Israel and Hamas (Part of Palestinian State) have an air war going on. Israelis gave warnings to residents to leave before 8 am on Wednesday to leave their homes. Around 100,000 Palestinians live in the surrounding Beit Lahiya area in the Gaza Strip. According to Israeli officials, the rockets were launched at them from the Beit Lahiya area. Many Palestinians fled their homes. While I disagree with the violence, it seems that when it comes to war and defending the people of a country, everything is considered fair. Israel is a strong ally of the United States, and over the years, they have been equipped with latest war arsenal.
According to Wall Street Journal, 'Senate Democrats' effort to push back against the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision stalled Wednesday when their bill to restore employers' responsibility to provide contraception coverage under the health law was defeated on a procedural vote. In a 56-43 vote, which was largely along party lines, Democrats came up short of the 60 votes needed to advance their legislation. It sought to prevent companies from relying on a religious-freedom law to avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act's requirement to cover all forms of contraception approved by the government without charging workers a copayment.
I don't know what will be the eventual impact of the decision by the Supreme Court. However, it will be a huge hurdle for the success of the affordable health care act known as Obamacare. Obama could be remembered for centuries for his bold step towards passing the health care act. However, as of today, all of the political forces are against him and making his job very hard.
California's death penalty has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. According to Daily News, 'Ruling in a case brought against the warden of San Quentin state prison by Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned in 1994, Carney called the death penalty an empty promise.' Due to delays, death row inmates have been waiting for over 10 years.
The University of Buffalo paid $275,000 for a speech by Hillary Clinton, which is over $2,700 per minute in pay. It is outrageous. Also, Hillary did not allow the audience to ask questions, except a handpicked moderator. Also, she did not allow anyone on the stage. She will be delivering another high priced speech in August 2014 at the University of Nevada. Maybe it is legal, but unethical. These high priced speech contracts may be about the connections and fame.
The middle class is disappearing from the United States. The working middle class and working poor class are suffering. How long will this continue? The politicians are not interested in protecting our middle class, but to gain their control over the poor class, and the majority of the money goes to the rich class. The rich are getting richer and the middle class are entering into the poor class. Mom and pop stores are disappearing as well. Instead, large franchise stores are taking their place. Money is rotating with the large, powerful and government officials only. We can see the majority of the construction going around for government or government affiliates and large developers or corporations. The rest of the business is going away to countries like China, Philippines, Korea and many other Asian countries. India is still holding a large portion of the IT business.
Bush's administration moved US money to Iraq to get contracts for his buddies. The Iraq War was pushed by Bush stating the statement by a 7 year old girl. Obama's administration is asking for large sums of money in the name of humanitarian concerns for people crossing and trying to enter the US illegally. Who will get awards for these large contracts from our tax dollars?!
The Dow reached a record high of 17,138. The future is good, but at the local level we do not see the results. We need results in our area, and the elected officials are not pushing hard to get the money and transformation we need at the local level. Now it's time that when the politicians fail, we the people have to get together and elect those who work for the people. Ras Baraka is officially Newark's Mayor, and I hope he can deliver what he has promised, which is to be that leader who will work for the people. He will have a lot of roadblocks, as the money and powerful people are united and will work against him. They want him to fail, so they can have their power back in the state's largest city.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.