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News from The Associated Press

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"Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week with the pledge to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare.

More pressing for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set to slam the military."

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Notice that in no way are they saying there will be more revenue because all those tax cuts to the rich and business will grow the economy. Nope that fantasied excuse is gone and all we have left is a model of government that serves the wealthy at the expense of the common (wo)man. Hey, folks, time to wake up and get rid of the GOP. We need a political party devoted to a strong American society, one that cares for its citizens.

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Dem Gov: 'If It's The Last Thing I Do,' I'm Going To Fight For Medicaid Expansion

Dem Gov: 'If It's The Last Thing I Do,' I'm Going To Fight For Medicaid Expansion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
WISE, Va. (AP) — In his first months on the job, Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife is trying to capitalize on Democrats' takeover of top state offices and the state Senate by pushing a key element of President Barack Obama's health care law through...
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If you don't understand that there is a basic difference between the Democrats and Republicans, perhaps this is the place to start rethinking. One side believes that the health and welfare of the citizens is the major concern and the other focuses on keeping taxes lower for the wealthy and corporations.

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Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over

Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. They're closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor's seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature -- which will almost certainly remain Republican.

In other words, GOP lawmakers have taken steps to guarantee that many of their poorest residents will remain uninsured under the health care reform law, no matter what happens in the gubernatorial election.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) both oppose Medicaid expansion. They both look likely -- if not quite certain -- to win re-election in November. That should make the bills passed by their respective state lawmakers unnecessary, but they seem intent on guarding against even the remote possibility of a Democratic governor.

An explanation offered by a GOP lawmaker in Kansas, where the bill was signed into law by Brownback last week, points to the motive.
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If I read this correctly, the GOP is saying no matter what the voters may want, we are going to make it difficult for them to get it. My response is to suggest that the GOP lawmakers at every level be voted out of office. We need a two party system, but two parties that are prepared to take part in our form of democratic process.

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