The new law would prohibit any and all deductions related to abortions, including insurance that covers them. It hits individuals, employers and even corporations. Contributions to health care programs that offer abortions will no longer be tax deductable. Thus, charity contributions to help women in other ways, but that support institutions with abortion as an available service, are no longer viable. The law also attacks the sales of abortion drugs by raising the taxes on them.
Kudos to Lincoln, Nebraska for trying to pass an ordinance that will help protect gays and lesbians—but boy do these open comment sessions bring out the most trollsome people you could ever meet. Where does this woman get all of her information from? She suggests that children with gay parents sit around and rape each other and have the lowest test scores, that gay sex causes death and the rupture of intestines (creating a “homicider” or “fatality,” in her own words), that Hillary Clinton is gay and that women become lesbians by being drugged, and plenty of other outlandish comments.
It seems to be that 2012 has panned out the same way that 2011 did so far with emerging markets really getting head and the US and other developed countries falling further into debt that could actually become unsustainable.
Europe has continued to be in trouble and Greece has gotten bailed out again. As for the U.S., it is the dollar that is still having its hegemony across the globe and so any debt that it accumulates really doesn’t matter when you really analyze the situation.
The President made it official: he voiced his support for same-sex couples to be legally married. President Obama has moved from previous views that marriage was defined as man and woman, to providing equal rights through civil unions and has now evolved to his current belief that same-sex marriage should be law. The timing of this comes just after North Carolina voted to ban gay marriage. While, I am grateful that the President has finally made his decision as to which side of the fence he will stand on this issue, it is a side that I don’t fully agree with.
I don’t really blame all young people. They simply don’t have the wisdom, knowledge or emotional skill-set necessary to reason in a lucid, rational and mature manner—that’s why they’re kids. They are learning, experiencing and hopefully for all of us, evolving.