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  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the early heads up Chips. Please please remind us again as the time draws near. 🙂

  2. 16 Fred
    October 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Montana GOPer Fears School Lunch Fraud Is Eating Taxpayer Money

    Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R-MT), who’s expected to face Sen. John Tester (D) in the Montana Senate race next year, is worried that some families who receive federally-subsidized lunches may be gaming the system and therefore bilking you out of your hard-earned taxpayer dollars.

    It’s about waste, fraud and abuse, he suggests. But Democrats say it’s about something else: A Republican looking to scrimp on a program that benefits the least fortunate of all Americans, poor children, while he fights to protect subsidies for multi-billion dollar oil companies.

    Rehberg is fond of looking to the nation’s education subsidies to find extraneous money that can be cut. Back in April, he landed in some hot water after he said that Pell Grants were the same as welfare, a comment he quickly walked back after public outcry back home in Big Sky Country.

    AUDIO :Denny Rehberg Clarifies Pell Grant Comments: ‘I’m Not Suggesting That College Students Are Welfare Recipients’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/18/denny-rehberg-pell-grants-welfare_n_850475.html

    This time around, Rehberg set his sights a little lower down the educational ladder. On a tour of a Montana elementary school (where his sister is principal), Rehberg wanted to know quite a bit about how the school policies its government-subsidized lunch program. From the Billings Gazette:

    Rehberg asked [his sister and school district official Brenda Koch] pointed questions about fraud and whether families ever dupe the free and reduced-price meal system.

    Koch explained that each year, a random sample of families who sign up and qualify are audited by the district to make sure they meet the income guidelines.

    On top of that, she said, the district is audited by the state every year on how its Title I dollars are spent.

    “I’d like to punish those systems that rip the taxpayers off,” Rehberg said during the visit, according to the Gazette.

    http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/education/article_679b1454-5c86-5908-b92c-b9c47da81d14.html

    Democrats have enjoyed tweaking Rehberg over his wealth (he’s the 23rd richest member of Congress but recently said he’s “struggling like everyone else”) and with the school lunch comments, they say they’ve caught him headed toward war on the poor like he seemed to declare with his Pell comments.
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/23rd_richest_member_of_congress_denny_rehberg_says_hes_struggling_like_everyone_else.php

    “Millionaire Congressman Dennis Rehberg went to an elementary school and demanded to know about fraud in the school lunch program for low income students,” Tester campaign manager Preston Elliott told TPM. “At the same time he’s voted to increase his own pay 5 times and to protect subsidies for oil companies. Well, Dennis, the fraud is you telling Montana families that you’re on their side.”

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/montana-gop-rep-worries-poor-people-are-bilking-the-school-lunch-program.php?ref=fpa

    • 17 mtmarilyn
      October 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

      Thank you for this info Fred. I live in MT and haven’t really paid that much attention yet. I work with Tester’s office. I really haven’t wanted to pay that much attention to Rehberg yet. He is a rat and it I will work to keep him out of the Senate. Of course I haven’t read any of this in our local paper.

    • 20 hopefruit2
      October 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Tulips and let’s keep our fingers crossed!! Hopefully we will have the accurate information from the campaign after Oct 12. According to Politico, he’s expected to pull in more than 55 million with the target for the 3rd quarter being 50 million. Politico sometimes gives wrong info but If that turns out to be true, this would be excellent news and bode very well for the campaign going forward since this was supposed to be the most difficult fund-raising period.

      • 21 anniebella
        October 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

        Politico is a right wing rag.

      • 22 Mel
        October 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

        This is good news, however I do not trust Politico they are a mouth piece of the GOP let’s wait for the Obama
        camp.

        • October 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

          Me neither Mel, it looks a fairly obvious ploy to me – name a high figure, and then when the real one comes out declare it be a disaster!!

          • 24 hopefruit2
            October 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm

            I agree, and they were also quick to point out that the fundraising fell short of the previous quarter’s amount as if that was ever an issue. If the target was for $50 m then why go out of your way to compare to last quarter’s total when that was not even the goal?!?!?

