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Has rationality broken out in D.C.? January 28, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Congress, Democrats, legislation, Progressive Politics.

This is an interesting little synopsis of the current Democratic efforts in currently in congress. A few of them are really encouraging.

For example, John Conyers bill HR676 would extend health care coverage to EVERY American citizen. Put it this way, I’d be so much more likely to start a business and hire people if I knew they had health care coverage. I’d even be likely to be a reasonable wage too. In my book, the only thing stopping me is asinine taxes in Rhode Island and the lack of affordable health care.

As far as verifiable elections – Rhode Island has such a system but even there people come up with bogus arguments just to throw a wrench into the system. Our ballots are paper and all that one has to do is draw a line to complete an arrow pointing to ones choice. But some people are not the sharpest crayon in the box, and so draw lines everywhere. Of course you can’t count that ballot. And we did have a little issue this past election because for cities like Providence, it was a four page ballot. Otherwise it’s a good system with multiple points of verification. This should be the standard for the country – it’s inexpensive (With the exception of printing the ballots) and effective.

With regard to the Healthy Families Act (S 932 and HR 1902) I’d like to see some language added to it. I’d like to see sick, vacation, personal, comp etc. all dumped into one paid time off (PTO) account. Then you could take time without having to worry about whether you have enough sick time, etc. If you lumped all my time together I’ve got almost 400 hours of PTO in my bank, that’s 11.4 weeks, but because about 100 of that is sick time, it gets reduced to 8.5 weeks if we used PTO.

The Employee Free Choice Act (S 842 and HR 1696) would put the brakes on Wal-Mart and the like. I think it is time for unions to return to the U.S. with a vengeance. Contrary to popular belief, we ALL benefit from union acitvity.

Numbers five and six on the list are sort of one in the same or could be combined. We should not have bases in the Arab or Persian world. And we shouldn’t be hiring private contractors to torture our prisoners of war.

I’m fully in favor of Reverse the Raid on Student Aid Act (S 2573 and HR 5150) since I have about $20K in student loans that I’m still paying on. So it’d save me about $6K which thrills me to no end. Plus the fact I’m thinking about going for either another B.S. or a graduate degree which will add to the total.

I solidly support number eight, the Media Ownership Reform Act (MORA — HR 3302).Media consolidation has given us Clear Channel and networks like Fox, NBC, etc. owning far too much market. Then you have the Providence Journal which is owned by Dallas based Belo Corp. Since Belo bough the ProJo it’s gotten to the point where the paper isn’t fit to line a cat litter pan, and the website is absolutely hideous.

TheClean Money, Clean Elections Act (HR 3099) act would do more to help us than anything I’ve spoken about so far. That is because if you had publicly financed elections, corporations would then have diminished influence on the political process. If you’ve been reading my blog you know my disdain for corporate power and you’ve seen my solutions for limiting corporate dominance over our lives.

Finally, the Clean EDGE Act (S 2829)has all sorts of goodies in store. By reducing our dependence on foreign oil, we reduce the ability of radical Muslim clerics to spread their message of hate. The bill also proposes clamping down on price gouging, which has been going on for some time.