In October, the Department of Health and Human Services closed its “comment period” for the new regional health insurance exchanges — a major component of the Obama health reforms.
The oddest thing about the reactionary support for Republicans is that — as the tea baggers proved in dozens of primary elections around the country — to be deemed worthy of membership in the modern G.O.P. one must be a narrow-minded, Bible-thumping, war-mongering supporter of incompetence, greed, lawlessness, cronyism and mismanagement.
Just two years ago, an overwhelming number of Americans voted for “hope”, their goal being an undefined “change”. This year Americans are focused, and are voting with the hope that our lawmakers will change their ways and give us the responsible government we desperately need.
Breast cancer. They’re two small words that barely take up any space on a piece of paper, but they have the power to spark great fear, grief, sadness, and regret—and they’ve irrevocably changed the lives of millions of women across the country, including myself.
Like everything else in the new century, bullying has been affected by the Internet. No longer content with shaking down classmates for lunch money or stuffing freshman into lockers, bullies now lurk behind computer screens and cell phones.
Bill McKibben, author of 1989’s “The End of Nature,” the first book about global warming written for a general audience, says 350 is the world’s most important number.
Congress should do the responsible thing and let tax cuts for high earners expire at the end of this year. As someone who has benefited from these tax cuts, I believe we must restore balance to a federal tax system that has been tilted in favor of the wealthiest 5 percent for a generation.
What a tumultuous year it’s been – a year of record weather disasters and environmental damage caused by our drive to extract more and more fossil fuels from the Earth.
Disasters from climate change are becoming more frequent and more severe – consider this year alone, with the devastating flooding in Pakistan, the Russian heat wave, an incredible ice chunk calving off of Greenland – and New York’s hottest summer on record.
I encourage you to vote for real change. It has been 20 years of the same team and 40 years of the same party – 2010 is Rahway’s year for change.