Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted as saying, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” A lot has changed in the hundreds of years since that quip was first spoken, but Ben’s sentiment continues to be relentlessly American. Nearly all of the world’s nations tax their citizens in some way, but the U.S. system is unusual.… [Read more]
Today, the way we talk about politics is heated, to say the least. Many political discussions devolve into name-calling and cherry-picked numbers from both sides of the aisle. And almost all of those heated discussions take place online. A topic that is frequently brought up in our political discourse today is marginalized groups — and for good reason.… [Read more]
The current state of health care in the U.S. is broken. Between the issues that arose with Obamacare and the mostly defunct ideas behind Trumpcare, the average American finds the system overwhelming and confusing. Neither one of these programs is ideal. It’s obvious that we need a better solution as quickly as possible.
Embracing the Single-Payer Platform
Many experts support the concept of the single-payer health care system.… [Read more]
K Street—the lobbying capital of our country. If you want something done, no matter what it is, you’ll be able to find someone on K street to lobby Congress on your behalf. But, is this a benefit to our political system?
It depends. If you’re a senior citizen, you probably belong to the AARP and like it that the AARP lobbies on issues concerning senior citizens.… [Read more]
Whether we like it or not, lobbying is part of our government. If it’s an issue that we like (education?) or one we don’t care too much about (taxes?), the fact remains that there is probably a lobbyist working on the issue. But, how big and pervasive is the business of lobbying? I know it’s a stupid question, but I get to ask it anyway because this is my post.… [Read more]
The attention-grabbing title, “I am very disappointed in Governor Rick Scott” was enough to let me know that I would soon have something to smile about. Red State’s Eric Erickson’s morning e-newsletter said the following:
I was one of the few national conservatives to support Governor Scott in 2010 during his primary. He is a fundamentally great person.… [Read more]
With the eyes of the nation focused on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Barack H. Obama will be sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.
Whether we agree with his politics or policies there is one thing about which we should all agree: we are bearing witness to a powerful, historic event – one which is a significant reminder of the greatness of a democracy.… [Read more]
On this day in 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born. With all of the GOP’s documented anti-democratic voter suppression efforts underway across the country, this quote from President Johnson came to mind:
“A man without a vote is a man without protection.“
Reading this quote, on his birthday, made me think about Johnson’s legacy and how far we as a nation have come since his presidency.… [Read more]