Hundreds of millions of terrified and persecuted Christian-Americans will rally across the country tomorrow against the totalitarian Obama regime and its government mandate that no one any where be able to think any thoughts about G-d or Jesus Christ’s latter day resurrection.
Here in Lexington, expect to see at least one hundred thousand brave Christians emerge from the shadows to take back their streets. They have been persecuted and villified and they are now, finally, fighting back:
Join us in Lexington, KY as we fight President Obama’s HHS Mandate with the “Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom,” along with over a hundred cities on March 23 at Noon.
* Exactly 237 years to the day before our March 23 Rally, American patriot Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech with the concluding line, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
Rally is being held in Phoenix Park, Downtown Lexington.
There’s another rally in Owensboro, if you are too lazy to come to Lexington. It features a letter from Congressman Brett Guthrie who couldn’t be bothered to attend, recalling the old saying:
First they came for the Southern Baptists,
and Brett Guthrie just sent a letter.
Guthrie also enjoys American authors from the first half of the 20th century, especially Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck. His favorite literary character is Ma Joad, matriarch of the Joad family in the 1939 classic “The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck’s enduring tale of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and the struggle of the poor to overcome oppression.
This is reassuring news.
As the Boss sings:
Now Tom said “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beatin’ a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there’s a fight ‘gainst the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me Mom I’ll be there
Wherever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand
Or decent job or a helpin’ hand
Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free
Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me.”
And here’s Henry Fonda’s Mr. Joad, talking to his ma:
We are surely in good hands.
Let’s not forget this quote from Steinbeck’s novel — and from Brett Guthrie’s favorite literary character:
“Rich fellas come up an’ they die, an’ their kids ain’t no good, an ‘ they die out. But, Tom, we keep a-comin’. Don’ you fret none, Tom. A different time’s a comin’.”
U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, a Republican who represents the 2nd District, said he would fight any effort to move Owensboro out of his district, where it has traditionally been located.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving Daviess County and always look forward to my visits to the area,” Guthrie said in a statement. “I will use any influence I may have with my former colleagues in the General Assembly to maintain Daviess County in the 2nd District.”
Guthrie would lose Owensboro to Ed Whitfield and gain Jessamine County from Ben Chandler.
Chandler, of course, is sitting pretty under the plan and is almost certainly happier about it as his place gets bluer even if Ben’s mindset is, for the most part, Cardinal Red.
Brett Guthrie reveals the President’s secret plan:
“He goes to North Carolina yesterday and says the Republicans answer is dirty air, that’s not true and it’s unworthy of the presidency.”
Representative Guthrie says he doesn’t want dirty air, but regulating the EPA is very expensive and would affect many Kentuckians.
“They’re trying to put coal-power plants out of business, that’s ninety-five percent of Kentuckians energy, that’s why we have cheap energy.”
There are a couple things wrong with Mr. Guthrie’s reasoning:
1. “They” are not trying to put coal-power plants out of business. This industry claim, parroted by Republicans (and our Governor and Congressman), is couldn’t be more misleading. An energy industry consultancy group released a report on this very subject earlier this month. They studied the Obama administration’s EPA regulations and the purported ‘disastrous’ effects on the industry. They found:
Contrary to some projections that indicate environmental regulations will severely impact U.S. coal production, ICF projects that U.S. coal production and prices will remain stable. In particular, demand for low sulfur Powder River Basin coal and low-cost, high-sulfur Illinois Basin coal is expected to be strong.
Clearly, then, if Mr. Guthrie and company know that the EPA regulations won’t destroy the coal industry, then what other motivation do they have in trying to destroy the EPA? Either it’s about maximizing profits for their cronies, or its about dirtying our air.
It’s Brett Guthrie who’s unworthy of the job of protecting people.
2. The only ones putting the coal industry out of business are the coal industry themselves. Or, depending on how you look at it, G-d.
Coal here is getting harder and costlier to dig — and the region, which includes southern West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee, is headed for a huge collapse in coal production.
The U.S. Department of Energy projects that in a little more than three years, the amount of coal mined here will be just half of what it was in 2008. That’s a significant loss of a signature Appalachian industry, and the jobs that come with it.
“The seams of coal that are left in this area are harder and harder to mine, and they’re thinner and thinner and thinner,” said Leonard Fleming, a retired Kentucky miner and union leader in Letcher County who worked in the industry for 32 years.
The fact that Kentuckians get over nine tenths of their electricity from coal is fine and all, but it’s not going to do us much good in a few years. You can’t mine what’s not there… which is one reason the mining companies have their minions, like Brett Guthrie, fight to destroy the EPA. If they would just get off our backs, we could flatten the Appalachians and siphon out what little remaining coal we can find.
