Thursday, October 4, 2012

Latest examples of the anti-worker, anti-environment universe of Congressman Steve Womack

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Okay, it’s not like Congressman Steve Womack actually gets out of bed and asks himself in the mirror, “What can I do today that is totally beneath contempt?”

Or even:

“How stupid are my constituents, anyway?”

The Scowling One, in two of his recent grim-faced “From the Front” messages to voters in Northwest Arkansas, has attempted to put the GOP spin on two important pieces of business that are before the stalwarts in Congress.

From the Front (I always think of TSO hunkered down in a trench, clutching his rifle, mustard gas wafting over him, when I read that combative title) from September 21 tells constituents of H.R. 3409, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act.

As TSO describes it, HR 3409 is:

“ . . . a package of bills designed to prevent the Obama administration from issuing new rules and regulations that will stifle domestic energy production. Among other things, H.R. 3409 prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and from revising already-established water quality standards for states.

“In addition, it requires the President to create a committee to analyze the cumulative economic impacts of regulations on our economy. Finally, the bill allows states, working in conjunction with the EPA, to regulate coal ash. I am proud to have supported this bill and will continue to work with my colleagues to provide relief to American job creators.”

Well, who am I to criticize anything that would “provide relief” to America’s beleaguered job creators? Odd, though, isn’t it, that even though the words, “Coal Miner” appears in the title, TSO can’t find much to say about them.

Since more coal miners have died on the job in this country than the job creators who employ them, one might think (actually, no, I don’t) that TSO might shed at least a few crocodile tears for them while supporting this assault on the environment and the American people.

So, what sort of “relief” does TSO support for the endangered species known as America’s job creators?

It rescues mine owners from the evil clutches of the Environmental Protection Agency, by repealing the agency’s science-based endangerment determination, and replacing it with a simple (?) declaration that carbon dioxide is no longer an air pollutant.

It allows companies to run rampant over our mountain tops.

Another section of the bill would stall clean-air protections, possibly paving the way for their ultimately permanent delay, and would make the EPA wait several years to implement smog, soot and toxic pollution standards.

It is estimated that delaying these standards for even one year may cause thousands of asthma attacks, emergency room visits and premature deaths.

When you on the “Front,” these are known as collateral damage.

But it’s a small price to pay to provide relief for our job creators, whose very existence is under assault by a Kenyan-born Marxist Manchurian candidate.

For more information on HR 3409:

http://ecowatch.org/2012/worst-anit-environmental-bill/

Note all the comments following the article.
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Oh, and TSO has a few choice words about those scallywags in the Post Office, too

From the September 23 issue of From the Front:

“The latest news from USPS is very disturbing and has crossed the boundary of reason. This is not a study. It is a “trial balloon” and we don’t need to waste resources on studying an unacceptable course of action.

“The USPS not only has a funding problem; it has a management problem. And the answer is not to continue to seek relief at the expense of workers, patrons, and service. Enough already.”

The United States Post Office has financial burdens placed upon it that no other agency providing service to the American people does - placed upon them by members of Congress who despise the Post Office, and would like to see it privatized.

When members of the Postal Union met with TSO some time back, it was as though they were speaking with someone who had not mastered the English language; he just repeated GOP talking points back to them after they had finished talking.

It was as though he had little to no interest in anything they had to say.

This guy can be beaten. Democrats, get your act together, and find a candidate.

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I know Doris Dehne, and Doris Dehne is no terrorist

One might see the point of view of the Washington County deputies at the County Court House, while reading the letter from Doris Dehne in today’s Northwest Arkansas Times, about the pocket knife on her when she went in the building to get copies of her tax forms. Until . . .

Disposing of the knife is one thing, but making her remove her belt? Asking her if she was wearing an underwire bra?

Underwire bra?

Geez . . .

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When you can bully the moderators, why even bother to have a debate?

During the GOP presidential debates, Mitt Romney learned a valuable lesson:

If the moderators show weakness, take advantage of it. Take control of the debate.

Which he did, last night, in one of the most farcical debates on record. How many questions were actually asked and answered? Three? Maybe four?

I don’t know about the American people, but Tracy and I sure felt we deserved a whole lot better than that last night. We should have watched the season premier of Supernatural, instead.

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Quote of the Day

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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