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Fast Walker 52

(7,723 posts)
Sat Dec 5, 2015, 11:17 AM Dec 2015

"Tough Talk and a Cowardly Vote on Terrorism" & "Republicansí Climate Change Denial Denial"

These two pieces from the NY Times yesterday outraged me like nothing has for quite a while.

First, how the GOP blocked a simple law that would keep guns out of the hands of would-be terrorists:

"While the nation suffered through the shock of another bloody massacre, on Thursday every Senate Republican except Mark Kirk of Illinois voted against legislation to prevent people on the F.B.I.’s consolidated terrorist watchlist from purchasing guns or explosives.

The measure has been introduced repeatedly since 2007. The Government Accountability Office has documented that over years of congressional blockage, hundreds of suspected terrorists on the watchlist bought guns."
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/opinion/tough-talk-and-a-cowardly-vote-on-terrorism.html


Then Krugman absolutely nails both the GOP and the media in this important piece:

"Future historians — if there are any future historians — will almost surely say that the most important thing happening in the world during December 2015 was the climate talks in Paris. True, nothing agreed to in Paris will be enough, by itself, to solve the problem of global warming. But the talks could mark a turning point, the beginning of the kind of international action needed to avert catastrophe.

Then again, they might not; we may be doomed. And if we are, you know who will be responsible: the Republican Party.

O.K., I know the reaction of many readers: How partisan! How over the top! But what I said is, in fact, the obvious truth. And the inability of our news media, our pundits and our political establishment in general to face up to that truth is an important contributing factor to the danger we face."
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/04/opinion/republicans-climate-change-denial-denial.html

We HAVE to get the GOP out of control of our government.

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