How is Immigration Reform Affecting the Polls?

Immigration reform has been a hot topic in the year leading up to the 2016 presidential elections. Every major presidential candidate has made explicit remarks regarding their stance on the issue of immigration and naturalization within the United States. Some have supported more openness in immigration policies, while others have appealed to the masses for a need to reduce immigration and make it more difficult to reach to US.… [Read more]

Moving Forward on Immigration Reform…Or Not.

Today, in a 224-201 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to reject President Obama’s June 2012 policy to end deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally but brought to the United States as children.

When Mr. Obama put the policy in place it was done by executive action, and it did not provide that class of undocumented immigrants legal status but it did protect them, for a two-year period, from deportation.… [Read more]

Fixing Food Stamps

Part of the fallout from our current recession has been the growth of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), neé ‘Food Stamps,” participation throughout the nation. This Federal program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food & Nutrition Service and the states, provides non-cash food assistance to households in impoverished financial distress.

Republican conservatives regularly use SNAP as a poster child for lambasting ‘welfare’.… [Read more]

A Friendly But Honest Reminder

I know, I know – I hate to bust everyone’s groove during Democratic National Committee week, but it’s time to get serious and, as the old adage goes, there is no better time than the present.

With CNN reporting a deadlock between President Obama and Mitt Romney the same week of the DNC convention, the presidential election has evolved from a struggle between good and evil to the grateful versus the forgotten. … [Read more]

Is it LIBOR…or Lie-Bore?

Most of us don’t think about the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). After all, why should we, even though it impacts many of us on a daily basis? When it comes to money we don’t give thought to LIBOR because we’re more concerned about, well, getting some money in the first place and, in the second place, paying our bills.… [Read more]

Systemic Faults

Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s  “lemme see your papers” doctrine; such laws are completely constitutional, and, furthermore, illegal aliens are guaranteed precisely zero protections under the U.S. constitution. Also, we need to keep American jobs for Americans and Mexicans are a drain on our already-burdened social welfare system.… [Read more]

Borrowing from the Money Store

In case you aren’t painfully aware that the student loan situation has gotten terribly out of hand, consider this: the average college graduate owes $25,000 in debt—what do you say to someone in that situation? Add to this the sublime impossibility of finding a job (days and days spent, dozens of CVs sent out… it’s like a ritual of sorts) and the proliferation of unpaid, or “for credit/experience/exposure” internships, and moving back home to your parents seems like more of a dire necessity than a sensible decision.… [Read more]

DUH!! It’s Financial Reform Time, Stupid!

Jamie Dimon, CEO of megabank JP Morgan Chase, has a bit of a problem on his hands. No, his problem isn’t as monumental as deciding whether one’s fortune should be spent on adding an elevatored-garage to a beachfront home, nor is it as burdensome as determining how many lobbyists are needed to find congressional members willing to sell their souls.… [Read more]

Stumped, Part One: What’s The Real Crisis in American Education?

The school year’s coming to a close, so it figures that many of us here at BNV have been weighing in on the state of education. And as well we should. It’s one of the only issues — in fact, possibly the only one — that tangibly affects each and every one of us in ways that we have to face up to every single day.… [Read more]

Untruth and Its Consequences

In a recent TED talk, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke eloquently on “The danger of a single story.”   In her talk she spoke of how “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.  They make one story become the only story”:

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