Obama to Address Economic Divide and Women’s Issues in SOTU

Tonight when President takes to the podium for his State of the Union address, he will make it clear that ”he will not wait for Congress to act on reversing the tide of economic disparity, as he uses his annual State of the Union address to outline a list of actions he will take without legislative approval.” Needless to say he’s already drawing fire from the GOP, as Speaker of the House John Boehner warns, Obama is heading for a “Brick Wall.” Personally, I think President Obama is on the right track… In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Mr. Obama vows to confront growing economic inequality in America, noting that “upward mobility has stalled” and that “too … Continue reading

Marriage Is Not the Fix for Single Mothers in Poverty

I just wrote about single mothers and poverty a couple of days ago and I’m back at it again today. Marco Rubio gave a speech today pushing marriage as the fix for raising single mothers and their children out of poverty. Yes, in the right circumstances it does work, but the problem is the circumstances are not always right. We have spent quite a few years now pushing the marriage intiatives as a fix for single mothers, only to see it doesn’t work. Leave it to Marco Rubio to haul it back out of the conservative fix it bag, but shame on Matt Yglesias for giving Rubio’s theory a pat on the back. There are so many reasons why single … Continue reading

Disappointed in the Website not the Policy

I like many of my fellow Americans have been very frustrated with the lack of speed and efficacy of the Healthcare.gov website. However, let me be very clear there is a big difference between a website not working properly and a federal law being unlawful and therefore unconstitutional. Based on the polls by both liberal and conservative groups there has been a knee-jerk reaction to the website having issues and people believing since this is the case we should over-haul this law.  The Affordable Care Act is a law I remind you that is presently saving people money while providing a ray of hope to millions of people that only a year ago were told they were uninsurable. America is … Continue reading

Kerry Lays Out Reasons to Strike in Syria

We’re in full court press on Syria now. The drums are beating. The debate is ongoing and looking more and more as though action in Syria is on the way. In a speech today on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry “laid out the case like the prosecutor he once was, making a closing argument to a skeptical jury.” Again and again, some 24 times in all, he used the phrase “we know” to describe the intelligence that Syria’s government massacred more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons. And then, while saying no decision had been made, he left no doubt that the United States would respond with military power. Anyone who thinks this issue isn’t weighing hard on Kerry … Continue reading

Looking Towards 2016

It feels like election 2016 is so far away, yet if you are a potential candidate for the presidential primaries, you’ve got to be working your game now. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been doing just that recently. Yesterday she “issued biting criticism of Republican-backed voter ID laws during a speech to a group of lawyers.” Clinton said her appearance at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association marked the beginning of a speaking series she’ll embark upon that will also include an address on the United States’ national security policies next month in Philadelphia. Clinton said the September address would focus of issues of “transparency and balance.” The former top diplomat had not yet publicaly addressed … Continue reading

Pink Sneaks Cushion a Will for Women’s Rights

  by Walter and Rosemary Brasch   The filibuster is at the core of the U.S. senate. It’s also why nothing of much significance has been done the past decade. Under Senate rules, senators can filibuster any legislation. They can just stand up and start talking. They can talk about anything they wish. They can read from telephone books, or even take bathroom breaks. They can also yield the floor to like-minded senators. Even a threat of a filibuster—it doesn’t have to be carried out—is enough to stop legislation. Senate rules require that 60 percent of the senate must vote to stop a filibuster. Knowing this, the Republicans, a minority party in the Senate, have consistently blocked legislation just by … Continue reading