Free birth control, how it affected the election and why it makes socio-economic sense

Demanding that insurance cover for contraceptives makes sense to a majority of Americans, with the exception of the religious right who will lose talking points if fewer women experience unwanted pregnancies, and libertarians, who think paying for it will increase the cost of healthcare.

But first, let’s revisit the effect that the contraceptive coverage rule had on the election and Obama’s victory. We know from exit polls that Obama carried the women vote by a margin of 55% to 44%, but for unmarried women the margin was 67% to 31% for Obama. However, the margins were even larger in the 2008 election.

Based on polls that show wide support for the contraceptive law among Democrats (80%) and among Catholic women (62%), the effect of the law seem to be that it attracted back women voters who may have otherwise [...]

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Trickle-Down Economics and The Republican 1%

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This topic has been rehashed many times. But it has not been rehashed by me.

Let’s get one thing clear.

Everybody knows that Republicans support the wealthy 1%.  So that is clear. (Scroll down to the discussion of a May 25 Post-ABC poll that proves this point.)

What is not so clear to some is that Democrats support both the wealthy 1% from whom they also receive campaign contributions as well as the 99% rest of us.

Some claim that both parties are bought by Wall Street and the big corporations, insinuating that both parties are basically the same. But that could not be further from the truth. Republicans get their money mostly from big corporate donors. Not so the Democrats.

In a previous Immizen article, I reported how big corporations like Walmart donate significantly more money to the [...]

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Miami Welcomes Brazilian Invasion

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? (PART II)

Upon my return to Miami from Brazil on March 13th, something very strange happened. The next day, while I was out running errands and doing the customary grocery shopping after being away for over a month, I had a Twilight Zone moment. As I pushed my cart from isle to isle, checking my list for all the items I needed, I kept hearing people speak Portuguese. For a minute there I felt confused and even dizzy. Then I started questioning my own sanity! Was I really on that flight? Or was it just the lingering effects of a really bad jetlag? But to my temporary relief there it was, written in large green letters: PUBLIX.

When I came home still feeling a bit discombobulated, I started opening my mail and found an article my father [...]

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