Middle America Votes for More of the Same

The Republicans’ decisive sweep of the 2014 midterm elections should be a wake up call for Democrats.  There are lessons to be learned.  People will not go to the polls and vote in large numbers if they do not have a compelling reason to go.  Second, Republicans learned from their mistakes and capi ……

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Government Shutdown or Not, ObamaCare is Here to Stay

Few people believed the government would be shutdown because the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party are so adamant about the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which they derisively refer to as “ObamaCare”.  Yet, here we are on October 1, 2013 and the United States government has been officially closed.  We got here because John Boehner, the Speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives acceded to the Tea Party members’ demands to pass a budget bill containing a provision that would deny funding for the Affordable Care Act.

They see this as their last opportunity to keep the law from being fully implemented after having tried to repeal or defund the law about 40 times.  It’s difficult to keep count.  Yet, even if the Senate were to pass this bill to defund the ACA and President Obama would sign it (fat chance), funding for the health exchanges is already in place.  So while the government is closed, the Affordable Care Act is opened for business.  I am sure there are many misguided Americans who may believe the health exchanges are not open for business due the government’s shutdown, but I believe there are many more Americans—including me— who have been counting the days for this opportunity to purchase a reasonably-priced health insurance policy….

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Barbara Lee’s Rising Star Takes Social Work to the UN

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-13), Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus and all-around phenomenal woman of the 21st century has added a new role to her influential leadership portfolio—United States Representative to the United Nations, assuming her appointment by President Barack Obama will be confirmed by the Senate.  Her appointment to this position was surprising to some since she is regarded as a staunch anti-war activist who urged the President to hold back on his intentions to launch a strike against Syrian madman Bashar Al-Assad after he presumably gassed hundreds of his own citizens, including women and children….

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It’s Not All White People’s Fault

The 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington organized by labor leaders A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin that featured the “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a time for reflection on progress that was or was not made, a time to ……

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