And if that dirties the air in the process… let alone all the other health ramifications… then Brett Guthrie is for it.
3. There are actually a lot more than a couple, but Brett seems a little slow so we’ll leave it here for now and keep it simple for him.
Awesome new “bipartisan” legislation from a group of wacky Republicans — Kentucky’s Brett Guthrie, failed homosexual converter Michelle Bachmann, for example — and conservative “democrats” (no, not Chandler, this time, but his Blue Dog fellow-travellers)!
[I]ntroduced legislation to increase consistency and efficiency in the FDA’s third party review process. The FDA currently uses third parties to review device applications and conduct inspections, however, the FDA’s utilization of third parties could be improved and increased to provide greater efficiency to device companies and, ultimately, patients, all the while saving valuable resources.
Why? Says they:
“This common sense legislation will save both the FDA and medical device innovators valuable resources, and ensure we keep and expand jobs here in our communities.”
And says Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie:
“I am hopeful this bill will make the review process more efficient, which will help manufacturers create more jobs.”
Deregulating the safety oversight that keeps medical devices, oh, “safe” and “functional” and “life-saving” is actually good policy.
A lot of people might look at it as dangerous.
But a lot of people are wrong.
By increasing profits of America’s health care industry, it is clear that while costs passed on to everyday Americans never actually goes down, they can increase profits.
Before you even start to question the wisdom of that reasoning — and don’t, it makes sense if you don’t think about it — consider the JOB CREATION it creates.
If millions of Americans in need of life-saving medical devices are instead outfitted with shoddily created and unregulated non-life saving medical devices, well, then, hopefully, lots of people will die.
Or at least be rendered non-functional and incapable of doing their jobs.
Whichever the case, for each dead or incapacitated worker Brett Guthrie’s legislation creates, it creates a new job.
For example. If you’re a qualified widget maker with ten years of widget making experience but are currently unemployed, if just one worker at the local ACME widget factory dies or becomes incapacitated by a now unregulated medical device… you get the job.
That’s how “job creation” works — this is the underlying economic brilliance of the Republican Party’s deregulatory economic theory.
It is sound.
It makes sense.
The fewer Americans capable of working, the more jobs left for the Americans still (for the time being) able to work.
Totally unrelated to this, Rep. Brett Guthrie will be a special guest next Monday at an Indiana forum to discuss how best to “provide greater efficiency to device companies.”
The forum will run as a congressional hearing, and representatives from several of Indiana’s medical device community will be on hand to discuss challenges in the FDA medical device approval process and how the industry-specific tax included in last year’s health care law could negatively affect their industry
If you’d like to attend… well, good luck. It’s in Indiana.
Ezra Klein previews the coming government shutdown threat — two months away when Congress has to authorize the 2012 Budget in full. The previous budget fights may pale in comparison, Klein argues, for several reasons with one hitting particularly close to home:
#4: There could be big fights over policy riders: This is what tripped up the budget negotiations the last time around. Back in April, Republicans pushed to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood and abortion in the District of Columbia through “riders” that placed conditions on the money. Congress could deadlock over riders again, but it’s not just abortion that could be at issue.
In July, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed an appropriations bill that would cut EPA funding by 20 percent and impose a slew of policy riders rolling back regulations on coal ash, carbon pollution and toxic emissions from power plants, among others. The House GOP has since doubled down on the issue: On Friday, it passed a bill to place unprecedented restrictions on the EPA’s air-pollution rules. A Republican aide confirmed on Monday that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers “will fight hard for the bills that have passed the House” in the next round of 2012 budget negotiations. And that’s just one of the hot-button regulatory issues that could draw battle lines in November.
This one is like a gift from the state of Kentucky back to the other 49 States that keep us funded. Not only is Hal Rogers holding the reins, but the riders he’s demanding are proposed by and/or supported by Ed Whitfield, Ben Chandler, Brett Guthrie, Geofferson Davis and our two nutty Senators.
So America, this November, remember to thank Kentucky.
Brett is really, really excited to be on TV with Bill. He nods his head and his mouth hangs open sort of like he can’t believe this is happening either.
First topic… the debt ceiling. Brett explains its like your credit card limit and the continuing resolution is your cash flow and $170 Billion at the end of August… and… “So, you know, we tried to understand that.”
In fact, he says, “So we tried to understand that” a few times. He never says if they ever did come to understand it. But he, like Ed, talks about how former Secretaries of Treasury came and told them that they didn’t understand what they were talking about and they were all totally crazy.
