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October 17, 2013  

And the Scuzzbucket Business of Politics Goes On

Senate leaders pressed the pause button on The Great Default and Debt Ceiling Crisis yesterday, allowing furloughed “nonessential” government workers to return to work (with back pay); authorizing operating funds for the federal government through Jan. 15; extending its borrowing power through Feb.7; and mandating congressional agreement on a long-term budget plan by Dec. 13.

The Democrats are dizzy with their strategic victory. Republican opposition crumbled with infighting and negative press; they slinked away with income verification for those receiving subsidies for Obamacare as their prize.

Neither party has clean hands in this debacle, says Leid Stories; in fact, it proves how much alike they are in their ruthless pursuit of power.
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October 16, 2013  

Current Fiscal Crisis Is Also A Crisis of Confidence in Government.

Time for A National Referendum on Congress?

 

The fiscal debacle in Washington has proven one thing beyond the shadow of a doubt: Even when the government has shown itself to be continually in breach of the public trust and a threat to the welfare of citizens, said citizens have no real means to stop the abuses heaped upon them or to compel the government to obey their will.

 

Leid Stories discusses the issue of what rights, if any, Americans have to protect themselves against a renegade, intractable government and whether there should be a constitutional provision that certain major pieces of legislation, such as the Affordable Care Act, should require a direct vote (referendum) by the people.

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October 15, 2013  

It’s Open Forum, the Antidote to Closed Minds!


Share your views on issues and events you think warrant depper discussion and debate. It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories; you take the discussion where you want it to go.

Just so you know, the most brilliant people on the planet will be listening to you. Make it impossible for them to find holes in your argument.

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October 15, 2013  

The Two-Party System: The Lesser of Two Evils; The Evil of Two Lessers

Has it not become abundantly clear that the two-party system will continue to give us more of what we’ve been getting – having to choose between the lesser of two evils and the evil of two lessers?

In this protracted political stickup the people lose. We’re mere hostages to these marauders, and they know that we’re either unwilling or way too scared to break free.

Yet, it’s our best and only option.

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October 11, 2013  

The Two-Party System: The Lesser of Two Evils; The Evil of Two Lessers

Has it not become abundantly clear that the two-party system will continue to give us more of what we’ve been getting – having to choose between the lesser of two evils and the evil of two lessers?

In this protracted political stickup the people lose. We’re mere hostages to these marauders, and they know that we’re either unwilling or way too scared to break free.

Yet, it’s our best and only option.

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October 10, 2013  

Kakistocracy: It’s What’s for Government

Starting now and for the immediate future, pay no attention to blather about “democratic rule.” The triangulation of good ol’ American exceptionalism in Washington — the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government  has killed it. Dead.

Democracy is out. Kakistocracy — government by the most unprincipled people, the worst elements in our society — is in.

The current situation is a case study in the dramatic shift that has occurred at practically all levels of government, creating a relationship between those who govern and those governed that more closely resembles that between predator and prey. It’s not government by the people, for the people; it’s government despite the people, intentionally insulated against their will.

Leid Stories explains how we got to this point and what can be done about it. 

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October 9, 2013  

Between A Rock and A Hard Place: Latinegros in the USA"

Jakiyah McKoy, 7, was crowned Little Miss Delaware on Aug. 31. A month later, she was stripped of the title and crown because pageant officials said she could not prove her Latin heritage.

Actually, the sponsoring organization, Nuestras Raices Delaware, caved in to “complaints” that Jakiyah, who is black, “is not the best representative of Latin beauty.” A committee is “investigating” Jakiyah’s heritage, since one of the pageant’s rules is that contestants must be “at least 25-percent” Latina.

Jakiyah’s story has touched off, once again, a raging discussion about racism and skin politics in the Latino community. Leid Stories’ guest, Dr. Marta Cruz-Janzen, a longtime scholar of multicultural education, rips the scab off this festering sore in her live presentation, “Between A Rock and A Hard Place: Latinegros in the USA.” A Q&A follows.

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October 8, 2013  

What’s News With You? Give Your Take On Open Forum!

Share your thoughts, opinions, ideas and analyses of issues and events you deem newsworthy. It’s Open Forum on Leid Stories – which means you decide where and how the discussion ought to go.

But be warned: Very savvy people will be listening to you, expecting keen insight and a command of your subject matter. They will show you no mercy if you come up short. (Actually, that’s an exaggeration – the “no mercy” business -- but it’s meant to encourage you to do your best.)

Call in and share your considered opinion, and experience for yourself the reaction to your interaction!

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October 7, 2013  

How Obamacare Became Law: The Inside Story

Touted as President Obama’s single greatest accomplishment so far, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, is also his most controversial and brazenly daring.

Now central to the government shutdown and looming debt-ceiling talks, it has ignited an all-out bipartisan war in Washington, with Republicans seeking to delay or defund it and Democrats determined to not let their landmark legislative victory come undone. Polls show a similar sharp divide among Americans. Few are neutral about Obamacare, and most accept it’s the law.

But how did Obamacare become law?

Josh Blackman, assistant professor of law at the South Texas College of Law and author of the recently released Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacareexplains the executive, legislative and judicial life cycles of the law and why, even as it is being implemented, is constitutionally illegitimate to many. 

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October 4, 2013  

In Georgia, Descendants of Slaves Battle to Hold On to Their Land;

Across the Country, ObamaCare Is VoterCare

A small Gullah community of about 30 families living on Sapelo Island, off the Georgia coast, are in a fierce battle with the county government and local land developers to hold on to their ancestral land. The direct descendants of freed slaves who bought their land and settled on the pristine island, they say the county is trying to force them out by hiking their property taxes, even though they receive no county services and are protected by federal law against any land-value increases “that could force removal of the indigenous population.”

Plus, Leid Stories explores yet another dimension to ObamaCare – targeting African American and Latino communities with the health-insurance rollout, which will “inform” registrants at signup that they can also register to vote and will be “provided with voter registration services.”  It is estimated that one-third of uninsured Americans are not registered to vote.

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