September 2011

With Repeal of DADT, Republicans Forced to Face Homosexuality

The GOP's social conservatism asks them to both discredit homosexuality, but to actively support the military.

The GOP has long been conflicted over a crossroads in their socially conservative ideology. Homosexuality is a sin, and much of the evangelicalism within the Republican Party has made that abundantly clear (i.e. The Defense of Marriage Act). However, the high value of the military and national security make's it very difficult to speak up against any branch of the military, even should there be gays serving in them. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) created a convenient blinder for many conservatives to both uphold the military and denounce homosexuality as a sin, never having to acknowledge the intersection between the two. With the repeal of DADT, the blinder is gone and the GOP may finally be forced to come down on one side or another. This was plainly clear in last night's Republican Primary Debate, sponsored by both Fox News and Google.

Rick Perry Slammed on Un-Republican Immigration Stance

As Perry tries to woo Hispanic voters one one side with past policies, GOP opponents slam him on the other.

Rick Perry seems to be afflicted with the same blank, broad-sided facial expression that George W. Bush made so famous during his administration. During the Reagan Library GOP debate Perry was unprepared for Bachmann and others' attacks on his decision as governor to mandate an HPV vaccine in the state of Texas. Conservatives balked at what they called "crony capitalism", pointing to a significant number of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical company Merck, which was awarded the contract for the state's vaccine. In the GOP debate last night, sponsored by Fox, Perry was blind-sided again, this time on his record on immigration in his home state.

Lady Gaga on My List

I'm the President, so you know when I say this it's pretty damn serious: I'm almost certain that this country and perhaps the whole world around it is falling apart. I didn't want to believe it back when I was running and I ignored the signs for the first few years in office, but it's getting clearer every day that life as we know it will soon no longer be possible. How do I know this? Because I checked my schedule recently and realized that Lady Gaga is the most reasonable, down-to-earth person I'll be talking to for the foreseeable future.

Who Is Taking BP's Campaign Donations? No Surprises Here.

Oil giant BP has gone from big oils spills to big donor bills for Washington, and in only 10 months!

It's been less than a little more than a year since Deepwater Horizon exploded and dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, creating one of the worst environmental disaster's in the country's history. In fact, much of the Gulf still recovers from this singular event. Of course, that fact hasn't prevented a number of Washington lawmakers from quietly taking donations of thousands from the international corporation. BP's PAC has renewed its focus and lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill since March, after a hiatus in which federal lawmakers' were uneasy about accepting donations from the embattled company. That uneasiness seems to have passed fairly quickly, considering the scope of BP's blunders, and lawmakers such as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner are accepting big bucks from them.

The Affordable Care Act: More Health Care Coverage for Young Adults

Health Care Reform: Great for Young Adults

 

With all of the mostly-unfounded criticisms about health care reform from Republicans, it’s hard to remember how monumental the passage of the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act actually was. One of the greatest parts of the legislation is the portion which ensures that young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until they are twenty-six years old. 

 

According to two surveys health care coverage among young adults has already increased dramatically due to the health care reform legislation. The surveys--one conducted by Census Bureau and one conducted by the Center for Disease Control--indicated that between 500,000 and 900,000 more young adults under the age of twenty-six have health insurance coverage than they did before that provision took effect approximately one year ago. Most believe that the increase in insured young adults is the direct result of the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act. 

Student Loan Forgiveness?

It's not going to happen.

As a recent college graduate with thousands of dollars of debt in her pocket, the recently touted idea of forgiving student loans to revamp the economy sounds like a god send. It isn’t just a bunch of twenty-something bloggers pushing for it, either; in fact, Michigan Democratic congressman Hansen Clark is leading the charge and the online petition at Signon.org has over 300,000 signatures.

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