If you just turn off the volume and watch Brett’s expressions and how he moves his head and how his eyes flutter and bluge… you’ll quickly realize he is the cutest Kentucky Congressman, like Teddy Ruxpin in a suit.
There’s some talk about Boner telling all the House GOP to have “a zippity-do-da-day” and stop attacking each other… and so they all sucked it up and fell in-line behind the orange one.
Brett goes on to say, “We have to reform Medicare.”
Goodies asks, “What specifically mean?”
Brett says, “We have to reform Medicare.”
So… he puts forth no specifics, but listening to him… it sounds like he just wants to kill Medicare, until, a bit later, he says his plan (which is Paul Ryan’s, they make clear) “is like having a federal employee insurance plant, that’s exactly what it would be.”
Which is amusing because if you were to do that with actual health care for all Americans, it would constitute socialism. But shhh.
Also — Brett and John Yarmuth are friends. Which makes sense. Who couldn’t like Teddy Ruxpin?
Goodies moves on to jobs. Brett answers that Kentucky has a geographical advantage and also an energy advantage because our cost of energy is so cheap. He joins Whitfield in attacking the EPA and suggests that if the costs rise, then Kentucky won’t be competitive. (Obviously Kentucky does have some heavy industry, but if the competitive advantage was as huge as Brett says… wouldn’t everyone in Kentucky be employed? Wouldn’t every company in the country and world locate here? Some part of Brett’s reasoning doesn’t add up.)
At the end, he points out the Constitution only demands the Congress meet one day a year. Brett seems to like this idea a lot. This is as close as he comes during the full half-hour to declare himself unconstitutional. If only there was more time.
Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, recently posted three easy to understand charts demonstrating that while the Republican Party loves to talk about how Obama’s economic policies were failures… it simply is not the case.
Here are the three charts:
Keep this in mind the next time Mitch McConnell says — as he did in reaction to Obama’s jobs plan and the prospect of fixing the crumbling bridges into Kentucky — something like this:
“I’m less enthused by the president lumping a crucial artery for goods and services in America together with a call for another stimulus and massive tax increases,” McConnell added.
And keep it in mind when the entire Republican Delegation from the State of Kentucky spews out their echo-chambered lies — as they did after the President’s jobs speech, all repeating each other — like these:
“Unfortunately, I am concerned that the president’s proposals follow the previous pattern of borrowing and spending. We have learned we cannot create a growing economy by spending more money in Washington.” – REP. BRETT GUTHRIE (KY-02)
“I remain concerned that what we’ve heard from President Obama this evening is an echo of his Administration’s unsuccessful strategy of the last few years.” – REP. HAL ROGERS (KY-05)
“At a time when we need bold leadership, the proposals outlined this evening by President Obama are disappointingly more of the same ideas he has previously offered.” – REP. ED WHITFIELD (KY-01)
“The tax, borrow and spend stimulus policies of the last several years are not working. More of the same will not work any better or more quickly than it did the last time.” – REP. GEOFFERSON DAVIS (KY-04)
“The President is proposing a nearly half-trillion-dollar stimulus – once again, following the same failed policies we saw with his last exorbitant spending spree.” – SEN. RAND PAUL
“Yet here we are, tonight, being asked by this same president to support even more government spending.” – SEN. MITCH McCONNELL
In his speech last Thursday, Barack Obama said this:
Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us a economic superpower. And now we’re going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads? At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America?
There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work. There’s a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.
This bridge — the Brent Spence, connecting Covington and Cincinnati – is “functionally obsolete” according to the Department of Transportation and this summer large chunks of concrete began falling from the upper deck onto the lower one.
Most people would identify this as a problem.
The I-71/I-75 bridge is a key connector between Michigan, northern Ohio, Upstate New York and the Great Lakes and the industries, consumers and shippers of the American South, in particular, Florida. According to the DOT (pdf):
“The Brent Spence Bridge, which opened to traffic in 1963, was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day. Currently, approximately 160,000 vehicles per day use the Brent Spence Bridge and traffic volumes are projected to increase to approximately 233,000 vehicles per day in 2035.”
Except for the fact it’s Barack Obama talking about fixing it. And it might require closing tax loopholes for billion dollar corporations. And it might mean a very, very small group of very, very rich people might pay the same taxes they paid before the war and before the Bush Tax Cuts bankrupted the country.
But with those few words, Obama made the bridge a top priority for replacement and, perhaps, a subtle jab at House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“I appreciate the president highlighting this project and I trust this means that when the planning for this project is solidified this administration will prioritize it,” McConnell said Friday.
Whether it will help win their support for his jobs plan remains to be seen.
