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Liberal Logic: Obama Will See A Better Year?

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Political Reliast: This is another installment of Liberal Logic from my good Liberal friend, Ben Mcgowan. Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment. The following is what Ben Mcgowan wrote:

On Tuesday President Barack Obama managed to get a bill extending benefits to the unemployed passed through the Senate. This marks a new year of Obama finally stepping it up. Obama has always claimed to be a patriarch of the masses but now we really see it, and this continues to make Republicans weary. John Boehner, in opposition to the bill, said “…Right now the House is going to remain focused on.. giving America’s unemployed the independence that only comes from finding a good job”. Yet how is removing this bill helping the unemployed? Right now in America people are finding it tougher and tougher to find jobs, something shown in statistics. While decreasing, unemployment is still staggering, and 14 million Americans are thankful this bill passed the Senate, as it directly affects them. Mr. Obama was quoted saying, “These are your neighbors, your friends, your family members. It could, at some point, be any of us.”





Republicans also seem to be ignoring their own states, 16 republican senators will have angry jobless people telling them they are losing their benefits. Republicans counter saying that this bill cannot be paid for, yet if we make simple cuts to the military or other programs, or god forbid, raise taxes on the wealthy, these benefits seem to cost next to nothing.


Republicans also seem to have no trust for their fellows. Conservative Republicans state that unemployment checks will discourage people from getting a job. However they are ignoring the facts. Obama is also looking to change minimum wage to $10.10. This would encourage people to get jobs, work hard, and would also bolster the economy through increased consumer spending, all without leading to inflation. The checks these Republicans refer to are nowhere near substantial enough to provide someone with a decent life, and so many still are looking for jobs, these benefits are also only being extended for the long term unemployed. People who have been without a job for maybe even months, people who really need the government to care for them. All in all, Obama started with a bang, now let’s hope he can keep it up.


-Ben M.

 

What Politicians Are At The Top Of The Political Food-chain?

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

These politicians are arguably the biggest names from both sides of the aisle. Republicans and Democrats have both had strong politicians gain steam in 2013, but Republicans have had an overall better year than Democrats due to the rollout of Obamacare and the Benghazi scandal that have put a damper on Democratic plans. Regardless, these ten individuals are the biggest politicians of 2013 and have the momentum to be the same in 2014. I have ranked them in order with 1 being the greatest.


1. Governor Chris Christie





In 2013 the Republican Governor was re-elected in the deeply Democratic state of New Jersey by 60% of the vote. He now sits atop of 2016 Presidential Hopeful Mountain, amongst political giants like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Hilary Clinton. Additionally, he has been made the Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, a high profile association that is sure to boost his profile even further. He gained a high national profile amongst Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike due to his disregard of partisan lines and his ability to call out his party members on decisions that he doesn’t agree with. Earlier this year when Congress was slow to allocate federal funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, many of whom lived in New Jersey, Christie wasn’t afraid to point out the mistakes of the House Majority and Speaker Boehner. He also praised President Obama on his handling of the Hurricane Sandy relief, even though it was during the final days of the 2012 Presidential campaign. All of this makes him the biggest political winner of 2013 as well as the go to candidate for all voters in 2016.


2. Ted Cruz





No one in 2013 has seen their stock jump so dramatically in 2013 than Ted Cruz. After filibustering in the Senate for almost 24 hours, the Senator from Texas shot to national prominence and was featured in almost every newspaper cover in the nation. Before the filibuster, he was little known on the national stage but now Cruz is as big as the Bush’s in Texas. He has become the new face of the Tea Party movement and a champion of the Conservative agenda. He sits just below Chris Christie as a Republican favorite for the Presidential ticket of 2016. The primaries will determine the direction of the Republican Party due to it being an ultimate showdown between the Establishment Republicans (Christie) and the Tea Party (Cruz).


3. Rand Paul




The son of the former Congressman from Texas, Ron Paul, has kept a high profile on a national scale this year. Throughout the beginning and middle of the year, he saw his political fame skyrocket, but towards the end of the year with the partial government shutdown, he watched his rising fame stagnate. He is considered a Tier 1 Presidential candidate amongst politicians like Gov. Chris Christie and Hilary Clinton. He has gained wide spread respect throughout the Tea Party and is considered one of their Congressional heroes. His position on a strict Conservative agenda with little compromise makes him a champion amongst the more Conservative factions of the Republican Party.


