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Good Tuesday 26 February, 2013.  Thanks for listening to, participating in, & ENGAGING w/ IDECLAIR MEDIA, THE IDECLAIR SHOW…

*Sequestration: What Tax Code Spending Benefiting Wealthiest Are NOT On The Cut List?  All Of Them!

*Today, 100+ House Democrats say NO to benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, & Medicaid!

*Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is to be before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow.  We get your REAL RAW RIGHT NOW… today!  

See MUST READS below.  


*The looming devastating long term impact of sequester cuts: Americans are saying NO to these blunt & brutal cuts.  Is the punishing policy of sequester, a Congressional Republican abuse of power?  

Are Republicans so marinated in envious emotional vitriol that they are punishing the entire country (via punishing policy) for voting for President Obama resoundingly in 2012?  



Repub strategy of punitive, envious, vitriolic, shrill strategy, & policy is totally transparent, definitely pitiful, and tantalizingly petty!  



“Next Round of Deficit Reduction Must Tackle Hidden Spending in the Tax Code”

(An excerpt)

“In many ways, the distinction between spending cuts and revenue increases is an artificial one. Many tax breaks are simply government-spending programs delivered through the tax code. As economists have emphasized—and as many leading Republicans have acknowledged—the result is the same whether the government spends a dollar directly or delivers a dollar in tax breaks aimed at certain recipients or activities. Yet tax breaks—also known as “tax expenditures”—receive far less scrutiny than direct government spending and, as a result, are often inefficient, outdated, or in need of reform. With this in mind, it makes little sense to leave revenue off the table in the ongoing budget negotiations.”


“Rep. Jan Schakowsky and 106 House Democrats Call on President Obama to Reject Benefit Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Benefits”

“Washington, DC (February 15, 2013) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky and 106 House Democrats, a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives, wrote to President Obama today, urging him to reject any proposals to cut benefits millions of American families depend upon through Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The letter was led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and Rep Donna Edwards (D-MD).

The Members specifically singled out “Chained CPI”—a proposal to reduce Social Security benefits by changing the way inflation is calculated—and raising the Medicare retirement age as policies they oppose.

“In this letter, more than half of House Democrats are declaring that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefit cuts are the wrong way to get our fiscal house in order. There are so many alternatives – from raising revenues to reducing health care costs through options like prescription drug negotiation in Medicare. We’re open to finding savings, but we need to protect programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, on which so many of our middle class families, seniors, people with disabilities, and children rely,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

“A commitment to keeping the middle-class strong and reducing poverty requires a commitment to keeping Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid strong,” the Members said in the letter. “We urge you to reject any proposals to cut benefits, and we look forward to working with you to enact approaches that instead rely on economic growth and more fair revenue-raising policies to solve our fiscal problems.”

February 15, 2013

Dear President Obama:

We want to thank you for standing strong in the American Taxpayer Relief Act to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from benefit cuts that would jeopardize the well-being of millions of Americans.

We write to affirm our vigorous opposition to cutting Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in any final bill to replace sequestration. Earned Social Security and Medicare benefits provide the financial and health protections necessary to keep individuals and families out of poverty. Medicaid is not only a lifeline for low-income children, pregnant women, people with disabilities and families, it is the primary source of long-term care services and supports for 3.6 million individuals. We cannot overstate their importance for our constituents and our country.

That is why we remain deeply opposed to proposals to reduce Social Security benefits through use of the chained CPI to calculate cost-of-living adjustments. We remain committed to making the changes that will extend solvency for 75 years, but Social Security has not contributed to our current fiscal problems and it should not be on the bargaining table.

Similarly, we oppose proposals to increase Medicare cost-sharing requirements or to raise the age of eligibility. Half of all Medicare recipients live on less than $22,000 a year – yet they spend, on average, three times as much of those limited incomes on health care as other Americans. Raising their already heavy cost-sharing burden or increasing the age of eligibility doesn’t lower health care costs, it just shifts them to those who can least afford more financial burdens – seniors, people with disabilities and their families.

