Friday, September 30, 2016

Sorry ACA We Needed Money for Zika


Congress.org presents MEGAVOTE, dated September 15, 2016, for Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill
  • House: Prevent Government Settlement Donations to 3rd Parties – Passage
  • House: Ease Stock Listing Requirements for Certain Small Firms – Passage
  • House: Loosen Private Equity Fund Requirements – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Water Resources Development
  • House: Health Expenses Tax Deductions
  • House: Veterans Affairs Department Accountability
  • House: Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications
  • House: Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers

Recent Senate Votes:
Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference Report Vote Rejected (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the conference report on the bill which would provide $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it would provide a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 - including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.  The Zika funding would include $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
The democrats have been pressing pretty hard so they can make this into an issue. Meanwhile the states are doing what they can, spraying where they think they need to. I am curious as to where the roughly 1B$ is going to be used on, prevention cures or both. Oh, and cutting money from the ACA funding for Zika, isn't that like trading counterfeit dollar bills for slug coins?

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Bill Vote Rejected (55-43, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate rejected a McConnell, R-Ky., motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill that would provide billions in discretionary defense spending for the Defense Department. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.
Sen. Johnny Isakson voted YES
Sen. David Perdue voted YES
Is Mitch McConnell up for re-election yet? Unfortunately not.

Recent House Votes:
Prevent Government Settlement Donations to 3rd Parties – Passage Vote Passed (241-174, 16 Not Voting)
The measure prohibits settlement agreements involving the U.S. government from requiring the other party to make a donation to a third party. The bill's prohibition would not apply if the payment is for restitution to affected parties or remedies actual harm. Under the measure, the prohibition applies only to settlement agreements reached after the bill's enactment.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
Having read though some of the information on this, and listening to John Bolton, I would have to agree that a no vote is probably the correct response. People are not going to be able to effectively sue the Saudi government. So the whole bill, headed for veto, is little more than grandstanding.

Ease Stock Listing Requirements for Certain Small Firms – Passage Vote Passed (236-178, 17 Not Voting)
The bill expands the range of companies that can use Form S-3 to register securities sales, exempts the sale of certain securities from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and state regulatory agencies and requires the SEC to revise Regulation D (Reg D) with the goal of loosening restrictions and filing requirements under existing Rule 506 exemptions.
Rep. David Scott voted NO
I have to disagree with David on this vote, I am for the the weakening of government restrictions in virtually all non-defense issues. Knowing politicians, it probably isn't what they say anyhow, so, who knows?

Loosen Private Equity Fund Requirements – Passage Vote Passed (261-145, 25 Not Voting)
The legislation reduces reporting and other requirements effectively placed on private equity funds by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act (PL 111-203), including by eliminating requirements that such funds report annually on their investments and activities and be subject to unannounced, independent annual audits. It also modifies existing requirements under the Investment Advisers Act regarding the relationship between investment fund managers and their investors under the act to largely exempt private equity funds, including by loosening current restrictions on advertising and expanding the circumstances under which funds do not have to notify investors when there is a change in ownership or control.
Rep. David Scott voted YES
Boy, I get the willies every time the Congress messes with banking. It is difficult from them not to make legislation somehow help people who should not purchase what hey cannot afford to pay for. That said following the mantra, that a weaker government is an improvement, thank you Mr. Scott for the correct vote.

Upcoming Votes:
Water Resources Development - S2848
The bill would authorize $10.6 billion in funding for more than 30 Army Corps of Engineers water infrastructure projects under the current law (PL 113-121), including waterways and flood control systems, as well as Environmental Protection Agency drinking water infrastructure programs. The measure would authorize $220 million in recovery assistance, specifically $100 million for water infrastructure improvements available to "states with emergency drinking water situations" via state revolving fund loans; $70 million in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act credit subsidies; and $50 million in health screening and education grants.
Do it, do it every time. True shovel ready projects that pay off over the decades.

Health Expenses Tax Deductions - HR3590
The legislation would repeal the increases in the threshold at which individuals may begin deducting unreimbursed medical expenses from their income as set by the 2010 health care law, thereby rolling the threshold back to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income for all taxpayers and preventing the threshold from increasing to 10 percent for senior citizens. Under the measure, the medical deduction threshold would revert to 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income beginning with the current 2016 tax year.
Every time some shitty aspect of ACA come to bat, the politicians kick the issue down the street.  In the end ACA was supposed to control costs, while it extended coverage to folks that had trouble booking policies. In the end costs have continued to rise and a new welfare is spawned.

Veterans Affairs Department Accountability - HR5620
The bill would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and it would overhaul the VA's current disability appeals process by giving veterans the choice of three "lanes" for appeal when dissatisfied with an initial VA benefits decision. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the VA to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, allow the VA to reduce Senior Executive Service (SES) employees' pensions upon conviction of certain felonies, streamline disciplinary actions for SES employees and eliminate all bonuses for SES employees for five years.
I have said it before, VA hospital administrators broke the law and conspired to defraud taxpayers. As an organization run like a crime syndicate, they should be prosecuted via RICO. Some deserve to be in prison.

Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications - HR5226
The measure would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.
It is easy enough to imagine that a zillion little bureaucrats running around defending their right to f-over citizens without due representation or due process.

Prohibit Guantanamo Transfers - HR5351
The bill temporarily would prohibit the Defense Department from transferring or releasing any detainee from the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into the United States, its territories or possessions, or to any foreign country or entity. The blanket prohibition would end on Jan. 21, 2017, or earlier once a Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2017 is enacted.
The Guantanamo Bay facility is useful, needs to stay open, and prisoners of value kept there. There should be more funding provided for setting up dedicated water boarding access shower rooms. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

McDonough Cake Wars

A story active in local news, (3) workers at a McDonough, Georgia Walmart refused to decorate a cake for a retiring policeman. They claimed that the proposed concept which was to include a black background with white lettering and a blue stripe was something they could not in good conscience, produce.
The daughter of the retiring policeman said...
“The baker told me the blue line cake was racist” 
When Walmart's management heard of the refusal, they tried to make it right, but apparently did not make the bakers do the job because the end result was pretty sorry looking.
I agree with Todd Starnes, the employees who refused to decorate the cake should be fired. Yes they have the right to assert themselves, they should also be vulnerable to the repercussions of doing so while being paid to perform the advertised personal service.
How in the world did so many people develop this skill of turning innocent gestures into personal injuries?

Very Brave Man Jokes

Braver than me...
How do you turn a fox into an elephant?
Marry It! 
What is the difference between a battery and a woman?
A battery has a positive side. 
Why is the space between a woman's breasts and her hips called a waist?
Because you could easily fit another pair of tits in there.
How do you make 5 pounds of fat look good?
Put a nipple on it. 
Why do women fake orgasms?
Because they think men care. 
What do you say to a woman with 2 black eyes?
Nothing, she's been told twice already.  
If your wife keeps coming out of the kitchen to nag at you, what have you done wrong?
Made her chain too long.  
Why is a laundromat a really bad place to pick up a woman?
Because a woman who can't even afford a washing machine will probably never be able to support you.  
Why do women have smaller feet than men?
It's one of those 'evolutionary things' that allows them to stand closer to the kitchen sink. 
Why do men pass gas more than women?
Because women can't shut up long enough to build up the required pressure. 
If your dog is barking at the back door and your wife is yelling at the front door, who do you let in first?
The dog, of course. He'll shut up once you let him in.  
Scientists have discovered a food that diminishes a woman's sex drive by 90%...
It's called a Wedding Cake.  
Why do men die before their wives?
Because they want to. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Voters Reject Obama’s New Middle East Refugee Plan

Voters Reject Obama’s New Middle East Refugee Plan

As President Obama gets closer to retirement, my resolve to treat him with respect is evaporating. By this Rasmussen poll, less than 1 in 5 voters think that the President's targets for refugee resettlement in the US are proper or insufficient. The rest of the voters polled think that his targets are over-reaching, in varying degrees.

Does anybody think, that given his penchant for ignoring the populace, think that he is going to take his foot off the gas pedal? For him it most important to play his roll on the world stage not protect and serve the citizens of the United States.

Republicans Couldn’t Care Less About Bush's Vote For Clinton

Republicans Couldn’t Care Less About Bush's Vote For Clinton

After 9-11 I felt very proud to have George W. Bush as our President. My impression of him has always been that he is compassionate, something that is probably still true. This controversy belongs to the father George H. W. Bush but it is fair to day that the sons and patriarch are cut from the cloth. But this is not that; his support of the Clinton candidacy reveals a commitment that belies something that he thinks is more important than compassion. His support makes clear his placement of priority upon global business governance and adherence to liberal objectives which combined has developed into a inertial juggernaut.
Donald Trump is an offensive man, but what Hillary Clinton represents is repulsive. Even with the current state of here candidacy, Hillary Clinton has taken the posture of condescending elitism. Elitism that George H. W. Bush and his brethren have now openly endorsed.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Applause

Barack Obama, at a recent rural elementary school assembly in Arkansas, asked the audience for total quiet.
Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands once every few seconds, holding the audience in total silence.
Then he said into the microphone,
'Children, every time I clap my hands together, a child in America dies from gun violence.'
Then, little Johnny, with a proud Arkansas drawl, pierced the quiet and said,
'Well, dumb-ass, stop clapping!'

Friday, August 26, 2016

Three Kings

Little Johnny was sitting in class when the teacher asked him...
“Can you tell me the name of three great kings who have brought happiness and joy into people’s lives?”
To which little John replied...
“Smo-king, Drin-king and Fuc-king”

Put it Where?

The mortician calls Mrs. Smith, and says,
“Excuse me Mrs. Smith, but I can’t seem to close the lid to your husband’s coffin due to his enormous erection.”
To which she replies,
“Why don’t you cut it off and stick it up his ass? That’s the only hole in town it hasn’t been in.”

THWG

Football season is about to start and I just can't help myself.
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