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Democracy dies with denial

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With all the bad news regarding possible collusion between Russia and the Trump administration interfering with the 2016 election, it’s hard to understand how so many Democrats and Republicans alike, members of national voting organizations, etc., continue to deny we have a major problem with our national computerized voting system.

A recent piece in “The Nation” is a must read for non-believers.  It’s short, well-researched and well-written, and will put to rest all the tired arguments of how we have the most secure and fair voting system in the world.  It’s also an alarming wake-up call, along with many others, that we must address this problem ASAP.   Sadly, this administration appears to be actively engaged in undermining and stone-walling all efforts for fair and transparent elections.  The State Department’s refusal to use $80M earmarked to fight Russian propaganda, which was successfully weaponized against our country in the last election cycle, due to fear it will “anger” Moscow, has also angered some legislators in Washington.  Whether they fulfill their duty to protect our country against a dangerous and dysfunctional administration currently under investigation is another matter.

Dem uses astroturf group to sell balanced budget amendment

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Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s event yesterday in Winter Park was advertised as an event to learn about her recent bill to “balance the budget” by way of a Constitutional amendment.  This long-time Republican dream, which would be a godsend and useful tool to slash/trash earned benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare without leaving any “fingerprints” (“the Constitution made me do it”), is being sponsored by our own freshman Democratic Representative.

It was quickly discovered that the meeting was an astroturf exercise by the Concord Coalition, which was presented as a patriot group seeking to save our country by reining in wasteful government spending.  Research discovered it’s really a group of pro-corporate ideologues seeking to redirect government funds to the private sector by slashing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  It’s a partner in Wall Street mogul and vulture capitalist Pete Peterson’s Fix the Debt Campaign.  The billionaire funding this new round of “town halls” never let an opportunity to enrich himself go to waste.   The money we’ve paid into government coffers our entire lives with the promise that it will be there for us in our retirement is a much too tempting, saliva-inducing target for this plutocrat.   He’s marshaled various politicians over the years to woo us into believing a balanced budget amendment is a good deal for us and, of course, “our children.”

Rep. Murphy’s staff said the bill was part of an effort to “start a conversation” on this issue and she still wants to protect earned benefit programs.  We’re disappointed Rep. Murphy’s conversation and position seems to have started, ended and aligned with a right-wing organization that appears to have motives contrary to those she stated on the campaign trail.  For another opinion ignored in this debate, please see the letter signed by four Nobel Laureate economists.

Here’s a copy of the HJ Res107 Balanced Budget Amendment.  If you’d like to start your own conversation with Rep. Murphy about this issue, she can be contacted at 202-225-4035.