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Glass Ceiling in U.S. Congress

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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There has been a lot of talk about a glass ceiling against women in business and corporate boardrooms. This week’s block by the Senate for a bill that would strengthen equal pay for women is a good example of the challenges we face regarding this issue. Moreover, very little has been discussed about women’s representation when it comes to making policies and laws. The U.S. Senate, one of the two legislative bodies, is represented by a small elite group of rich old men. Women comprise 20 percent of the Senate and 19 percent of the House of Representatives even though they make up 51 percent of the population. Sadly, the U.S. is ranked 91 in the percentage of women in the national legislatures, according to a report by American University, Men Rule – The Continued Under-Representation of Women in U.S. Politics. (more…)

Flip Side of the Minimum-Wage Debate

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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Something that Washington does not want you to know about and hopes that nobody else will discuss during the minimum-wage debate is take-home pay after taxes for low-wage earners. Washington claims that Americans should be paid living wages so that they can live a decent life. However, it is not willing to give up its share of the booty that it would collect from the same low-wage earners it claims to help.

For example, the federal government will collect at least 15 percent of the increased income from those low-wage earners through payroll tax. In other words, if the minimum wage goes up by a dollar, the federal government will take away, directly or indirectly, at least 15 cents of that additional dollar from the working poor.

Asking large corporations, which are in business to make money, to pay additional wages is like asking them to be saints. Government mandates do not have a major impact on large corporations, since they will figure out a way around them. After all, they can rent lawmakers; one former senator famously declared, “My vote can’t be bought, but it can be rented.” On the other hand, politicians do not pay anything from their pockets either. They will just give the money to one group and take it from another, but not from the special-interest groups that finance their campaigns. (more…)

Intended Consequences of Iraq War

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Iraqi Map by ethnicityYou break it you own it,” warned General Powell to President George W. Bush before the invasion of Iraq. Well, the previous administration, in its hubris of Shock and Awe, decided to break Iraq. The American public finally realized that they were either deceived at best or lied to at worst. Thus, we demanded that they bring our troops back home. However, some of our elected leaders instead of accepting their mistakes, want us to get back to Iraq through military engagement. For years, lawmakers have been unwilling to admit their part in breaking Iraq. Instead, they continue to blame whatever political punching bag is popular that week. It is only reasonable to ask our elected leaders who voted for the Iraq war to take responsibility for over 20,000 American soldiers who were killed or wounded while stealing at least $2 trillion from our kids to pay for it.
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How Obamacare Might Affect Young Americans

Monday, December 9th, 2013

One looming issue that President Obama did not address in last week’s press conference about the latest technical and bureaucratic snafus with the Affordable Care Act has to do with the act’s heavy reliance on America’s younger generation. Without young, mostly healthy people pouring money into the new insurance pool, the Affordable Care Act would not be, well, affordable.

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Debt Denial: Stealing from Our Kids

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Our handling of the national debt is like a grand, inter-generational Ponzi scheme that’s destined to drown our children and grandchildren in red ink. Our leaders like to call their strategy borrowing, but it is really tantamount to stealing — from our children, worse yet. Why? Because we have no plans to pay the debt. None. We continue to borrow just to make interest payments that are estimated to be $5 trillion over the next decade while doing nothing to pay down a staggering debt of $17 trillion.

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