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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

HOUSE GOP TO FOCUS ON ABORTION, GUNS




WASHINGTON---House Republicans intend to hold votes this summer and fall touching on abortion, guns, religion and priority issues for social conservatives, part of an attempt to improve the party's prospects in the midterm elections.

***If social conservatives haven't realized that they are being used during this election season, then they deserve what they get. How can they be so weak to think that the House, headed by Illinois Republican Dennis Hastert, cares at all about such issues? They had all of the time in the world to do something about these issues, but only choose to do it when they think it is necessary to win an election.

The "American Values Agenda" also includes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage---which has already failed in the Senate---a prohibition on human cloning and possibly votes on several popular tax cuts.

***Aren't there more important issues out there than these miniscule items? Before the GOP makes any effort to come up with an "American Values Agenda," they need to take a good look at their own morality and work on that. This party had absolutely no morals left at all when it comes to the people. Sure, they "pretend" too, but you can see who they are working for when it comes to their votes!

"Radical courts have attempted to gut our religious freedom and redefine the value system on which America was built. We hope to restore some of those basic values through passing this legislative agenda and renewing our country's commitment to faith," Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said Tuesday.

***This guy truly needs to practice what he preaches. He may go to church on Sunday, but the rest of the week he does nothing but line his pockets through the office that he's supposed to represent. He's one of the main reasons America is like it is today. Hated! It appears that Hastert is trying to take the attention off his land deals that have recently come out. Hastert needs to take care of "ethics business" before he takes care of these miniscule items that he is bringing up, only to win his re-election.

The priorities are part of competing attempts by the two parties to appeal to target voters in the fall campaign, with control of the House and Senate at stake. It's unclear how many of these bills might clear Congress and reach President Bush's desk, given the controversy many will cause and the relatively short time remaining before the two-year Congress ends.

Still, political strategists argue that by bringing controversial issues to a vote, one party can broadly emphasize differences with the other such as abortion, and increase the determination of its own supporters to go to the polls. Several GOP aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Republicans were hoping to increase voter intensity among conservatives.

***In other words, the Republicans are using the social conservatives this election season. I say that these people shouldn't be judged by what they say on the campaign trail, they need to be judged by their actions in the past.

At the same time, a vote on a controversial issue can occasionally present individual lawmakers in difficult races with a politically tough choice.

Democrats maneuvered successfully last week for a Senate vote on raising the minimum wage. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the party's leader, said Tuesday they would "do everything within our power to stop a congressional pay raise from going through this year, and we're going to tie it to minimum wage."

***You can tell who works for the people and who works for the corporations!

On another issue, Democratic congressional leaders held a news conference during the day to unveil legislation calling for major changes in the new Medicare prescription drug program. "We will put seniors and people with disabilities first by bringing affordability, simplicity and reliability to the benefit," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader.

***Now these are the "real issues" that people are dealing with out there and is a more important agenda that what the Republicans have to offer.

The proposal would allow federal officials to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies on drug prices, and Democrats said the resulting would allow the government to eliminate a gap in coverage for many beneficiaries.

***That's what I'm talking about!

House Republicans, who have the ability to dictate the floor schedule, got a head start on their agenda during the day, winning approval of legislation designed to guarantee members of condominium associations or similar groups the right to display the American flag. The measure cleared with no dissent.

***Now what's up with that? Isn't the drug thing more important? I am not saying that the flag is not important, because it is, but if our seniors and people with disabilities are dying because they can't afford the benefit of both eating and getting their meds, then there are going to be less and less people that will be able to wave the American flag. I know that the flag thing is all about freedom of speech, but right now, that's not the most important issue out there. Besides, the USA Patriot Act took away more of our freedoms than you even know about!

"Family, faith, patriotism and hard work bind us together as Americans. Our laws should reflect those priorities, and House Republicans are committed to the American Values Agenda, policies that stress the core values on which our nation was built," said Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, third-ranking member of the leadership.

***These Republicans need to quit pretending like they are such holy-rollers and remember that this country was also based on the freedom of speech! We, "the people" remember about all of the Republicans scandals, so they aren't fooling anybody! Yes, to be human is to err, but so many times? Lining their pockets like they did was not very christian-like now was it?

Other bills are certain to spark controvery.

One would to strip the Supreme Court and other federal courts of jurisdiction over cases challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance. The legislation is a response to a 2002 Appeals Court ruling that held the pledge is unconstitutional because of the words, "under God." A federal judge made a similar ruling last fall, citing the appeals court precedent.

***We have survived for how long already without having the law ratified by changing it so that we can't burn our flag? This is something that can be taken care of after the elections! But, nooooo! The Republicans have to do it now! How stupid is that? Americans are dying out there everyday because they can't afford the life giving meds that are available to them out there. So, you tell me what's more important.

Another measure would block the payment of attorney fees in challenges to the display of the Ten Commandments in public areas and other, similar church-state lawsuits.

***Come on---Get real. Freedom of religion is another thing that our country was based on. It was not based on Christianity as the main religion!

An abortion-related proposal would require that some women seeking to end their pregnancies be informed the procedure "will cause the unborn child pain" and they have the option of receiving drugs to reduce or eliminate it. A seperate measure would ban human cloning, a prohibition that cleared the House in the previous Congress.

Two measures relate to the rights of gun owners. One would prohibit the confiscation of legal firearms during national emergencies, barring practices such as the one that officials said arose in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit.

The measure is backed by the National Rifle Association, which has hailed the recent passage of a state law in Louisiana. "The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina became the proving ground for what American gun owners have always feared; the day that government bureaucrats throw the Bill of Rights in the trash and declare freedom to be whatever they say it is," Wayne LaPierre, NRA executive vice president, said in a statement posted on the organization's website.

House Republicans also said that they would hold a vote on legislation to apply gambling laws to the Internet.

***Each and everyone of these proposals are trivial compared to the Democrats proposal!


Article By: The Las Vegas Sun
June 27, 2006