If I didn’t know any better I would think that some of the Republican Party’s leaders have started to listen to Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren. Have you noticed that nearly every potential Republican Presidential primary candidate is all of a sudden incredibly concerned with income inequality and they blame it on President Obama and his Administration?
“While the last eight years have been pretty good ones for top earners, they’ve been a lost decade for the rest of America.” Jeb Bush PAC mission statement
“Under President Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in American than ever before.” Gov. Mitt Romney, January 2015
“Income inequality has worsened under this Administration…policies that have allowed the poor to get poorer, and the rich to get richer.” Sen. Rand Paul, January 2015
During the last election cycle, Gov. Mitt Romney, tried to ‘humanize’ corporations to justify massive tax breaks and layoffs by imploring “corporations are people too.”, and the Republican Party found themselves defending Romney’s infamous 47% quote. So why is the Democrats focus on ‘income inequality’ no longer considered “class warfare” by Republicans? Who can say? I’m glad to see the Republican Party adopt a more populist message that seems more in line with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s rhetoric, but stonewalling legislation like raising the minimum wage tells me that their actions speak louder than their words.
Today the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to take on same-sex marriage issue and hopefully settle this once and for all. CNN reports that division in lower courts that manifested after Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan – all in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the national trend and upheld gay marriage bans is what likely forced the hand of SCOTUS.
You can read the full report on CNN here. CNN also has a rather interesting article speculating on the impact this decision could have on the Republican Primary in a post here.
Cartoonists from around the world have responded in the only way they can to the tragedy that unfolded in Paris yesterday. The cartoon above is from Washington Post cartoonist, Tom Toles. A collection of cartoons from around the world were posted in the U.K.’s Daily Mail today which you can peruse here.
Below is an image that went viral last night on Twitter showing tens of thousands of Parisians braving bad weather to pour out into the streets with signs expressing their defiance. It is like Tom Toles cartoon says, “but the pen will endure”.
Photo Source: @SaraAssaf
Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex marriage, the United States finally hit a tipping point in 2014. As the Freedom to Marry image above shows, a jaw-dropping 18 cases were won in court in some of the most unlikely states like Utah, Oklahoma and Arizona.
All of these decisions stem from the historic SCOTUS rulings from the summer of 2013, that I attribute to the support the Obama administration and Obama’s personal message of acceptance. Something to think about as we begin 2015.
It is my hope that the remaining 15 US states accept marriage equality in 2015 so LGBT couples may legally marry anywhere in the US. There are more pressing issues facing our community in other countries where men and women face far greater challenges and need our support. Our money and efforts to organize needs to take more of a global focus in 2015 so we help end discrimination, bullying and homophobic laws around the world.
Happy New Year
Apparently I’m one of the few (24% according to Rasmussen’s Presidential Tracking Poll), who strongly approve of President Obama’s performance. My only real ongoing beef with Obama is in the realm of foreign policy – but even that is all relative when I think back to his predecessor’s foreign policy.
I love this clip from The Colbert Report and if you’ve not had a chance to see it perhaps you should. It is not only very savvy of him when you think about the demographic he is reaching but also very self-deprecating; something I appreciate.
Twenty-five years ago in November 1989, Governor Michael Dukakis signed a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, credit, and access to restaurants and other businesses. It may be hard to appreciate this milestone but this was an amazing victory for our community and would distinguish Massachusetts as a gay rights leader in the nation.
With the stroke of the pen the Massachusetts Governor ended a nasty 17-year battle and our state became only the second in the nation to pass a law protecting the employment and other rights of gays and lesbians. The Boston Globe has a great article addressing this major milestone worth reading, A key moment in gay rights fight.
November 18th, 2013 the Massachusetts State Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ban on gay marriage is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Opponents made doomsday predictions about how this would destroy traditional marriage. History has proven those arguments were nothing more than thinly veiled homophobic rantings.
I would imagine the fact that the very, very gay friendly state of Massachusetts having the lowest divorce rate per capita in the United States is a very inconvenient truth for those who continue to oppose same sex marriage on the basis that it harms the institution of marriage.