Month: November 2013

O’Malley vs Santorum – Out With the Old, In with the New

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(CNN) – Now that the candidates have released their proposed policies for our nation, the battle becomes ever so clear. While Rick Santorum (R-PA) strictly upholds traditional values, O’Malley (D-MD) claims that America’s social policies must be updated to move away from the “classic” nuclear family to refocus on today’s “new modern family.”

Although on opposite sides of the political spectrum, the two come to an agreement on one thing – the utter importance of government focus on the American family.

However, their plans for policy implementation go head to head as the candidates’ values completely clash. “Nothing good has come from ‘fixing’ what was never broken,” argues Santorum. “We need to look back to our ‘old ways’”. He advocates marriage solely between a man and a woman, as well as actively leading the pro-life movement. “Never should there be a reason or need to deny a child the right to human life…” writes Santorum.

Antagonistically, modernity is recurring theme in O’Malley’s policy proposal. Planning to create a “prosperous haven for the modern family,” O’Malley proposes expanding civil rights by legalizing gay marriage throughout the nation. However, he does not address his opinions on issues of abortion.

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CNN Exclusive: Rand Paul says “Enough is Enough, We Want Our Freedom’s Back”

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(CNN) – On Wednesday, presidential candidate Rand Paul released to CNN, an impassioned video, addressing the current looming surveillance state of America. In the video, Paul takes a stand against mass surveillance and demands that our freedoms be restored.

In making his argument, Paul brings us back to America’s roots of resistance to British soldiers and cites novels, including The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera and 1984 by George Orwell.

“Today, your government responds that here is no expectations of privacy once you consign your records to a third party.” Paul says we don’t even need to envision George Orwell’s 1984 to be alarmed, because Big Brother is already here. According to Paul, the government is collecting the public’s private data – from our eating and drinking habits to our tastes in books and magazines – through bank records.

But apparently, Paul warns that defenders of the surveillance state, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, are “defining it out of existence.” They argue that the collection of data is not spying.

“Are we so afraid of terrorists that we’re willing to give up the very freedoms that separate us from them?” Paul states. “Will we sit idly by as our expectations of freedom is defined downward? Will we be sunshine patriots, or will we stand up like free men and women and say, ‘Enough is enough, we want our freedoms back’?”

Senator Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Obamacare

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Senator Paul took the Senate floor on November 14, 2013 to speak out against the Affordable Care Act. He stated that this is not just about about health care, but it is also about freedom of choice. People are not able to choose what type of health care they want and may have to pay more for services that they do not want or need

Senator Paul used the Magione family as an example of people who are not able to keep the insurance policies that they want. “They had an individual policy they were happy with. They paid $300 a month. They are now going to be asked to pay $900 a month for things they don’t want and they didn’t choose to have.

He also stated that he had tried signing up for Obamacare but for the 15 times that he tried, he never got further than the ‘create an account’ page. Senator Paul addressed the President and said, “Something has to give. Mr. President, if you said we can keep our doctor, come forward and tell us why we can’t keep our doctor. Thank you very much.”

The full video to Senator Paul’s speech is below:


Governor O’Malley Plans to Legalize Marijuana

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On November 13, 2013, Governor O’Malley announced his plans to legalize marijuana in order to improve the lives of working and middle class families. In the recent announcement, it is said that O’Malley plans to legalize the sale of marijuana out of medical dispensaries through which taxes will be applied.

O’Malley plans to utilizes the taxes applied to marijuana sales to helps schools across the country that are currently struggling with funding. These schools are concentrated in America’s middle-class communities. The funds from these taxes will ultimately be used to replacing outdated learning materials in order to create a better learning environment for children to succeed in.

O’Malley also plans to utilize the taxes to fund his “Skills2Compete” program which will help give adults and young adults gain the skills they need to be able to get a job in the competitive job market.

Palin says, “It’s time to bomb Obamacare”

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 (CNN) – In a recent Twitter post, Sarah Palin expresses that she has been vindicated, arguing that she was right when she claimed that the Affordable Care Act would create so-called “death panels” of bureaucrats, deciding who would be “worthy of health care”.

On August 7, 2009, Palin published on her Facebook page:

“And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

Palin first coined the political term, “death panel” during a 2009 debate regarding federal health care legislation and coverage for the uninsured of America. Because of this claim, she has received criticism from mainstream news media, fact-checkers, academics, physicians, Democrats, and some Republicans, who have reported that her argument is false. Her “death panel” claim has been rated four Pinocchios on the “The Pinocchio Test” of the Washington Post’s The Fact Checker and even awarded PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” Award.

Palin’s claim has had a noticeable impact both politically and socially, stirring great popularity among the American public and the mass media. According to the Pew Research Center, 86% of Americans have heard of the “death panels” charge after only a week from her Facebook post.

When making the claim, Palin was referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) as the “death panel.” However, primary job of the IPAB is to help reduce the rate of growth in Medicare spending, not rejecting and approving health care for ill individuals. The legislative proposals do not mention anything that calls for the creation of “death panels” or any governmental body that would decide an individual’s worthiness of health care.

Today, Palin still feels she was right about her claims. She has recently posted a video, titled “Just Sayin’” on her website, suggesting that the myth is actually a reality:



Santorum Jumps into the Film Industry

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(CNN) – Republican presidential nominee, Rick Santorum has been newly appointed the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a film company that produces faith and family-friendly entertainment.

“This is the right place and right time, and I’ve jumped in with both feet,” Santorum says. As the CEO, he aims to build up the faith-based entertainment category. “I often say that culture is upstream from politics, and I know entertainment also can be strength and light for people who want to be uplifted and reinforced in their values.”

One of the upcoming releases from EchoLight Studios is the holiday movie, A Christmas Candle. The movie is based upon a novel by best-selling Christian author, Max Lucado. Rick has been working closely with Lucado, in campaigning for the new production, as well as overseeing the domestic distribution of the film. Set to release November 22, the film shoots to rejuvenate America’s Christmas Spirit by bringing Christ back into Christmas.

“This film hearkens back to the heartwarming and uplifting movies of yesteryear. The story inspires renewed hope in the miracle of Christmas and illustrates that this holiday is not just about reindeer and receiving gifts,” says Santorum. He hopes that The Christmas Candle will remind audiences of something that he believes has been lost in today’s modern era – “the spirit and sense of wonder of the season.”

Palin believes Obamacare is Failing America

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 (CNN) – Palin Thinks Obamacare is failing America

According to Republican presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, Obama’s promises of improvements that would come with the Affordable Care Act are completely misleading.

Some of these promises that Palin claims are now proven lies are: people who like their current health insurance plans would not lose their coverage, premiums would not increase, and taxes would not increase for those making under $250,000 per year.

Palin asserts that along with five years of failed policies, the American people are getting a “huge new government bureaucracy that strips hardworking Americans of their healthcare and replaces it with more expensive yet less quality coverage.”

Palin argues that Obamacare is a debacle, a policy implemented that is failing America. On her website, she calls Obama’s policy the “Unaffordable Care Act,” and the “beast [that] must be stopped.” She hopes to stop it by urging Senators not to fund Obamacare.

Through Obamacare, Palin argues that “Democrats are [forcing] hard-working Americans into a government-run health program that they are exempted from. Tell the Democrats to exempt all Americans. Tell them to defund Obamacare!” Through her website, she urges visitors to sign the petition that tells Congress to de-fund the Affordable Care Act.