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A new bill would make conversion therapy illegal nationwide

  • Trying to change someone’s sexual orientation could soon become a thing of the past — not to mention illegal.
  • This week, Democratic lawmakers introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017, which would allow the Federal Trade Commission to classify practitioners of conversion therapy, a therapy meant to change a person’s sexual orientation, as fraudulent.
  • About 70 democratic lawmakers, including senator Cory Booker, support the bill, the Washington Post reported. Read more (4/27/17)
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Democrats introduce a bill to prevent Donald Trump from launching a nuclear war

  • Senator Ed Markey and Rep. Ted Lieu introduced legislation intended to prevent Trump from using nuclear weapons in a first-strike scenario without the explicit approval of Congress on Tuesday.
  • The legislation is titled the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017." 
  • The two legislators issued a press statement on the bill co-signed by William Perry, who served as secretary of defense in former President Bill Clinton’s administration. Read more

i’m still cackling over the fact that the GOPs healthcare bill flopped like…. they wrote the bill themselves, they control congress AND the white house, and yet they still can’t get anything done ashfjjdjdjsksks

Paul Ryan either doesn’t understand insurance, or he’s lying about it.

As we struggle to understand the so-called Republican “health care” plan, which seems to have little to do either with health or care, it may be useful to review the underlying concept of that thing called “insurance,” which many in the GOP, particularly Paul Ryan, seem to have trouble understanding.

Among people with a basic high school education, it’s common knowledge that English civilization began expanding dramatically into the Americas in the mid-1600s. There are of course many explanations for this; among Christians, a favorite is the notion that colonists came to America to escape religious persecution. There’s some mild truth in that, if the only colonists you’re concerned about are the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, but the greater truth is, most colonists and the companies that financed their colonies established themselves in America for one reason– to make money.

Trade was the reason for developing and expanding the American colonies; shipping was the method by which trade was made possible; and insurance was what made England’s shipping trade profitable, turning a small island into a great ship-building empire that within a hundred years had colonies and dominions across three quarters of the globe.

The key to all of this, the reason America exists, the reason there was a British Empire, was insurance. Specifically, the concept of shared risk, in which the costs of individual disaster could be spread among many, for the benefit of all.

Ever hear of Lloyd’s of London? It’s the world’s oldest insurance underwriter, and in a real sense, it’s the reason Britain ruled the waves.

Before the mid-1600s, mounting a colonial expedition to the New World was so risky a proposition that only governments could afford to do it. Spain, of course, had a New World colonial empire a hundred years before England did– but despite the benefits in gold and precious metals, in many ways the colonial experience was a drain on the Spanish Empire, an extractive enterprise with all the diminishing returns of every extractive enterprise. (In the long run, extracting resources from a colony ends up costing more than the value received, which is one reason the South American colonies were eventually abandoned by the Spanish and Portuguese, or left to flounder under disengaged administration.) In the mid-1600s, in England (and more or less simultaneously in the Netherlands) that reality began to change.

Thanks to insurance.

In a coffee house in London, owned by a man named Lloyd, a group of wealthy merchants came together to pool their resources in a mutual insurance fund. The situation was simple: an almost-predictable number of colonial expeditions were certain to fail, and an almost-predictable number of ships were going to be lost at sea in any given period of time. The problem was, despite all of a merchant’s best efforts, there was no way to know which expedition and which ships would fail or be lost. Any merchant who financed a ship was as likely (or unlikely) to lose his investment as any other merchant. You couldn’t know in advance, which meant there was no way to mitigate the risk of your investment by yourself. Potentially your entire livelihood was in danger on a single roll of the dice. Only a madman would take such a risk (which is why most early colonial expeditions were led by madmen or religious cults).

However… if a group of merchants, each with his own expedition or his own ship, could be persuaded to pool their individual risk exposure, and to share the risk, what was potential financial suicide for an individual would become a reasonable loss spread across a group of individuals.

Shared risk made individual investment and national expansion possible.

Insurance empowered trade; trade created profits; profits created wealth; wealth created opportunity for individuals and the nation alike; individuals flourished and the nation became an Empire.

True, rational conservatives know this. Insurance– that is, shared risk across a group to protect the individual against predictable dangers– is a fundamental building block in business and finance. The Republican party, supposedly the party of responsible business, knows that insurance is a vital component in business, and, by extension, in life as a whole.

