Who is Funding Renacci?

15 10 2010

I live in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District. I am a voter. I’ve had enough.

I don’t know all the gory details… something like “trust us– we have a system” is about all that we can get out of those who are throwing cash at republicans like the Shriners do at community parades… What I do know is that the American Chamber of Congress has a number of foreign members*  and that the president of this organization has said that there are benefits to outsourcing jobs and work overseas. (That sure makes me want to trust them…)

These are the people funding Republican candidates in 2010.

Ohio’s 16th Congressional District

Mr. Renacci received $1,383,840 in funding through 6/30/10. 

(http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapHSCandDetail.do?election_yr=2010&detailType=cand&cand_id=H0OH16097&category=searchCand&searchKeyword=RENACCI)

In the organizations category,one of  Renacci’s biggest  funders is Freedomworks** who believes that public schools need competition from the private sector, the only thing wrong with our former healthcare system is that people sue too much and that both medicare and social security should be privatized.. energy? It’s the fault of regulation that fuel costs so much.

 The individual donations (anybody who gives over $250 has to disclose who they work for) have come overwhelmingly from attorneys, and those who work for healthcare and insurance companies– Renacci wants to get rid of healthcare reform and replace it with the opening of state lines and Tort Reform… WHO does that benefit?!

Healthcare Reform is my favorite issue as any who have read my blog before already know. In a recent debate Congressman John Boccieri all but dared Renacci to take away the insurance card of a child with autism who was in the audience. Renacci talks about a “safety net” but refuses to define it. He refuses to say that children with developmental disabilities should be insured. He refuses to say that autism shouldn’t be a deniable pre-existing condition.

John Boccieri first voted against healthcare reform because the first draft was fiscally irresponsible and left doubt about funding of abortion. He voted  for the second version because it IS fiscally responsible  and assures that abortions are not publicly funded. He stood beside a child with autism when he announced his support of the second version.   (http://www.cbo.gov/publications/collections/health.cfm)  

Of course insurance companies don’t like healthcare reform! It forces them to be humane. In a perfect world business would do the right thing… they would forgo that third billion in profit to be compassionate… they would recognize that LIFE is a right as proclaimed by the Declaration of Independence.      

Don’t take my word for it. Read through Renacci’s funders–

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/2009_H0OH16097

Check out the limited position he holds on issues–

http://www.renacciforcongress.com/Issues/

Then, ask yourself– WHO does Renacci speak for?

For the sake of comparison– here is John Boccieri’s FEC filings:

http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapHSCandDetail.do?election_yr=2010&detailType=cand&cand_id=H8OH16058&category=searchCand&searchKeyword=BOCCIERI

*International members of the American Chamber of Commerce:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/worklife/travelcenter/resources/article40332.html

**Freedomworks:

http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/2009_H0OH16097

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The Good Old Days…?

15 10 2010

I am not nostalgic for the days the Tea-GOP seem to long for.

It’s easy to think that government should stay out of our lives– we are a culture that deeply values privacy– but do we really want government to cease its protections?

Do you like the idea equal rights for women, persons with disabilities, persons of every race, creed, color and culture? Do you like knowing that there isn’t rat poison in your Cheerios? Do you like weekends? Do you like public education? Social Security benefits? Do you like public works– water? sewage treatment? roads? Do you think minimum wage protects workers from sweat-shop-like treatment? 40-hour work weeks? Overtime? Breaks during your work day? How do you like IEPs and IDEA? ADA? The end of legal discrimination by insurance companies against children with disabilities?

I want government to continue to protect my son from discrimination by schools,  insurance companies,  public bus drivers, diner owners, employers and bullies.  I want water delivered to my home– and sewage removed. I want to know that the food I serve my family is safe.

Two years ago I voted for change and, although slow in coming, there have been victories! My son has insurance and my credit cards can’t abuse me. That’s not bad!

I don’t want to return to the good old days– they really weren’t good.





What the GOP thinks about Autism

24 09 2010

The Republicans think my son is a wrecked car with “autism”

Mike Huckabee:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoCnxnStMpU

Sharron Angle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9M46hn8qtJI

Why in the world would any family or friend (teacher, doctor, therapist) of a child with autism vote for the Tea- GOP?!





