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At least ten rural Colorado counties are taking aggressive steps to form a 51st state, saying their interests are not being met by moves to regulate the oil and gas industry, increase renewable energy, and better regulate guns. Organizers in Kansas and Nebraska are also interested in joining the state they call “North Colorado.”
Why such an extreme solution?
One of the (state) laws that movement representatives say “broke the camel’s back” requires rural energy cooperatives to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. The current goal is ten percent.
Makes perfect sense then, right? I mean, what patriot wouldn't want to secede from their state if TWENTY percent of energy produced by rural energy cooperatives in your state had to come from renewable sources in 7 years? My gawd, can you feel the infringement of freedom and liberty? And here I was thinking the folks in the new North Colorado were just trying to get away from all the new legal pot smokers in, you know, Old Colorado.
Also, too....note the "and better regulate guns." Even the thought of regulating guns is offensive to North Colorado Patriots who firmly believe in the 2nd amendment which begins with..."a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...."
Has secession within a state ever happened before? A state seceding from itself....so to speak? Yes. In 1863, (wasn't that during the War of Northern Aggression?) West Virginia was created by seceding from Virginia.
2) It does seem odd in a country as rich and prosperous as ours....but for a good while now, Republicans have been trying to gut or eliminate the nation's food stamp program....known today as SNAP. Yesterday, by a vote of 216-208, with zero Democrats voting in favor, the House passed the Farm Bill and for the first time failed to include the food stamp program in with the Farm Bill.
Is this because Republicans in the House hate poor hungry people in America so much that they would rather they starve to death than receive a government sponsored debit card "entitling" them to stay alive? OR....is it that Republicans in the House can't fulfill their promises to cut taxes for their corporate sponsors.... and at the same time keep feeding hungry Americans?
Perhaps killing SNAP will work out as a new-fangled form of suppressing likely-Democratic votes. Poorer Americans tend to vote Democratic, so severely weakening the poor and the hungry, or in some cases, starving the poor to death....would, I'm guessing, cut back on Democratic votes. Hard to get down to your precinct's voting booths if you're too feeble to move...or you know, dead.
3) Best for last and all that. The very rich in America genuinely care about the plight of their poorer brethren out in the 50 states. Honestly, they do....care. And that is why the Charles Koch Foundation is offering honest and Very Serious advice in its new $200,000 media campaign in Wichita Kansas.
You see, the Kochs have spent their entire lives seeking only to help the less fortunate....or something like that......and the Brothers of the Billions now have some good sound advice for America's lawmakers. In order to "raise up the disadvantaged and the poorest", the Kochs highly recommend that lawmakers first "clear out" the minimum wage.
Gee, clearing out the minimum wage never occurred to me as a solution to "raising up the poor".....you know, eliminating minimum wage laws so that already-poor Americans could work for LESS money, seems, I don't know.....counterintuitive. The working poor who only earn the minimum wage now, if the Kochs are correct, would be "raised up" if their employers could just pay them LESS than the minimum wage. Call me stubborn......but I've run the numbers.....and less.....I've found.... is never more.
The ThinkProgress piece explains how a Koch-sponsored Kansas ad claims that. "Americans earning $34,000 a year should count themselves as lucky, because that puts them in the top 1 percent of the world." This is me counting myself as lucky......while counting on my two middle fingers.
With such a humble attitude, a genuine knack for economics and math, and such a deep and sincere regard for the welfare of poor working Americans.....it's easy to understand how the Kochs became the benefactors of the Great & Noble Tea Party Patriots. Because....my word....if ever there were a political movement in the U.S. whose singular objective was "to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest".....it's the Tea Party Patriots.