So why do they lie about it? Why would Paul Ryan, in his defense of the indefensible Trumpcare anti-insurance bill presently before Congress, describe the basic premise of insurance as “the fatal conceit of Obamacare”?

This is what Paul Ryan said:

“The fatal conceit of Obamacare is that we’re just going to make everybody buy our health insurance at the federal level, young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for older, sicker people. So the young healthy person’s going to be made to buy health care, and they’re going to pay for the person, you know, who gets breast cancer in her 40s, or who gets heart disease in his 50s … The people who are healthy pay for the people who are sick. It’s not working, and that’s why it’s in a death spiral.”

Paul Ryan, the supposed policy expert who supposedly understands economics and business, is describing the basic premise of insurance– insurance, which made possible the world we currently live in– as a “fatal conceit.”

Either Paul Ryan is an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, doesn’t understand Business 101, doesn’t know even high school economic theory– or he’s a mendacious liar playing to the ignorance, greed, and prejudice of the Republican base.

My bet’s on the later.

Shared risk is the basis of business investment; it’s at the root of every modern economy; it is the DEFINITION of society.

Universal health insurance isn’t an imposition on individual freedom: it’s a guarantee of individual freedom, a recognition that what might destroy us as individuals can be borne easily by all of us as a group. It empowers the individual to take risks he or she would otherwise never consider. It strengths the group by sharing a common burden.

It makes nations into Empires.

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Now seems like a good time to remind yall about the free app Countable that helps you get in touch with your reps and stay up to date with bills in congress. Each bill is presented with an argument for and against, and you can vote yea or nay and leave a text or video message. The app will send this to your relevant state representatives on your behalf - I’ve actually gotten emails back from my reps addressing what I wrote.

Probably one of the easiest ways to stay in touch with bills and communicate with your representatives!

Congressman puts the US one heartbeat (bill) away from challenging ‘Roe v. Wade’

  • Iowa Rep. Steve King introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday that would ban abortion nationwide as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detectable.
  • That is about six weeks into a pregnancy, or about two weeks after one might notice a missed period. Read more.
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Summary- Y/N braves the snow to be beside her beloved Phillip
Word Count- 1.7k
Phillip x Reader

Originally posted by teapotsandroses

     Cold metal stung your fingertips as frigid air rushed through the door, your footsteps soft as they pressed gently into the snow. Dark hung over the gardens while you attempted to close the door despite the draft desperately trying to pull you back. The edges of your dress traced a trail in the fresh snow as you hurriedly made your way towards the Hamilton’s. A chill ran through your body as the wind bit at your nose and any skin left uncovered by your clothes. Only moonlight illuminated the snowdrifts still pristine and growing steadily as the snowfall continued. Echoes of your footsteps upon crystal ice rang out on the path towards the door which glowed with a soft light that warmed you upon sight. Your hands trembled slightly with each knock on the door, willing yourself to stop shivering before the door swung open. Footfalls could be heard within the home as the lock turned, light pouring from the doorway onto your face, framed only by locks of hair tinged with ice. Alexander stood before you, quickly grasping your shoulder and pulling you into the family home. 

“Mr. Hamilton, I’m sorry if I woke you but our house is so cold and I couldn’t rationalize heating it with just me so-” The words fell from your chapped lips as you stood in the foyer, soaking in the heat radiating through the space. 

“Y/N, my dear, Eliza and I have both made it known you’re always welcome here. You didn’t wake me, I’ve been up working on this bill for Congress. Sit here and have some tea while I go get Eliza and Phillip, they’ll be able sit with you while you defrost,” He spoke with a smile, placing a warm mug of tea into your hands before turning out of the room towards the staircase. Steam from the beverage filled your lungs, each breath working to banish the frost threatening to overtake you from the walk. Your eyes were closed as you basked in the calm that flooded your body whenever you were at the Hamilton’s, when suddenly a force crashed into you with great energy. Surprised, you opened your eyes to reveal Phillip and his mother hovering at your side, Alex nodding from the doorway as he returned to his work. 

     “My love, are you okay? Father said you walked here in the snow? I can’t believe you Y/N,” Phillip laughed slightly at your choice to journey through what was rapidly becoming a blizzard. A blush flushed your cheeks as he pressed his lips to your forehead then slid in against you in the seat. Eliza shook her head, smirking as she herself poured a mug of tea before sitting across the table. She extended her hand to you, wrapping her fingers around yours.

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anonymous asked:

Don't you think it's sad that Bernie has been a senator since 91 and the only bill worthwhile he's passed up through senate that became a law was to rename a post office?

