Gone are the days of presidential campaigns raising a million dollars or even millions of dollars for their candidate. No, now we talk about billions of dollars! Political parties and aspiring candidate don’t want us to think that money wins elections, but the reality is that money wins elections, or at least gets one into a position to be a viable candidate. It may come off as a conspiracy theory, by I have to wonder about that as the short-term and long-term effect of the Citizens United decision and how it has and will change the political landscape in American.
IWall Street Journal editors criticized the latest target of the party’s entrenched ideologues; the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is a long-form version of the census but it’s administered annually using a much smaller population sample. Despite the merits of the survey, which has been used since 1850, the Republican-controlled House voted earlier this month to discontinue it.
Though the census is actually provided for in the Constitution (something many opponents seem to forget), the ACS replaced the traditional long-form census sample in 2005 to make the data-gathering more efficient and statistically representative. However, to partially fund the program, which is an enormous logistical effort, and to ensure compliance, there is a fine levied against citizens that do not respond within a certain timeframe. Of course, the alternative to this fine would be simply increasing taxes on everyone. Either way, the money needs to fund the program so that we can continue to compile valuable data on ourselves. This data is used for policy analysis, and is made public for anyone, private or public, that would like to access it; data that is perfectly valid regardless of ideology or political bias.
I was watching some wrestling shows from way back in the 90s the other day because I was feeling a little nostalgic. That was my childhood days and it was the period of the ‘New World Order’ in wrestling with Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash being the core members. They are all really big household names and I am sure every American has heard of Hulkamania.
It was then that I googled New World Order and came to realize that there is actually a conspiracy theory that a secretive power elite is hoping to take over the planet with a very global autocratic government. I know this may all seem rather incredulous, but I like to find out about different things and ways of looking at things.
The study was conducted using the Flesch-Kincaid Test, a metric that associates higher grade level with larger words, longer sentences, and more complex syntax. In 2005, Congress spoke at an 11.5 equivalent grade level, where as today it has dropped to 10.6. By comparison, the U.S. Constitution was written at a 17.8, the Gettysburgh Address at an 11.2, and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at 9.4.
The news that President Obama officially supports equality in marriage has been in the headlines for over a week now. As the elections loom ever closer, both Obama and his enemies seek to gather support to their cause and build a strong voter base. Obama’s public announcement was a risky move for his campaign, though now it appears to be one that is paying off quite handsomely.
According to recent surveys, more than 50 percent of Americans are supportive of equal rights when it comes to gay marriage. Like most matters of politics, race has some small degree of influence on how these numbers lie and in this case there appears to be a stronger support base from African-American citizens. This support is likely to grow even more as the NAACP joins Obama in his quest for civil rights.
Many of the solutions offered in the article linked above are good ones. I wholeheartedly agree, for example, when it comes to credit unions. In fact, we just switched to one this past fall. But some of these solutions are very costly—especially the one that suggests using clean energy, like fuel cells on your home. Most of us simply cannot afford to do this, even if we desperately want to. So what are we supposed to do?
Usually, when the news mentions anything about China dealing with Korea, it’s the North that tends to get brought up. Now, it looks like South Korea and China may be strengthening their ties in the near future. This new cooperation has the potential to create some very interesting effects on the balance of power within the East Asian region.
For one, North Korea will not be happy if their long-time ally of China decides to shift its focus to the southern neighbor. China, if its economic interests lie in the South, will be forced to make decisions that conflict with either one half of the peninsula or the other. Given the DPRK’s track record of being unreliable trade partners and slightly psychotic leaders on the international scene, China may finally decide that doing business with the South is just the smarter thing to do.
One of the greatest changes that need to happen in our political system is ending the influence money has on government. Yet, as reformers devote their time and energy to ridding our system of this corrupting influence, they are often faced with a dilemma: where is the line between being a reformer and being a partisan? Putting people before politics and money isn’t always easy.
There’s a reason why he has had a long successful run in business and government service. There’s a reason why he was drafted to run as Vice President and why he did what the administration believed was necessary in the wake of the worst attack on this country; an attack targeting civilians.
The true benefit came from the fundraisers that produced an immediate influx of money by the Hollywood set, conducted by entertainers such as George Clooney and Ricky Martin.
The political attack ads are out and already starting to blur the lines. Both Republicans and Democrats, who have presented themselves as diametrically opposed, are vying for the middle in attempts to woo the centrist, independent voter.
Too often, we avoid math because it is just so hard and requires a lot of work. A lot of students just don’t want to spoil their GPA and take a calculus or even worse multivariable calculus that will just ruin their chances to get a job they desire or get into a graduate school they want to attend.
But a lot of these thoughts just exist in their heads. Having been a year out of college, I am observing how a bad grade or even a few of them really does not affect your chances of success later on in life. There are just too many employers and graduate schools to attend that there are a lot of people who are willing to look past any bad grades. Some even welcome the fact that you tried and also math is perceived to be difficult, so you might get points for trying.
Senate Bill 348, aka “Parker’s Law,” requires that all infants in the state of New Hampshire get screening for heart defects as part of their normal routine. This ruling would drastically increase the chance of these children surviving given the particular health issue. But anti-abortion factions within the House decided, at the very last moment, to propose that another law that makes abortions after 20 weeks illegal be included in the legislation. Doing this at the last moment puts everyone on the spot to make a choice quickly, without discussion or thought.
Basically, if we really like something then we should be able to attain it. I wish someone had told this to me earlier. I mean, even when it came to getting that girl of your dreams. From my experience, girls love it when there is a guy who thinks the world of them and often times if we keep chasing that girl, we will be able to get her.
The same is true of education. If you are absolutely determined to be a doctor or lawyer or chemical engineer for that matter, then you will go get it and even find the means to get an elite education. This is especially true in today’s information age.
But the thing I want to stress here is that it is important to read about and study a wide variety of subjects so that you have options to choose from. I’m going to tell you something now that might shock some of you and make you feel like I have gone a bit too far. I think I am going to introduce calculus to my son or daughter in grade six and even have him do some linear algebra as early as grade nine.
Over the last year there has been a general attitude, especially by Democrats, that the 2012 Presidential Race is President Obama’s to lose. But, as the race begins to heat up, there seems to be some concern that maybe it’s not in the bag yet.
Since the law was announced, the outcry against it has died down somewhat. Now, more than 1200 airlines (the vast majority of them) have chosen to comply with the law and have caused no further problems. India and China, however, have a number of airlines that are refusing to give their carbon emissions reports to the EU body in charge of monitoring the planes. Of the resistant airlines, 8 are Chinese and 2 are Indian. These offenders could be fined, or in worst case scenarios, banned completely from all airports within the EU.