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Republican Priorities Idaho: School Gun Classes

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Republican Priorities in Idaho: GUNS!

ron_nateAs we know, Republican priorities are strange things. Idaho Rep. Ron Nate believes that his state, ranked 48th in education, should make gun safety classes a priority.

Idaho Ed News reports:

“Safety and prevention are always a priority,” Nate said. “In an era where gun ownership is increasing, we do see in the news more and more cases of active shooter situations and incidental accidents with firearms. It is a responsibility of ours to educate children as best we can for firearms and firearm safety.” Nate’s bill states “trustees may adopt an elective course of instruction developed by the Department of Fish and Game, a law enforcement agency or a firearms association as its firearms safety education course.”

Odd Coincidence

One interesting aspect of the bill: The above listed instruction meets the state’s requirements for a concealed carry permit:

(9)  The sheriff may require the applicant to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm and must accept any one (1) of the following as evidence of the applicant’s familiarity with a firearm:
(a)  Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the department of fish and game or a similar agency of another state;
(b)  Completion of any national rifle association firearms safety or training course
(c)  Completion of any firearms safety or training course… available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency… or public institution… utilizing instructors certified by the national rifle association or the Idaho state police…
 
So taxpayers, gun supporters or not, will foot the bill to groom students for concealed carry, as well as firearms use.
 

Gun Proficient But Under-Educated

Does Idaho’s public school system have the money to teach gun safety? Hardly. Maybe they figure it will keep the 52% of Idaho students who don’t go on to college, from accidentally shooting someone while carrying at their fast food jobs.
 
Idaho currently ranks 48th in per-pupil spending. Despite the economy rebounding, the state still spends less on education than it did in 2009:
 
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In addition, Idaho students’ overall proficiency rates for the 2015-2016 school year were:
Math 24.4%
Science 30.6%
English 33.5%
 
Is firearms training really the priority for Idaho Republicans?
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Did You Guys Think Republicans Wouldn’t Go After Men’s Rights Too?

male symbolHey Fellas, guess what?

Republicans are getting bored just infringing on women’s reproductive rights; so they’ve decided to get all up in YOUR family planning decisions! Men’s rights you say? HA!

  • Wounded Veteran unable to father children?
  • Have a deadly disease that you don’t want to pass on to your child?

TOO BAD FOR YOU!

Republicans in Tennessee have decided that if you use a sperm donor other than yourself, you and your wife’s child will be legally labeled “illegitimate”. Yes, they still use that word; but considering it’s Republicans writing the bill, I guess you should be glad they didn’t go with bastard.

Why would they do this? Because they’re so ignorant, they think only gays and lesbians use sperm donors. That’s what happens when you grow up without sex ed.

Maybe this will start waking you guys up to the reality of just how far Conservatives will stick their noses into our bedrooms.

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Republican Malevolence Unleashed

boris and snidelyThe Republican Party, abandoning any pretense of public service, has begun full burn legislating against the interests of the American people. After eight years of obstruction, they are in a fury to pass bills that will accomplish two things: Undoing everything President Obama did, and/or burn America to the ground.

Since the 115th Congress convened on January 6th, Republicans have moved to

AND THAT’S JUST THE FIRST MONTH.

At their recent retreat Republicans argued, not over how to make the Affordable Care Act better, but whether or not they could get away with yanking it out from under people.

corkerBob Corker (R Millionaire TN) meanwhile, lamented that his party might not find the “moral courage” to destroy Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as the Washington Post reports:

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker was the most outspoken in questioning whether Republicans would be able to stomach making the kind of cuts necessary to fund a Republican wish list of new defense and foreign policy priorities.

“I’m sorry, I wonder sometimes where we as a party are going,” Corker (R-Tenn.) told a roomful of House and Senate Republicans Thursday during a national security discussion, adding that he was “discouraged” by the apparent lip service being paid to the potential costs. “There’s a spending side of this that if we don’t deal with, we’re not going to come close to defending the needs of our country,” he warned. “I fear that we’re going to leave here without thinking of the other side of the equation.

THIS is the equation that matters, Folks:

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Does anyone believe we’re somehow falling behind? And what about this equation:

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Our financial issues aren’t a result of Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid; they are due to the absence of vertebrae in the Republican Congress when it comes to corporate taxation.

Consider this info from The Motley Fool:

When companies get sued, they’re allowed to deduct the amounts they have to pay in damages to compensate their victims against their taxable income…this forces taxpayers to share in the financial fallout of their actions.

…cruise lines are structured to ensure that their profits aren’t American, even if their operations are.

…some companies are getting a killer tax break through a method commonly known as tax inversion deals… a domestic company purchases a foreign company in a country with a lower marginal corporate tax rate than the United States and then re domiciles its headquarters in the foreign country.

According to some studies, more than $2 trillion is being stored abroad, and that means that more than $600 billion in taxes is not being collected.

Then there’s this, from Forbes:

The New Markets Tax Credit was meant to create jobs in low income areas, but instead steered nearly $1 billion to wealthy investors and Wall Street banks.

…the Research and Development Tax Credit was meant to encourage mid-sized companies to increase R&D, but 80% went to huge companies like Google, Intel, Boeing and Apple.

Prostitution is illegal almost everywhere, but Nevada’s Mustang Ranch writes off free passes as a promotional expense. Workers claim business deductions for breast implants and costumes.

the NFL, NHL, and PGA Tour are classified as non-profits, exempting their earnings from federal income taxes…but they pay out million-dollar salaries.

And don’t even get me started on the Capital Gains Tax, where the wealthy pay less in taxes for doing nothing, than people do for actually working.

