Regarding the Family Planning portion of the Stimulus package:
"As usual, in addition to throwing out insults, conservatives are distorting and simplifying the facts.
State Option to Cover Family Planning Services. Under current law, the Secretary has the authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to grant waivers to states to allow them to cover family planning services and supplies to low-income women who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The bill would give states the option to provide such coverage without obtaining a waiver. States could continue to use the existing waiver authority if they preferred.
Like other portions of the stimulus bill, this measure would not only aid states, but also provide preventative, cost-saving health care to help low-income women support their families and keep working. It focuses on access to recommended services and contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies and promote maternal and infant health — not abortion. ThinkProgress has learned that an upcoming Congressional Budget Office report estimates that this change would save $200 million over five years and $700 million over 10.
No one would be forcing states to pay for family planning services. States can now cover low-income women if they get a state waiver, but approval can take a long time. Despite these bureaucratic hassles, 27 states have already “obtained federal approval to extend Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to individuals who would otherwise not be eligible.” This bill would simply allow states to skip the administrative delays."
This stonewalling, tax cut focus by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats, or do nothing attitude by extreme right wing Republicans and some Libertarians, I predict, will cause such a rift between the haves and have-nots, that you will see such civil, social and criminal unrest as you have never seen before.
Are you willing to let more and more Americans lose jobs, lose their homes and be homeless?
There will be rioting in the streets, militant groups springing up [just like in Europe and Asia], people dying needlessly, and the crumbling of this so-called Capitalistic system.
The United States will become more isolated and seen by others as a Nation that cannot even solve its own problems.
That will isolate us even further from the rest of the world.
The next thing you will see is a huge breach in National Security which will give those people who hate us more credibility; that will follow with more military attacks against the United States.
You think this is dire, let those people keep on opposing President Obama, and this Nation may slide into such a deep depression that it may take 20 or more years to recover from, if it ever does recover.
Concerning Caterpillar’s remarks:
Caterpillar appears to be telling half-truths concerning the language about "buy American". They know that some Americans will continue to buy things produced in other countries. A lot of people can't even distinguish between what is American or foreign imports. The other thing, Caterpillar also has a market in other countries.
Whenever management speaks, it simply means they are afraid of hurting their jobs, their salaries and bonuses.
This just shows me that there is nothing patriotic about business. This is all about profits.
Yes, you must have profits, but how much is enough, and what is management and their work force willing to sacrifice so that the gap between the haves and have-nots doesn't get wider.
You can move your operations to other countries, but there is growing unrest in the rest of the world about this widening gap too. Pretty soon there will be nowhere to run.
President Obama is trying to narrow the gap between the haves and have-nots, stimulate the economy and reach out to the rest of the world to help bring peace and unite us together.
Republicans are narrowly focused as usual, and they are unwilling to sacrifice ... they just want the rest of us to sacrifice.