To be fair, he had TWO Post Offices renamed

He also sponsored a really important bill:

To be honest, he has not sponsored many bills that became law, but such is the life of the longest-serving independent in Congress. But Bernie is known as the “Amendment King” in Washington, enabling him to pass legislation without being the sponsor of the bill. This is an amazing feat for someone that is the only one from his party in Congress. He passed more amendments to bills during Republican control of Congress than anyone else.

- @theliberaltony 

United States Congressmen to launch Congressional Israel Victory Caucus - 25 April 2017

Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) will launch the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus (CIVC) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 27. The goal of the caucus will be to introduce a new US strategy to re-shape the discourse of the Arab-Israel peace process to be more focused on Israel’s needs.
“Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and the community of nations must accept that Israel has a right to exist – period,” said Rep. Johnson. “This is not negotiable now, nor ever. The Congressional Israel Victory Caucus aims to focus on this precept, and better to inform our colleagues in Congress about daily life in Israel and the present-day conflict. I look forward to co-chairing this very important caucus with Cong. DeSantis.”
Cong. DeSantis adds: “Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, as we share common national interests and possess similar national values. Israel is not the problem in the Middle East; it is the solution to many of the problems that bedevil the region. American policy must ensure that Israel emerges victorious against those who deny or threaten her existence.”
The caucus will call on the US government turn the focus of its peacemaking efforts between Israel and the PA from establishing a Palestinian state to convincing Israel’s Arab neighbors recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish State.
“The current approach to achieving a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict has consistently failed because it allows Palestinian rejectionism to be met by a call for further concessions from Israel, thus pushing peace further away because of the entrenchment of a Palestinian denial of the Jewish people’s right to sovereignty,” said Professor Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum. “As Ronald Reagan said regarding the US fight against communism, the only way to ‘win is if they lose.’ The launch of the Israel Victory Caucus will help bring about a catalytic change in the way America pursues peace in the region: Putting its allies priorities first.”

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I'm about six months from graduating and I'm very interested in doing a nurse residency. I live in California right now but I am willing to move. A big thing holding me back though is the horror stories I've heard about nurse-patient ratios. How are they in your state? Are they manageable? Do you know anything about other states?

Dear Anonymous,

That’s a complicated question with a complex answer. As far as I know California is the only state in the country with laws and regulations that mandate nurse-to-patient rations in all units (lucky ducks). Thirteen other states (CT, IL, MA, MN, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, RI, TX, VT, and WA) also have laws and regulations addressing safe staffing ratios, but none as thorough as California. And my state, Virginia, has nothing. Every hospital is different, so it just depends on where you work. Some are good, some are not so good.

Outside of those 14 states, it’s pretty much the wild west and you’re right, it can be scary and downright dangerous.

Originally posted by thosevideogamemoments

When I first interviewed with my current facility, I applied for a PCU RN position, but they ended up offering me an ICU RN position and that was my goal, so I jumped on it. During the interview, I asked about PCU’s typical nurse-to-patient ratio and they told me they tried to keep it to 1:4, but there were times when nurses would carry six patients. My jaw dropped. 

Originally posted by harta-romaniei

Six to one is something I would expect on a med-surg floor, not a PCU. I told them that I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking that many patients on a step-down unit. Perhaps that’s why they ultimately offered me an ICU position. I’m fine with that.

As for you and looking to travel to the wild west of nursing, there are a lot of us here who do it and it can be done safely. Ultimately, it’s up to you. Research any hospital you plan to apply to and ask the management team if you can interview the nurses on the unit. Ask them about the staffing ratios. Ask what happens if you refused to take an unsafe patient load? Is that grounds for dismissal or do they have a system in place to bring in additional staff?

If you don’t feel safe taking more than the recommended patient load, you need to stand up for yourself and put your foot down. I did that the other night. They tried to give me three ICU patients, including one that was ventilated. I told them, “no.” The safe ratio in an ICU is 1:2 and I refused to put my license on the line because they failed to staff the unit properly. They ended up calling in another nurse.

Legislatively speaking, I should point out there is a Federal regulation, 42 Code of Federal Regulations (42CFR, 482.23(b)), that’s been on the books for quite awhile. It addresses nurse staffing ratios for any hospital facility that accepts Medicare, but the language is nonspecific and open to interpretation. It reads as follows:

(b) Standard: Staffing and delivery of care. The nursing service must have adequate numbers of licensed registered nurses, licensed practical (vocational) nurses, and other personnel to provide nursing care to all patients as needed. There must be supervisory and staff personnel for each department or nursing unit to ensure, when needed, the immediate availability of a registered nurse for bedside care of any patient.

