (Just because you hear about it among the poor doesn't mean the rich aren't doing it to their kids, but keeping it quieter. Kind of like alcohol, or, who gets arrested for smoking pot.)
To my thinking, there is a line of legitimate thinking in the Republican groups that, nevertheless, misses quite a few a dots, in the connect-the-dots lesson, just as the Democrat groups do.
Yes, that is true, that we don't want to waste a whole lot of money on home visits. Yes, that is true, that government shouldn't be sticking its nose in family that readily.
However, there is an unmistakable link - when forms of child abuse exist - between family economics, stress, and child abuse. That is, when adults are able to find work more readily, child abuse goes down in groups that abuse because of economic reasons.
I have no doubt that many Republicans abide by "spare the rod, spoil the child" philosophy. But just out of pure mental illness unrelated to any real life stresses such as those facing lower income families.
By the same token, the family visitations that Democrats promote, come from a similarly situated superiority (in mentality) that never gets at root causes, but wastes money on policing programs -- whether it's home visits for child abuse, or making sure people really and truly qualify for their medicaid -- while never creating the jobs that would reduce child abuse due to economic stresses, such as job creation (where would some Democratic employers be without job shortages to keep them in line?) or a lack of access to sufficient health care - while continuing to promote a tiered health care - rather than a truly egalitarian guaranteed health like single payer - that divides our nation into those who are deserving because they are wealthy (as if that implied working harder!) and those who are less deserving and burdensome because they are poorer (as if that implied being lazier and more of a slob!) - and therefore they must be policed by the state, whether it's about healthcare or how they raise their children - because they are not entitled to the same rights as any other person - not being equal.
Yes, well, here at commondreams, most of us know, we hope, where the real slobs are. That they lie on both sides, in bed with one another, keeping the other going on their merry way.
Both ideologies are abusive. It's part of the same dysfunctional family system.
Why would Florida let a little thing like the money being designated for home visits stop them from collecting the Federal funds? From the memory hole:
( does anyone have a recommendation for a better search engine now that Google has gone all Bing on me, GGRRRR >:-[
I believe FL was the state they had in mind when they wrote these new regulations. I hope someone sues on behalf of the FL children's 14 amendment rights.
Not having the child abuse protection funds means the GOP lawmakers do not have to go out and abuse the children themselves.
GOP Florida lawmakers have rejected over $50 million in much-needed federal child-abuse prevention money because they believe that brutalizing children is a good thing, and that the phrase "child abuse" is liberal propaganda.
FL Governor Rick Scott is pushing the agenda of the now totally discredited Roman Catholic Church--coopted in America by the Republican Party. Why not? It worked for GWB.
I think this is about 'family values' - the idea that 'meddlesome' outsiders should not involve themselves in this most holy of human tribal units. Sort of like the belief in self regulating free markets.
"Obama's health care reform package"?
Why was this guy's name ever attached to the Wealth Care Monopoly Bill? His only part in it was informing USAns that a public option was off the table and taking Kucinich for a plane ride.
The package is a wholly owned subsidiary of private industry, written by its lobbyists. They'll get their $50 million whether it flows through Florida or not.
What's the old line about judging a civilization by how it treats it's most helpless members?
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