Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Zika Virus used by Republicans to limit conception, weaken pesticide restrictions, cut ObamaCare, defund Ebola research, lift ban on Confederate Flags.

To Republicans, life isn’t valuable unless you have a job and someone else is profiting from it. They made that obvious when they restricted unemployment benefits, drug tested food stamp recipients, limited Medicaid eligibility, etc.

Their total disregard for life and health wason full display with a bill to protect us from the Zika virus:
A federal spending bill … would have provided $1.1 billion to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus … (but) Republicans had sabotaged the legislation with politically charged provisions.

Senate Republicans were using the must-pass legislation to (pass) provisions that would hinder access to contraception for women and weaken environmental restrictions on pesticide use.
In a jaw dropping attempt to turn the tables on the Democrats, and public disgust away from their own party’s blatant inhumanity, Republicans inadvertently admitted they were playing games with a major health problem:
Republicans, in turn, accused Democrats of manufacturing excuses for blocking the bill … “We have a public health crisis descending on our country,” Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader said after the vote. “Pregnant women all across America are looking at this with dismay, utter dismay, as we sit here in a partisan gridlock manufactured by the other side.”
You won't even believe this juvenile statement:
Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican, declared, “Our Democratic friends block it because they are sore losers.”
Remember when House Republicans forced a vote to cut Ebola?
…redirecting nearly $600 million previously approved to fight the Ebola virus. 
The Senate thought that wasn’t enough:
1. A further reallocation of money from Ebola programs. 

2. Restrict the role of Planned Parenthood and similar clinics in providing contraceptive services related to fighting the Zika virus, which can be transmitted sexually.

3. Inserted a provision cutting $540 million in financing from the Affordable Care Act.

4. Strip a House provision that would ban the flying of the Confederate battle flag in federal cemeteries.
After all that, the New York Times had the nerve to blame both sides...:
Whichever side is more to blame…
WTF? This is the kind of media response that only empowers and promotes political comments like this:
Senator Marco Rubio blamed Democrats’ political motives for sinking the bill. “It’s a talking point that they want to take into the July Fourth recess, unfortunately.”
Or this through the looking glass lunacy…
The debate was so sharp that Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, accused Democrats of favoring insects over people in their opposition to easing the pesticide restrictions.
“The Democrats are more focused on protecting the mosquito than they are protecting people,” he said.

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