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Last week, President Obama addressed Congress in his annual State of the Union address. Here’s what he had to say about the ladies.
In his State of the Union Address President Obama urged the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. This legislation was authored by Joe Biden in 1994 and until now has been consistently reauthorized. Democrats reintroduced the bill in January after House Republicans blocked it at the end of the last legislative session. Currently, Republicans are objecting to provisions providing protection for Native American and LGBTQ women.
Obama also called for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for women to take legal action against their employers against wage discrimination. Employees would be able to share wage information with co-workers without fear of repercussions. This act would supplement the Equal Pay Act, under which an employee could be sued or punished for sharing salary information.
President Obama expressed his support for the recent Pentagon decision to allow women on the front lines, stating that “we will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters and moms, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat.” We are encouraged to see this promising step forward, and look forward to additional progress to ensure full equality between men and women in the military.
Clearly Ruth Bader Ginsburg was fascinated by the women’s issues in the SOTU. She’s been a lifelong women’s advocate, so this is old news. The question we’re asking: who was she wearing? #CollarFashion
In his State of the Union address Tuesday President Obama tugged at our
heartstrings when speaking of our most precious resource: our children. President
Obama was talking about children in the context of gun control and the recent
tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. But guns are not the only things threatening
future generations. As Obama explained, the effects of climate change are already
impacting us. Superstorms, droughts, bizarre weather patterns – these are not
mere coincidences. They are the consequences of our energy use and consumption
Undoubtedly, gun control must be addressed, but the threats of climate
change will be far wider reaching to many more people, both in our nation and
others. Every second that passes without meaningful action to mitigate climate
change puts our descendants in greater jeopardy. Obama alluded to taking action
to react to climate change – and we will certainly have to do many things to adapt
to our changing Earth. But we need to mitigate it as much as possible. Moreover,
Obama’s discussion of climate change was puny in comparison to his vision of
energy independence. Energy is obviously an important component of climate
change action, but it is just one component. So many different things need to be
done. It’s daunting, it’s challenging. But opening up new oil drilling operations
won’t do anything to mitigate climate change. Energy independence does not equal
sustainable energy policy.
We need jobs in the here and now. We need stricter gun control. Many want
immigration reform, debt reduction, tax reform, etc. But we are ignoring the biggest
threat to our nation’s most valuable resources. Energy independence is important,
but the United States needs to do so much more, and waiting is only making the
situation worse. If Congress does not act soon and in an appropriate measure,
President Obama simply must take executive action. He needs to put the “greatest
nation on Earth” on the path to helping save said Earth.
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent the College Democrats at the University of Michigan or any other organization.
+ So much Sports!
+ A very timely op-ed points out the flaws that cost the Republicans the presidential election. (I’m being sarcastic, this op-ed is two months late.) Their solution? Ron Paul.
+ I am ordering a restraining order against anyone who gets the flu.
+ “Our generation is more pro-life than any other generation before,” says Students for Life president Tori Criswell who has clearly not seen the 54%-of-Americans-support-legal-abortion and the 57%-feel-strongly-about-keeping-Roe-v-Wade statistics.
+ I’m pretty sure that the “Apple of my Eye” pun has been used by Crime Notes before.
These views are representative of Jessica Longoria and in no way reflect the views of College Democrats or any other organization:
+The University regents decided to hold an emergency meeting in light of a bill introduced by Republican Randy Richardville’s which would prevent GSRA’s from unionizing. The Regents are expected to vote against the rights of the GSRA’s, despite having granted them collective bargaining rights in May. And I thought Mitt Romney was a flip-flopper.
+41,600 people applied to U of M for this admission cycle, up from 38,700 last year. In completely unrelated news, a housing shortage is leaving hundreds of students unsure of what they will do for shelter.
+The Daily should not be allowed to use the word “frisky” under any circumstances.
+Mitt Romney is horrible. Well I guess that’s not really news. But it will be news if he manages to pull out a victory in the Michigan primary. He has suffered three consecutive losses to Lick Santorum
+Not in the Daily: A summary of the dumb things Rick Santorum has said in the past 48 hours:
- Santorum stated that Democrats are “anti-science”. This coming from the man that described hydrofracking as “all these chemicals and all this stuff…”
- Claimed that he comes from the coal fields, despite having never worked in the coal fields
- Argued that health insurance companies should not be required to cover prenatal tests like amniocentesis, which is used to determine the likelihood of Down syndrome. Where do Democrats get off wanting health care companies to be required to cover things related to health care? That’s not their job…oh wait. Yeah it is.
