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Saturday, December 7, 2013

FFT 12/7: How The Media Fell Hook, Line & Sinker for Senator Rand Paul 'Economic Rescue' Photo Op in Detroit

Photo Credit - The Detroit Free Press
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) speaks at a
Michigan Republican Party sponsored press conference
in Detroit, December 6,
"Media resources steeplechase over each other to cover Republican /Libertarian Presidential hopeful Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) visit to Detroit, Michigan which was sponsored by the Detroit Economic Club and the Republican National Committee. The visit focus points: Opening of a GOP outreach office in the Motor City and Paul's so-called Speech before the Economic Club. Frankly, following the first term Senator around on his "visit to the Dwas complete waste valuable of time. Why so?"

By Head Writer - Monica RW
IU News & Talk

Food for Thought - Saturday, December 7: 

Paul speech in before the Detroit Economic Club December 5 was titled as 'Renewing the Opportunity for Prosperity: Economic Freedom Zones'.

Freedom Zones huh? Interesting word choice.

Because when newly-elected Senator Paul appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow program May 19, 2010, the Kentuckian definition of freedom and economic matters was quite, different.

"I'm not in favor of any discrimination of any form," he responded. "I would never belong to any club that excluded anybody for race. We still do have private clubs in America that can discriminate based on race. But I think what's important about this debate is not written into any specific 'gotcha' on this, but asking the question: What about freedom of speech?," Paul decried. 
"Should we limit speech from people we find abhorrent? Should we limit racists from speaking? . . . I don't want to be associated with those people, but I also don't want to limit their speech in any way in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that's one of the things freedom requires."
Boorish and uncivilized society you say Senator Paul?

Free Speech can be defined by words or actions. Including downright reprehensible actions such as opposition the free flow of commerce by denying service to certain minority groups based on race:
Photo Credit - Jackson Free
The counter at Woolworth's on May 28, 1963 in Greenboro,
North Carolina.
"On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service," the Smithsonian Institute of American History recalled on its' Separate is not Equal website.
"Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South."

Or sexual orientation:

Photo Credit -
David Mullins & Charlie Craig sued and won a Denver,
CO cake shop owner for the business refusal to prepare
a cake for the couples' wedding.
"A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday according to ABC News December 7.
The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage." 
The order says the cake-maker must "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes."

Or just sex alone: 
Photo Credit - Think Progress
Michigan Women Protest outside the Lansing State Capitol in opposition
to anti-choice legislation inferring with a Woman's Right to Choose.
"A thrust behind the legislation is keeping taxpayer-subsidized plans on Michigan's new insurance marketplace from covering abortions, an option for states under the federal health care law," the Detroit Free Press reported December 7.

"Yet the state says none of the 73 plans being offered to individuals covers elective or voluntary abortions. Three of the 68 small employer plans do and are sold by one insurer — United Healthcare Life Insurance Co. — said Caleb Buhs, spokesman for the Department of Insurance and Financial Services.
So the initiative will have a bigger practical effect on private plans sold outside the exchange.
Under the measure, employers barred from covering abortions in their primary plans could buy optional supplemental abortion coverage if they notify all employees, including telling them that the abortion insurance may be used by a dependent without notice to the employee.

Insurers and HMOs wouldn't be required to offer abortion riders. Most Americans with employer-based insurance probably have coverage for abortion, though surveys used to come up with the estimate have shortcomings, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

What's unclear is the extent to which the legislation would impact businesses and insurance companies. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the state's dominant insurer, sells plans that cover abortion and plans that don't, said spokeswoman Stephanie Beres. "It's really a case-by-case basis on what decisions are made, each customer making their own decision," she said."
Investopedia explains the meaning of Commerce in a statement: "When properly managed, commercial activity can quickly enhance the standard of living in a nation and increase its standing in the world. However, when commerce is allowed to run unregulated, large businesses can become too powerful and impose negative externalities on citizens for the benefit of the business owners,"

Senator Paul supports certain C.E.O.'s, Wall Street Tycoons, business owners and the ALEC affiliated Think-Tank organization mission, imposing negative and in most cases illegal consequences on citizens; using questionable means to limit or cease the regulation choice in commerce.

“It is important for policymakers to have a publication that helps and encourages economic growth and competition between states to encourage prosperity,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) quote for a ALEC sponsored economic report ironically titled Rich States, Poor States. 
“Publications like this one help educate legislators and governors with the tools to understand which policies work and which policies will waste taxpayer dollars.”
Paul likewise has difficulties understanding where fine lines are crossed, when it comes to defending racist statements, innuendos or actions. August 7 described after Paul was asked about his former staff member Jack Hunter past, which included praising the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln while working as a conservative radio shock jock, the U.S. Senator defended Hunter actions during a NPR interview.
"The latest episode in Paul family’s saga with white supremacy comes from John Harwood, who interviewed Paul for NPR. When Harwood asked the senator about Jack Hunter, who co-authored Paul’s book and served on his staff before getting fired when his arguably racist views came to light, the senator bristled.

Paul agreed that some (though he did not specify what) of what Hunter wrote was “stupid,” Paul mostly defended his former longtime aide. “He was unfairly treated by the media, and he was put up as target practice for people to say he was a racist, and none of that’s true,” the senator said. “None of it was racist.”
To refresh, Hunter was, until way, way back in 2012, a radio shock jock and conservative writer who called himself “the Southern Avenger” and wore a Confederate flag luchador mask. Hunter praised the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, decried Hispanic immigration, and warned that “a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America,” among many, many other things."
For the record, Detroit, Michigan population is over 80 percent African-American, as it currently stands.

Apprehensions about the Motor City's future exist, in light of U.S. Federal Court Judge Steven Rhodes December 2 decision granting Governor Rick Snyder (R) and appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy petition, for Detroit.

But, Senator Paul offered no concrete plans to deal with economic inequalities African-Americans experience in Michigan's largest city after announcing his "Economic Freedom Zone" plan to local media.

“We hope to create taxes so low you essentially are able to bail yourselves out,” Paul said December 5 to the Detroit News.
"Yourselves" is oh so very close to the questionable race baiting statement "You People", as stated earlier in this article, Senator Rand Paul's visit to Detroit was indeed a complete and utter waste of time, not worth one ounce of media attention received.

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