4. Elizabeth Warren




The Senator from Massachusetts has gained widespread political success in 2013. Senator Warren has led a growing surge in the Democratic Party of populist ideology. She has greatly influenced the entire Democratic Party with her agenda to supposedly strengthen the middle class. During her rise to political fame, the percentage of Democrats that have a negative view on the banking industry increased significantly since 2007, while the percentage of Democrats who had a positive view of the banking industry fell from 51% to 31%. The Democrats that were dissatisfied with the role of large corporations rose from 51% to an extremely high 79%.


Please feel free to leave in the comment section who you think had a great political year in 2013.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Seven Vulnerable Senate Seats Held By Democrats contd.

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

In this New Year 35 U.S senate seats are up for grabs. 26 of these seats are currently held by Democrats while 14 of them are currently held by Republicans. In order to obtain a majority in the Senate, the Republican Party cannot lose any seats but they have to gain at least 6 seats. Republicans usually perform well during Midterm elections due to their more reliable voting base, while it usually takes the excitement of a Presidential election in order to pull the Democrats base to vote. I’ve comprised a list of seven races that the Republican Party has a shot at winning.


4. Louisiana



Photo: Mary Landrieu


The incumbent Democratic Senator for Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, is in grave danger of losing her Congressional seat in this year’s midterm election. The three term Senator audaciously backed the President’s health care reform law, Obamacare, after her constituents pleaded for her to vote against it. In 2012, President Barack Obama lost Louisiana by 18 percentage points, if the President couldn’t win in the state then Senator Landrieu has a lot to worry about. The magnitude of the damage caused by the PPACA was strongly felt in her state when 90,000 citizens of the red state had their insurance plans canceled. The damage felt by the bill hit her as well because she saw her approval rating drop to 47%. Her strongest competitor is Bill Cassidy, whom before the Obamacare meltdown led the incumbent 47%- 45%. Now that we’ve witnessed the disastrous effects of this bill, we are sure to see that margin widen as the election date winds down.


5. North Carolina



Photo:Kay Hagan


North Carolina’s current Democratic Senator, Kay Hagan, has come under intense scrutiny recently for her support of Obamacare. In North Carolina two ads have begun to air, signaling the first of the attacks on the incumbent. One was sponsored by the North Carolina House Speaker, Thom Tilis, whom is one of five GOP candidates for the Senate seat. Americans for Prosperity, an affiliate of the politically active Koch brothers, also began spending on statewide spots for advertisements attacking Kay Hagan’s poor decision. In North Carolina, her approval rating has stayed consistent at 43% but her disapproval rating has spiked drastically from 39% to 49% in a short two months. Before the Obamacare mishaps she trailed behind two of her Republican opponents, Greg Brannon and Bill Flynn by 45%-43%, she tied with Heather Grant and Mark Harris at 43% and led Thom Tilis by 44%-42%. Now that we have grasped the full scope of the problem, she most likely trails behind all of her Republican opponents.


6. West Virginia



Photo:Shelley Moore Capito


The current Democratic Senator of West Virginia, Jay Rockefeller, honorably decided to retire from the political scene early last year in January, but vowed to stay for the rest of his term. This leaves his Senate seat open for the taking of a GOP candidate in the 2014 elections. The Republican Representative, Shelley Moore Capito, is expected to easily pick up the seat that will be vacated by the incumbent in November of 2014. On the right-wing, no one has come out in a primary challenge of Capito. While on the Democratic side, they’ve decided on West Virginia’s Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant, who truly doesn’t stand a chance in the state President Obama lost by 26 percentage points.


7. Virginia



Photo: Mark Warner


The Democratic Senator has been serving Virginia since 2009, but is in danger of losing his Senate seat after the rollout of Obamacare. In a poll conducted by the Washington Free Beacon before the rollout of Obamacare showed him already in a vulnerable position. Though 50% of Virginians stated that Warner should be re-elected, a strong 45% said they would prefer a different candidate. In an important figure, Independents 49%-43% would rather have a different Senator. His approval rating stood at 47% in mid-November but due to the rollout of Obamacare I expect the results for his polls to be similar to the dip in poll figures that the President faced. Though candidates haven’t risen for this seat, it is expected that the former Republican National Committee Chair, Ed Gillespie, but he hasn’t confirmed nor denied the rumors.