            Tell Politico I said go to hell!

  3. 25 Fred
    October 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Rick Santorum’s Stump Speech Includes Nod To Fracking Company Directly Paying Him The Past Year

    But a mandatory disclosure requirement for candidates for president reveals something new: Santorum has maintains his lifestyle through a well-paid consulting gig with Consol Energy Inc and a lobbying firm called American Continental Group.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64740.html

    – During a campaign stop in Iowa in July, Santorum said: “You know what the Marcellus Shale is? It’s the largest natural gas found in the history of the country, the second largest natural gas field in the world! Its under Pennslyvania, and we are drilling, baby, drilling. Everywhere. ” The remarks are typical of a Santorum stump speech. He never discloses that the “we” when he says “we are drilling, baby” might refer to his employer, Consol Energy.

    One of his other moonlighting jobs, his “consulting” position with American Continental Group, reveals more questions about Santorum’s political positions. American Continential Group is a corporate lobbying firm long associated with pushing industry friendly legislation and earmarks. This year, the firm has a client roster including Comcast, the Association of Mortgage Investors, Credit Suisse Group, Monsanto, Toyota Motors, and General Electric.

    – Santorum’s jobs plan appears more as a wish-list for corporations, including clients of his firm American Continental Group. Santorum calls for cutting the corporate income tax to zero and allowing for companies to bring earnings made overseas back to the United States and only taxed at five percent. Both positions would amount to a bailout for already super-profitable companies, including his lobbying firm clients like Monsanto.

    According to the disclosure, Santorum is paid more than $330,000 for his work on behalf of Consol Energy, American Continental Group, and a public relations firm called the Clapham Group. He was paid $217,000 the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and $239,000 for his contributions to Fox News in 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

    http://thinkprogress.org/green/2011/10/01/333661/rick-santorums-stump-speech-includes-nod-to-fracking-company-directly-paying-him-the-past-year/

  4. 26 Fred
    October 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Judge Rules Florida Prison Privatization Unconstitutional and would have benefited campaign donors to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R)

    A Tallahassee, Florida circuit court judge sided with a union today in ruling that a prison privatization scheme lawmakers included in the state budget violates Florida’s constitution.

    http://www.americanindependent.com/196798/judge-rules-florida-prison-privatization-plan-unconstitutional-updated

    The Florida Police Benevolent Association, which represents correctional workers in the state, filed a lawsuit saying the method in the which lawmakers planned to privatize 29 prisons in southern Florida violated state law, arguing that it should have been done via a separate law, not through the budget. Tallahassee Judge Jackie Fulford agreed, adding that lawmakers rushed the process:

    http://www.postonpolitics.com/2011/09/judge-rules-prison-privatization-plan-unconstitutional/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    “From the record, it appears that the rush to meet the deadlines in the proviso has resulted in many shortcomings in the evaluation of whether privatization is in the best public interest as it relates to cost savings and effective service,” Fulford wrote.

    The plan was is one of the largest prison privatization schemes in the country and would have benefited campaign donors to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/05/163614/rick-scott-private-prisons/

    Even some Republicans have spoken out against it.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/10/01/333497/judge-rules-florida-prison-privatization-unconstitutional/

    • 30 Mel
      October 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Herman Cain is a clown a very Ignorant person, he does not have a clue or understands the world.
      The GOP is using Cain for one reason and one reason alone he is black and he can say any shit about
      PBO. And cain is olso is been used by The MSM so they can laugh at him he is a fool.

      • October 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        Kind reminds me of that jerk Alan Keys who ran against Obama for Senator.

