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Disgraceful: Senator John Cornyn Opposed Anti-Rape Amendment

Posted by LibbyShaw

Senator John Cornyn (R)

It seems that 30 misogynist Republicans in the U.S. Senate are totally OK with rape, at least where women are concerned. Predictably in yet another routine attempt to serve their corporate masters, (this time the GOP stood by Halliburton) Republicans voted against women and for corporate contempt of rape victims.

Some Republican senators are taking heat for voting against an amendment that would allow employees of military contractors to sue their employers if they are raped at work — and they want the Democratic senator who wrote the amendment to help them fight off the bad publicity.

In October, 30 Republicans voted against Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would de-fund contractors who prevent their employees from suing if they are raped by co-workers. Since then, those Republicans have faced outrage for what critics say amounts to support for rape.

Instead of standing up to take responsibility for or clarifying their disgraceful votes, Republican cowards are instead attacking Al Franken, blaming him for their votes.

Jamie Leigh Jones

Jamie Leigh Jones

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) accused Franken exploiting the story of Jamie Leigh Jones — a former KBR employee who says she was locked in a container in Iraq after alleging she was raped by co-workers — to further his political agenda.

Trying to tap into the natural sympathy that we have for this victim of this rape –and use that as a justification to frankly misrepresent and embarrass his colleagues, I don’t think it’s a very constructive thing,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in an interview.

I guess Franken held a sledge hammer over Cornyn’s head and said if he did not vote against the anti-rape amendment Franken would crack it over his head.

What shameless cowards.

I could not agree more with Laura Clawson over at Daily Kos.

To summarize the Republican position: As women, we are not “average Americans,” and gang rape is not a “serious” issue. As women, no matter how powerful we become on our own merits, the Republican establishment will still be hoping for a man to come along and put us in our place.

Not every Republican signs onto these views — indeed, 10 Senate Republicans voted for the Franken amendment, giving the lie to the NRSC’s claim of partisanship — but this is the undercurrent of the party’s policies. This is what they’re hoping to get voters to overlook when they run a Sarah Palin or a Kelly Ayotte for office. This is why Bob McDonnell’s campaign for Virginia governor has been such a popular campaign stop for 2012 prospects: because of, not despite, his opposition to marital contraception and women in the workplace. This is why David Vitter (who voted against the Franken amendment) is still a senator in good standing with the party of alleged sexual morality.

You don’t have to go very far beneath the Republican surface claims of equality-but-not-really to get to the rock-bottom sense that women just don’t count, that our rights and our wellbeing are always subordinate to whatever interest of men they might conflict with. When it comes to it, even the (themselves sexist) notions of chivalry and protecting women come behind protecting the right of corporations to imprison their female employees to shield their male employees from rape charges and still get government contracts.

This latest vote against anti-rape legislation should be a chilling and sober wake up call for all women.

In October 2009, Sen. Franken tears into KBR’s front man. It is well worth watching.

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I have news for Texas Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions

blogpost by libbyshaw

This morning, when I unfolded the front page of the Houston Chronicle the headline

GOP begins to show signs of resurgence

hit me in the face.

Really? A Republican resurgence?

I guess the fact that much of his N.J. constituency viewed Corzine as arrogant, corrupt and the dude who saddled his constituents with high property taxes while at the same time has strong ties to the thieves of all thieves, Goldman Sachs, had nothing to do with his loss.

And let’s ignore the fact that Wall. St. and the financial sector is among the largest employer in the NYC and northern NJ area. Many mid to lower level employees in the financial sector received pink slips when Wall St. crashed. I guess these folks are not in the least bit angry at those who are or were part of the Wall St. establishment.

Earth to GOP obstructionists: incumbents even remotely tied to the Wall St. melt down and the thieving banks are going to get the boot unless Congress does something to regulate and demand transparency from the financial industry.

The once popular New York’s former Democrat and now Republican billionaire mayor Bloomberg had to spend millions upon millions of his own money, outspending his opponents 10 to 1 to barely squeak by a win.

And a lackluster candidate in purple Virginia who ran a lackluster campaign in which he fled from a progressive agenda in a state that traditionally votes for a Governor who is not in the same Party as the President, is a sign of a GOP insurgence?

Voters don’t vote if candidates fail to excite them. And no matter the party, voters will vote against corrupted and/or lying incumbents. Nor will they vote for a candidate who calls him or herself a progressive or conservative but whose words and deeds show they are anything but. Some Republicans may be able to fool the teabagging crowd and old white Independents with double talk and spin, but this crowd is a mere tiny minority. Just wait until Independents in Va. realize the newly elected governor, who pretended to be a centrist, is really a hard core conservative. Welcome to teabagger land, Indies. Maybe next time you won’t be fooled by self-serving liars.

John Cornyn, of course, is gloating all over the place about two the Democratic gubernatorial losses.

These Republican victories clearly demonstrate a strong wave for our candidates in the 2010 midterm elections,” said Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

And predictably, good ol’ Taliban Pete Sessions is also salivating over the Democratic gubernatorial losses. Check out Matt Glazer’s piece over at The Burnt Orange Report.

