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The Americans with Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

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President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990 / Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

  • There’s no entity in charge of ensuring that businesses comply with the ADA. So the onus is almost always on people with disabilities to challenge violations.
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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_129978953.jpg September 22, 2017 | The optics were bad enough when disabled Americans were being dragged out of capital buildings as they protested potential loss of benefits in the first two iterations of Republican health care bills. For the protestors it was all about Medicaid. The Senate bill did away with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion which would drop millions of low-income Americans from the rolls. And the bill completely changed the way Medicaid is financed — getting rid of open-ended funding and moving toward a “per-capita” system. The new Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration needs to be voted on within the next week to get an easy pass with just 51 votes. Like its predecessors, it also halts Medicaid expansion and turns Medicaid dollars over to the states to determine spending.

But disability advocates have even more reason to be distressed by the policies of the Republican administration. Long a dream of the Chamber of Commerce, the real estate industry and those who see “frivolous lawsuits” around every corner, the Americans with Disabilities Act is in danger of having its bite removed. Just after celebrating the 27th birthday of the act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, up pops (H.R. 620) The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

Kristin Miller is a senior producer for Billmoyers.com. She has worked on Now with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason, Moyers on America and Bill Moyers Journal. She’s also been a producer for TED, Sesame Street and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty? Henry Giroux, Rise Up Times / Salon / Moyers & Company

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt answers reporters' questions during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | In an "unprecedented" move that critics say will "undermine independent science," amplify the voices of those representing the fossil fuel industry, and put public health at risk, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Tuesday signed a directive that bars scientists who have received federal grants from serving on the EPA's advisory boards.



"Pruitt doesn't want to listen to a word from anyone who isn't in the pocket of corporate polluters."  —Michael Brune, Sierra Club



Justifying the new rule, which will take effect immediately, Pruitt suggested that the research of scientists who have received federal money lacks objectivity and gives off "the appearance of conflict."

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If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts, End Austerity, and Rescue It with Massive Emergency Aid Now!

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Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity
The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”
Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It
Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Puerto Rico Needs Massive Emergency Aid Now—and an End to Austerity

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-ap-img.jpg?scale=896&compress=80Canovanas, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017. (Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

The island has become a target not only for rapacious vulture funds but also for exponents of Katrina-style “disaster capitalism.”

Ed Morales, the Nation

https://www.thenation.com/wp-content/themes/thenation/images/161x102.jpg September 27, 2017 | Hurricane Maria has created a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. Much of the capital city of San Juan is flooded; there is contaminated water in the streets, shortages of gasoline and water, and looming crises for senior citizens in fragile health, reports Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Maria destroyed what Hurricane Irma, which struck earlier in September, did not: Virtually the entire island is without electricity, and cell-phone service and other communications are severely strained. Municipalities like Guayama, Cataño, and Toa Baja have reported massive floods and unthinkable devastation. (My mother and other family members live in a remote mountain town near the rain forest, and while I know they’re safe, their food, water, and medications will only last so long.) A damaged dam at Lake Guajataca, near the northwestern town of Isabela, is threatening thousands of residents in nearby areas. As we go to press, 16 fatalities have been reported, but thousands of citizens have lost their homes, and those figures could increase substantially when the final numbers come in. Representative Nydia Velázquez estimates that Puerto Rico will need $10 billion for a full recovery.

Ed Morales, a freelance writer based in New York, teaches at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He co-directed a documentary, Whose Barrio?, about the gentrification of East Harlem.

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Part 2: If Trump were Really President, He'd Forgive Puerto Rico's Debts and Rescue It

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Presidential action needed when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can't even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven't been heard from! But this President tweets about football players who protest racism.

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http://portside.org/sites/default/files/images/Trump_Tweets_Puerto_Rico(305x400).jpg September 26, 2017 | I’m not sure what Donald Trump thinks the job of president consists of. One task is to swing into action when 3.4 million Americans are living without electricity, 40% of them without potable water, and hundreds of thousands without shelter. When some 80% of its agricultural crops were wiped out. This is an apocalyptic scenario. We can’t even know what is going on very much because there is no wifi most places. Some entire towns haven’t been heard from! A dam may fail, endangering 70,000 people. It will take decades to rebuild.

As Daniel Gross (@grossdm) wrote on Twitter, “More US citizens live in Puerto Rico than live in the Dakotas, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska combined. I don’t see Congress lifting a finger.”

John Ricardo I. "Juan" Cole is an American academic and commentator on the modern Middle East and South Asia. He is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

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Trump's Sham Tax Plan

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Campaign finance reform advocates protest outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C., 2011. (Photo: takomabibelot/cc/flickr)

This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Luisa Galvao, Americans for Financial Reform

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bribery_0.jpgSeptember 28, 2017 This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Instead of massive additional tax cuts for the Wall Street banks and billionaires that have predatory power over our economy and government, we should be closing loopholes and making sure Wall Street pays its fair share. This would allow us to fund schools, infrastructure, and emergency response. To achieve this, TAKE ON WALL STREET has a few ideas:

The Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, doesn’t just close loopholes and raise revenue; it also puts a dent in the power of private equity firms to take advantage of  workers and investors.
• Putting in place a small tax on Wall Street trading would raise billions of dollars for the needs of ordinary families while helping to stop predatory high-frequency trading that destabilizes markets.
• The Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (H.R. 399) ends tax advantages for giant CEO pay packages that encourage a short-term focus on manipulating stock prices.

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Now is not the time to slash taxes for the wealthy, reducing revenues by nearly $1.5 trillion over ten years. Instead, we should be working to ensure that Wall Street fat cats are paying their fair share. We call on every member of Congress to co-sponsor and urge passage of the TAKE ON WALL STREET tax agenda.

Sources:
1. https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/senate-republicans-take-big-first-step-towards-15-trillion-revenue-losing-tax

Americans for Financial Reform brings together more than 200 organizations to work for a safer, simpler and fairer financial system – one that promotes a more equitable and sustainable economy instead of feeding inequality and risk.

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