        • 32 Fred
          October 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

          yeah Keys was/still is an obnoxious asswipe of the 1st degree 😯

          I want to thank him for yapping out of his derriere especially about gay/Immigration issues because living on the North Side of Chicago in the Edgewater/Andersonville area where there are a lot of gay and lesbian people who had never heard of then Senator Obama.As soon as they heard Keys and our man speak and as soon as they did their research on him as far as gay rights and Keys stance on Immigration as well got about 99% of all Latinos going;they ALL voted for him 😀 😀

  5. 33 desertflower
    October 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=acLW1vFO-2Q MUST SEE ! From the magnificent George Carlin (rest his soul)
    NSFW….of course, it’s CARLIN! But his message is as true as the day he said it in 2005….2011 would REALLY freak him out!

  6. 34 desertflower
    October 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I would encourage everyone to sign this petition to GET THE MONEY OUT of elections…so that we can have true representation in Washington…the money that pours in from lobbyists, corporations(they are people, too!) and the like, has eroded our democracy….govt is bought and paid for by big monied interests! We all know this…please consider signing and passing along. Thanks, family

      • 36 hopefruit2
        October 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

        DF the concept behind this is great however I’m hesitating to sign this particular petition for the reason that I don’t trust Dylan Ratigan and anything that he claims to be for.

        • 37 utaustinliberal
          October 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

          Right there with you hopefruit. Dylan always has a hidden agenda; an underlying motive that doesn’t smell like roses when it finally comes out. I wouldn’t trust him or anything he’s associated with as far as I could throw him.

          • 38 desertflower
            October 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

            Hopefruit and UT…I am not a fan of Ratigan, but I do know that the money in politics is what is taking the voices away from individual Americans. The govt is bought and paid for by a handful of big monied individuals….why do you think PBO doesn’t accept certain money? Because he knows it too. I agree with the wording of the constitutional amendment they will propose….with the ridiculous Citizens United ruling, the people have less and less impact on the outcome of our elections….Republicans cheered this sham of a ruling as a means to further snuff out the voices of common Americans.It’s not Dylan Ratigan’s personal issue, or Randi Rhodes personal issue…it is an issue that we should be able to get behind, no matter WHO is taking it forward.Certainly you are free to sign or not sign, but you must at least acknowledge that until and unless we get the money out of our political process, it will only get worse, not better, for the American people.Money isn’t given freely by these big monied interests without a cost. They WANT FAVORS in return for the big $$$ dumps!I can guarantee you that whatever it is that THEY want, will NOT be good for the majority of US! Hope you both reconsider.

        • 39 CoyoteMarti
          October 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

          Go to movetoamend.org, one of the two coordinating orgs (the other is freespeechforpeople.org) that are actually seriously up and working across the US for an amendment to the Constitution to establish only people are people as to free speech rights. They are the real deals, attorneys and all. If you are seriously interested in this issue, consider at least getting onto their email lists.

      • 40 EDP4BHO
        October 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

        Sorry, not biting. There are just way too many people petitioning for me to feel comfortable with. I just got one via snail mail today to fight against demolishing SS and Medicare as we know it. Nice letter and all, but it was to be returned with a donation. Hhmm. I just paid to have my roof fixed—-who has money for all these causes? The only cause I contribute to is the one getting PBO re-elected. I can send my own letter to a representative for the cost of a stamp. I truly believe most of these causes are for people to line their own pockets with our hard-earned dollars. As for this Rat-igan, he’s a liar anyway. I don’t hang out with liars.

    • October 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks, I just signed

  7. 42 Fred
    October 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Paul Ryan Has A New Plan To Scam Millions Of Americans Out Of Their Healthcare
    http://www.politicususa.com/en/paul-ryan-healthcare

  8. 43 Obama Grandmama
    October 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I am about to email the Oregon Liberal Rep Peter DeFazio. He is not my own Rep so don’t know if I will get through to him or not, but he emailed me to support my own Rep so figure it might work both ways. I read his name on a list opposing the American Jobs Act and want to chastise or encourage him to support the bill. Anyone know his reason for not supporting the bill? I know he has been one of the strong critics against PBO and tends to be a purist but am not sure other than oil connections which I do not attribute to him for opposing it.

