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Failed GOP Solutions: Is Marriage Really the Right Answer to Poverty in Oklahoma?

Failed GOP Solutions: Is Marriage Really the Right Answer to Poverty in Oklahoma? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

In another example of failed Republican logic, one Oklahoma congressman thinks he might have solved the problem of poverty. Draft legislation, HB1908, authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, will set aside funding from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program for statewide public service announcements.
The message?

Marriage is the best tool to fight poverty. Get married, stayed marriage and you won’t be poor.

Instead of concentrating on the economics of the problem of poverty, the focus has been more on reducing out-of-wedlock births and increasing the rates and stability of marriages. That direction undoubtedly pleased the highly-active, highly-vocal Christian Right which plays an important role in local politics in the state. For example, in the past, members of one group took the last Speaker of the House to task on such issues as not supporting a ban on Islamic law, not opting out of Affordable Health Care, for not restricting immigration and and any support for anti-gun laws.
In this two part series, the questions are: Where does this idea come from? What's the truth behind single mother and poverty? And why is this such a bad idea? [MORE]

Coffee Party USA's insight:

The article addresses many great points to consider. One of the critical points is that marriage does not promise economic safe havens but good economies, good living wages and family safety nets like medical care and education funding and such helps promote healthy marriages. Any family that has ever been through tough money times like loss of income through job loss or illness knows the stress can break a marriage apart and often does. The author makes the point that while promoting marriage is a nice idea. It over simplifies the problem and the funds going toward this effort would be better spent in ways that financially promote the economic security net of the family.

 

Tough times can strengthen a family unit, but all too often it is the main reason marriages break up, outside of finding a new love or loosing interest in preserving the marriage and relationship. The author presents a good case that the marriage solution to poverty is over simplified. I have even heard of families so desperate they spilt up to qualify for help even though they are life time aging mates. Some families facing hardship of long term care are encouraged by advisers to give a child or elder to the state to save the family from financial ruin of health care cost. Suicides, which spilt a family forever are also common in stressed times. This article seems to support the idea that poverty is more likely to destroy a family then a marriage is likely to raise people out of poverty. 

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Obamacare to hit home on Hill

Obamacare to hit home on Hill | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Lawmakers and staffers prepare for 2014 -- but quirks have led to questions on coverage.
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This is a topic worth following on a regular basis. The plan will take time to improve for sure. It would be wise to look at how you are really going to be affected not just the scary stuff one side or the other might say. One thing is plain...more of what we were doing won't be the answer we can afford. So we need to be paying close attention and decide how to continue to shape things from now on.

 

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RNC Report Calls For Community Outreach, Revamped Primary Rules

RNC Report Calls For Community Outreach, Revamped Primary Rules | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by MARA LIASSON, NPR

The GOP's election autopsy was brutal. Focus groups describe the party as narrow minded and out of touch, filled with stuffy old men who favor the rich. The RNC report recommended lots changes but, according to party, chair Reince Priebus, none was more urgent than connecting with minority communities. [MORE]

Coffee Party USA's insight:

They need to realize it's not about putting lipstick on the pig. The true nature and heart of people show through in the end and one can't just cover that up and have the disguise hold long.

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Marilee Ritchie Hird's comment, March 19, 2013 10:04 AM
Changing the primary laws to try to favor your candidates is pretty low - and desperate.
Joseph Pomponio's comment, March 20, 2013 8:34 PM
Putting workers in districts and telling them you want to take what earned away from them is not to bright, so they will have to deceive.
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THE UNITED STATES OF ALEC

Mississippi is awaiting concurrence. Ohio Governor John Kasich signed HB 555 “The Ohio School Report Card Bill” late last year. A major component of virtually all the bills is something called the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.” I couldn’t find a word in the Ohio bill about its application to private schools.

Many of the bills are chock-full of other education esoterica, most of which comes from model legislation written by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with the Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) joined at the ALEC hip over right-wing efforts to establish impossible norms and imperatives for public schools thereby forcing these taxpayer-funded centers of learning to spend time and money unnecessarily. Money that red state legislatures have made sure is in precipitous decline.

Coffee Party USA's insight:

The United States of ALEC hits our children’s education.

"Ruled" by the heartless they hand 3rd graders bootstraps. We all know third graders don’t need to be pampered or given any breaks from the though realities of life. They "fail" the 3rd grade reading then hold them there.

