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Hindus now have a fellow believer in Congress

Unlike most Hindus, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has no ethnic ties to India. But as the first Hindu elected to Congress, she's seen by many Indian-American adherents as an important representative for their faith.
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The .00017 Percent Solution

The .00017 Percent Solution | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL CHARNEY

 

Over the past score of months we’ve heard a lot of different percentages echo through the media: we’ve had the 1%, the 99%, the 47%, the top 2%, the other 98%, as well as various percentages attached to the unemployed, the underemployed, the number of foreclosures, the number of uninsured, and the number of gun owners in America.  Most of us have heard about these percentages so often that we don’t even need context: when we hear one we immediately get the reference.

 

 

And yet the single most important percentage is one we never, ever hear about.  It’s this one: .00017%.

 

 

Where does this number come from? The current population of the United States is, according to this site (at this moment), 315,495,531. The tiny, tiny subset of that population that we elect to represent us in Congress is 535. That’s it. .00017% of the population represents us. Represents U.S.... READ MORE


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Greg Russak's curator insight, March 16, 2013 11:26 AM

The 535 Campaign is an initiative designed to get every single member of Congress on record. If they have a position on Citizens United (or, more generally, the corrupting influence of money in politics, the plan is for you to know about it.  And, if they don't... well, you'll know about that, too.

The group is currently looking for volunteers—they hope to have two or three in every congressional district—and they’ve provided tools and templates for reaching out to our senators and representatives in order to find out their positions.

http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/be_a_leader

 

Franklin Delano Williams's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:38 AM

The Coffee Party makes a great point here.

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Activists Vow To #FloodTheCourt To Stop The #NDAA On Feb 6th | Mainwashed

Activists Vow To #FloodTheCourt To Stop The #NDAA On Feb 6th | Mainwashed | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
You have all heard about the NDAA right? It is a bill that gets passed every year, and deals with stuff like national defense spending. Up until 2012, it was no big deal.
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House GOP seeks to make friends - Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer

House GOP seeks to make friends - Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — House Republicans heard it loud and clear Wednesday: They are unpopular and need to change their ways.
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Any chance they might actually remember the who the middle class really are? Can they do the math  to show how their policies will improve everyones standard of living? Time will tell.

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Hindus now have a fellow believer in Congress

Unlike most Hindus, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has no ethnic ties to India. But as the first Hindu elected to Congress, she's seen by many Indian-American adherents as an important representative for their faith.
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This is diversity

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Overview | Transaction Tax | Tax | Issues

Overview | Transaction Tax | Tax | Issues | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
In December 2009, Representative Pete A. Defazio (D-Ore.), along with 31 of his House colleagues, introduced the financial transactions tax.
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Can this help in debt reduction? Use on a larger scale?

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Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety" | Zero Hedge

Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For "Public Safety" | Zero Hedge | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration is working towards putting the finishing touches on rules and regulations for widespread domestic drone use, and the agency expects as many as 30,000 UAVs will be in America’s airspace by the decade’s end.
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Been following this since last January. Local law enforcement can get training from Homeland Security. How far do we let surveilance go in this country? No oversight, checks and balances or simple rule. I'm sure we all appreciate security, but unfettered? We can do a lot better.

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Everyone More Miserable as Fathers Pitch in Around House

Everyone More Miserable as Fathers Pitch in Around House | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
The typical American father spends
more than twice as much time doing housework as his dad did in
1965 and logs almost three times more hours on child care.
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Coming from a mom at home family, I just had to read this. While have nothing against working moms, I've had feelings of late that they are possibly being exploited.This piece makes me think dads should be added. Please note the percentages of working parents, they're reliance on job security and the appreciation of flex time. Now, cross the line and imagine your a large employer. Ask yourself, "How can I turn this into a profit?" I can find pluses and minuses, how about you?

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Opinion: Tough compromises are key to budget challenge - Sen. Patty Murray

Opinion: Tough compromises are key to budget challenge - Sen. Patty Murray | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
We are just days out from the year-end bipartisan deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, but it seems that Republicans have already returned to their partisan corner and are once again girding up to fight to protect the wealthiest Americans from paying a...
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Can not wait for this battle to begin when it's really easy to avoid. Why do I feel that a three way agreement from all those divisions of government would work? It would be really great if the politcal considerations were put aside and the citizens concerns came first. This is where the lobbist and campiagn contibutors get in the way and we all pay for it.

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Consumer bureau hands down stricter rules for mortgage servicers

Consumer bureau hands down stricter rules for mortgage servicers | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
The rules are aimed at vanquishing unscrupulous practices used during the financial crisis.
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Senator Warren finally sees some real action. Going after the regulators who are responsible for enforcing the rules of baninking and finance. Now, will she receive the necessary support of her collegues to get the job done?

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Post-election, some lawmakers move to the middle

The "No Labels" alliance aims to put problem solving over partisan bickering and end government gridlock.
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Weill this take hold and grow?  

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The Ultimate Chaos Bringer's Blog: Constitutional rights denied to Americans detained as terrorists

The Ultimate Chaos Bringer's Blog: Constitutional rights denied to Americans detained as terrorists | Middle Class and Standard of Living | Scoop.it
RT @TheBronyMontana: #Constitutional #rights #denied to #Americans #detained as #terrorists http://t.co/OOV5yRIm … #NDAA #Government #Politics #War #Corruption
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