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Keen on debating the U.S. Court’s ruling on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Reform Law?

Nobody can say supporters of the Affordable Health Care Reform Law of 2010 shy away from robust debate(s) over the current U.S. Courts ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Law. Contrary, supporters of this law are ready to go into the trenches to stand firmly behind the law. Frankly, supporters of the law are saying: Jose, this law is not going anywhere! While the deficiency in the law is seen from the perspective of constitutionality; and, individuals and state governments that have taken the federal government to court on the constitutionality of the law, marketing the law to the public and the courts, as an extreme product that tramples on the rights of the individual citizen. Believers in the law are saying striking down this law is going to do more of a disservice to Americans than the cost of the litigation that will be involved in getting the law ultimately before the the Supreme Court. In addition, believers in the law have a hunch that the naysayers are mischievous …

Obama’s State of the Union Address: The myth of the Republican Consensus

It should not be a surprise that Republicans do not hold one thought regarding the State of the Union Address from President Obama. It is difficult to place Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he delivers the Republican Response to the State of the Union in the Virginia House of Delegates' chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., next to Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) response or to the blistering and anger-filled delusional response of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) of the Tea Party. Each of these republican's response has very strong ties to the old party maître: cut taxes, cut spending and their newly found loathsome diatribe: the affordable health care law of 2010. The response from Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is probably motivated by aspiration for the oval office, Representative Ryan’s response from perceived love for the Republican party principles in his home state of Wisconsin; and that of Representative Bachmann, on the pursuit of extremism in a world of ci…

Joint Resolution of Supporters of the Affordable Health Care Law of 2010

On strictly party line vote today, the Affordable Health Care Law of 2010 was repealed with 245-189 vote spread in the United States House of Representative. As if celebrating a World Series football match, Republicans were calling for multiple proposed changes to the law, including the elimination of a requirement for individuals to purchase coverage, limiting medical malpractice lawsuits and other additional changes to the law as passed last year. There were so many promises from Republicans to repeal and replace the law; yet, their emphasis was more on the repeal rather than replace, as it seems Republicans have no genuine alternative for all the benefits in the law that has been celebrated by many Americans as ground breaking and responsive to both the young and old. Yet, Republicans still have bone to pick with the law. Quite an insatiable bunch, you’ll say? Republicans are still panting and screaming even after the vote.

Hopefully, you’ll think, Republican Party’s furor over the…

Celebration of Life: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Environment

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Very few men and women had made their mark on the issue of the Environment and Economics. One man that did, was the Right Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. It was no secret that Dr. King was concerned about workplace safety, the environment and economic inequality that still persist today. If Dr. King woke up tonight, he will still find many of his works uncompleted and still in need of the attention of the greatest nation and finest Democracy that mankind has ever known.

Somehow, in between when Reverend King went home to be with the good Lord and now, we were able to accomplish so much on race relation, just as the preacher had surmised; but not on the environment. Did the preacher expect his children to live and play around polluted waters, air and land? Probably not. This is why we have to get back to the issue of protecting our environment and preserving our waters, soil and air, among others for generations to come.

I hope all God's children have not los…

Can we coach Civility in political discuss?

The confusion and tragedy of last weekend has created a powerful fellowship behind the call for civility in political discuss. The call for civility had come from the President, leaders of both major political parties, lawmakers, governors, mayors, sheriffs, police and the clergies. Many Americans see this as a green light for constructive debate on all public policy issues. Is this really feasible or is this just a wishful thinking?

The main area of concern for this type of bandwagon or reflexive call is that it has a tendency to fizzle out after a while. Politicians and the public go into a cocoon mode immediately after calls to bring civility to discussions from leaders in the public eye. Unfortunately, politics by its general nature is contentious; just as civility comes to public discuss, there comes issues that cannot wait to stir emotions in debaters of political issues. Politicians and the public are often searching to protect their turfs or interest(s); or, are often seeking …

Analytical Perspectives of Some of the fifteen Recommendations from the Presidential Commission on BP Oil Spill II

D) Create an independent agency charged with ensuring companies share information about best practice in terms of worker safety and environmental controls:

This is probably contestable. We will all agree that adding another layer of bureaucracy would only create an additional burden for budget costs in a contracting economy. The performance of the defunct Mineral Management Services, was so deplorable just before its dissolution, it was arguable an agency that was a revolving door for members in the oil and gas industry, until when there was another available oil and gas executive position in the private sector to fill. The problem became so appalling that the monitoring agency only remained in name, in practice it was a toothless bull-dog. It was not only difficult to monitor violations in oil and gas drilling activities, it became too cumbersome to ensure that each company in the industry was in compliance with related laws. Necessary information from oil and gas companies going int…

Analytical Perspectives of Some of the fifteen Recommendations from the Presidential Commission on BP Oil Spill

The severest damage to the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill will probably never be known. The twists and turns of findings by oceanographers, marine scientists and microbiologist of BP oil spill signify devastating experience for marine life and habitat in the Gulf; and, it will probably take a while before we arrive at a consensus as to how much effort will be needed to return the marine habitat to its previous status, even among scientists.

Policymakers and lawmakers in congress are probably finding it difficult to develop a complete understanding of the threshold needed in marine law tweaking essential to make oil and gas companies change their way in the exploration of oil and gas, offshore. The British Petroleum offshore spill, the largest in US history, created an atmosphere of mistrust and sometimes misunderstanding of how laws on books have failed to meet the advancements in exploration technology and attendant accidents; and, how weaknesses in the enforcement of industria…

Virtuous Politician: Chastity or Homicide in Sarah’s Text?

If the clarion call of a right winger in an election campaign implores other right wingers to act or re-commit to dangerous and destructive acts, calls that can easily be misconstrued as a bait to act rather than conform or lay down arms for the safety of the fraternity, the denial of the clarion call cannot provide assurance to the fraternity at large that the initiator of the clarion call hardly meant ill or encouraged any ill-lucid right winger to perpetrate mayhem. In a lamentation of surrogates of the right wing philosophy, the mayhem of the sixth day of the week, eighth day of the first month in the year 2011, must be seen in the context of poor discuss between citizens of the metropolis, and nothing more. It must and cannot be associated with the clarion call of the Tea Party favorite politician. The metropolis wants to give the right wingers the benefit of doubt. Tonight's blog is just an intellectual exercise to help college students work on their literature essays.

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Tragedy in Tucson, Arizona: Revisiting laws that allow twisted minds and extremists among us to obtain firearms?

Wailing and crying filled the parking lot of a Safeway store in Tucson yesterday afternoon. There were pains and sorrows written all in the air as one of the extreme members of our society went on a shooting spree, plucking down six innocent citizens and maiming for life another fourteen. Yet, Americans are arguing about the need for controlling gun sales, they are arguing about the freedom to bear arms, they are doubting if anyone should be associating extremist speeches from politicians and extreme groups that are splintered all over the nation, with what happened yesterday. The blog today attempts to visit the traumatic events of Saturday in the parking lot of a Tucson grocery store that have led to the deaths of innocent people.

Words are like eggs, once broken, they are hard to retract. Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford, the Democratic Representative to congress from Tucson, who is still fighting for her life, was close to being assassinated, for doing what she is best at doing: li…