 

 The United States of ALEC hits our children’s education to "punish"...Oh.... I'm sorry..."Help" our third graders ...I'm sure those children who "FAIL" are "left behind" and lose "the race to the top" and are held in the third grade until they can read on grade level will feel "helped" and it won't effect their self-esteem or self confidence at all.... ask any 3rd grader how it feels...I'm sure it also won't hurt to be at a third grade stand still on all the other things they may have not failed and do those over till they raise their reading grade. They can just adjust to whole sets of new friends for the sake of making the State look better on the 4th grade test.

 

Too bad these education planners "failed" to be able to read and comprehend the research on the value of "reading specialist" embedded at all grade levels k-12. They also might have noticed the 3rd grade isn't the only year people might get behind and the simple fact many never catch up no matter what you do...but they do improve. Have they forgotten to notice also the value of 'summer school" catch up time to let reading specialist do their magic? Having a 4 to 6 week focus on reading in the summer can make a major difference for those that got behind.

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Romney’s Million Dollar Campaign Contributor Considers to Tax Escape to Puerto Rico | Nomadic Politics

Romney’s Million Dollar Campaign Contributor Considers to Tax Escape to Puerto Rico | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
At the beginning of last year, before the presidential campaign had really gotten underway, Nomadic Politics reported that one of Mitt Romney’s high- dollar contributors to his Restore Our Future SuperPAC was hedge fund billionaire, John Paulson. Now, if Bllomberg reports are true, Paulson is exploring a move to Puerto Rica to take advantage of a new tax laws there which will allow new residents to pay no loacl or US federal taxes on captial gains.
Rumor has it that a few of the members of the 1% are considering the same thing.
There are some thing important disadvantages to re-locating. They shall soon find that Puerto Rica may not be to their liking. But it might give them an idea what America could look like in a decade or less. 
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Well, John Paulson is considering relocating to Puerto Rico. Nomad explores this in telling detail, with a stark comparison to life in New York City and life there. I don't know, with his billions, would he really care? With the common wealth seeking statehood, would it be worth it? Would the elimination of money in politics make this irrelevant? Like if this makes you think, comment your thoughts.

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Nomad 's comment, March 26, 2013 4:13 AM
The most ironic part of the story is that the Russian oligarchs are now finding out why attempting to hide your vast fortunes from the government in cozy island banks, like Puerto Rico and Cyprus, may be bad for the local community and eventually a trap for the billionaires.
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Occupy Paris: How an Elderly Radical Defined Europe's Left

Occupy Paris: How an Elderly Radical Defined Europe's Left | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Stephane Hessel's ideas are lived on by Europe's new, fringe political parties. Will they stain or sustain his legacy?
Coffee Party USA's insight:

The birth of fairness in Eurpoe began with this man. I note and agree with the concepts of "Time of Outrage", understanding why plutocrats use socialism as a dirty word.This mans passing is both a loss and reminder to all of us; for what he laid out and with it how to continue.

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This Is Starbucks’ Moment to Lead on Campaign Spending Reform

This Is Starbucks’ Moment to Lead on Campaign Spending Reform | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
By Lisa Gilbert and Kelly Ngo “There are moments in our lives when we have an opportunity to ignite tremendous positive change—not just in the lives of the customers and communities we serve every day, but in our country.” Those … Continue reading...
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"Coffee not contributions"... There's a nice sound to that motto!

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Why do this to Pennsylvania? Election rules must be fair and enhance voter participation

Why do this to Pennsylvania? Election rules must be fair and enhance voter participation | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

By Sen. Matt Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed


The Pennsylvania Legislature has more important issues to focus on than an unnecessary and misguided proposal masquerading as Electoral College reform. Senate Bill 538 should be rejected by Republicans and Democrats alike.

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S.B. 538 would change the commonwealth's current "winner-take-all" presidential election system to one in which 18 of Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes would be distributed proportionally based on the presidential candidate vote count. The final two votes would be awarded to the overall state election winner.
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As Democratic chair of the Senate State Government Committee, I intend to work in Harrisburg with both Democrats and Republicans to advance ideas to increase voter participation. Several initiatives before the committee would do this. These commonsense measures include allowing individuals to register online up to 30 days before an election, allowing voters to register on Election Day and vote at certain locations before Election Day (i.e., early voting) and voting by absentee ballot without being required to provide a specified reason.


Rather than dealing with maneuvers aimed at tilting election results in one party's favor, the Legislature should take action to restore the public's faith in our electoral system. To that end, comprehensive campaign finance reform and mandatory online filing of campaign reports are goals we should pursue.