I would like to formally apologize for the events that took place over the weekend in which a few immature individuals pretended to be me and posted vulgar, insulting and false comments in the Guest Chat that has now been disabled. I am sorry for anyone that was insulted by what was posted and I assure you that there will be a faster reaction time to events of that matter. Thank You.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

 

Seven Vulnerable Senate Seats Held By Democrats

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In this New Year 35 U.S senate seats are up for grabs. 26 of these seats are currently held by Democrats while 14 of them are currently held by Republicans. In order to obtain a majority in the Senate, the Republican Party cannot lose any seats but they have to gain at least 6 seats. Republicans usually perform well during Midterm elections due to their more reliable voting base, while it usually takes the excitement of a Presidential election in order to pull the Democrats base to vote. I’ve comprised a list of seven races that the Republican Party has a shot at winning.

1. Alaska



Photo: Mead Treadwell

The incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich has been serving the state of Alaska since 2009. In his latest approval rating poll, he faces an approval rating of 39% while a strong 42% disapprove of the job that he has done as their Senator. This puts the incumbent in a vulnerable position for the upcoming midterm elections. In a poll conducted by the Huffington Post amongst 890 likely voters, Mark Begich received 44% of the nominations compared to his strongest Republican competitor Mead Treadwell earning 40% of the nominations with 17% of likely voters unsure about their choice. This was well in the Margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. During the 2012 Presidential election, 55.3% of Alaska’s vote went to the Republican’s nominee Mitt Romney, meanwhile President Obama only received 41.3% of votes. This is basically a head to head race; now with the Obamacare fiasco we will see Senator Mark Begich’s lead diminish as November draws closer.

2. Arkansas



Photo: Tom Cotton

Their incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor has been serving the state of Arkansas since 2003 and is considered the most vulnerable seat up for grabs in the midterm elections. He faces Tom Cotton a Republican Congressman who has been serving Arkansas in the House of Representatives since 2013. According to the polling company, Mark Pryor trails his Republican opponent by 7 percentage points, with Tom Cotton holding 48%, the incumbent with 41% and 9% of likely voters undecided. Amongst Independents that lean toward a party, Tom Cotton leads Mark Pryor 52% to 31%. Amongst Independents that don’t lean toward any parties Cotton still leads Pryor 45% to 32%. Lastly, in a rare feat, Tom Cotton leads the Democrat Mark Pryor amongst women, 46% and 42% respectively. Pryor is going into the midterm elections with a bleak outlook. It looks like Arkansas has a new Senator in town.

3. South Dakota



Photo: Mike Rounds

The Incumbent Democrat Senator Tim Johnson has decided to retire this year, after holding his seat for three terms since 1997. He previously held the seat of Representative for 10 years between 1987 and 1997. This decision to retire left the election open to the Republican Former Governor of South Dakota Mike Rounds. Mike Rounds served as the 31st Senator of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011. He also served in the South Dakota state Senate from 1991 to 2001. He is the public’s favorite so far for the Senate seat, raising over $600,000 in the third quarter of 2013 alone. In one of his latest polls conducted by Nielson Brothers Polling has him at 50.2% compared to his biggest competition, the Democrat Rick Weiland at a meager 34.8% and 15% undecided, with the margin of error at 3.43%.


Check in tomorrow for the second installment of this list. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section of this post. Follow the Political Realist on Twitter @realpolitics3 for daily political updates.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Progressive Movement Through Destructive Measures

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Talks in the Capitol have begun over hiking the Federal minimum wage but a Seattle suburb has taken measures into their own hands. This Seattle city recently voted and approved an effort to create a $15 minimum wage in their city for thousands of workers. The measure was approved by a 77 vote margin with an estimated 6,000 votes submitted. This new minimum wage will begin on the New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2014 signaling a small victory for the Fight for 15 advocates, but businesses are marching to a beat of economic depression.




An estimated 1,600 workers in the city of SeaTac, Washington will see a pay raise on January 1st, with the city having the second highest minimum wage in the nation, just a little behind the $15.38 minimum wage of Sonoma, California. This new minimum wage in SeaTac is a sharp increase of 60% from the state’s minimum wage which is the highest in the nation at $9.32.


Though the 1,600 workers that will receive the pay raise are looking forward to this sharp climb, many employers are frantically searching for ways that they can absorb these new costs. What the government must realize is that the various hotel and transportation businesses in SeaTac are small businesses and cannot absorb these new expenses like a large corporation can. In order to combat these new expenses many of these businesses will now have to either decrease the quality of their service or eliminate positions.


