Be afraid. Be very afraid. An army of IRS agents are coming to your house to beat the daylights out of everyone that does not have health insurance – or probably not. Right-wing /tea bag/conservatives – addicted to the lie and character assassination as a path back to power have decided to use an old reliable monster in the closet to scare everyone – the IRS. IRS Expansion
Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?
A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.
Some other Right-wing-tea bag-conservative myths making being promoted via radio, viral e-mails and Republican pundits include Obama’s nefarious X-Files-like scheme to plant microchips in everyone’s bran, spend $7 billion dollars on jungle gyms, force small businesses to set aside a special room for brest feeding and force everyone to get every vaccination under the sun – Timothy Noah’s The four best lies about the new health care law.
Jungle gyms! Jason Mattera, a 26-year-old who was just named editor of the hard-right magazine Human Events, video-ambushed Al Franken on March 10 with the question, “Which portions of the health care bill will lower costs? Is it the provision giving $7 billion to fund jungle gyms or the provision mandating that employers provide time off for breast-feeding?” Franken asked Mattera to show him where in the bill he found jungle gyms. “Jungle gyms,” Mattera said, “is on 1,184.”
Need I mention that jungle gym is yet another phrase that appears nowhere in the bills (searchable text here)? The page Mattera referred to concerned federal “Community Transformation Grants” to state and local governments and to private nonprofit organizations to promote preventive health. Grants would require approval from the Centers For Disease Control and “may focus on (but not be limited to)” seven specified goals, one of which is “creating healthier school environments, including increasing healthy food options, physical activity opportunities, promotion of healthy lifestyle, emotional wellness, and prevention curricula, and activities to prevent chronic diseases.” The project may entail “a variety of programs, policies, and infrastructure improvements,” which suggests it might possibly involve building something (though given the liability issues, I wouldn’t bet that the result would be a jungle gym). Where Mattera got his $7 billion figure is anybody’s guess.
Some of the vial e-mails and right-wing Republican media news stories mention page numbers and paragraphs. Which OMG must mean they are true. You have to have a serious reading comprehension or cognitive mental issues to read the health care bill as passed to find justification for any of the items Timothy’s covers in his article.
In about six months, the new law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents’ policies. These are the “millennials,” those who came of age in the new century and now are struggling to get on their feet during the worst slump since the Depression.
Many can’t find jobs, and many who are employed don’t have health coverage from their employers.
John McCain (R-AZ) who has divided his Senate career by being engaged in corruption or spinning around gold courses in his Gucci loafers is looking for another term so he can make sure those college students and underemployed young adults don’t get no stink’n insurance on their parent’s policy. Now that is some thing to be proud of. If your moral sensibilities are nearly non-existent.
With power, money and freedom comes great responsibility. At least Spiderman would think so. Not so much for conservatives – TIMELINE: From Promoting Acid Rain To Climate Denial, Over 20 Years Of David Koch’s Polluter Front Groups
The founder and chairman of Americans for Prosperity is oil baron David Koch, who is one of the richest men in the world because of his oil, chemicals, and manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries. Koch Industries is a major polluter with an atrocious record of sloppy operations. According to the EPA, Koch Industries is responsible for over 300 oil spills in the US and has leaked three million gallons of crude oil into fisheries and drinking waters. They were fined a record $35 million dollars and an additional $8 million in Minnesota for discharging into streams. But AFP’s recent crusade against the EPA is just the latest in Koch’s twenty-year campaign to have unrestricted power to pollute. Some highlights of the timeline:
– David Koch pioneered front groups focused on organizing grassroots opposition to environmental regulations, opposition to climate science. Koch’s flagship organization, Citizens for a Sound Economy, now known as Americans for Prosperity, orchestrated everything from anti-tax protests aimed at opposing President Clinton to the current tea party movement aimed at President Obama.
– The same tactics Koch-funded groups are now using against clean energy reform were employed during the 1990’s against (highly successful) acid rain regulations, other EPA rules against pollution. In the field, Koch’s groups would use conspiracy theories to whip up right-wing hysteria against regulations, while other Koch groups would directly lobby, produce academic reports, and pay for advertisements.
It is an expensive and endless undertaking to indoctrinate the American public into right-wing ideology, but credit to Koch for being up to the task and the sheeple that buy into every word.
One take on the new off shore drilling proposals – Offshore oil drilling might make environmental sense
Changes in ship design and safety procedures have made tankers less risky since these disasters, but tankers remain a risk.
access to some 34 billion barrels of offshore oil they have barely begun to develop
From 1971 to 2000, offshore facilities and pipelines were responsible for only 2 percent of the oil in U.S. waters. The bulk of it (63 percent) came from natural seepage, and 22 percent came from municipal and industrial runoff. Worldwide, natural seepage is the largest source (47 percent) of oil in water, followed by spills from ocean transportation (33 percent). In short, the risk of oil spills from platforms is small.
In contrast, there are relatively high environmental costs associated with importing oil as opposed to producing it in the United States. There are three problems with importing oil: First, spills from tankers and barges are the largest human-caused source of oil in the oceans. Oil is more likely to be spilled from a tanker than from a platform, and tankers have the potential to cause catastrophic spills.
One Glenn Beck/tea smoker accomplishment has been to render the word socialism meaningless – they think everything from public water fountains, to vaccines, to our National Forest and Parks are a socialists plot. If the far Right is going to abuse it liberals might as well take the hobby up as well, Tea Party Hypocrites Hate Socialism Except When They Love It
A few weeks ago, NPR did a fawning profile of Keli Carender, aka “Liberty Belle,” one of the founders of the tea party movement. Steve M. over at No More Mister Nice Blog digged into “Liberty Belle’s” background, and came up with some interesting tidbits:
Carender is an actress and improv comic — here she is in the cast of her sixth show for Seattle’s Wing-It Productions. And, gosh, what’s this? Why, it’s a list of arts grants issued by Washington State in 2009 — including $3,750 to Wing-It Productions! In order to fund that, Washington State had to take from some people in order to give to the other people!
But Carender’s never asked about that — or about the National Science Foundation-funded research project she worked on in 2000.
Right-wingers-tea bags-conservative say they believe in a dog eat dog everyone is on their own society, yet they seem to rely an awful lot on billionaire sugar daddies, Medicare, government grants and contracts to get by.