“I’m less enthused by the president lumping a crucial artery for goods and services in America together with a call for another stimulus and massive tax increases,” McConnell added.
Translation: Mitch McConnell’s going to fight Barack Obama, he’s going to fight the jobs bill, he’s going to pretend it’s a stimulus package and he’s going to pretend the last one failed. He’s going to lie, cheat and steal because, as he has made clear, Mitch McConnell’s one-and-only mission is:
“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
In Mitch McConnell’s world, America can go itself. Let the bridge crumble. Let it fail. Let us fall.
As for Kentucky… who cares about Kentucky?
Certainly not Mitch McConnell. Or Rand Paul. Or Hal Rogers… or Geoff Davis, the Congressman who supposedly serves the people of Northern Kentucky most affected by this bridge. And it’s not just Davis, of course. The entire state is affected by the flow of traffic along these interstates, with I-75 in particular driving commerce and investments right through our center, with thousands and thousands of jobs depending on that continued flow of traffic.
But the state’s Republican delegation have all stated their opposition to the plan the President laid out last Thursday.
The Republicans of the Commonwealth of Kentucky would rather see the Brent Spence Bridge fail than see Barack Obama succeed.They would rather see Kentucky fail than see an America with a modern transportation infrastructure.
The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed late Friday afternoon and will remain shut down indefinitely after officials discovered cracks in the span.
Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said officials “do not have an estimate” on how long it will take to repair and reopen the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic across the Ohio River.
Wingfield said the cracks were found in two steel support beams below the lower deck closer to the Kentucky side.
The bridge to Mitch McConnell’s hometown is falling apart — how long can his opposition to an investment in America stand?
Unlike the Sherman Minton Bridge, the will of Mitch McConnell and the Kentucky Republican Party doesn’t seem to be crumbling.
The closure came just a day after President Obama renewed his call for Congress to invest in infrastructure improvements to stimulate the economy and address the nation’s crumbling bridges and roads, as studies have shown the nation needs $2 trillion in investment just to bring its infrastructure up to date. McConnell criticized Obama’s plan, saying it was “a re-election plan.”
But while McConnell insists that Republicans “agree that we must bring America’s infrastructure up to 21st century standards,” his recent record doesn’t show it. When progressives and Democrats argued that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act should be geared toward infrastructure, the GOP under McConnell’s leadership fought to focus it on tax cuts. The Senate GOP derailed a 2010 jobs plan focused largely on infrastructure investment, and if McConnell’s post-speech rhetoric is to be believed, he will be at the forefront of the Republican Party’s opposition to this plan too.
Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s Republican Party are so dedicated to the cause of Obama’s failure that they will allow America’s failure and this state’s failure.
With the failure of these bridges, Kentucky can return to the 19th Century, cut off from manufacturing, produce, consumer goods and jobs.
The old story of Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” is just that… an old story. It’s time for a new one and Mitch McConnell (and Rand, Geoff, Ed, Hal and Brett) are writing it.
You don’t need a bridge to get to their Kentucky because, as everyone will soon know, Kentucky is nowhere.
Well this is just fascinating. The Heritage Institute ranked all the nation’s Reps and Sens based on some scale they made up and here’s what they made upcame up with:
Sen. Rand Paul 93%
Sen. Mitch McConnell 72%
Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-4) 63%
Rep. Hal Rogers (KY-5) 54%
Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-2) 54%
Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-1) 49%
Rep. Ben Chandler (KY-6) 20%
Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-3) 10%
Seems like ol’ Rand did pretty freaking awesome, right?
Well not really! Our little Jellied Doughnut didn’t even crack the Top 5, that’s how wacky the Heritage Inst’s “conservative” valuation really is. Demint got a 99%.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who received a 98 percent rating; South Carolina Rep. Jeffrey Duncan (97 percent); Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (96 percent); Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (96 percent); and Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake and South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney (95 percent).
You may recall that just last month conservatives at The New American rated all the Congresspeople on their level of “Freedom” and they found that Paul was the most Freedomy Senator in all the land. For the sake of comparison then, here’s their dumb list once again so that you may compare the Kentucky Delegation’s “Conservative” rankings to their “Freedom” rankings:
100% — Sen. Rand Paul
89% — Brett Guthrie (R-02)
80% — Ed Whitfield (R-01)
80% — Geoff Davis (R-04)
79% — Hal Rogers (R-05)
60% — Sen. Mitch McConnell
30% — Ben Chandler (D-06)
20% — John Yarmuth (D-03)
You’ll notice some patterns (Yarmuth sucks at “Freedom” and “Conservatism”) and some differences (Guthrie is significantly more “Freedomy” than he is “Conservativy” and the opposite for Mitch).