A commitment to keeping the middle-class strong and reducing poverty requires a commitment to keeping Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid strong. We urge you to reject any proposals to cut benefits, and we look forward to working with you to enact approaches that instead rely on economic growth and more fair revenue-raising policies to solve our fiscal problems.”


Schakowsky, Jan

Ellison, Keith

Grijalva, Raúl M.

Conyers, John

Edwards, Donna

Barber, Ron

Bass, Karen

Bera, Ami

Bonamici, Suzanne

Brady, Robert

Braley, Bruce L.

Brown, Corrine

Brownley, Julia

Bustos, Cheri

Butterfield, G.K.

Capps, Lois

Cardenas, Tony

Cartwright, Matthew

Castor, Kathy

Christensen, Donna M.,

Chu, Judy

Cicilline, David

Clarke, Yvette D.

Clay Jr., William “Lacy”

Cleaver, Emanuel

Cohen, Steve

Conyers Jr., John

Courtney, Joe

Cummings, Elijah

Davis, Danny K.

DeFazio, Peter

DeLauro, Rosa L.

Deutch, Ted

Duckworth, Tammy

Edwards, Donna F.

Ellison, Keith

Eshoo, Anna G.

Faleomavaega, Eni F. H.

Farr, Sam

Fattah, Chaka

Frankel, Lois

Fudge, Marcia L.

Garamendi, John

Grayson, Alan

Green, Al

Green, Gene

Grijalva, Raul

Gutierrez, Luis

Hahn, Janice

Hastings, Alcee L.

Hinojosa, Rubén

Holt, Rush

Honda, Mike

Huffman, Jared

Jackson Lee, Sheila

Jeffries, Hakeem

Johnson, Eddie Bernice

Johnson, Henry C. “Hank” Jr.

Kaptur, Marcy

Kildee, Daniel

Kirkpatrick, Ann

Langevin, Jim

Lee, Barbara

Lewis, John

Loebsack, David

Lofgren, Zoe

Lowenthal, Alan

Lujan Grisham, Michelle

Lynch, Stephen F.

Maloney, Carolyn

Markey, Ed

Matsui, Doris O.

McDermott, Jim

McGovern, James

Meng, Grace

Michaud, Michael

Moore, Gwen

Nadler, Jerrold

Negrete McLeod, Gloria

Nolan, Rick

Norton, Eleanor Holmes

Pastor, Ed

Payne Jr., Donald

Pingree, Chellie

Pocan, Mark

Rangel, Charles B.

Roybal-Allard, Lucille

Rush, Bobby L.

Ryan, Tim

Sablan, Gregorio

Sanchez, Linda

Scott, Robert C.

Serrano, José E.

Shea-Porter, Carol

Sinema, Kyrsten

Sires, Albio

Slaughter, Louise

Speier, Jackie

Takano, Mark

Thompson, Bennie G.

Tierney, John

Titus, Dina

Tonko, Paul D.

Vargas, Juan

Veasey, Marc

Velázquez, Nydia M.

Waters, Maxine

Watt, Mel

Waxman, Henry

Welch, Peter

Wilson, Frederica”



“What Is Alabama’s Problem With the Voting Rights Act?”

by Brentin Mock

Tuesday, February 26 2013

“History will repeat itself in the chambers of the Supreme Court this week. The very state where the fight for voting rights reached its critical peak nearly 50 years ago is once again at the center of the dispute over democracy in America.”

“Voting Rights Haven’t Gotten Such Attention Since 1965. What Did We Learn?”

“A little over a week after the presidential election has ended, many voting rights watchers are reflecting on all that we learned through this year’s campaigns: what went right, what went wrong, and the unresolved challenges that remain ahead. As for the overall takeaway, Advancement Project director Judith Browne-Dianis wraps it up nicely, saying, “The national conversation around voting rights was amplified like we haven’t seen since 1965.””


President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE)  is front and center again, today.

A vote in our U.S. Senate to move the Hagel nomination forward is currently ongoing.  As this process has been very theatrical, and posture filled, it looks as though the vote this afternoon to confirm Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel to be America’s next Secretary of Defense, will take place.  

As always with our current batch of Republicans… stay tuned. 


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