Scott Ostrander, the General Manager of Cedarbrook Lodge stated, “We're going to be looking at reducing employee hours, reducing benefits and eliminating some positions.” So though the employees are going to receive a higher pay, they will lose the benefits that used to come with the job, as well as a reduction of hours such as moving some full time workers to part time. This new hike in minimum wage will expedite America’s shift to a part-time state.


Cedarbrook Lodge plans on growing revenue instead of eliminating positions. Though they want to do this, it is easier said than done. It will take an increase in marketing, quality of stay and the opening of more sites. This all takes large amounts of money, money that Cedarbrook Lodge will simply not have after factoring in the new burdensome minimum wage.


Though Cedarbrook Lodge has a bright outlook on the recent events, one employer stated that it will have to close one of their two restaurants in the town, automatically eliminating 200 jobs. These are 200 individuals that will not have a job next year due to the movement that some audaciously call “progressive”. If killing jobs is “progressive” then I would rather be regressive.


Dollar Car Rentals stated that they are looking into outsourcing some functions of the company out of SeaTac, as well as changing schedules and cutting some staff in order to absorb the negative aspects that come with the new policies.


Through this mess a legal battle ensued and opponents of the Fight for 15 movement won a significant legal victory. A judge ruled that this new minimum wage does not apply to any workers of the SeaTac airport which is in the Port of Seattle. Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas ruled that only the Port of Seattle can set wages and other work related regulations and rules for the 4,700 workers at the SeaTac airport. Fight for $15 advocates have vowed to appeal this ruling.


Don Stark, the Spokesman for Common Sense SeaTac stated, “This is a pretend solution to a really serious national economic problem. It is taking money from one pocket and putting it in another.” I couldn’t agree more, it basically puts these small businesses on a starvation diet and damages the businesses overall and will lead to less Americans in the work force. This is simply something that our healing economy could not handle if it sparked a movement in other local governments. This could very well be the match that sparked and overall choke-hold on our nation’s economy.


The American Car Rental Association estimated that this sharp hike in SeaTac’s minimum wage will lead to massive layoffs in the community. They have estimated that it will lead to a 5 percent cut of low-wage jobs and another 5-10 of those low-wage workers will be replaced by more experience workers. In the worst case scenario, according to these estimates, an estimated 240 people in the SeaTac community could potentially lose their jobs.


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-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Senate Passes Budget Deal With Bipartisan Support

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

On Monday, December 16, 2013, the Senate passed cloture on the bipartisan supported budget deal created by the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray. Cloture would limit debate for this bill to a maximum of 30 hours, this would allow the floor vote to happen before Congress goes home for Christmas recess. Without a pass on this vote, the vote would be forced to happen after the Christmas Recess, dangerously close to the budget deal deadline in January. We would possibly face another partial government shutdown over debate on how this budget should be formatted. The Senate passed it with a vote of 67/33 with zero noes from Democrats in the Senate and nine noes from Republicans in that chamber.


Senator Mitch McConnell as well as Senator Rand Paul were amongst the nine Republicans that voted against cloture with Senator Mitch McConnell even criticizing the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, Harry Reid. Republicans that might face primary challenges in the next year such as Senator John Cornyn. Senator John McCain and the newly elected Orrin Hatch voted for cloture going against the will of other very influential Republican members of Congress. These votes from the Republican side pushed the vote for cloture past the 60 vote requirement for the passing of the vote.




Today, December 18, 2013, the Senate voted on the budget deal created by the Chairmen of the Senate and House Budget Committees. The bill passed the Senate with a vote 64-36. It passed even with Republican Senators fighting against it due to its cuts to military benefits even those that are disabled. Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama stated, “It's not correct, and it should not happen.”


The votes on this bill have honored the wishes of public opinion and is a prime example of constituent representation. In a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 50% of Americans agree with the budget deal and 35% disagree, while 15% of Americans have no opinion. 61% of Democrats approve of the budget deal while 52% of independents approve of it. The Republican Party is split almost in half on this bill with 39% approving and 36% disapproving of the budget deal.