  9. 51 Obama Grandmama
    October 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I was listening to my progressive station on the radio this morning. I usually turn the station if they start ragging on PBO but I was hearing a Union Representative talking against the Trade Bill coming up this next week in Congress. He was against it comparing it to NAFTA and how it will enable the big companies to take their jobs overseas again. There was talk of the 35% not required to be American made or some such thing that I did not catch referring to the South Korea Trade deal. Anyone understand both sides on this? I thought it was an attempt to get more jobs here not take them away. Can it be a simple opposition regardless of the particulars?

  10. 54 Ladyhawke
    October 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    BOEHNER ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING – “SHOW MY DISTRICT THE MONEY”

    ===============================================================

    John Boehner is not a tea partier. Never has been. He’s an old fashioned, transactional pol, and he knows why Congress is there: to bring money home to their districts.

    But his request for cash for a company in his district sure looks tone deaf when his party is waging jihad against spending…

    http://blog.reidreport.com/2011/10/boehner-on-government-spending-show-my-district-the-money/

  11. October 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for the links. Also my congratulations to Donna. And to both Donna and Chips–you are both extraordinarily priceless dynamos in the country-saving Obama-reelection juggernaut. Your courage and commitment help this old lady cast a longing eye at my faded marching boots.

    Speaking of which, I wonder if the President will mention “slippers” and “marching boots” at the HRC event;-) Will it make the CBC outrage brigade suffer exploding heads, or will their apologists say, “We made him do it.” I cannot believe how these disingenuous complainers are allowing their whines to be used against the interests of African Americans. They have the same short-sightedness and tunnel vision as those self-interest sabotaging working class white folks.

    OT: Does anyone recall if there was a GOTV shout-out at the Corbert/Stewart “Both Sides Do It” rally? IIRC, there wasn’t—and even though President Obama had touted the rally beforehand, he got called “dude” and “timid” by the moderator when he appeared on his program just before the big non-event. Now I’m waiting to see the same de-emphasizing of voting as the Occupy Wall Street movement escalates. It is my hope that the input of Unions will help focus that spirit into an electoral sophistication. In the recent Van Jones appearance on O’Donnell’s program, Jones said re the October 6th DC demo, “hold on to your seats,” or “hats” or something similar. I hope both OWS and the October 6 activists will not consider an electoral focus to be ‘co-optation.’ I wish people could see President Obama as a singular alternative to the Washington corruption meme, but they are invested in lumping him in with the rest of the sell-outs and consequently miss a vitally important opportunity to salvage and re-animate the country at this pivotal moment which was short-shrifted by the 2008 crisis and set-back by the folly of 2010 voters and nonvoters.

    Just some idle thoughts.

    • October 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      I catch most of the debate over OccupyWallStreet at Balloon Juice and there a handful of commenters there who actually laughed when some others suggested voter registration as part of the protests. They ridiculed voting period and said that’s not going to get them what they want. How they expect to get what they want without the right people in government is beyond me, but I just hope those few people don’t represent the feelings of the entire movement.

  12. October 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I have the same hope, gobklyn, but I fear. I’ve been following Tarheeldem’s post at Booman on the OWS and must confess that I am startled at the turn I see in him re the occupation and voting. I thought his signature made it plain that he was in the organize/electoral camp. Some of the usual Obama-hostile commenters are in hysterical “yay, we’re gonna tear it down and build it up, heaven.” The obnoxious part of it all is that they say such shit regarding the accomplishments of the president that you know they cannot be serious. They neither read, investigate nor understand—in that event they are ideological purists, anarchists, Libertarians masquerading as progressives. They are like the T-baggersaurs except more naive, rather than running for offices in the government they disdain and want to drown like the far-right, they opt-out and surrender the field to the cavemen and corporations who will kick their asses so far out of Liberty Square they won’t know what hit them. Booman’s last calls them puppets to the RW puppeteers.

    I’d rather demonstrate in Obama’s America than the Koch Brothers kingdom. They must learn to chew gum while in their marching boots.


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