Saturday, December 19, 2015

9 GOP poison pills in the spending bill

See this article for more. Following are just a couple of examples. This is exactly what you get when you vote for the GOP. If you know this and do it you're evil. If you're ignorant and vote for this you're an idiot.

In addition to all of the new provisions in this year’s budget bill, one of the worst riders from the 2014 “cromnibus” bill that deregulated derivatives trading on Wall Street will remain in effect. The deregulation bill reverses portions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010, and allows big banks to get away with the same high-risk gambling on complex financial instruments that caused the 2008 financial crisis. Wall Street lobbyists actually wrote most of the language in the bill that was snuck into last year’s budget bill.

While Republicans were successful in lifting the ban on domestic oil exports, Democrats failed to lift the ban on publicly-funded scientists studying the underlying origins of gun violence. So far in 2015, more than 457 people have died from 357 mass shootings. But the total number of gun deaths this year is far more terrifying — 12,783 people have been killed by guns this year, and another 25,828 were injured, according to Congress still won’t allow the Centers for Disease Control to study these incidents and learn about what leads to gun violence, extending the ban on public gun violence research earlier this year. The National Rifle Assocation has been a fierce opponent of gun violence research, saying that government scientists were using science to push for gun control. Their lobbying and campaign spending remains fierce: In the 2014 election cycle, the NRA spent nearly $1 million on campaign contributions, $6.77 million on lobbying, and a whopping $28.2 million in independent expenditures.

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