Conservatives and Liberals Battle Over Gun Control

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It is a debate that gets more and more heated every political cycle, and comes up every time that there is gun violence reported in the news. The issue of gun control in our country is a hot button topic that falls right along party lines, with each side not wanting to compromise and inch on laws and regulations. There are staunch supporters on both sides who have been lobbying our representatives to pass legislation fitting their agenda.

It boils down to two arguments. Liberals typically believe that gun regulations are too lax, and that there should be many more regulation on who can own a firearm and what those firearms can be. On the extreme side of this argument are people who want an outright ban on all types of weapons. This side is fueled by high profile gun violence in which innocent people are left as the victims. Most notably this is situations like school or workplace shootings. They argue if they shooters did not have as easy access to their weapons the acts would not have been committed.

On the other side are conservatives who believe that any increase in gun regulations are detrimental to our second amendment right, which protects our citizens right to keep and bear arms. This side promotes responsible gun ownership but does not want new laws that will take guns out of the hands of responsible citizens. Many of these people believe in personal self defense, and see owning a firearm as an extension of that, a way to protect their family and themselves from threats. Others like to use guns for hunting or sport shooting and don’t want their guns taken away for any reason.

There is a push from Liberals to have stronger background checks to make sure that anyone trying to purchase a gun is of sound mind and body. They argue that those who have committed crimes are people who have had mental problems and new laws would prevent others like that from owning weapons. Conservatives counter that this may affect responsible gun owners and impede on their rights.

The other debate centers around what types of guns should be made available to every day citizens. The Left argues that there is no reason a person should ever need to own an assault rifle for self defense, and that magazine cartridges need to have a limited number of bullets. Blogs like RedDotSights provide firearm optics which others want limited as well. The Right believes that gun owners should not be limited in what they own and that it is not impractical for someone to need that much firepower to defend their home. They say that limited magazine size can mean the difference of life and death when in a defensive gun situation and you run out of bullets. Firearm sights are another controversial accessory due to their high power. RedDotSights provides information about different AR 15 sights that both sides can glean facts from. Conservatives don’t want their self defense to be in the hands of a third party, like the police, they want to be able to act on their own to ensure their ability to survive.

The debate will continue to rage on between the two sides, with little hope of a compromise that everyone will be happy with. We will have to keep searching for a way to balance responsible gun ownership with limiting laws.

The Reason Why Small Business Dominate the Political Ring

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Support for small business is the one common bond shared between all political parties. For those who aren’t convinced, all you have to do is listen to multiple political discussions. You will notice its a dominating topic in all politician speeches. I have always been a strong advocate of small business and strategic implementation of proactive policies to ensure economic success and sustainability, but it wasn’t until recently that I began to question its true value in our society.

With the overwhelming amount of political figures openly expressing and empathizing their support, I could not help but wonder why it mattered so much? This led me into a political discussion with a good friend, who happens to be a small business owner. For the last decade, she and her husband have owned a mildly successful vintage furniture store in Tampa that specializes in the collection, restoration and resale of retro furniture pieces. It is currently run by 5 people, and it has successfully integrated itself from a single-location physical storefront into an online storefront where its reach extends to millions all across the globe.

As we discussed strong political support for small business, I curiously asked why she believed they care? After all, not all politicians are serious about their support. However, though some may not be sincere in the advocacy of small business, the excessive “support small business” dialogue poses a very important question: Why are politicians eager to let voters know they fight for its place in our Nation?

She responded with the following, “the answer is simple: small business matters, it makes a difference. When it does well, the whole Nation benefits”.

Support for small businesses is streamed into every politicians speech, no matter the party-affiliation, because it is relevant and necessary, and it is our Nation’s largest economic driving force. Many have coined it “the engine that makes our economy go ‘round”. Politicians continue to advocate proactive policies supporting its infrastructure because, as the Nation’s key economic driving force, it continues to retain a very large voice in the political arena and all voters knows it. It also helps our economy to stay active and competitive in the global marketplace. An acupuncture professional from Boulder, Ali, stays active in politics as she states that it is incredibly important to keep her business moving forward.

It also continues to consume the dialogues of most politicians because small business votes, accounting for a 11 percent of all registered voters in the United States. When you include small business employees into the equation, the voting party escalates and swells. Today, it is dominating 33 percent of the electorate.

How does small business respond to the overwhelming political support? It votes for the politicians who not only understand it, but actively support it through effective and strategic implementation of policies that protect it, and encourage its expansion.

In order for our economy to succeed, it is critical for politicians to continue advocating collective support for its rightful place in our Nation. Why should we support our Nation’s small businesses? Because when we support small business and encourage it to thrive, major things happen, all of which add more fuel to the economic engine of the United States.

Politicians Encourage Students to Pursue Careers in the Technology Field

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In the world of politics, there has been a calling for all students to pursue careers in engineering, science and technology related fields. With the rapid increase in global warming and pollution of our planet, it is important that we are striving towards the creation of a better future for our children, and our world as a whole.

That is why politicians are aiming to inspire kids and teens to pursue an academic career in mathematics and engineering. Our President Barack Obama has been a major advocate for the advancement of people in tech-related careers. We need intellectuals, and brilliant minds to come together to build systems that will preserve our planet and lengthen the lifespan of the human race. We have caused so much damage to Earth, it is so important that we act now and start taking steps to ensure we do not destroy our home.

