Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Stop Letting Republicans Create the Narrative

I am so far beyond tired of Democrats' inability to change the narrative.  While perusing my RSS feed, I read a story from yesterday on Keystone Politics about Democratic Senator John Yudichak.  He was quoted on PennLive as saying that about not being able to stop Chris Abruzzo's nomination as Secretary of the DEP, 
"But I don't want this to be like Washington where we would apply an ideological litmus test on every issue to every position in state government."  
An "ideological litmus test"?!  Are you kidding me right now?  Accepting scientific fact is not an "ideological litmus test".  Calling the acceptance of climate change an "ideological litmus test" accepts the Republican narrative that you can pick and choose the science you like - that you like any at all, that is.  It accepts the idea that science is a belief system.  Science doesn't need you to believe in it because it exists whether you like it or not.  Democrats like Senator John Yudichak make me scream because instead of changing the narrative they play defense on the Republican narrative.  It's lazy and it's a loser every time.

Yudichak also says:
"If we were going to select a secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection to my liking, we're going to have to elect a Democrat governor,"
Yes, Senator, and in 2014 I hope we'll do that.  Guess what though, we're not asking you to select the perfect Democratic DEP head, but you could at least say, "no, this guy doesn't accept fundamental scientific concepts related directly to his proposed job."

Out of 23 Democrats in the Pennsylvania State Senate exactly 8 voted no on Abruzzo.  Eight.  Eight Senators voted no.  We weren't going to stop Abruzzo from becoming DEP head.  We didn't have to rubber stamp a bad choice.  What is the point of these people?  Seriously.  Someone tell me what the point is.  

So, in order to stop myself from raging out, I'm going to take a moment and thank the eight Senators who didn't rubber stamp Chris Abruzzo's totally ridiculous nomination to be DEP head.  

Thank you, Senator Andrew E. Dinniman.

Thank you, Senator Jim Ferlo.

Thank you, Senator Vincent J. Hughes.

Thank you, Senator Daylin Leach.

Thank you, Senator Judith Schwank.

Thank you, Senator Matt Smith.

Thank you, Senator LeAnna M. Washington.

Thank you, Senator Anthony H. Williams.

Thank you, eight Senators who said "no" even though it didn't stop Chris Abruzzo from being confirmed.  You can always say "no" and you did, so thank you.  

Monday, December 2, 2013

Daryl Metcalfe Wants to Defund Planned Parenthood

...I hope I haven't shocked you.  I know, how startling that a dyed-in-the-crazy, ultra-conservative, registered vagina regulator like Metcalfe would want to shut down Planned Parenthood.  It's almost like he has nothing better to do.  That's not entirely true though, and before I tell you about the oh-so innocuously named Whole Women's Health Funding Priorities Act, let's take a moment to look at Metcalfe's co-sponsorship memoranda for the 2013-2014 session.  You can check it out here.

There's a bill to stop local lawmakers from regulating firearms and ammunition and a bill to address the theft of scrap metal.  Of course there's a bill that would address the definition of marriage, because Daryl Metcalfe is the absolute last word in who you can and cannot love.  Since Metcalfe isn't in favor of regulating firearms, even for the sake of our children, he'd like to provide for more guns in our schools via the Empowering School Districts to Provide More Protection bill.  Just in case you didn't know that Daryl Metcalfe supports your Second Amendment Rights, he introduced a bill that would prohibit new federal gun laws from being enforced in Pennsylvania.  That would, of course, be totally unconstitutional...not that Daryl Metcalfe cares because GUNS!

Next there's a slew of bills dealing with the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative which, again, sounds really great, but it's all about destroying unions.  The upshot of this nonsense would be that Pennsylvania becomes a right-to-work state.  Incidentally, you should check out this page on Media Matters to read some myths and facts about right-to-work laws and states that will give you a leg up the next time a conservative friend tries to sell you a line of manure.

Where was I?  Oh yes, the Voter Referendum.  This fun piece of legislation "would require any and all future local property tax increases, unless the increases are for public health or safety concerns, be approved by a voter referendum."  No.  

And the final thing prior to today's piece of garbage?  The resolution to impeach Kathleen Kane for refusing to defend PA's bogus denial of same-sex marriage.  So yeah, so far great record.

And now the Whole Women's Health Funding Priorities Act.  The upshot here is that Metcalfe's bill would take public funding away from Planned Parenthood.  See here:
"Additionally, the legislation will prohibit the Department of Health from entering into any contract with or providing grants to any entity that performs non-federally qualified abortions."
The full text of this bill isn't available yet, but I'll definitely report again when I can read the whole thing.  Take a moment and write Daryl Metcalfe an email or give him a call and tell him that you'd like him to focus getting Pennsylvanians jobs instead of regulating how Pennsylvanian women take care of their bodies.  If you aren't going to support women's health then you can at least get the hell out of the way and let people who really care handle it.