What John Cornyn and Taliban Pete Sessions fail to admit is the fact that the U.S. House now has two more Democrats. Their Republican colleagues in New York and California had their butts kicked.

John Cornyn and Taliban Pete Sessions are also ignoring the fact that despite all of the money pumped in from outside and all of Sarah Palin’s and Dick Armey’s teabagging efforts, a Democrat in upstate New York took a seat that has been held for over 138 years, since the Civil War, by a Republican.

A progressive Democrat in a traditionally swing and Republican district in California won. And the state of Washington had one progressive victory after another last night.

I wouldn’t gloat too much, Senators. Your job in Washington just got a lot harder. Meanwhile, back here at home, in case you boys forgot that Houston is the largest city in Texas, three progressive Democrats and one Republican ran for mayor. The Republican dude and the old white guy with boatloads of bucks lost. The run-off race is between a gay woman and an African American male. In case you didn’t notice, Texas is growing far more tolerant and diverse. Demographics matter.

After yesterday’s election, all incumbents in all districts should be quaking in their boots. We voters are tired of do nothing and corrupted politicians. The majority of us showed up in 2008 and we demanded transformational change. And yet all we get from Congress are no, never obstructionist Republicans and feet dragging Blue Dogs who seemed to have forgotten what Party they belong to.

Give us what we want or pay dearly in 2010 and 2012. These forthcoming elections will be no cake walks for incumbents.

Earth to the Houston Chronicle: if you do not want to offend progressives like me and unleash a lot of wrath and canceled subscriptions, edit out your reporter’s biased gloating headline.

Finally, earth to all Republicans and GOP enablers in the press and mainstream media, the Republican Party is embroiled in a civil war and it is going to get very bloody.

A conservative’s interpretation of upstate New York’s outcome.

The story of NY-23 is “the Right starts dismantling the Republican establishment.” This is about how the Republican Party is defined and who defines it.

Right now, the movement wants the Republican Party to be defined by opposition to big government. Gradually, as new leaders arise, we will demand that the Republican Party be defined by its own solutions, as well, but rebuilding is an incremental process. We can hammer out the policy agenda and the boundaries of the coalition later.

For now, our job is to disrupt the establishment GOP. If we beat Democrats while we’re at it, great. But the first priority is to fix the Drunk Party – the Living Dead establishment Republicans. They’re history. They just don’t know it yet.

NY-23 was the first shot in that war. It was a direct hit. Next year, we start storming the castle.

I guess the Republican purity purging is due to the fact that Sarah Palin is still ticked off that John McCain’s campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, refused to let Ms. Narcissist give a concession speech after Republicans had their butts kicked royally in 2008.

Indeed, Steve Schmidt distrusted Palin to the point that he was convinced she would figure out how to deliver a speech despite the fact the Vice Presidential candidates rarely if ever give concession speeches.

Schmidt apparently turned off the lights while poor Sarah stood on the stage, unable to spew her self-serving nonsense.

When Presidential candidate John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 he unleashed the devils of all devil genies from a bottle buried deep in a Republican made hell.

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My Letter to Texas U.S. Senators Hutchison and Cornyn

posted by libbyshaw

To: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
202-224-0776
Senator John Cornyn
202-228-2856

Re: Health Care Reform

I strongly urge you to vote for health care reform that includes a public option.

If a public option is not included in the bill, the health insurance industry will continue to overcharge premiums and deny care to patients. As we know from former Cigna executive, now whistle blower, Wendell Potter, the health insurance industry will continue to make obscene levels of profits, based precisely on denying critical care to very sick and dying patients. It will continue to increase premiums.

We also know from the recent report written by the AHIP that the insurance companies will indeed increase its premiums because insurance doesn’t like what it read in the Baucus bill. This goes to show you how arrogant and appallingly greedy the health insurance industry has become.

We also know from the town hall meetings this past August at which we heard much about “death panels, “killing Granny,” Hitler, and Pol Pot, that many of these rallies were orchestrated by special interests in the health insurance business and groups led by Dick Armey of Freedom Works and Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity. In other words, many of those town hall meetings were merely staged events to misinform people and foment fear among seniors.

Despite what conservatives like you believe, or say you believe, a public option will not be a government takeover of the health care industry. On the contrary, a public option will introduce competition into a field that has become a solid monopoly. Competition will ensure that prices will decrease and will make health insurance more affordable for American families. I find it ironic really, that conservatives are now against competition.

I also find it troubling and disingenuous that some members of Congress do not believe their constituents deserve the same health care coverage that most if not all members enjoy in Congress. Your coverage, Senators, is the best taxpayer funded government run socialist health care that is affordable. According to a recent ABC news report, members of Congress pay $500.00 per year for the best health care taxpayer money can buy.

The insurance picture is especially grim, if not desperate, in Texas.

