Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attacked Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” as a plan that will end the Affordable Care Act (AFC), commonly known as Obamacare, and the contentious congressional fight that will certainly follow is not worth the effort. Other than some tweaks here and there, Clinton will not change AFC.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
In the words of Robert Reich, “The real contrast is between Bernie’s vision of a government responsive to the vast majority [such as his single-payer health care plan], and Hillary’s vision of a government very much like the one we have now [of which her support for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is a good example].”
Monday, January 11, 2016
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On Tuesday, January 12, President Obama will deliver his eight State of the Union (SOTU) address. Although other presidents have chosen to deliver post-election SOTU addresses—Lyndon Johnson in 1969, while Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Jimmy Carter submitted theirs in writing—most likely, it will be President Obama’s last.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Photo credit: Americans Against the Tea Party
Well, as expected, Presidents Obama’s earnest call to tighten gun regulations through executive order has been a windfall for gun companies. Their stocks soared on the expectation that tightened gun regulations will make it harder for responsible gun owners to buy a gun. It seems to me that responsible gun owners, who supposedly obey the gun laws, should have no problem with tightening regulations to keep guns from people who should not own guns — terrorist, criminals, the mentally ill. As President Obama said, “A majority of gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible law-breaking few form inflicting harm on a massive scale.”
Friday, December 18, 2015
At the last Republican debate of 2015, candidate Rand Paul said to America, regarding statements by Florina and Christie, “I think if you are in favor of World War III, you have your candidate.”
However, every Republican candidate for President, except Ron Paul, seems to yearn to be a wartime president. If America elects a Republican to occupy the oval office and a plurality to Congress, with very little doubt there will be war ad infinitum, perhaps World War III.
Monday, December 14, 2015
United States, police officers use lethal force more than in other countries. There’s an epidemic of police killings. In some jurisdictions of the United States shooting to kill is accepted police practice. However, every state fails to comply with international standards for use of lethal force.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Many people see nothing wrong with this Christmas card. Some people have sent private messages essentially saying that they don't understand my problem. Why do I have such a problem with what others do.
I don’t have a problem with what other people do until it’s significantly contrary to deeply held beliefs. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s Christmas card represents killing — guns were invented for no other purpose than to kill — when Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Promoting peace, love, compassion is what should be promoted, not guns. The intentions are different, but Fiore’s card is no different from a Christmas card picturing ISIS executioners with their long knives held at their side
Monday, December 7, 2015
Union and Confederate soldiers engaged in combat
during the attack of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment
on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, July 18, 1863,
by Currier & Ives. (Library of Congress)
“There have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths since 1968, compared to 1,396,733 cumulative war deaths since the American Revolution. That’s 120,130 more gun deaths than war deaths -- about 9 percent more, or nearly four typical years’ worth of gun deaths. And that’s using the most generous scholarly estimate of Civil War deaths, the biggest component of American war deaths.
Friday, December 4, 2015
USAID Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict,
and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg interacts
with Syrian refugees at Islahiye Refugee Camp in Turkey
The Paris terrorist attacks prompted House Republicans to pass legislation restricting admission of Iraqi and Syrian refugees to the United States. They are concerned that vetting procedures are not strong enough to prevent ISIS terrorist from infiltrating the United States as Syrian refugees. The legislation requires supplemental certifications and background investigations — in addition to the comprehensive vetting that is currently in place — be completed prior to admission of refugees from the region. In reality, it essentially closes the door on new Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Patrick Leahy
introducing legislation to help accelerate the transition
to clean energy by ending all new federal leases for oil,
gas or coal extraction on public lands and waters.