These so-called “fiscally responsible” Republicans could reduce the deficit, and pay down the debt without touching social programs… if they wanted to. But there is an insidious endgame here:

Republicans don’t want upward mobility; they don’t want an educated citizenry; these things are too dangerous to them. They want a 2-Tier System of wealth and labor. And if we don’t do something about it, that’s exactly what they’ll have.

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Here are some sites you might be interested in:

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McCrory Signs Bill to Suppress Evidence

McCroryThis is today’s GOP: Rather than laying down the law to police officers in his state regarding excessive force, or God forbid, holding them accountable, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has signed legislation to suppress evidence. The Governor’s website states: The public safety of North Carolina’s citizens is of utmost importance to the McCrory Administration.” Yet, as ABC Raleigh reports:

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Here are a few radical ideas: How about “rules and guidelines” for officers? How about psych evaluations? How about rubber bullets and stun guns? How about training in de-escalation? How about mandatory termination and jail time for officers who shoot people in the back.  How about demanding your police departments PROTECT those they are PAID TO PROTECT, which includes people of color, even those suspected of criminal activity. As the Black Lives Matter movement explains:

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In fact, The 14th Amendment states:

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That is what BLM is fighting for.

I seriously doubt this power grab by McCrory will pass constitutional muster considering the videos belong to the taxpayers. The fact that any Governor would choose suppression of evidence as a solution to the possible criminal activity of law enforcement should make people of all colors scream NO!

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Nominee Trump Proves Conservatives Really Have No “Values”

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Right Wing Hypocrites Rally Around Trump

Liberals, Progressives, and Independents have always known that Conservatives’ constant yammering about their “values” was so much hot air. The 2016 primaries for their Party’s Presidential nominee has now removed all doubt for anyone with an IQ over two digits. The staunch “God and Country” set has chosen to throw both under the bus to support a racist, bigoted, bloviating ignoramus for the leader of the free world. For example:

Phyllis Schlaflyschlafly hypo, the Right Wing’s so-called “leader of the pro-family movement” has endorsed thrice married, serial adulterer Donald Trump for President, and by extension, his soft porn posing wife for First Lady. How did Trump win her over; why his promise to get rid of Mexicans and Muslims, of course.

Lindsey Grahamgraham hypo once said the choice between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump was, “…like being shot or poisoned, what does it really matter?” He even exhibited a nano-second of backbone when he declared on May 6th that he wouldn’t vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump. By May 23rd however, he was falling in line, calling on party donors to support Trump.

perryhypoRick Perry, Mr. Prayer Rally, once referred to Donald Trump as a “cancer on conservatism“, and lamented that Trump was: “A man too arrogant, too self-absorbed, to seek God’s forgiveness.” When Perry dropped out of the 2016 race he said of Trump: “The conservative movement has always been about principles… Our nominee should embody those principles.”

But, oh how quickly those “principles” are jettisoned when the words “Vice President” are dangled in front of you. Perry told CNN’s Dana Bash:

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ryanhypoThen there’s Paul Ryan, perhaps the biggest political hypocrite of them all. Ryan has been beating around the endorsement bush for months. In response to Trump’s failure to denounce David Duke’s endorsement in March, Ryan said:
 
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Go ahead, laugh; I’ll wait. Trump of course, responded ever-so-Presidentially by threatening Ryan:
 

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At the beginning of May, Ryan claimed he was “just not ready” to support Trump the nominee. That led to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus setting up a meeting to convince them to make nice with each other. It worked, and in typical Conservative fashion, Ryan flushed what few principles he had down the Trump toilet. In an op-ed for Wisconsin’s Janesville Gazette, Ryan endorsed Trump:
 
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Many so-called “Religious Leaders” are backing Trump as well:
 
jeffresshypoDallas mega-church Pastor Robert Jeffress, who once declaredevery true, born-again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian”, now says in support of Trump:
 
Every Christian has the right to his own opinion about a presidential candidate, but no Christian has the right to impose his preference as a litmus test for someone else’s Christianity or spirituality.”
 
Damn right. That litmus test is reserved for Gays, Muslims, Women, Immigrants, and Black Presidents.
 
lanehypoDavid Lane, leader of  American Renewal, supports Trump. In a possible attempt to out-crazy his fellow hypocrites, Lane suggests thrice married, serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, join his thrice married serial adulterer Presidential pick Donald Trump on the ticket. Of course, Gingrich would jump at the chance to be relevant again; but I’m sure he’s carefully considering the idea.
 
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 By the way, Lane also believes:
 
“… Donald Trump can be one of the  top four presidents in American history.”
 
Here’s a look at some other “Christian” Conservatives throwing their religion under the bus in pursuit of political power:
 
Jeremiah Johnsonjohnsonquote, of Behold the Man Ministries prophesied that Trump shall be God’s “trumpet to the American people.” (Christian Post, August 2015)
 

Franklin Grahamgraham: “He’s shaking up the Republican Party and the political process overall. And it needs shaking up.”

 
Jerry Falwell, Jr.junior called Trump “one of the greatest visionaries of our time.”
 
 David Brodybrody: “… If establishment GOP leaders want to blame anyone for Trump’s rise, they should start with a good look in the mirror… they took evangelical voters for granted. They felt confident that evangelicals would blindly vote for a traditional-values candidate.”

Christian voters won’t be bullied into voting for Christian candidates, so take that Jesus!

Let’s be honest here, Christian Conservatives have been offered a smorgasbord of Evangelical candidates in past elections: Bachmann, Santorum, Huckabee to name a few, but they don’t vote for them. Truth is, Christianity and “values” are not nearly as important to Conservatives as political power and the desire to shove their unwanted policies down Americans’ throats.

Choosing Donald Trump as their nominee proves they have no values at all.

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