Rather than ramming a partisan electoral scheme through the Legislature, both sides should work together to increase voter access, confidence and participation. The last thing we should be doing is changing the rules of the game to benefit one team. Let's make sure the rules benefit all Pennsylvanians.


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Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Decision 'Must Be Reversed'

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Decision 'Must Be Reversed' | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday, aimed at reversing the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Sen. Bernie Sanders joins the movement to undo the Citizens United decision. Introducing the Democracy for People Amendment, senate bill S 535, he joins Rep. Theodore Deutch in the House who introduced Saving American Democracy, house bill HJ Res. 34. If we are going to remove corporate personhood and its corrosive effects on government we must support them both. By the People, for the People means living, breathing, human beings.

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CBO's Debt Predictions Assume Both Wars Continue Endlessly, Assume Future Tax Cuts, and Enable Bad Policy by Enciting Debt Hysteria

CBO's Debt Predictions Assume Both Wars Continue Endlessly, Assume Future Tax Cuts, and Enable Bad Policy by Enciting Debt Hysteria | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from analysis by EZRA KLEIN, Washington Post

Future deficits are a legitimate concern. But as either Yogi Berra or Niels Bohr said, predictions are very difficult, especially about the future. And future deficits are, annoyingly, situated entirely in the future. So most everyone in Washington has outsourced the difficult task of estimating future deficits to the genial and diligent wonks at the Congressional Budget Office.
 

The CBO has come back with two projections. One is a simple, mechanical projection of future deficits based on current law. Everyone pretty much ignores this analysis, because, in recent years, current law has been a poor predictor of future policy. The law said, for instance, that all the Bush tax cuts would expire at the end of 2012 and that huge Medicare cuts would be imposed. Everyone knew that Congress wouldn’t let that happen, and that the current-law projection was wrong.


Recognizing this, the CBO constructed another projection it calls the “alternative fiscal scenario.” A better name might be the “Washington is incredibly irresponsible” scenario. Under this model, all of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts are extended, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration neither happen nor are replaced by other cuts, the cost controls in Obama’s Affordable Care Act are repealed, spending on Iraq and Afghanistan continues indefinitely, and so forth.

Policy makers, pundits and others almost exclusively use this model to stoke Washington’s deficit anxieties. This model, too, is wrong. Although most of the Bush tax cuts were extended permanently, some weren’t — producing more than $600 billion in revenue over 10 years. Likewise, sequestration’s budget cuts have actually begun, and the costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are ending.
 

At the left-leaning Center for American Progress, Michael Linden pulled together an illuminating analysis of exactly what assumptions lurk behind the alternative fiscal scenario’s odd projections. [MORE]

 

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Retiring Senators Lament Money in Politics

Retiring Senators Lament Money in Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Senators Kerry, Harkin, and Levin all decried the state of campaign finance in retiring remarks. (Retiring senators Carl Levin, John Kerry, & Tom Harkin all agree: money is ruining the Senate.
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Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans For Trying To Weaken Consumer Finance Protections

Elizabeth Warren Slams Republicans For Trying To Weaken Consumer Finance Protections | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rebuked Republicans for blocking Richard Cordray’s confirmation as director of her brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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TALLAHASSEE: Key lawmaker calls for shutdown of Internet cafes - Florida - MiamiHerald.com

An influential senator who has sought to place a moratorium on new Internet cafes said Wednesday that criminal allegations of racketeering and other wrongdoing in the industry should spur lawmakers to close the storefront businesses.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Drawn to this aricle by the idea someone would "ban internet cafes,' places I really like, I was surprized it involved not cafes but their use for gambling. My first reaction is, punish all for wrong doing of a few. Until you read about the political contributions. More money in politics, does it ever end?

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When Budget Votes Are Used As Political Weapons

When Budget Votes Are Used As Political Weapons | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A budget is more than just a spending document, it's also a vision document. If you live in a district or state with a vulnerable incumbent, expect to hear more about the budget votes taken this week between now and November 2014.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

This is worth some real thought and the budget seems to be a major weapon of mass destruction that will be released mainly on those that least afford to take a direct hit or even an indirect hit for that matter.

