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Paul Ryan – His Financial Disclosure

 

As you can see from the chart, one can understand why Paul Ryan supports big business and is against the middle class. He has criticized President Obama’s tax plan for closing loopholes used by the top 1% and corporations that do not pay their fair share of taxes. Instead he wants to revise the tax code to make it more flat where the middle class and poorer taxpayers will pay even higher taxes. The Republican tax code plan must be stopped and Democrats can only accomplish this by voting in every election. You must make your vote count.

Top Contributors

Representative Paul Ryan

 

Campaign Finance Cycle:
Contributor
Total
Indivs
PACs
Northwestern Mutual $204,390 $125,390 $79,000
National Assn of Home Builders $92,200 $700 $91,500
Koch Industries $90,900 $12,900 $78,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn $87,500 $0 $87,500
AT&T Inc $86,450 $5,950 $80,500
National Auto Dealers Assn $83,500 $0 $83,500
National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors $80,000 $0 $80,000
Abbott Laboratories $78,150 $13,900 $64,250
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $77,900 $4,400 $73,500
Credit Suisse Group $68,200 $10,700 $57,500
Carpenters & Joiners Union $67,500 $0 $67,500
Investment Co Institute $65,999 $2,500 $63,499
National Assn of Realtors $64,760 $1,100 $63,660
Assurant Inc $63,899 $28,900 $34,999
American Bankers Assn $63,795 $8,950 $54,845
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $61,200 $200 $61,000
ABC Supply $58,224 $58,224 $0
PricewaterhouseCoopers $57,893 $5,700 $52,193
Operating Engineers Union $57,500 $0 $57,500
United Parcel Service $57,192 $450 $56,742

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in 1997-2014. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Why (and How) We Use Donors’ Employer/Occupation Information

METHODOLOGY

NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for 1997-2014 and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Sunday, December 14, 2014. (“Help! The numbers don’t add up…”)

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Obama And Biden Meet With Israeli PM Netanyahu At White HouseObama Will Not Meet With Netanyahu During Trip To Washington

A White House spokesperson indicated that President Barack Obama would not be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he addresses a joint session of Congress this March. Click on link above for more of the story.

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Netanyahu snubs Obama, shocks the Jews and gambles on Iran and the elections- Haaretz.com

 

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Boehner snubs WH, invites Netanyahu to address Congress- usatoday

 

Netanyahu Sets Address to U.S. Congress, Roiling Israeli Election-wsj.com

 

 

 

 

Retain Anthony Sanders in Hallandale Beach

Below is a letter by Mayor, Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach Florida concerning Commissioner Anthony Sanders. I have known Commissioner Sanders for 30 years and believe he has all of the personality traits that we as citizens should respect and admire in our elected officials. First and foremost, he is obligated to no one, speaks his own mind and votes in the interest of the community instead of outside influences.  Despite what some opponents may state, I have known him to be an honest reputable individual, who is concerned with the plight of senior citizens and the common man. In contemporary times, it is difficult to find elected officials whom you can respect as human beings and Anthony Sanders is one of those rare people. I humbly recommend you vote for Commissioner Anthony Sanders.

R.J. Intindola

Former Hallandale Beach City Manager

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Dear friend,

It is my pleasure to serve as your Mayor of the great City of Hallandale Beach.  As we continue to make significant progress as a city; Working to lower your taxes, increasing level of services while not increasing fees and addressing infrastructure demands  can only be done with positive passionate colleagues serving as a team.

Commissioner Anthony Sanders has been instrumental in our progress city-wide. As the current Commissioner for Seat #1, Sanders is running for re-election. He has worked very diligently to bring resources, economic development, and job creation to our city.

Since being elected in 2008, Commissioner Sanders has attained several accomplishments, including introducing several  like the Historical Marker Program, our city’s National Day of Prayer, the One Hallandale Initiative unifying every corner of our city, our nationally awarded Community Benefit Program and Civil Citation program for at risk children. He is a great leader and advocate for our city – our residents and our businesses.

The City of Hallandale Beach deserves a leader that will fight for all of us. One who will protect and improve our quality of life. Commissioner Anthony Sanders does that and will continue to do so. I am honored to call him my friend and I support his re-election but he needs your support as well. I am asking that you VOTE for Anthony SANDERS, SEAT #1 on November 4th!

Commissioner Sanders has been endorsed by the PBA, AFSME , HISPANIC VOTE. Most importantly he needs your vote!

Lets keep our city moving forward!!
Mayor Joy Cooper

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Three Republicans are walking on the beach. The lead Republican trips over a lamp. He picks it up and dusts it off. Smoke appears and a genie pops out and says “I grant you three wishes.” The first Republican whips out his gun, twirls it and shoots it in the air. He said. “I’ve been in politics now for twenty years. I have so much knowledge and now I want to become extremely educated on government issues I couldn’t see before. I wish I was 100 times smarter than I am now.” The genie points his finger and POOF! the man is 100 times smarter than before. The second Republican whips out his gun, twirls it and points it in the air and fires off a shot. He says to the genie “You know what? I’ve been in politics now for thirty years and I have so much knowledge to give. I wish I was a 1000 times smarter than the man in front of me.” The genie points his finger and POOF! the man is 1000 times smarter than the Republican in front of him. The last man is standing there thinkin’ for a minute. He whips out his gun, twirls it and points it in the air and fires off a shot. He says to the genie “You know what? I’ve been in politics now for forty years and I have so much knowledge than both of them combined. For the final wish I want to be 10,000 times smarter than the Republican in front of me!!!” The genie cocks back his finger and shoots him with a glorious ray of light and POOF! the man turns into a Democrat.

