How many more people must die before our nation is finally willing to have an honest discussion on the issues related to gun violence. You can only blame it on 'crazy' so many times. At some point we must move towards preventing the next tragedy....
Blog Post coming soon on the issues of gun violence, mental health, crime and prevention.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|Source: This is What Marriage Equality Looks Like|
In what could turn out to be one of the brightest or darkest days for civil rights in American history, the United States Supreme Court has decided to rule on the issue of gay marriage. The Court announced Friday afternoon it will hear two cases challenging state and federal laws pertaining to marriage equality. The challenges include Proposition 8, a controversial ban on gay marriage in California, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, which was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Though President Clinton has since changed his position and called for repeal of DOMA, the fact the law was passed by both political parties gives some indication of how far we've come since 1996. On the other hand, Proposition 8 was actually passed in California through popular vote in 2008 when President Obama swept into office; which had to be one of the most conflicting days for civil rights activists in modern history as the nation elects its first black president and simultaneously bans gay marriage in one of the most liberal states in the union. However, it would appear after the most recent election the tides have officially turned in favor of equality.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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|Occupy Wall Street Protests, Source: Occupy WallStreet|
Many conservatives are calling Obama's proposal to raise taxes on the rich class warfare, but if there is a war going on, the rich are winning it hands down. And if you happen to be one of the many Americans who oppose tax increases, even on the rich, then ask yourself what that position really means for your pocket book. The answer may give you cause to reconsider your position.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
|Image Source: The Age, Rich Getting Richer, 11/07/2010|
Obama asks the rich to pay a bit more and to no one's surprise Republicans counter with increased taxes on the middle class and working poor. Obama's opening proposal in the fiscal cliff talks was in line with his promises on the campaign trail as they called for increasing tax revenue by allowing the Bush tax cuts for the top income bracket to expire. Republicans scoffed at Obama's first offer and countered with their own proposal calling for extending the Bush tax cuts for all earners, including the top bracket, and raising revenue instead by allowing payroll tax cuts to expire; a truly inspired proposal given that 82% of working households pay more in payroll taxes than they do income taxes. Politics aside, at the end of the day, tax rates matter far less than a person's actual tax liability; in other words, what matters most is what people have actually paid after filing their taxes. The answer to who pays what might surprise you.
Monday, December 3, 2012
|New members of Congress, Capital Hill, Washington D.C.|
Friday, November 30, 2012
|Grover Norquist, Source: Business Insider, November 2012|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Image Source: CBS News, 7 November 2012|