 

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The Middle Ground w/ Michael Charney & Eric Byler 8p ET Tues - Mar 20,2013

The Middle Ground w/ Michael Charney & Eric Byler 8p ET Tues - Mar 20,2013 | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" covers a variety of topics with a trans-partisan approach with an eye to finding the place where the two major political parties share that middle ground.
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Wall Street uses the Third Way to lead its assault on Social Security

Wall Street uses the Third Way to lead its assault on Social Security | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Third Way, lobbyists for and from Wall Street who are leading the effort to enrich Wall Street by privatizing Social Security, was created by Wall Street to fool some of the people all of the time.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Intrigue and informative reasoning on Wall Streets attempt to take over Social Security. This story points overly obvious positions. Designed to deceive politicians to change earned benefits programs to ponzy type schemes that only benefit themselves.If there are safe guards or assurances  for citizens please tell me. Like and advise.

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How to Avoid Sounding Like an Idiot When Discussing Politics

How to Avoid Sounding Like an Idiot When Discussing Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
We all know someone who loves to talk politics but sounds like a jerk every time they do. Talking about politics may be taboo for many of us but it doesn't have to be.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

Some very common sense practical advice on talking politics. I particularly like, "finding flaws in your own position", It can help strengthen it and lets you empathize to become more flexable in discussions. I also find the fact check sources quite useful. Over all this is an excellent way to have an an informative and productive dialogue on issues.

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Thom Hartmann: Why Fox News has the Right to Lie to Us

Ever wonder why it is that Fox News can lie over and over again - yet continue to call itself "News"? It's because Fox News is a corporation - and ever since...
Coffee Party USA's insight:

A must see. This video gives a brief but concise explaination of corporate personhood and its control of media. I understand a lot clearer now why the Koch brothers want to buy news outlets. Thanks for this suggestion, Marianne Castiglis.

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Rhett Rebold's curator insight, March 17, 2013 5:52 PM

It's a challenge to prosecute slander and liabel since corporations are now US Citizens. Not letting them lie with impunity would infringe their free speech.

J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:45 PM

A quick and concise explanation of how personhood is infecting "news".

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Jeb Bush CPAC Speech Says GOP Must Stop Being 'Anti Everything' Party

Jeb Bush CPAC Speech Says GOP Must Stop Being 'Anti Everything' Party | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Florida Gov.''Every time I hear that "because National Security" excuse, what I really hear is "normally docile taxpayers and voters would be outraged to the point of revolutionary activity if they actually understood how their taxes and votes were being applied."

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James McAvoy Tackles ‘MacBeth’

James McAvoy Tackles ‘MacBeth’ | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
James McAvoy unleashes his evil side in ‘Macbeth.’ He talks to Abby Haglage about the painful experience.
Coffee Party USA's insight:

It has been some time since I read the Four Tragedies of William Shakespeare and having seen only one performance, I enjoyed this review. James MacAvoy's description of his emotional involvement in performing MacBeth, a very evil character, with the descriptive stage setting leaves me yearning. I'm ready to fly to London to see the production. Maybe I'm running away with myself, how about you.

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Privacy Laws and Citizen Journalism: ACORN and Romney's 47% Speech | Nomadic Politics

Privacy Laws and Citizen Journalism: ACORN and Romney's 47% Speech | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
I wanted to take a moment to follow up on a post I recently wrote on James O'Keefe III and the ACORN scandal. 
 
In a somewhat related story, CBS has reporteddetails about that notorious secret recording of Mitt Romney last year. The controversial video became known as the "47%" speech.
One comment caught my eye. Why, the commenter writes, is what the bartender did any different to what O'Keefe did? Both apparently violated the Invasion of Privacy laws, which states it is illegal to record anybody without their persmission. It's a valid question so I thought I would look into the issue. 
Coffee Party USA's insight:

While I feel there is no real comparison between Acorn and Romney, this is a well written and intelligent look at the legal side of the infamous 47% statements made during the last presidential campaign. As of last night the person who did it has given his side, giving thIs writers' conclusion credence.

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In One Key Way, The Housing Crisis Is Still Going Strong : NPR

In One Key Way, The Housing Crisis Is Still Going Strong : NPR | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The U.S. housing market is still a ward of the state. Almost all new mortgages — $1.6 trillion last year alone — are guaranteed by taxpayer dollars.
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We are still on the hook.

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Koch Brothers To Purchase Major American Newspapers–Truth Held Hostage?

Koch Brothers To Purchase Major American Newspapers–Truth Held Hostage? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The purpose of the media, the press, is to be the unbiased source of information for the citizens. Americans would never accept government controlled media, for they would be assured that government would have no entity to police it.
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Murray budget makes cuts, but not like Ryan's

Murray budget makes cuts, but not like Ryan's | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Her plan would leave the country with a $566 billion shortfall after 10 years.
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