The Teapot Dome Scandal – The Start of Government Corruption

During the 1900s, there were many officials who openly disagreed with holding oil reserves for the navy. The most well known official to have disapproved of the federal reserves was Republican Senator Albert B. Fall. His political allies convinced President Harding to appoint him as United States Secretary of the Interior in March of 1921. […]

Single Payer Health Care: Who Gets to Go to the Prom?

A single-payer health care system provides complete and comprehensive coverage to anyone who pays taxes.  The term “single” refers not to the individual, but to a single public body (group of people) who are paying into a single fund—not unlike how Medicare works in the US.  In a single-payer system, the government handles the fund […]

Health Care Reform: A Simple Explanation

The simplest definition of Health Care Reform lies in the word reform—which means to amend or improve through change. This divides the American people into two camps: those who think our present health care system is flawed and needs to be improved, and those who believe that it is acceptable and want things to remain […]

If You Have To Defend It, It’s Probably Racist – America’s Racial Quagmire

It’s hard to believe that anyone in our nation, with its history, could be genuinely confused about whether or not something is racist.  There’s been so much attention in the media recently on attempts to justify racist images or remarks.  The unfortunate truth is that the structure of our very social fabric in this country […]

“Story of Stuff” – Giving Children an Education on Reality

We can, and that includes our children.  Some people are hissing about the video the www.storyofstuff.com, which was designed to be used in schools—claiming that it is “un-American” and should be censored… because censorship is so American. We as parents do a lot in the name of protecting our children—it’s one of our responsibilities, along […]

No Pain, No Gain – More Benefits of Economic Recession

Despair has a talent for spreading itself around, and while some feel encouraged to look on the bright side of the current economic recession, those whose lives have been ravaged often remain understandably cynical. Perhaps the only universal silver lining is acknowledging a fundamental truth—the only thing that will never change, is the reality that […]

Pelosi Power: What Does the Speaker of the House of Representatives Do?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives performs a variety of duties.  Democrat Nancy Pelosi—our current Speaker and the first woman, Californian, and Italian American to hold the position—serves in three main roles: representing her district, leading both her party and the House as a whole, and ensuring respectful behavior on the House floor. As […]

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