Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wisconsin GOP gives up our Facebook passwords, continue oil subsidies, block FCC consumer protections/Campaign disclosures, and ignore Post Office. That's Freedom?

Thanks to Rock Netroots for reminding me of one of the more interesting parts of the Saturday newspaper, Roll Call. What it says about each party’s vision of America is right there in our representatives and senators votes. It’s revealing, and kind of scary:

On the House side: The odd part of the House vote to make the FCC put together a cost-benefit analysis, needless paper work when making rules for the telecommunication industry, is that an analysis would have nothing to do with protecting consumers in the marketplace. Money is not the issue. Voting yes to keep the FCC from doing its job: Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble. Baldwin, Kind, Moore sided with consumers.

Ah, fleeting freedom. There’s big talk on the right about “freedom,” yet in the work place, that all ends. Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble all gave up a citizen’s right to freedom at work, where they spend most of their time. Our kingly job creators can demand Facebook passwords from their employees. It’s kind of like being free in the eyes of the government, yet not so free anywhere else. Voting to allow companies to obtain worker passwords as a condition of employment-Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble. Voting to keep an employers eyes out of our personal lives: Baldwin, Kind, Moore

Our new Aristocrats: We already know government is transforming into the ultimate class of elitists, with every new millionaire candidate stepping up to the challenge, so why should the rabble know who’s helping paying their way in? When it comes to campaign advertising disclosures, Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy, Ribble refused “to require it to all who give $10,000 or more to fund political ads on broadcast, cable, satellite or radio outlets” - Voting to disclose: Baldwin, Kind, Moore. 

On the Senate side: I can’t figure this one out at all. Dumb Ron Johnson voted against “advancing a bill aimed at returning the U.S. Postal Service profitability by 2015 (which) in part, would end Saturday deliveries, close many post offices and cut payroll, retirement and health care costs. He voted not to make it profitable. Okay…Voting to keep the Post Office in service, as required by the constitution-Herb Kohl.

Big oil won again when Ron Johnson and his fellow Republicans filibustered a bill to end tax breaks worth $24 billion over 10 years for Chevron, BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil, and use the savings to spur consumption of non-fossil fuels. Voting to end the subsidies that even the oil industry said they don’t need anymore, Herb Kohl. Maybe Johnson didn’t see the hearings where big oil admitted subsidies were unnecessary. .

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