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Immigration news made headlines recently, when the public learned that Onyango Obama, President Barack Obama’s uncle, was scheduled to go before a judge for a deportation hearing. According to ABC News, in 1992, a judge had ordered the elder Obama to leave the country, but he defied that order and remained in the United States. He lived in the country unfettered, until 2011, when he was stopped for a DUI. This lead authorities to discover his illegal status. Consequently, Obama found himself, once again, before a judge this year, facing possible deportation. Obama argued that because he had not been … Continued
President Obama has taken a considerable hit to his approval rating since the government shutdown and problems emerged with the beginning of the Affordable Care Act. Although the initial problems with the health care law were focused on national website dysfunction, the fallout of the law may be much more detrimental when sticker shock sets in for those applying for health care coverage. When the timing of the next debt showdown and the passing of an actual budget now being negotiated are factored in, there is a definite possibility of approval numbers plummeting again. There is considerable precedent for a … Continued
Cap and trade has been around for almost twenty years, since the 1995 initiative known as the Acid Rain Program. The positive effect of this project in reducing sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions (40% and 50% respectively by the end of 2006) gave the government impetus to expand the policy in other areas, as well. But what exactly is cap and trade, and does the system provide environmental benefits without any drawbacks? To answer these questions, let’s take a look at what the system entails. The concept is a simple one. Corporations are allowed to emit a certain amount … Continued
A Higher Minimum Wage = Less Illegal Immigration? Minimum wages in the United States have always been a contentious and politically divisive issue. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25, which eight states and several municipalities have dismissed as not being enough to sustain their local economies. Two of these states, California and Nevada, are also affected by significant rates of illegal immigration. Could even higher rates of pay help curb down on the number of undocumented workers? Such is the basis of a ballot initiative submitted to the California Attorney General by Ron Unz, a conservative businessman from Los … Continued
A common claim by critics of the Obama Administration’s fiscal and budgetary policies is that the national debt will have doubled by the time the president leaves office in 2016. The latest prominent presidential critic to make that claim is Wisconsin Governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker. In his best-selling book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” Walker claims, “The national debt is on track to double during Obama’s presidency.” However, even if this is true, how much of that debt can be attributed directly to the president’s policies? Not surprisingly, much depends upon how you … Continued