Monday, 31 July 2017

What's the GOP ever done for us?   Old Lange's rant of the day
Blogger Sarge Freedom asked: What major piece of legislation has the GOP championed and passed in the past 50-years that actually HELPED make life better for the MAJORITY of the people of the United States?  And Richard Kolber responds: I just can't think of a single thing the GOP has done for the non-rich in the last 50 years 
Let’s not go overboard.  
Republicans are just Americans whose ideas about how to do things differ from Democrat ideas.
Some key Republican accomplishments in my lifetime:

1954 Chief Justice Warren gets full Supreme Court for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education
1955 Eisenhower administration bans racial segregation of interstate bus travel
1956 Eisenhower begins construction of the Interstate highway system.
1957 Eisenhower deploys the 82nd Airborne Division to desegregate Little Rock’s schools
1957 & 1960 Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Acts

1970 Nixon establishes the Environmental Protection Agency
1972 Title IX
1972 Shanghai Communique, Salt and ABM treaties
1973 Nixon ends the draft
1974 Vietnam Amnesty programme

1975 Ford’s  Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act

1981 Reagan establishes the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
1987 Reagan demands freedom for Eastern Europe from the Soviets. (Tear down this Wall)
1987 Reagan’s INF treaty with Russia
1988 Reagan signs Civil Liberties Act, compensating Japanese-Americans

1990 Bush Sr’s Americans with Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act Amendments
1990 Bush Sr proclaims the New World Order
1991 Bush Sr‘s Desert Storm campaign to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.
1992 Bush Sr negotiates and signs NAFTA

2002 Bush Jr’s No Child Left Behind
2003 Bush Jr’s Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003
2003 U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003 (including PEPFAR)

Okay, you said 50 years, so I guess Eisenhower doesn’t count, and Republicans seem to be repudiating or cutting funds for some of these (e.g. the EPA, ADA, Clean Air Act, New World Order, NAFTA, No Child Left Behind and PEPFAR)
So maybe they didn’t do all that much that will last, but it  was certainly not nothing.

PS: I am sure that Republicans would also tout their big tax cuts (Reagan and Bush Jr), but most of the benefits thereof went to the rich with very little for the working American and both fed a boom and bust cycle that led to recession

Diana's family lead backlash against Channel 4 revealing intimate sex life with Prince Charles
When the media are in the middle of emotional masturbation, almost nothing can stop them. Is it hurtful to some, does it help anyone? Who cares? It sells advertising!

Sunday Times Sacks Kevin Myers For Anti-Semitic And Sexist Column

The anti-Jew remarks are beyond the pale, as is the idea that women should have to "earn" equal pay.
They should be paid the same because they are women, full stop. 
Regardless whether they draw equal audience or have equal talent, they should still get the same money.
Otherwise, Vanessa Feltz would be on minimum wage

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