Tuesday, March 21, 2017

While Nobody's Watching, Paul Ryan Is Taking A Sledgehammer To Medicaid's Promise To Seniors | The Huffington Post

While Nobody's Watching, Paul Ryan Is Taking A Sledgehammer To Medicaid's Promise To Seniors | The Huffington Post

Republicans Plan to Gut Medicaid / Medical

The Real Story


From Talking Points Memo:


As we move toward Thursday's (likely) vote on the Ryan/Trump Obamacare repeal bill, we should remember that under the guise of repealing Obamacare, the House bill writers are actually going to great lengths to gut Medicaid.
Last week, TPM Reader EE gave us some indication of what that will entail.
I work in a nursing home and it seems that no-one is talking/asking questions about the devastating effect the medicaid cuts will have on nursing home residents and their families.
Families, including middle and upper income families, will be destroyed if they have to cover nursing home costs out of pocket or provide care themselves. Not to mention the oversight and quality control that will disappear.
A lot of people are going to die miserable, painful deaths. 
This is truly what death panels are. Starve funding. Starve the elderly. Maybe that's the plan.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Resistance




On Tyranny : Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Timothy Snyder.  2017.


How do we resist the rise of tyranny ? the rise of  fascism ?
1.     Do Not Obey in Advance.
2.     Defend institutions.



For more, read the book.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Foothills Progressive Alliance

Inaugural Organizing Meeting
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
11am-1pm
Leisa & Paul's House
3025A Cambridge Rd., Cameron Park



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Senator de León presents The California Values Act (SB 54) to committee

Sacramento Marchers Demand State Sanctuary Law


Pico
Duane Campbell
Over 1,500  marchers from around California descended on the Capitol on Wednesday  March 15,  seeking to pass SB 54: The California Values Act which would significantly prohibit local law enforcement from coordination with federal immigration agents.  While many cities and counties have sanctuary policies, this bill would  make it a state law and shield many immigrants from mass deportation efforts of the federal authorities. The bill is strongly opposed by the Association of County Sheriffs who manage county jails and receive federal funds for their cooperation.
  The massive demonstration on Wednesday was organized primarily by PICO of California and supported by immigrant rights organizations up and down the state.  The events began at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacramento in Sacramento, and then marchers proceeded to the Capitol to hear a rousing support speech from the President of the California Senate Kevin de León.
PICO is a structured multi racial organizing project with roughly equal participation and leadership from African American, Mexican, Latino, and Anglo religious traditions.

After singing civil rights songs in English and Spanish, and hearing speeches, the crowd entered to Capitol chanting One People: One Fight.  Delegations to legislative office insisted on the passage of SB 54, and SB 6 that would provide funds for legal defense of immigrants, as well as SB 31, the Religious Freedom Act which would prohibit any state agency from collecting information on religious affiliation and sharing that federal authorities – such as in creating a Muslim list.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

The High Cost of Defunding State Universities


Seth Sandronsky,
Last month a seven-member panel met in the state Capitol to discuss the calamitous funding situation of the California State University system, as well as the prospects for creating free public higher education in the state. The latter idea of nationally establishing cost- and debt-free learning at the college and university levels had been popularized by Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign last year. Yet in California, the legacy of the revenue-slashing Proposition 13, which California voters approved in 1978 to cut property taxes, remains a formidable stumbling block.
At the heart of the February colloquium in Sacramento was a new report released by the California Faculty Association called Equity, Interrupted: How California is Cheating Its Future. (Disclosure: CFA is a financial supporter of this website.) Among the report’s findings is that the CSU student body rose 64 percent from 1985 to 2015, yet state funding for the system as a percent of the total general fund fell from 4.4 percent to 2.4 percent. 
Panelist and Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) stressed the practical politics of raising taxes and spending them on public higher education. Ting, who chairs the Assembly Budget Committee, pointed to November’s approval by San Francisco voters of Proposition W, which will establish free City College of San Francisco tuition for students who are city residents. It will be funded by a real estate tax on properties that sell for over $5 million.