Today on Morning Joe, Former Congressman, Joe Scarborough called upon the Republican party to stop the ‘insanity’ and pass gun safety legislation.
"I have to ask my republican brother and sisters this morning, are you really going to be captive to the Wayne LaPierre survivalist wing of the NRA and be in the 7% of extremists that are going to be against keeping guns out of the hand of felons?" -Joe Scarborough
According to the latest poll from Quinnipac University, 56% of registered voters nationwide are in support of an assault weapons ban. Moreover, 92% of Americans across the nation support universal gun background checks. As Scarborough said, the GOP can no longer stand idly by and ignore the American people. The Republican party has been swept up by Tea Party and the gun manufacture's lobby, the NRA, for far too long--to the point where it is simply irrational.
DFA calls for no more nonsense. We continue to work towards issues of gun safety. Sign our petition here and Stand against gun violence.
In 2012, more than 75 percent of Americans delayed their retirement to avoid losing health benefits. See the graph here in a new study conducted by the Employee Benefits Research.
After the recession, more Americans reported they were planning to put off their retirement—due to financial insecurity, job losses, and healthcare coverage. As healthcare costs are on the rise, American’s approaching retirement grow more wary about their ability to afford insurance coverage.
The Affordable Care Act hopes to lower health care costs however, raising the Medicare eligibility are would increase health care costs. If we were to lower the age of Medicare, it will strengthen the program as older Americans are brought on. Thus, Americans would no longer have to fear retirement.
Allowing all Americans under the age of 65 to buy into Medicare would do more to reform the healthcare system and push down costs than anything else. DFA will continue to follow these issues and more. To finish the job, we must expand Medicare for all. We want to know how our members feel. Tell us in the comments: What do you think?
If the United States were to win their case against Standard & Poor's, it would mark the first time EVER anyone, institution, or company was held accountable for such a disastrous financial scandal. The United States government along with several states will sue Standard & Poor’s debt rating agency for giving high ratings to risky mortgage bonds bringing about the financial crisis and committing fraud. Trillions of dollars were lost and nearly 10 million people were put out of work as a result of S&P’s actions.
According to Attorney General Eric Holder, “Put simply, this alleged conduct is egregious (shockingly bad)—and it goes to the very heart of the recent financial crisis.” Representing the Obama administration, Holder is adamant that this case would be critical to all future financial dealings in US.
The biggest question moving forward is "why?" Why were Standard & Poor’s ratings so wrong? DFA certainly will be watching as this case moves forward. Let us know your thoughts and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. What do you think about the government’s case against Standard & Poor's?
On Sunday, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre stumbled through an interview on FOX News with Chris Wallace. Most notably, LaPierre could not defend the defenseless NRA ad aimed at Obama's daughters (See the ad on previous DFA post here ). Host Wallace was very direct and would not let LaPierre gloss over the now infamous ad. Wallace to LaPierre: "That's ridiculous and you know it, sir!"
At Democracy for America we want to hear from you. Where do you stand on the new Immigration Reform? What are the most important aspects looking forward for Immigration?
The Senate's “Gang of Eight’s” Immigration proposal calls to expedite citizenship for young people brought here as children, path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. However, the plan also supports stricter enforcement for America’s borders—so less illegal immigrants will be able to enter the country in the first place. Sen. Schumer said of the plan, "We have a long way to go, but this bipartisan blueprint is a major breakthrough."
On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech outlining his blueprint for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. Many of the President’s major points reflected the bipartisan Senate effort—specifically, pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living here. Yet Obama also endorsed a provision that would allow for a foreign partner of a same-sex relationship be able to apply for a green card—the Senate plan does not include this.
Let us know what you think about the immigration overhaul! What's missing? What are your ideas? We want to hear from you, let us know in the comments.