“Adequate numbers of licensed registered nurses.” What does “adequate” mean? See? The language is not specific, which is why those 14 states decided to take things a step further and to help address the problem.

There are two safe patient ratio bills sitting in Congress: Senate Bill 864 (S.864) and House Bill 1602 (H.R.1602). Both bills were introduced on their respective floors on March 25, 2015. S.864 was introduced by former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), who retired earlier this year after the new Congress was sworn in. H.R.1602 was introduced by Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Illinois). The Senate bill was sent to a committee and the House bill to a subcommittee where they’ve sat for nearly two years.

What can we do? We can act. We can get involved. I have lobbied on Capitol Hill for nurses and I plan on being back up there again soon. It is an empowering feeling when you sit down to talk with a member of Congress about your concerns. Yes, there is the skepticism that they’re not listening, but they are. They do keep track of every meeting and they keep track of how many people are voicing their concerns about particular topics. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, gets the attention of a member of Congress like a large group of people from their district or state that may vote against them in the next election. There are more than 3 million nurses in this country. We have tremendous potential, but only if we come together and present a united front.

Here’s what you can do - visit this website: http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/issues/entry/ratios and educate yourself on the topic and the bills currently in committee, and then call your Senators and/or Congressperson and tell them to support S.864 and H.R.1602, respectively.

TL;DR - There are no Federal laws enforcing safe nurse-to-patient ratios. California is the only state that does. There are two bills that would change that, but they’ve been in congressional purgatory for two years. Call your representatives today and tell them to vote/support H.R.1602 and S.864!

Sincerely,
Mursenary Gary

Legacy of World War II on the Philippines

In early 1946 Japan’s General Tomoyuki Yamashita was tried as a war criminal and hanged by order of MacArthur. In 1986, a salvage group located the wreck of a Japanese ship containing $500 million worth of treasure in Filipino waters. The ship was sunk in World War II.

In 1994, President Fidel Ramos had hoped to turn the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Leyte into a sort of an Asian version of the D-Day commemoration at Normandy. President Clinton and MacArthur’s 92-year-old widow were invited to event but neither were able to attend. In their place came the U.S. Secretary of State William Perry and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili.

After World War II and independence, the United States Congress reneged on promised to give benefits to Filipino soldiers who fought on the Allied side against Japan. In 2009 Associated Press reported: “Men and women from the Philippines were promised recognition and benefits when they enlisted to fight alongside US troops during World War II. Many of those honors are only arriving now, 64 years after the war ended. The Fil-Am veterans are also set to receive long-awaited benefits that the United States pledged during the war. [Source: Associated Press, June 7, 2009]

“Some 250,000 Filipinos enlisted in 1941 to help defend the Philippines, a US commonwealth at the time. They were promised that they could become US citizens if they chose, and receive benefits under the G.I. Bill. The US Congress took away that offer in 1946 when the Philippines became an independent nation. Congress passed legislation in 2009 rewarding the soldiers for their service with $9,000 payments for non-US citizens and $15,000 for those with citizenship. In 2009, about 18,000 Filipino veterans, many in their 80s and 90s, were still alive. Ravaged by old age and disease, they were dying at the rate of 10 a day, officials said. “ [Ibid]

Carlos H. Conde wrote in the New York Times, “Unlike in other countries where the war’s end brought renewal and hope, there is a strong sense in this country that the war victimized Filipinos twice over, that its horrifying toll went beyond the destruction of its cities. If the war destroyed 80 percent of the Philippine economy, its consequences - the reparations, the ensuing relationship between Manila and Tokyo, the Cold War, the rise of Ferdinand Marcos, who exploited Japan’s postwar penitence and benevolence and almost single-handedly repaired relations with the Japanese - damaged Filipinos even further, diminishing their sense of pride and their ability to appreciate their past and learn from it. [Source: Carlos H. Conde, New York Times, August 13, 2005 +=+]

“In short, World War II left the Philippines devastated long after it ended, historians and sociologists say. This damage, they say, defines the modern Filipino: poor and lost, perpetually wandering the globe for economic survival, bereft of national pride, and - like the women of Mapanique - forced to suffer, to this day, the indignities of their violation. “Filipinos have a very short historical memory,” said Ricardo Trota Jose, the country’s foremost scholar on Philippine-Japan relations, who teaches history at the University of the Philippines.“ +=+

Understanding Scottish Independence: for Americans

It seems like a lot of Americans don’t understand the relationship between the UK and Scotland. Let me tell you a story to try to help you understand.

