Birth Control Women’s autonomy depends on our ownership of our own bodies; our very freedom depends on our ability to access to safe, affordable birth control. Choosing if and when to have children directly impacts our economic outlook and is a determining factor in a woman’s ability to emerge from poverty. Increasing access to birth… Read More Five Thoughts for Friday (Oct. 12)
We are a nation of laws. Those laws act as guidelines for how we live our everyday lives. They are meant to protect our best interests and protect others from our worst instincts. The First Amendment protects our right to free speech, and subsequent laws define protected free speech. Yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater… Read More The Unreasonable Right
The dust may have settled – or, more realistically, been washed away by climate-change-enhanced hurricanes pulling a Mr. Hyde on both Texas and Florida – from Trump’s announcement last week that his administration would end DACA with a six-month delay, but the future for 800,000 young people has never been cloudier. What’s DACA? The Deferred… Read More DACA-scuse me?!
One of the most pervasive myths of the past half-century is that all of what ails government could be solved if only it was run like a business. Costs would be trimmed. Timelines would be met. Methods would be efficient and effective. People who spent years, decades, of their lives within government could not fix… Read More The Failed Experiment of “Government as Business”
Last night, a mob of white supremacists surrounded a group of very young, very brave University of Virginia students. Standing at the foot of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the students held a handmade banner: UVA Students Act Against White Supremacy. This morning, those same white supremacists emerged again, continuing to protest the removal of… Read More America, We Are Not Surprised
What you heard: The Trump administration is threatening to end payments to insurance companies in order to sabotage Obamacare. What it is: The payments that Trump and his lackeys often refer to as “bailouts” are technically called cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs). The federal government pays out CSRs to insurance companies, to the tune of approximately $7,000,000,000… Read More Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments
What you heard: The media/political news/my friend/etc is focusing too much on Russia/the Boy Scout speech/Trump encouraging police brutality/etc and should be talking more about health care/dismantling of regulations/the economy/etc. Most of this commentary comes from those who are white, male, or occupy upper income levels. Most likely the person you’re hearing this from is… Read More The Privilege of “More Important” Things