My Pledge to America

24 09 2010

Democrats, Independents and Sane People of the United States– it’s time to get mad and get to work! Our future– our children’s futures depend on keeping “Sharron”, Samantha O’Donnell and their ilk away from our laws. We’ve gotten a lot done in the last year and a half but if we’re ever going to get out of this mess– electing the people who got us into makes no sense!

The Tea-GOP made a big deal of un-veiling their Pledge to America yesterday– but, didn’t even bother changing the script from 1998!

Watch last night’s ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’

 John Boehner  said (again) “We’re not going to change”… that dog doesn’t want to learn new tricks– why would we elect the party who keeps drinking out of the toilet– because they say they have a plan? Because after voting against everything they’re now claiming they’re going to start playing with the kids across the aisle? Please! Are we THAT gullible?

We are not a dying breed and we’re  not a silent majority– we’re just polite. We compromise ourselves out of the things we belive in and give away the biggest piece of candy on a regular basis… ENOUGH!

We’re in a fight for our children’s future! We compromised on universal healthcare and shied away from DADT… we backed down from the Tea-GOP bullies on maintaining lower taxes for the middle class and we’re too nice to even call them out on their lies… ENOUGH!

It’s time for us to understand that “the Party of  NO” isn’t just a name– it’s their policy! We’ve squandered the majority and now are at risk of loosing it… ENOUGH!

Here is MY Pledge:

I, Hfamom– pledge to work to increase the democratic majority, to call out the Tea-GOP as they attack kids with pre-existing conditions, I will campaign for and donate to Progressive candidates, I will educate myself on the issues and take on any Tea- GOP-er that wants to talk rationally– I will work to make this country a better place for my kid.

What is YOUR pledge?





Sharron Angle, Nevada Tea Party, Mocks Autism

23 09 2010

Here is the link to write Ms. Angle a little note: 

http://sharronangle.com/contact

Here is the link to contribute to Harry Reid:

https://secure.harryreid.com/ee/index.php/contribute

This woman has picked a fight with the wrong people… let’s let her know!





Super Tuesday: Ohio Doesn’t Vote For Another Month

5 02 2008

I’m  encouraged that the races are so close because there is still the hope that my vote will matter.  By the time Primaries come to Ohio the field has narrowed significantly… will Huckabee and Paul still be hanging on in a month? Will McCain have shot himself in the foot? Will the Obama vs. Billary fued have boiled over or cooled?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens today– and, how far off the pundits are! Funny– last night I watched MSNBC for a little while and Abrams was actually making fun of himself being so far off in the last round… I don’t like his style– too abrasive and opinionated– but, I appreciate his ability to mock himself.

Ohio has an open Primary– you go to the polling place and get to ask for whichever ballot you want– Republican or Democratic. Independent only has issues.  I’m so proud of my parents who have been die hard party loyalists are now looking at all candidates and are planning to vote on the other ticket! I feel fortunate to live in a State that allows voters to do this… it’s just too bad that Ohio doesn’t hold Primaries sooner.

So it’s up to you. Please make the effort to vote if you are in one of the States that holds primaries or caucuses today. It does matter. I’m counting on you to narrow the field.





Contact the Candidates– Let’s get them talking about Autism!

18 01 2008

Let’s get the candidates talking about Autism. If you are reading this you most likely are a family or friend of a family with Autism. With the statistics skyrocketing we have to deal with it now.  Please consider Autism in your candidate choosing process and ask your candidate– or all of them– to start talking about it. 

To make it really easy for you– below are the links for contact pages for the top 10 candidates. Please ask them to start talking about Autism.

Democrats:

John Edwards: http://www.johnedwards.com/about/contact/form/

Barack Obama: http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/contact2

Hillary Clinton: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/help/contact/

Dennis Kucinich: http://www.dennis4president.com/ (I couldn’t find anything beyond newsletter sign up)

Republicans:

John McCain: http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/

Ron Paul: http://www.ronpaul2008.com/contact/form

Mitt Romney: http://www.mittromney.com/CommentForm

Mike Huckabee: information@explorehuckabee.com  (I couldn’t find a fill out form for him– so, here’s the email address.)