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“Firearm viogunslence has become a leading cause of death and injury for children and teens. Guns in the home raise special concerns because they significantly raise the risk of homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings.”

Read article here: How Can Doctors Not Talk About A Major Threat To The Life And Well-Being Of A Child?

 

Вооружённый_мужчинаWhen you consider the money made from promoting and increasing gun ownership, whether legal or not, and the windfall profits made from exploiting crimes committed at the hands of someone with a gun, it’s clear why we can’t solve the gun problem.

Read more:  Guns, Guns, Guns, and More Guns as the Result of More Homicide and Crime.

God and Money

3392940179_1b93ddcc9c_oUntil we develop new ways of thinking about God and money, eliminating our religious and profit problem, poverty, suffering, and inequality will only continue for many people.

Read more: God and Money

Jon Stewart (2)

The issues surrounding the killing of nine people at Emanuel AME in Charleston was perfectly expressed by the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

Read more: Thank You for Honestly Telling It the Way It Is 

1510963600_750a397410_oThe writing is on the wall, someday society will be free from work and need for money; a world where everyone can follow their passions, where everyone is equal, and, once freed from pursuit of empire, money, and profit, a world at peace.

Read more: Capitalist Are in the Throes of Selling the Hangman’s Rope That Will Eventually Cause Their Demise

A world without moneyAutomated systems are becoming more prevalent and capable of doing more things. These systems have and will continue to change the way we produce products, how we provide services, and how they are distributed. Eventually to a world without work.

Read more: A Future without Work and Money

New Picture (4)

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been making the rounds talking about her new book, “A Fighting Chance.”

The book speaks to her struggle for consumer financial reform and the financial institutions that put profits over people.

So, it’s quite understandable that inevitably the talk would center on The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Student Loan Program, and an economic system that’s rigged to work for those who already have money and power.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

CFPB is Elizabeth Warren’s brainchild. She proposed, created, and built it from scratch. She has been a longtime advocate of consumer protections, so it’s expected that CFPB would be a big part of the discussion.

This is what she said: “Remember where we were just four short years ago. There was no agency out there to prevent the biggest financial institutions from cheating people on credit cards, on mortgages. Remember the banks said we will kill that agency in financial reform. They were spending more than a million dollars a day lobbying against financial reform. But remember we won, and here’s the thing, not only did we win we got an agency. In the short time it’s been alive there has already been more than three billion dollars put back into the pockets of families who got cheated on mortgages and credit cards. Now the next time someone tells me we can’t change anything, I have four words for them Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

The Federal Student Loan Program

Senator Warren staunchly opposes exorbitant student loan interest rates. She says, “Kids who can’t afford to go to college, their parents can’t afford to just write a check, so they have to borrow money. The United States government says we will lend you the money to go to school. Okay that’s a good thing to do … and then piles onto the interest rates so that the government makes tens of billions of dollars in profits off the backs of kids trying to get an education.”

The game is rigged to work for those who already have money and power

Senator Warren says, “The problem we have in this country, and we’ve had for a long time, is that Washington works for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers. If you’re a huge corporation, if you’re a billionaire, boy, your voice gets heard in [Washington] and what you want gets attended to. For the ordinary family, it just doesn’t work so well.

She says, “It really is a rigged game, and it’s set up over and over and over that the rich get richer and the powerful more powerful. They’ve got all the advantages of concentrated money and concentrated power.

In 2009, Scott Brown won the Massachusetts special election to replace Senator Ted Kennedy, but lost his bid for a second term to Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren is all she promised to be, an ideal replacement for Senator Kennedy. Like Kennedy, she is consistent on the issues that affect the middle-class, she is straightforward and what you see is what you get.

It is widely viewed that she may run for President in 2016. But my hope is that she does not run. She is of more value and can get more things accomplished for America as Senator than she could ever accomplish as President.

 

 

 

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