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Rick Scott – His Record

Florida Governor- Rick Scott’s Record

If you pay much attention to Florida Gov., Rick Scott you probably know that the vast majority of his campaign promises have not been fulfilled. And according to various sources who study political issues, it is unlikely that most of his promises will not come to fruition.

According to the Tampa Bay times, 96% of the jobs Rick Scott promised have not been created. In a December, 2013 article, the Tampa Bay Times reported that, “The jobs outlook isn’t better in Tampa Bay, where Scott inked deals to create 7,251 jobs in exchange for $39 million in tax breaks. Jobs created to date: 462”. This is a sad commentary for those people who relied upon Scott’s promises.

Oddly, his current campaign literature and advertisements are littered with his excellent job creation record which at best, is deceitful. As a result of his efforts, few jobs in Florida have been created.

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Fact Checking Scott

If you research the various fact checking organizations, the results indicate that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, does not tell the truth approximately 60% of the time. The only other Republican candidate that came close to the 60% figure was presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.  The question one could ask is how you respect someone who can’t tell the truth. Someone who is not honest with the very people they serve. On the other hand, his opponent, Charlie Crist, Scott’s opponent has been truthful slightly over 80% of the time. Furthermore, Gov. Scott has flip-flopped on various issues, including Medicaid expansion pertaining to the Affordable Care Act.

Scott on the Affordable Care Act

Prior to even taking office, Rick Scott constantly criticized the Affordable Care Act. When he had the authority to opt out of Medicaid expansion, Scott left 1.3 million Floridians without any medical coverage. He wrongfully stated it would cost the state nearly $26 billion over the next decade and was repeatedly called to task by various fact checking and research study organizations. He later admitted after being confronted with the facts, that the real number was only 5 billion over the same time frame. More than any other politician, he has been repeatedly called out for misstatements and utilizing incorrect statistics and other information.

The article published by Think Progress http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/09/3424629/florida-medicaid-charlene dill/on April 9, 2014, presents a chilling story of the devastation created by Gov. Scott for not expanding Medicaid. I have culled a few of the more significant facts below taken from the article and other sources.

Florida has one of the highest number of people uninsured for medical coverage.

Nearly 1.3 million Floridians could not receive Medicaid because Gov. Rick Scott chose not to initially participate.

There are several documented cases of Florida residents dying because of Rick Scott’s decision. One case followed by the press, including the article noted above, by Think Progress involves Charlene Dill.  Dill, was a single mother of three and died in a stranger’s house trying to sell a vacuum cleaner. She had a documented heart condition for many years but was unable to receive regular medical care. With the creation of the Affordable Care Act, she hoped to receive regular treatments to stabilize her condition. She was caught in the vacuum when Gov. Rick Scott declined to accept the Medicaid expansion in the State of Florida. Her death could have been prevented had she received medical coverage under the law. Her family, friends and other people blame the governor for her death. She had three part-time jobs and barely made $9000 a year. Kathleen Voss Woolrich, Dill’s, best friend would use fundraising sites to help pay for her medication. But in the end, she used the same fundraising sites to pay for her funeral.

Until Rick Scott reversed his initial decision, approximately 300 people died each year for not having Medicaid coverage.  Until Scott changed his mind feeling the political pressure and the loss of support from hospitals and other constituents, approximately 600 people died in Florida needlessly for lack of Medicaid coverage.

 

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Rick Scott-Broken Jobs Promises

If you pay much attention to Florida Gov., Rick Scott you probably know that the vast majority of his campaign promises have not been fulfilled. And according to various sources who study political issues, it is unlikely that most of his promises will not come to fruition.

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According to the Tampa Bay times, 96% of the jobs Rick Scott promised have not been created. In a December, 2013 article, the Tampa Bay Times reported that, “The jobs outlook isn’t better in Tampa Bay, where Scott inked deals to create 7,251 jobs in exchange for $39 million in tax breaks. Jobs created to date: 462”. This is a sad commentary for those people who relied upon Scott’s promises.

According to the Miami Herald, Rick Scott made 27 promises in Dade County to create 2733 jobs. To date, not one job was created through the effort of the Gov.’s program. See link Miami Herald link at the bottom of this section. The Miami Herald also notes that Rick Scott stakes his election and reelection on increasing jobs and that he has to this point failed to live up to his commitment.

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A Dying Veteran Writes Bush and Cheney

Thomas Young

Thomas Young

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

Tomas Young

You Might be A Republican

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1. If you’re a redneck, you might be a Republican

 

2. If you don’t care that 45,000 Americans die each year due to the lack of healthcare, then you might be a Republican. Link

 

3. If you are aganist people with student loan dept having the ability to reduce their interest rates, then you might be a Republican. Link

 

4. I f you have reduced funding for public education, then you might be a Republican.

 

5. If you think Rick Scott is an honest person and Governor, then you might be a Republican. Link

 

6. If you do not believe oversaw the largest Medicare fraud scheme in American hisory, then you might be a Republican.

7. If you believe that victims of “legitimate rape” very rarely get pregnant because their bodies prevent them from doing so, you might be a Republican. Todd Akin

8. If you believe that Hobby lobby has the right to deny employees access to contraceptives, then you might be a Republican.

9. If you believe the Supreme Court strictly follows the Constitution in its decision-making process, then you might be a Republican.

10. If you believe Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is right when he says all of the bridges and overpasses in Kentucky are safe, then you might be a Republican.
 

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Darrell Issa

According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Rep. Darrell Issa is one of the most corrupt elected officials and the U.S. Congress. 

  • Six-term member of Congress representing California’s 49th district
  • Illegally published information from a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record
  • Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee— CREWS
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The Darrell Issa Hit Parade

Why Isn’t Darrell Issa In Jail? 

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