The reason why Representative Paul Ryan compromised so much on the budget deal was to set the stage for a debt ceiling deal that Republicans favor and to give the GOP the upper hand in the debt ceiling fight. If that was the intention of the budget deal then what he thought would happen couldn’t be farther from what will actually happen. Don’t expect a Republican debt ceiling fight despite what Paul Ryan suggested.


The Republican Party wouldn’t risk the upper hand they have on the Democratic Party due to the Obamacare mishap, for a Conservative debt ceiling deal. The GOP desperately want a majority in the Senate and want to hold on to their majority in the House of Representatives. If the Republican Party fought on this debt ceiling deal then that would give grounds for the Democratic Party to fight and poke holes in the GOP Senate candidates’ campaign.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Compromise for the Worst?

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Budget compromise proposed by Representative Paul Ryan the House Chairman of the Budget Committee and Senate Chairwoman Patty Murray passed through the Republican controlled House of Representatives. This happened after Speaker of the House John Boehner came out in support of the compromise. This compromise gained bipartisan support with Democrats and Republicans reaching across the aisle, possibly sparking a period of cooperation in Congress.




Currently, Senator Harry Reid is struggling to rally support for the Budget Committee’s proposal. Speaker John Boehner delivered on his end gathering votes for the proposal but currently the Senator Harry Reid cannot rally support from his own party in order to pass this budget. The Senate Majority Whip, Dick Durbin, stated that in order to pass a two year budget deal the Democrats will need at least 8 Republican Senators to vote in favor of the bill. What this means is that three Democratic Senators have said they would not vote for the bill.


With many Democratic Senators in Conservative states facing re-election next year, they are walking on egg shells. With their re-election campaigns already at risk due to President Barack Obama’s failed healthcare law, they don’t want to ruffle anymore feathers in the Republican strongholds they represent. Democrats Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.


The problem that has risen over this bill is the deep and unfair cuts to Military Veterans. Retirement benefits for Veterans will be cut by $6 billion over the next 10 years if it is passed. Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican from New Hampshire stated, “It's unacceptable to single out our men and women in uniform in this way.”


Many Republicans oppose this bill because it reverses the cuts fought for by Senator Mitch McConnell during the sequester. It doesn’t truly combat America’s ever expanding debt and its frivolous spending problem. Instead Republicans are calling for cuts that can actually help America and insure we don’t face the impending debt crisis.


Senate Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi have come out in opposition of the budget deal. The opposing Senate Republicans have estimated that a 42 year old Sergeant First class would lose roughly $72,000 under the new changes. This is $72,000 that, that officer has earned through risking their life and serving our country valiantly in the face of danger yet Senate Democrats have no regard for this.


A budget deal needs to be passed by January 15th or the nation will face another partial government shutdown, like the one we had a few short months ago. The deadline on the debt-ceiling is expected to be due in February.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Not A Good Start, But A Start

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In a bipartisan effort the House Budget Committee with their Chairman Paul Ryan made a deal with the Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. Praising the compromise Pat Murray stated that this “moves the ball in the right direction”. According to Paul Ryan the former Vice Presidential candidate, this is a compromise that both parties sought. This compromise came right in time because it is something that all of America wants.




Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican from Wisconsin, stated that this compromise is a step towards fiscal conservatism and deficit reduction while providing relief from the sequester cuts. Paul Ryan then went on to say, “We looked at our budget that we passed in the House, her budget that she passed for the first time in 3 years in the Senate, the president’s budget, we looked at those areas of common ground, common understanding, we negotiated that, and that’s what this result is.”


Though this has gained strong bipartisan support, he expects his colleagues to still oppose it because it doesn’t include deeper cuts and reverses the cuts that Senator Mitch McConnell fought for during the sequester. Senators like Marco Rubio oppose this budget deal, with the Florida Senator speaking out against it after it was proposed. Paul Ryan assumes this is because he is in a minority position in the Senate and his vote doesn’t change anything.


This proposal will restore $63 billion to the budget that was cut under the sequester. Overall it will lead to a cut of $23 billion to the budget in the next decade. In my opinion these are weak cuts in such a long time span, with the amount of money we’re spending this isn’t enough to cover our expenses. The proposal predicts spending levels under the new budget to be just over $1 trillion instead of the $967 billion under the 2011 sequester deal.