• One in four Texans is uninsured, the highest rate of uninsured in the country.
• Texas ranks 51 in access to care in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
• In the past five years, Texans saw insurance premiums jump 40 percent. That is 10 times faster that the increase in Texans’ income.
• Texans pay the third highest premiums in the country.
• In Texas, we pay more, for less. The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research rates the quality of health care in Texas as “weak,” in comparison to other states.
• Texas businesses and families shoulder the hidden tax of roughly $1,800 per year on premiums as a direct result of subsidizing the costs of the uninsured.
• Health care costs are the number one cause of bankruptcy in America.

Recent polls show that the majority of the American people want a public option included in health care reform. All Texans want affordable health insurance, too. We want competition. We want choices and we want affordability.

The uninsured have every right to access. They also have every right to access they can afford. All must have health insurance or a plan that will protect them from bankruptcy.

At the very least, the United States should give its residents what every other industrialized first world nation offers to its people. None other than we the American people have to suffer and die under a reprehensible practice called death by the spreadsheets.

Sincerely yours,

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Congress: We Want Top Notch Health Coverage for $40 Too.

posted by libbyshaw

Sens. Cornyn and Hutchinson

Sen's. Cornyn and Hutchinson

As my fearless elected leaders, TX Senators Cornyn and Hutchison work day in and day out to kill off meaningful healthcare reform, more and more of their constituents continue to lose jobs.

When most folks lose jobs they also lose health insurance. But my Senators don’t care because they have the best health coverage that tax payer money can buy. As long as they are covered, let their constituents be damned. And many are summarily sent off to suffer from diseases or die early because finding affordable health insurance is next to impossible in the U.S.

Thanks to former Cigna executive, Wendall Potter, we know how the insurance companies pull off $13 billion, that would be billion in profits per year. The insurance industry also has $1.4 million a day to burn on killing health care reform efforts.

So, how does the industry realize such awesome profits?

Who would have thought?

Deny care. Hand out death sentences.

Senators Scrooge Cornyn and Marie Antoinette Hutchison obviously have no intention of letting their sugar daddies down.

Die baby die. Suffer baby, suffer. We don’t care.

This is the song Texans listen to 24/7. Sadly, many are willingly misled by their representatives who have no intention of working on their behalf.

As we know taxpayers fund the salaries and benefits of our elected leaders. The benefits include health care coverage for lawmakers and their families.

Today ABC News reported on the best health care that taxpayer money can buy at a very low cost:

Capitol Building

Capitol Building

This fall while members of Congress toil in the U.S. Capitol, working to decide how or even whether to reform the country’s health care system, one floor below them an elaborate Navy medical clinic — described by those who have seen it as something akin to a modern community hospital — will be standing by, on-call and ready to provide Congress with some of the country’s best and most efficient government-run health care.

Members of Congress do not have to wait to be treated.

“A member walked in and was generally walked right back into a physician’s office. They get good care. They are not rushed. They are examined thoroughly,” said Eduardo Balbona, an internist in Jacksonville, Fa., who worked as a staff physician in the OAP from 1993 to 1995.

“You have time to spend to get to know your patients and think about them and really think about how you preserve their health going forward,” Balbona said. “We’re not there to put on Band-Aids. We were there to make sure that everything possible that could be done [is done] to preserve that member of Congress.”

Congress members are treated at the best hospitals in the area such as Johns Hopkins and the Cleveland Clinic. Specialists are brought to the Capitol, often at no charge to the member.

Sources said when specialists are needed, they are brought to the Capitol, often at no charge to members of Congress.

“If you had, for example, prostate cancer, you would go to one of the centers of excellence for the country, which would be Johns Hopkins. If you had coronary artery disease, we would engage specialists at the Cleveland Clinic. You would go to the best care in the country. And, for the most part, nobody asked what your insurance was,” Balbona said. (source: Special Health Care for Congress: Lawmakers’ Health Care Perks

Congress members pay $503. a year. for the best health care in the U.S.

Members of Congress do not pay for the individual services they receive at the OAP, nor do they submit claims through their federal employee health insurance policies. Instead, members pay a flat, annual fee of $503 for all the care they receive. The rest of the cost of their care, sources said, is subsidized by taxpayers.

All of that for a little over $40.00 per month.

In other words, Congress members do get the very best of the best for very little.

From ABC: Kyle Anderson, a spokesman for the House Committee on Administration said members of Congress are treated by specialists from military hospitals who visit the OAP at no charge. Congressmen are also eligible for free out-patient care at military facilities in the Washington, D.C., area, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center.

One member of Congress has an ethical backbone and had the integrity to turn down his taxpayer funded coverage. He said if his constituents could not have the same, he did not want it for himself. Imagine that.

From ABC:

Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WA)

Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI)

Rep. Steve Kagen of Wisconsin — one of 15 medical doctors in Congress — is the only member of either the House or Senate who has no health insurance coverage. Kagen, a Democrat and advocate for health care reform, said he turned down the plan he was offered through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

“I said, ‘I’ll tell you what. I respectfully decline. Until you can make the same offer to everyone that I have the honor of representing, I just don’t think it’s fair,” Kagen said he told the congressional staffer who reviewed the plan with him in 2006.

All members of Congress should do the same. Get us what you have, Senators, or give up yours.

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