Given what Barney Frank had to say during last Sunday’s “Great American Debate” hosted by Christiane Amanpour, the country has lost one of the last remaining true political leaders, who actually seek to govern and not to act as lapdogs for corporate interests.
Of all the things that have happened in congress these past years the signing of a pledge written by a lobbyist is the most disruptive. The idea that representatives of the people, elected by the citizens to do their business, have pledged to follow blindly the ideals of one person representing corporate greed, is preposterous. The signing of such a pledge is to pledge servitude to private entities above the pledge to protect and defend citizens who elected them and the Constitution of the United States of America. This type of action should be considered illegal and immoral. If there is anything the citizens of the United States should do, it is to unelect all those who have signed this pledge. This democracy cannot tolerate this behavior.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”—Dead Poet’s Society (via awakenyourlife)
OPINION: When you go to the store to buy something, you pay a tax. When a banker trades a stock, bond, option, future or any derivative instrument, he or she pays no tax. As deficits soar and the government slashes social programs, those in the top 1 percent—with access to the capital and tools to…
The tuition at Georgetown University is very high but the University only charges its student’s full tuition if they can afford it. Other students are discounted. The full cost is charged to 40% of the students while 60% are discounted to some appropriate level. This is effectively charging the wealthier students more so they can help cover the costs of the poorer students. This seems to be OK with everyone. All participants feel it is an appropriate way to fund higher education. Question: why is it so hard to use this same principal of funding for the US government?