Happy Tuesday! Spring Break T-3 days
There have been plenty of articles over the past few days over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, mammograms, and other life saving treatment that low income women across this country depend upon. While I find this decision appalling, I’m going to defer to the authors of those articles rather than write another piece myself.
Instead, I want to focus on an aspect of this scandal that has been largely overlooked: the blatant hypocrisy of the decision. No, I’m not talking about the hypocrisy of right wingers demanding that the Komen Foundation cut off funding for life saving treatment in the name of being “pro-life.” I’m also not talking about the hypocrisy of creating a rule for the explicit and sole purpose of cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood, and then blaming said rule for not being able to fund Planned Parenthood.
No, I want to focus on their inconsistent and hypocritical application of this rule. For those in the back, the Komen Foundation created a rule in December barring funds to organizations under local, state, or federal investigation. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) has recently launched a base-less and politically motivated investigation into Planned Parenthood’s funding, specifically to determine if they illegally use federal funds for abortions (which, as it has been well documented, they do not).
Meanwhile, the Komen Foundation continues to maintain a relationship with a corporate partner that IS under investigation from multiple governments. I speak, of course, of their partnership with Bank of America. Over the past three years, Bank of America has donated over $2.7 million to the Komen Foundation through their pink-ribbon credit cards. Does this seem a little strange to anyone else? Take it away, Georgia Logothetis:
Yes, that’s the same Bank of America that is “currently under a local, state or federal formal investigation for financial or administrative impropriety or fraud.” Here’s a sampling of what Bank of America is facing:
- In New York, Bank of America is being investigated for “fraudulently steered homeowners into overpriced insurance policies.”
- In California and Nevada, Bank of America is under investigation for “foreclosure fraud and other wrongdoing in the mortgage markets, including the packaging and selling of mortgage-backed securities by Wall Street players and scams by smaller players offering to help troubled borrower.”
- In Arizona, Bank of America is under investigation for its loan modification practices.
- And, of course, the federal government’s new mortgage crisis unit will be investigating Bank of America’s conduct leading up to the real estate crisis.
If that were the end of the hypocrisy, that would be one thing. But it’s so much worse than that. Bank of America, inarguably, played a role in creating the Great Recession. With high levels of unemployment also comes a large number of people without health insurance (at least until Health Care Reform fully kicks in). And without health insurance, it is incredibly difficult for women to afford preventative care like breast cancer screenings and mammograms. See where I’m going with this? So instead of cutting ties with a corporation that had a large role in a recession that actively (and possibly irrevocably) harmed women, they defunded an organization that provides cancer screenings to low income women, a service in increasing demand because of the aforementioned recession.
The cognitive dissonance makes my head hurt.Ed. note: I’m not upset that the Komen Foundation has a partnership with Bank of America. If Bank of America is going to exist and make a ridiculous amount of money, I’m glad that they’re donating some of that to help fight breast cancer. I’m merely pointing this out to highlight the hypocrisy of the Komen Foundation as yet another reason why they should reverse their decision to defund Planned Parenthood.
Last night, the Susan G. Komen Foundation website was hacked for a brief period of time. When entered into any search engine, viewers would be directed to the hackers’ website ww5.komen.org.
Hackers chose to focus the job on the Foundation’s advertisement for its annual marathon for breast cancer, and did a damn good job if you ask me (though the measures were a bit extreme).
Instead of the intended advertisement appearing on the website, which looks like this:
Hackers made a few “edits,” and left the website’s advertisement looking like this:
Wake up, Susan G. Your actions have clearly made a huge impact on a large number of women around the world, and not in a good way.
Twitter PR Team: “At twitter, we believe that the open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. Every day we are inspired by stories of people using Twitter to help make the world a better place in unexpected ways.”
Coach Hoke: “I don’t like twitter. Why would anyone want to know I’m at McDonalds eating a cheeseburger…If I want to talk to you, I’ll call you up and talk.” – At today’s Signing Day press conference.
Today the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer provide funds to Planned Parenthood. The organization says that it has a new policy, barring the donation of funds to organizations which are currently under government investigation. That could be the case, or it could be that the organization has decided to take a political jab at an organization which does more than practically any other to protect women from breast cancer. At this time, more than any other, we should come together to defend access to health care, rather than picking fights and endangering the lives of women.