Republican leaders such as Speaker of the House John Boehner came out in support of the bill and spoke against Conservative groups for not supporting the bill like comments from Al Cardenas. Al Cardenas the Chairman of the American Conservative Union stated, “The solution is not to walk away from progress and add over $60 billion in spending over the next two years. We are not impressed by the cost cutting gimmicks and urge members of Congress to tell the budget conference to get back to work.” I agree with Mr. Cardenas because these are shallow cuts that will only put more stress on taxpayers and doesn’t improve America’s fiscal grounds.


Though I don’t agree with the details of the proposal I believe that passing this create a stepping stone for Congress to reach a resolution on many other problems. One of those problems being Immigration which has been temporarily swept under the rug and has lost momentum amongst the public. Another is taxes where we will be able to implement a less complex tax code that allows Americans to live economically healthy lives. I don’t approve of the details of this proposal but it’s a great start and allows us to avoid another partial government shutdown.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Plastic Firearms, Safety Concern or is Congress Bored?

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Congress has voted to renew the ban on all plastic firearms that have the capability to evade detection of metal detecting machines. This effort came after Republicans in Congress successfully fought tougher restrictions. Today, December 9th, the Senate renewed the ban on guns that are able to evade metal detectors and x-ray machines, for 10 years.


The Senate held a voice vote just before the midnight deadline. Last week the House of Representatives voted on a similar bill that would extend the ban for 10 years. Now it will be sent to the desk of President Obama where it will most likely be passed.




These votes were by voice, this means no single senator’s vote was recorded and therefore the populous has no access to how their representative vote. With the upcoming Senate elections, many Senate Democrats are struggling to retain their seat in Republican leaning states due to Obamacare. If this vote was able to be obtained by the public, it would be used to exploit these Democrats and lead to another Republican seat in the Senate. With that very possible outcome, we should have had documented votes on this piece of legislation.


Senator Chuck Schumer called for tougher regulations by placing undetectable metal parts into these plastic devices. This is to insure that the integrity of the plastic firearm is preserved while still ensuring that safety is in the forefront of priorities. What worried Senator Chuck Schumer was terrorist exploiting this security gap and being able to board planes with these weapons, leading to hijacks and more American lives lost. Currently many plastic guns follow the current law which has metal parts but they are detachable and can easily evade security measures, especially if these actions have bad intent behind them.


Though his piece of legislation was opposed greatly, he is happy that a compromise was passed believing that it is a step in the right direction. He still believes that it is “bad news” that the security issue is being avoided. He stated that he will work with his fellow Congressmen in order to pass a compromise because he believes this security is a soft spot that terrorist, both foreign and domestic, can exploit.


The NRA remained basically out of the argument but said they would fight any efforts that would infringe upon the 2nd Amendment right of the American people. These efforts include the one of Senator Chuck Schumer who wants undetectable metal parts in these plastic fire arms.

 


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 

Fight For 15 and Less Jobs!

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Major corporations Walmart and McDonald’s have come under fire lately due to their hourly wages. These corporations pay $7.25 an hour, the Federal Minimum wage. Lately, major union back labor groups such as Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15. These groups have staged nationwide walk outs as well as crippling demonstrations.


It would be great to have these individuals received $15 an hour, but realistically this is not an obtainable feat. With the large retailer of Walmart in their 2012 Fiscal Year they made about $34,880 in profit every hour, but with that $8 raise, it will cost the company $500,000 an hour to pay for the wages of their 2,000,000 employees. In order to absorb these steep raises these corporations will have to cut their work force.




According to a new report, these sharp increases in hourly wages will cause the loss of 460,000 jobs in the Fast Food industry. If you are in favor of these increases, keep in mind that this will be 460,000 jobs lost, 460,000 individuals that are not able to provide for their family, and possibly 460,000 more individuals forced to stretch their hands out to the federal government.


According to the Employment Policies Institute, “We find that roughly 460,000 jobs would be lost in the fast food industry as a consequence of a $15 minimum wage, this is a conservative estimate because it only includes employment loss among those who hold a fast food job as their primary employment. Including those who work in the industry as a second job would increase the estimates.”


This institute also found that with every 10 percent increase in labor cost, employment falls every 3%. This $15 raise in the minimum wage is more than double the current amount of the Federal minimum wage. Congressional Democrats are also proposing an increase in minimum wage but they’re aiming at $10.10.


Rises in these wages could cause these jobs to be replaced by self-service kiosk and even have machines take over the entire food preparation service. These devices may be initially expensive but in the long run, they don’t have to take breaks and they work for free.


-Political Realist

-Shamar Mahon

 


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