The IRS is taking aim at the growing political role of tax-exempt social welfare groups. It’s a category of American politics where spending has increased 80-fold in the last decade. Donors can give as much money as they want to these groups, and their names are not disclosed to the public. The IRS wants to roll back the social welfare politicking, after a summer of controversy over the way it treated Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status.
NPR’s Peter Overby reports.
PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Social welfare groups are also known as 501(c)(4) organizations under the tax code. But whatever you call them, they’ve become favored vehicles for big donors giving big money while avoiding public scrutiny.
The IRS would upset that arrangement for 501(c)(4)s. One significant restriction targets a growing activity
The other day I read something extremely appalling on Hubpages that captured my attention. It was so appalling I created a HubPages account just to comment on how crude it was. The hub pertained to how “disgusting” poor people are and how “we should just get rid of them,” because I’m sure they don’t have beating hearts or anything. This author even had the audacity to justify his claims by referencing to the Bible. As a Christian Baptist, I was extremely offended. Whether or not one believes in Christianity, there is absolutely no logical interpretation of the Bible which states “The poor are clearly disgusting which is why Jesus helped them, but it was for absolutely no reason.” Before I get carried away I will say I am neither Republican nor Democrat for that so much political turmoil has left me undecided, but one thing I do know is I have a strong belief in helping the less fortunate.They aren’t human because they survive off of what they can acquire in our garbage, right? Wrong. Poverty should not be classified as a social issue because it is a making-our-country-a-better-place priority.
The second reason why this argument is repugnant is because some poor mothers who wish to work so they can feed their children already do. In a Chicago Impact Research Project, it was proven that 800-1,000 women become prostitutes every year to fight the war on poverty. So with this being stated, I hope it clarifies any misconception regarding the homeless/poor with unemployment.
7. Try to avoid getting beat up by someone they love.
According to some estimates, half of all homeless women in America ran away to escape domestic violence.
(Source: National Coalition for the Homeless, 2009)
2. Entitlements are the problem
No, they’re not. The evidence is overwhelming. Social Security is a popular and well-run program. As summarized by Bernie Sanders, “Social Security, which is funded by the payroll tax, has not contributed one nickel to the deficit and, according to its trustees, can pay 100 percent of all benefits owed to every eligible American for the next 21 years.” Dean Baker calls it “perhaps the greatest success story of any program in US history.”
Medicare, which is largely without the profit motive and the competing sources of billing, is efficiently run, for all eligible Americans. According to the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, medical administrative costs as a percentage of claims are about three times higher for private insurance than for Medicare. And it’s just as popular as Social Security.
Rick Santorum: Nelson Mandela Fought ‘Great Injustice,’ Just Like Republicans Are Battling Obamacare
“Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that. That’s the reason he’s mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed,” Santorum said. “But you’re right, I mean, what he was advocating for was not necessarily the right answer, but he was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.”
The statement, pointed out by Slate’s Dave Weigel in a tweet Friday morning, came after Fox News host Bill O’Reilly claimed Mandela “was a great man, but he was a communist.”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles - including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.
Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.
His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
Also See: The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
and this Author Talk: Michelle Alexander
Guess he doesn’t want their votes (their families and friends also) in the future …
Just one day after Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor blew off a nine-year old girl who approached him in the hallways of the House by saying, “I can’t help you,” he refused to meet with over a dozen immigrant children who came to his office. It took just a few minutes for his staff to call the cops on the kids, who were singing for immigration reform.
“We want reform, we want it now. We are titanium. Keep our families together. We want reform right now,” the children sang. (Katy Perry would have been proud.)
The children, some of whom appeared to be as young as four or five, are part of groups identified as the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Keeping Families Together. They wore tee shirts that read, “Keep our families together.”
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In my lifetime, I’ve see some wonderful advances in medicine. Unfortunately, science doesn’t come cheap.
“I had a birthday in September,” Dr. Rubens, 63, said. “I told my wife I don’t want anything. It would take away from the magnitude of this gift.”
Medicine may be on the brink of an enormous public health achievement: turning the tide against hepatitis C, a silent plague that kills more Americans annually than AIDS and is the leading cause of liver transplants. If the effort succeeds, it will be an unusual conquest of a viral epidemic without using a vaccine.
“There is no doubt we are on the verge of wiping out hepatitis C,” said Dr. Mitchell L. Shiffman, the director of the Bon Secours Liver Institute of Virginia and a consultant to many drug companies.
Over the next three years, starting within the next few weeks, new drugs are expected to come to market that will cure most patients with the virus, in some cases with a once-a-day pill taken for as little as eight weeks, and with only minimal side effects.
But the new drugs won’t come cheap. The price of sofosbuvir hasn’t been set, but it’s expected to cost around $90,000 for a course of treatment.
European Women’s Lobby Européen Des Femmes : France Is Paving the Way Towards a Progressive Europe Free From Prostitution
Brussels, 5 December 2013] The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) warmly welcomes the vote of the French Parliament yesterday, which adopted a law proposal aiming at abolishing the system of prostitution. After two years of debate, French parliamentarians decided to support a new legislation aiming at supporting prostituted persons and considering prostitution as an obstacle to gender equality and a violation of human rights and dignity.
The law will address all actors involved in the system of prostitution, in a comprehensive way. Persons in prostitution won’t be criminalized anymore and on the contrary, will be offered alternatives to exit the system of prostitution. The demand for prostitution is recognized as the main driver of the exploitation, and the purchase of sex will therefore be criminalized. The fight against all forms of procuring and trafficking is strengthened, highlighting the links between prostitution and trafficking. Finally, prevention and education actions will be implemented to raise awareness to the reality of prostitution as a form of violence.
“France is now joining Sweden, Norway and Iceland, whose successful and progressive policies on prostitution are based on the fundamental principles of equality between women and men, human dignity, solidarity and justice. We congratulate the French parliamentarians for their courageous stance against the system of prostitution which exploits the most vulnerable, perpetuates male domination and fuels trafficking in women”, says Viviane Teitelbaum, President of the European Women’s Lobby.
Together with the 200 NGOs from all over Europe, which have signed the Brussels’ Call ‘Together for a Europe free from prostitution’, the EWL sees the French developments on prostitution as a sign that mentalities are evolving towards shared values of equality and dignity.
KEXP.ORG presents The Lonely Forest performing “Neon Never Changes” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded October 8, 2013.
Host: John Richards
Audio Engineer: Jackson Long
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