Imagine that Canada has a terrible disaster of some kind. They’re completely bankrupt. They can barely feed themselves. Maybe it was a huge meteor strike or something. Anyway, Canada is kind of lowkey screwed.

So America decides to help their little brother to the north. They offer to bail out Canada, as long as Canada joins the US, and the ten provinces and three territories of Canada become 13 new states.

For a while things are pretty okay. Canadian currency becomes American currency and every Canadian dollar is valued exactly like American dollars. The Canadian capitol in Ottawa is shut down, and Canada sends their representatives and senators to Washington DC. The old provinces can still collect state tax, but all the federal taxes get sent off to the IRS, and the Canadians get Federal funding the same as other states.

Not all Canadians are happy about the arrangement. They feel like their identity as Canadians is lost. It seems like there are more and more barbeque joints and fewer and fewer Tim Horton’s as time goes by. They want to still be Canadians, but everyone now calls them Americans. After all, they’re all from North America, right?

The problems start to arise when it comes to governing. The Americans draft a bill in congress that cuts all funding for French language education and television. The Canadians are incensed! They are told, “You have representatives in Congress. Just tell them to vote against it!”

They do, but there are only 26 Canadian Senators and 50 Canadian Representatives in Congress, while there are 100 Senators and 435 Representatives from the US. Even when Alaska and Minnesota vote with Canada, there are not nearly enough votes, so they lose all of their Federal funding for French tv and education.

That ends up just being the start. The US cuts funding for the Canadian socialised medicine and welfare programs. They decide it’s not fair for them to get better healthcare and welfare protection than the other states. They’re told that if they want to keep those things they’ll have to raise the money from their own state budgets and state taxes. But they have restrictions on how much they can raise in state tax, so services are strained.

There are little problems here and there as well. Whenever Canadians go down to the original states, the locals refuse to take their Canadian money or give them a hard time, even though it is legal US currency.

Most of the former members of the Canadian national hockey team are recruited into the US olympic hockey team. They do really well in the early rounds, and headlines scream “USA! USA!” When the Canadians point out that every player on the team is Canadian, the Americans scoff and say, “Quit being so nationalistic. We’re all Americans.” The team loses in the final to Russia. The headlines scream, “American Bid for Gold Destroyed by Incompetent Canadians.”

Canada is rich in oil and other natural resources, which are now owned by the US government. With so much land and so few people, per capita they contribute more money to the US budget than they get back in Federal spending. They ask to get more of it back to pay for healthcare and education, but they are outnumbered in congress as usual.

Socially, Canadians are just different. The Canadian states legalise gay marriage across the former Canada with little fuss and the only protests came from the south. They have strict firearm restrictions and they resent that Americans keep bringing in guns.

A war breaks out in Europe. Planeloads and boatloads of European refugees pour into North America from Britain, France, and Spain. The President immediately reacts and calls for restrictions on refugees, claiming that there is no space for them, and they’re too dangerous. Meanwhile, Canada wants to welcome as many refugees as possible. There is plenty of space in Canada, they love welcoming new cultures, and they want to help. Unfortunately, immigration is not a state-level power, so they are banned from accepting refugees.

The US decides to increase their military spending and starts wars all over the world, as usual. Canada pays their share and then some. Americans start to feel uncomfortable with all the nuclear stockpiles in the country, but they refuse to get rid of them. Instead, they park their entire store of nukes just outside Toronto. Not a single Canadian voted to approve the move.

Things start to break down. The Canadians have long recovered from their original crisis, and it just seems like they no longer have any power to govern themselves. They are socially far more liberal than the original states, but their votes don’t mean anything in Congress, so they are constantly saddled with an extremely conservative government.

They’ve been an independent country before. They know it’s possible. If they broke out of the US, they could bring back socialised medicine and welfare and the French language. They could spend more on health and education and less on the constant wars. They could make the Americans take their nukes back, so that they aren’t endangering their largest city.

The Americans don’t understand. “Your population is so small! You’re part of the greatest country in the world! You’ll never have that kind of global clout if you leave us.”

But the Canadians don’t want global power. They just want to take care of themselves and be Canadian again.

