While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
This illustrates one of the good things about the American system. Since people are free to express themselves it actually helps to relieve domestic stress and promote domestic stability because everyone knows that their desires and thoughts will be catered to by someone else. Everyone else can find a friend.
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
What Senator Rand Paul is attempting to do is very laudable, and he will certaintly gain popular support for his effort and boldness. However, an amendment to the Consitution is a major undertaking and it most likely won't go through Congress and the POTUS due to the current divided government. The media has the attention span of an ADHD squirrel on LSD. They will most likely forget soon and he will be left in the lurch.
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
This article outlines and explains the problems with the Affordable Healthcare Act (ObamaCare). It is a little biased as the article's intent is to expose and ridicule ObamaCare. Nevertheless, the author makes a very good case. The cooperation of the health insurance companies means that the government was aware of what the repercussions of that decision would be . Thus it is logical to assume a slightly darker motive might be present in addition to the general stupidity of Washington as usual.
The government shutdown reflects a political system that reinforces extremism. The news media system isn’t much different lately.
I really like this article. It is extremely unbiased, reveals the slanting and opinionation of the news, and shows how people all desire confirmation bias. The normal tendency of people is to acknowlege information that backs up what they already belive. Basiclly, this article describes why I generally don't keep up with or care about sports, politics, or celebrity gossip. It is all minutiae that doesn't interest me and will be out of date in a month or so.
Video on msnbc.com: NBC’s Kate Snow spoke with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin about the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress fails to raise that limit so the government can borrow more money to pay its bills...
Video on msnbc.com: The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of...
I agree that gerrymandering is a horribly bad and corrrupt practice. It doesn't work in the US Federal model established by the Constitution because that syatem was designed without party concerns. This was done because many of the influencial Founding Fathers knew that political parties would polarize people so that good policy wasn't the primary focus, just greed and influence.
In addition, what does it say about people that they are so predictable as to their opinions and views. If gerrymanderers can tell from some peices of paper how a given person or group will vote than that goes against the whole concept of freedom of choice. People are still enslaved based on when and how they were born.
coal seam gas coal (Now that Coalition gov is in full anti-environmental swing this could not be more urgent and important http://t.co/ingRrItuvY)
I think the Obama Administration is being very wise and showing alot of foresight in this matter by having so many security and safety systems in place. When any new system like this is put in place there are problems and people will try to use it to their advantage, so I think its good that they are trying to stem as many problems as they can.
Denis McDonough, in an interview on ABC's 'This Week' said he was 'outraged' at Ted Cruz's comments that our forces would be serving as 'Al Qaeda's air force.' The interview was immediately followed by one with Sen.
Indeed, this only a reactionary peice, nothing more. Give him no further thought.
The first illusion to dismiss is that this will not be limited, this is not Libya. When war is called for it must be executed fast, efficentlly, all-consuming, and the enemy should never even think about defing ever again. Their will must be completely destroyed. That is why it should be avoided as much as possible. Everyone can agree that chemical weapons are banned with good reason (referendum on the other weapons), however, Syria does have allies and they're not going to back down from helping protect their ally as it would look bad on their resumes. So, instead of the US acting as a vigilantee outside its jurisdiction ("because no one else will", with good reason), have the US lead the effort through the appropriate channels, the UN. Yes, Russia and others have vetoed military action, so instead have them agree to sanctions, reprovals, ect. The US doesn't need to prove it can intervene, the past 100 years have already done that.
As the U.S. contemplates air strikes on Syria, observers say the regime has scrambled to move many assets, including chemical weapons stockpiles, into hard-to-attack areas or close to large numbers of civilians.
While this does list a way to remove the regime's air pressance, it fails to mention what effect this would have. It mentions the defensive sytems they recieved from their ally, Russia. However, it doesn't mention the impact this action would have on the overall mission. Is the Syrian air-force strong enough to repel a coastal missle strike, or would this mearly be a needless waste of money and lives while further increasing international tensions?
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
This demonstrates that the voice that shouts the loudest is heard. The hardlining of the Republicans is an obvious effect of the growing number of Democrats in Texas. This would have probably happened regardless of Senator Cruz's stand at D.C. He is just a useful poster-child of the movment.
I like charts as they allow for information to be processed by the Occipital lobe as well. The charts show various data such as the past debt ceilings, where revenue comes from, where overlay goes, and how Denmark deals with their debt ceiling. Some interesting things I learned was that the debt ceiling was raised the most times under Reagan, and the most in amount under Bush (W). Also, most of the federal income is through the civilian income tax, while the most of the expenditures are for Social Security.
In The Wall Street Journal, president of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint writes that fighting a law that is unfair, unworkable and unaffordable is reasonable and necessary.
This article is a statement of why ObamaCare is not beneficial to the US and why so many people are so vehemontly against it. It discusses the danger and harm that ObamaCare has already caused the economy and taxpayers, and why that it won't get better over time. I agree that ObamaCare isn't good and will harm the US economy over time. Also, it is serving as a very devisive issue, further polarizing the US and the public.
This article puts forward a good case. It discuses the primary focus of Madisonian government. It describes how it was intended to make law-making a slow, incremental process, and executive desicions fast and descisive. It then describes how part of the problem with the current conflict is that the POTUS and the Tea Party have forgotten this. They both want the legeslative process to be fast, descisive, and in agreement with what they want. Additionaly, I think the comparision with the Kansas-Nebraska Act is very interesting. As is well-known, that was among the last major issues before the Civil War. I wonder if it'll be different this time. I hope it is.
Honestly, I really don't know what to think. I want universal healthcare in the US, but I really don't like ObamaCare as I feel it makes too many comprimises and is too complicated to be implemented properly. On the other hand, stopping the government hasn't done anything to ObamaCare and just made all of the national government look stupider than people already think they are.
ThinkProgress Government Shutdown 2013 Date: What Happens To Obamacare, Social ... The Inquisitr In order to prevent a government shutdown in 2013, both political parties would have to come to an agreement very soon.
This shows that the current economic crisis is far reaching in its effect. If the budget isn't resolved many essential services will shut down, possibly for good. If people thought the international backlash to Syria was bad, what would it be if FEMA wasn't around during the next big hurricane, American air traffic slows to a crawl, another Three Mile Island occurs, ect.
President Obama’s approach to Syria is likely to create an important precedent in the often murky legal question of when presidents or nations may lawfully use military force.
As far as the "punishment" of Assad, a precedent was set at the Nuremburg Trials (look it up). Assad could certaintly be tried for crimes against humanity and that would certaintly be something that more people could rally around.
Contradicting President Obama’s assertion, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said this morning on “This Week” that the president does not have the authority to order a military strike on Syria without Congressional approval.
He makes valid points. Like in almost every armed conflict in history there is no "good guy vs bad guy" there are only enemies and allies. Hitler and Stalin were both once little boys almost beaten to death by they're fathers, repeatedly. Any action taken by the US should have at least international verbal support, if not military as well.
This article makes a point, if not only the party but the same people that have pushed for intervention and war in the past arn't now, shouldn't that be an event to consider? They have seen how wars can escalate, what was supposed to be quick regime changes has turned into two, full-scale wars that have lasted for most of our lives. If war is to be had, let it occur not as a one sided vigilante mission, but a last resort agreed upon by the majority of the players involved. As far as Assad's statment, what kind of leader/dictator would he be if some far away country threatens him and his government and he doesn't try to save what he can and imply threats of his own (however limited they maybe). The protesters where funny, their chants rhymed.
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