I'm a hunger-fighter, seeing the escalation in need and here to ring the bell and call for all hands on deck!
Congress' attention and action right now: the millions of low-income families who rely upon federal housing assistance to keep a stable roof over their heads and are being threatened with losing access to these funds.
If we're going to fight a binary struggle, it should be populist versus corporatist. That's the only real division in this country right now. Are you on the people's side, or on big money's side?
Congress' decision to modify the sequester for the FAA air traffic controllers while ignoring the plight of cancer-affected families was inexcusable. Yet in a perverse way, Congress may have done cancer fighters a favor, giving us a vivid image on which to focus: full airplanes waiting in line to take off.
Speaker Boehner said it himself -- the vote to repeal Obamacare is not about health care, it's about politics. It's also another day wasted doing nothing instead of something for our nation's seniors and for the middle class and those working their way into it.
As more of our best and brightest are lured into the private sector, many into lucrative but socially unproductive jobs, we reduce the prestige and desirability of government service. This could have devastating effects for the future.
Why does one governmental agency have 13 different cell phone plans for which it pays varied prices that are higher than commercially available rates? The one take away is that the government clearly is not leveraging its buying power and, as a result, is wasting taxpayer dollars.
It's hard to believe that the savings achieved by laying off 13,000 air traffic controllers are vital, given the wasteful spending in Washington. The small amount saved by these high-profile cuts does not offset the resulting economic stagnation and job losses.
To conservatives, Mark Sanford's victory against Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the South Carolina special election is a sign of hope that their values are making a comeback, but they miss its real significance which might prove disappointing for them.
Sequestration continues to ravage the real people: the middle class, the seniors and the first responders as epitomized by the Clifford household.
In April, Obama's numbers returned to a normal level, after experiencing a very short post-election "honeymoon period" with the public which bounced his numbers up to a peak, and then bounced them right back down again.
My dawg Dylan says we'll be able to smoke weed in public like anywhere, because they're gonna fire all the cops in town. Think about it, dude. No cops! No firemen either, so my posse can build a smokin' bonfire at the lake.
The sequester, which went into effect on March 1, is reality. And believe it or not, it's working too. It is forcing our government to make hard choices and, like generations before, we are being asked to make sacrifices. And this is a good thing. Why?
Developing the food systems and community service infrastructure necessary to carry out these changes will be costly in the short term. We should not see these activities as expenses, but as investments.
It's hard to believe that the first federal air pollution legislation was the Air Pollution Act of 1955. Fifty-eight years later, the United States -- and the world -- are still struggling to come to terms with the importance of preserving the quality of the air we breathe.
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