So that’s basically what the relationship between Scotland and England is like. Scotland doesn’t want an Empire like England does. We just want to take care of ourselves on our own terms. Our priorities and values are just fundamentally different.

Progressive Agenda Worth Fighting For: 2017 Edition

1.) Single-Payer Healthcare For All

2.) Federal Jobs Guarentee: bring back the 1974 Humphrey-Hawkins Full-Employement Act

3.) Federal Protections FOR ALL LGBTQ PEOPLES

4.) A REAL path for citizenship for ALL Dreamers and illegal immigrants who work and pay taxes.

5.) Expand Social Security: there are currently multiple bills in Congress to expand and strengthen Social Security for future generations, while guaranteeing the wealthy pay their fair share into the program like all the rest of us!

6.) Eliminate ALL subsidies for Big Oil & Gas industries and begin FULLY subsidizing and supporting Renewable Energy sources for a FULL conversion to a Carbon-free Economy

7.) Make ALL PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES TUITION FREE and FORGIVE ALL CURRENT OUTSTANDING STUDENT LOAN DEBT!!!!

8.) Pass a new Voting Rights Act for the 21st Century that GUARENTEES the right to vote for ALL citizens regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class or social status! NO MORE VOTER ID LAWS!!!

9.) Federally Guaranteed Public Transportation & Job Training: in a world where the economy and jobs can shift rapidly in various fields to various locations, a Federal Guarantee to modern Public Transportation and Job Training isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Give the workforce the tools they need to find new work and sources of income for their families so another “Great Recession” can never again destroy the livelihoods of so many families for so long a time

10.) TRUELY PROGRESSIVE TAX REFORM: since the 1980’s when Reagan and his “Supply-Siders” cut taxes on the wealthy while cutting back Federal Aid to the states, taxes have become more and more regressive. High Property taxes in the states made up for the Federal Aid that used to be paid for by high end marginal tax rates on the wealthy, but this means the Working & Middle Classes bear the brunt of the tax load while virtually guaranteeing an unequal education system dependant on wealthier tax payers who sequester themselves into small patches of neighborhoods throughout the country while Working & Middle Class neighborhood’s schools get gutted.
We can change this system be raising Marginal Tax-Rates on the wealthy back to their Post WWII highs of 70-95%, using the money to support local Public Schools and Libraries with money that no longer has to be dredged from the lowest income homeowners. This will also have the added benefit of greatly reducing Inequality over time through better educations for Working and Middle Class students while re-establishing an effective cap on incomes earned by the top 1% of earners.

ALL OF THESE IDEAS ARE DOABLE AND MANY WERE IDEAS PREVIOUSLY IMPLEMENTED IN THE POST WWII YEARS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA. THESE PROGRESSIVE POLICIES HELPED CONTRIBUTE TO THE MASSIVE BOOM IN THE ECONOMY SEEN THROUGHOUT THE POST WAR YEARS FROM THE 1940’s-1970’s AND ONLY WHEN SUCH POLICIES WERE ABANDONED DOD INEQUALITY GROW OUT OF CONTROL.

IT’S TIME AMERICAN CITIZENS ORGANIZED AND STAND UP IN SOLIDARITY TO CHALLENGE THE POLTICAL ELITE IN BOTH PARTIES AND THE CORPORATE MASTERS THEY SO HAPPILY OBLIGE. IT’S TIME TO STAND UP TO THE WEALTHIEST CLASS OF MODERN SLAVE DRIVERS WHO WOULD HAPPILY SEE US ALL IN CHAINS LABORING TO INCREASE THEIR WEALTH.

STAND UP! ORGANIZE! TIME TO SAY ‘ENOUGH’S ENOUGH’ AND TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, NOT JUST THE TOP 1%!!!!

In case anyone is getting distracted by the Russian spy drama, North Korea, Bill O'Reilly being fired from Fox News, etc., the following bills have been introduced to Congress:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your representative to not only vote “NO” but to speak up for our rights, health, safety, and our beautiful country.

If your senators and reps aren’t saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You’ll get a text back with everyone’s contact info. It gives you Federal and State.

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Rep. Keith Ellison got a kick in the butt from his mom to get to the House sit-in

Keith Ellison, the first Muslim American elected to Congress, was in a meeting when he got a message from his mom: Get your butt to the House floor, literally. Ellison is no stranger to political showdowns and was actually arrested (while in office) for protesting one hot-button issue.