Republican front-runner Mitt Romney maligned President Barack Obama’s health care reform that was put in place two years ago. Although, Romney’s opponents have constantly stated that Obamacare is a national model of the law he signed when he was Governor of Massachusetts, Romney has continued to criticize Obama’s version of it.
Romney has stated that Obamacare is an entitlement that is wasting too much of the government’s funds and is also bringing too much unnecessary state involvement into people’s lives. He said that he would change the health care reform by providing the states with Medicaid money and altering the tax code so that people will be offered an incentive to purchase insurance on their own right.
The little girl and a little boy had been experimenting with their fingers, seeing who could bend theirs back the furthest. Kids do these silly things a lot, and they’re actually not so silly; they’re learning all kinds of things from these simple activities, such as critical thinking, hypothesizing, comparing and contrasting, social skills, you name it. The teacher decided to jump in, however, when the little girl used her middle finger to bend next, demanding that the girl tell her why it was bad, and how would her parents feel about it, and making her miss not one but TWO recess periods because of it.
A Florida law called Stand Your Ground has been cited as the reason authorities did not arrest Zimmerman following a brief questioning at the crime scene, during which Zimmerman claimed he feared for his life during an altercation with Martin. The law allows deadly force in public areas when necessary for self defense.
One of the most important issues for worker's rights right now is to not get caught up in small-picture thinking. What do I mean by small-picture thinking? Concentrating on your own local problems and not standing in solidarity with others, concentrating on short-term problems instead of long-term solutions, fighting to hold ground instead of advancing, and working for small reforms instead of sweeping, systemic changes.
In this era of corporate domination, it's tempting to think that things used to be better. When it comes to international corporations, though, the way they are now is the same way they've always been, except that they used to be less subtle about it. The British East India Company is the classic example.
According to the “Belleville News Democrat,” Fox2, and various other corporate news outlets in the St. Louis area (all of which actually pulled the story from the Associated Press), the big story about the Occupy the Midwest Regional Convergence is the fact that a few pieces of pro-Occupy graffiti showed up here and there around the city.
You might think the big story, in a democratic society with a functional free press, would be the baton-slinging attack by the St Louis Police Department on a peaceful protest march- but then, we are no longer a democratic society with a functional free press. The mainstream media moves in lockstep with the other elements of the corporate state, making a molehill of graffiti tags into a mountain of “vandalism,” while saying as little as possible about the bloody faces and broken heads.
When I was in St. Louis this weekend for Occupy the Midwest, one of our actions was against Peabody Coal. This is a company that hasn't paid any federal taxes in three years, and that has demanded and received a whole host of tax breaks from the city as well. Peabody Coal is a corporate parasite, contributing nothing to the community while doing everything in its power to suck every dime it can out of that same community. Among their many other offenses, they are currently tearing up the Navajo Nation and draining away its water supply to extract more coal. When Peabody is done, the Navajo Nation will have been drained dry and left without water in the middle of a vast desert.
After a long winter of slowed momentum compounded by the mainstream media's conspiracy of silence, Occupy is on the march again. So are the so-called authorities, unfortunately. Why do I say “so-called”? Because the respect for authority they set so much store by is predicated on a set of conditions that don't exist.
I had come across a heartbreaking video earlier this week that I wanted to share with everyone here, however I of course didn't save it so I had to search for it and you know how that can go. While trying to locate the video that I wanted to share I came across the following video. Needless to say it is a clear-cut reminder of the never-ending ignorance of racist idiots.
Over the years Franklin Delano Roosevelt has had 9 United States Postage stamps made in his honor. This is further proof that he was beloved and respected as a president for many presidents are lucky to have even one stamp in their honor, in fact several US presidents have walked through the doors of the White House without ever having the United States Post office pay tribute with a stamp.
I've got to say I appreciate the support, especially considering that Cohn is of the Republican persuasion. But I'm not really sure his methods here are the most effective. While having a sense of humor even about the most serious issues is important, introducing an amendment to a bill in jest seems like it undermines the fight for equality. As an activist, I'm not really here just to mock the other side. I try to understand their concerns and work with them as best I can. Flatly belittling your opponents usually isn't productive. Rather than arriving at a mutual understanding of the many facets of the issue, it breeds resentment and contempt.
The abortion requirements that conservative politicians are calling for seem to indicate that they're less interested in preventing unwanted pregnancies and more interested in shaming women whose choices they disagree with. It almost seems as though they're happy whenever a woman gets pregnant by accident because it raises them a notch up on their high horse. Each new unwanted pregnancy belongs to someone that right-wingers get to feel superior to. Why else would Republicans simultaneously call for the elimination of sex education and access to contraceptives while demanding that women seeking abortion first undergo humiliating and invasive procedures?
Now imagine you kept going anyway. Imagine all of those bullies and spies couldn't scare you at all, couldn't stop you from standing up and resisting, couldn't even slow you down. Imagine all of their power to frighten and intimidate, all of their power to spy and surveil, all of their power to hurt people and arrest people- and all of it utterly useless, utterly weak.
Those advocating for the new voter ID laws claim that the point is to protect the sanctity of the voting booth and to ensure that elections are fair. They say that the purpose is to ensure that only those who are lawfully permitted to vote in this country are able to exercise the right. The opponents say that the intent is far different. They say that the proponents are deliberately erecting a barrier to the polls for those who are not likely to vote Republican. This means minorities and students, those who have shown a tendency to vote Democrat in the past.
As has been stated in previous posts on the blog, the laws are primarily for those areas of the country where there has been a history of racial/ethnic discrimination at the polls.