The IRS announcement that tax filing season is about to begin despite the partial shutdown sent a strong message to taxpayers about what we are good for in Washington’s eyes. We are here to fund our lawmakers’ government at their whim with no guarantee that they won’t deny us what we pay for.
When Democrats fall back on America’s founding principles to justify their anger and frustration the words ring hollow. The usual political hypocrisy is acceptable and expected and we hear it from both sides, but do liberal lawmakers think we are so unschooled that we can’t see how ridiculous they sound when they turn to the Founding Fathers for support?
Through many years of work I’ve suffered layoffs, cutbacks, business closings, and pay reductions. I’ve also learned one very important rule about working: there is no such thing as a guaranteed income. Employment contracts break. Unions only have so much clout.
Despite optimism from the House of Representatives we are never going to rid ourselves of the influence of big money in politics. In America big money is politics. No matter what we do to reform the campaign finance system little will change because there are too many ways to get the word out.
Our definition of child abuse is pretty broad. We lock up parents for leaving their children in overheated or unheated cars, for refusing to vaccinate, for leaving drugs around the house, and a host of other dangerous behaviors that put kids’ lives at risk.