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Pam Bullock
Chicago
I have opinions and I love to share them, and hear others, too.
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I've heard several people who dislike the major party candidates for President�say that they�intend to vote for a third party candidate. I personally think this is�not a great�idea, for reasons best saved for another blog, but it is our Constitutional right to vote for the candidate we each deem best... Continue reading
I've heard several people who dislike the major party candidates for President say that they intend to vote for a third party candidate. I personally think this is not a great idea, for reasons best saved for another blog, but it is our Constitutional right to vote for the candidate... Continue reading
I have supported Hillary Clinton from nearly the beginning of her 2016 Presidential campaign. I know that I disappointed several people for not joining the #feeltheBern bandwagon, clamoring for more hope and change than President Obama ever promised; clamoring, in fact for a political revolution. Senator Sanders has proven to... Continue reading
Almost everyone knows that Donald Trump has no shortage of self-confidence. And after dabbling in the 2012 Presidential campaign, we expected just as much bluster from him this time around. However, since announcing his candidacy earlier this summer, Trump has outdone himself. He has single-handedly made it almost acceptable -... Continue reading
As of January 30, 84 cases of measles have been confirmed in 14 states this year, including one young woman who rode an Amtrak train in New York while infected. This compares with under 100 cases in ALL of 2009, and only 37 in 2004. Here are some fast facts... Continue reading
Ebola virus disease - also called ebola hemorrhagic fever - has been spreading rapidly in West Africa since February of this year. As of the end of July, the World Health Organization reports 887 deaths out of 1603 known cases, making it the largest outbreak in the history of the... Continue reading
Last�Wednesday afternoon, convicted murderer Joseph Wood was executed in Arizona by lethal injection. The first drug was administered at 1:52pm.� Wood, however,�did not die until nearly two hours later, after witnesses said that he "gasped and struggled to breathe" for an hour and 40 minutes. The drugs administered were midazolam... Continue reading
Last Wednesday afternoon, convicted murderer Joseph Wood was executed in Arizona by lethal injection. The first drug was administered at 1:52pm. Wood, however, did not die until nearly two hours later, after witnesses said that he "gasped and struggled to breathe" for an hour and 40 minutes. The drugs administered... Continue reading
There's been a lot of talk in the last week about companies that are "exempt" from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most from Republicans who would like Americans to think that certain companies are getting preferential treatment. The situation is complex - because the law is complex - but the... Continue reading
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1. If your first reaction is "Oh no, another part of socialist Obamacare is going into effect", hold on a minute. If you like your current health insurance, you don't need to do a thing, and nothing is going to... Continue reading
The austerity budget cuts known as federal budget sequestration came about last year as a result of the inability of Congress, and of the bipartisan Super Committee, to reach a deficit-decreasing budget compromise. There was much outrage on March 1 among both lawmakers and the publicwhen sequestration went into effect.... Continue reading
Although the term "sequester" has been around since 1985, it became one of 2012's words of the year, and on March 1, it may go from an abstract term to a fiscal disaster for the United States. Essentially, sequestration is automatic, across the board spending cuts. In this case, the... Continue reading
In the national conversation (and occasionally shouting match) about gun regulation, there is much talk about the proposed ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which, quite frankly, is unlikely to make it through Congress. More likely to be enacted is a federal law requiring universal background checks, which would... Continue reading
Some US lawmakers are calling for better enforcement of existing federal gun laws, rather than considering new ones. This is not an unreasonable argument...except that the agency charged with enforcing such laws - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) - has been weakened to the point that... Continue reading
Some Republicans in Congress continue to insist that next month, when the deferred financial crisis rears its ugly head again, they will not agree to increasing the debt ceiling unless that increase is matched with an equal amount of spending cuts, largely in entitlement programs. The problem is that the... Continue reading
The National Rifle Association held a much-anticipated press conference this morning, one week after the Newtown tragedy. The NRA's silence following the shooting, as well as its hinting at a bold response, had many people thinking that the organization might actually call for common sense gun laws, or at least... Continue reading
On its face, it sounds like simple freedom of choice; employees in states that have enacted right-to-work laws cannot be fired for refusing to join a union and pay union dues. Proponents state that right-to-work laws preserve workers' Constitutional right of association, and claim that unions increase manufacturing costs, making... Continue reading
For most of the campaign, Mitt Romney has been pandering to the far right, calling himself a "severe conservative" and clearly gunning for the tea party vote. But now, four weeks before the election, he has taken positions that, well, differ from what he has said in the past. Lets... Continue reading
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This myth has been making the rounds for weeks, but when Rick Santorum had the gall to say it straight into a camera, and straight into Americans' living rooms, I had to write this post. Santorum stated in his speech at the RNC last night that President Obama had eliminated... Continue reading
After Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney's running mate last week, Medicare and its future have been thrust back into the headlines. Ryan and Romney keep repeating that under the Affordable Care Act, over $500 billion will be cut from Medicare in the next ten years, implying that services... Continue reading
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The cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act, and what makes it most controversial for some people, is the requirement that nearly everyone purchase health insurance. The mechanism by which purchasing insurance is being made simple and affordable is the insurance exchange. The motivation to purchase insurance - if peace of... Continue reading
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Wow, has it really been six weeks since my last post? I took a position as a Summer Organizing Fellow with the Obama campaign back in June, and my spare time sort of evaporated. But the fellowship ends this week, and I'm back and ready to vent. Let's start with... Continue reading
Last Friday, President Obama issued an executive order to stop the deportation of certain young undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. Under this new policy, people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and... Continue reading
I'm writing this while hunkered down in an undisclosed location in downtown Chicago, stockpile of food and gas mask by my side. Well, maybe not a gas mask. But seriously, here in Chicago we are bracing for the upcoming NATO summit, which takes place May 20 and 21 at McCormick... Continue reading
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Last Thursday, J.P. Morgan Chase disclosed a $2 billion trading loss, incurred since the beginning of April. The loss came from a trading portfolio designed, ironically, to hedge against the risks the company takes with its own money. London-based employees are largely responsible for the loss, in particular a trader... Continue reading
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