Education, not money, is the key to success. However, it requires money to attend school to retrieve an engineering or tech related degree. There are countless African-Americans with infinite potential who lack the necessary funds and resources to attend the appropriate institutions to pursue this path.

This is especially important for minors who lack the funds necessary to pursue an education in engineering. The costs for attendance can be incredibly high. A lot of times students will make the decision to just work, or pursue a less costly academic path to avoid building debt. As a result, there has been a National outcry for more money to be donated to those who cannot afford to pursue noble careers in a tech-related field.

Funds have been created for the following minorities: African American, American Indian, Latino young women and men. Engineering minority scholarships are granted through NACME which is a non-profit that offers money to students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education or careers. Organizations targeted towards the funding of minorities to advance their academic careers strive to create an equal playing field in the United States of America for all races. This particular company works with select partners to develop a graduating class that is centered around engineering, and promotes equal opportunity for all people. The goal is to increase the amount of minorities that graduate with engineering and technology-related degrees. They do this by connecting like minded individuals to organizations all across the world, that are capable of funding this movement.

It is believed by many, civilians and politicians, that the answer to our global crisis is to raise a generation that is well-versed in sustainable energy and renewable resources. It is critical that we start promoting the benefits of pursuing career paths that focus on the creation of a solution for this global issue. One that will not only advance individuals, but the global population as a whole. With a generation of developers, scientists and engineers, there is no limit to what type of systems we can build to address global issues.

Healthy Living Enhances Political Leadership and Influences Our Country Positively

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With the upcoming election many political leaders are hitting the gym and watching what they eat. It was a trend that started many years ago by a group of state legislators who made a commitment to trim down and resort to healthy living for the upcoming electoral season. It first occurred in Mississippi after it was coined the fattest state in the nation. It resulted in a bipartisan effort to lead a healthy lifestyle, and use the best pre workout to get into shape. But with the epidemic of obesity in the United States of America makes most people wonder why politicians have not jumped on this bandwagon sooner?

Our First Lady Michelle Obama made this clear when her husband President Barack Obama entered the oval office. Mrs. Obama took the initiative to promote healthy eating and healthy living. She was seen on the Disney channel during commercial breaks sharing her knowledge of a healthy lifestyle with all viewers. It was part of her act to help make our Nation more healthy as a whole, and it was strategically implemented on children’s shows to showcase to children the value of diet and exercise. One of the ways our country is capable of overcoming this issue is to start teaching our youth young, and instilling these values within before they grow up and do not have time to stress over diet and exercise. It is important to teach each child how to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the remainder of his or her life.

Congress is now taking initiative to lead a more healthy lifestyle after the success of the Mississippi legislatures. It is a great way to bond officials from all political parties together, and unite them as one. It is also a great way to create a positive message for the people of America, and appropriately address our obesity epidemic by setting a positive example for everyone in the United States. This is the type of example our politicians should be setting for the American people, this is the exact influence it needs to change our world for the better. It would also be absolutely remarkable to watch our Congress come together as a unit, no matter what political party they come from.

US Politics 2014: The Year of the Female Voice

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This year is taking us by storm with the stars of the Senate being predominantly female candidates in the very key positions and races. As a result of the increase of females working towards occupying more positions of power, it is believed that this might be one of the best possible solutions to make the Senate better.

Throughout the course of history, it is blatantly evident that our political arena continues to become increasingly more partisan and more polarized. The noticeable influx of women into the world of politics, occupying key candidacy positions, is leading our nation to believe that the majority of these female leaders have the power to strengthen the Senate. It is known as the women-centered bloc that is currently birthing itself into reality, and may be the determining factor or missing piece to pass critical legislation in the Senate.

Although most of the women running this year are only on the fringes and have yet to make their way into greater positions of power, it is still a tell-tale sign that the times are changing and we are about to be witness a transformation in our government. It is no suprise that the last few centuries in our nation have been led by brilliant men who have pioneered great change for our country. Considering that women received the right to vote less than a century ago, means that we have to see real female influence and power at play in our government. Though women’s rise in power is not new, we have been witnessing its increase over the last few decades, it is still not at its optimal state and there is still a divide in the genders who occupy greater positions of power. This year it appears that it is all about to change, as more and more women are stepping out of the shadows in their finest designer eyewear to run for Senate. There is a new trend for stylish glasses that aren’t available in stores providing a better product at a more attractive price. Most will purchase their eyeglasses online from leading brands like Warby Parker and Dharmaco.

Just last year our government turned over a lot of men occupying major leading roles in our country, and replaced them with great female leaders. You may or may not have noticed how many women are now being matched up in key areas of our electoral college. The key races for Senate, where a strong female leader is competing against a male, are quickly becoming high-profile in the media. There are even races where there are two women competing against each other for a place in Senate.

Women in primary positions of power in our Nation’s White House is a sight we have yet to see. It is a snapshot of the world we have yet to witness, and it is believed that it will have a very positive impact on our country’s legislation. We can all agree that we are disappointed with the way our government has been functioning. It is time to try something new, and now the women are ready to take the lead. In other words, it is out with the old and in with the new. It is time to allow women to hold the baton, and guide the Nation in a positive direction.

Eyewear brands most popular with politicians

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Dior, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Bvlgari, DharmaCo online eyeglasses and Ted Baker, all these brands and many more help you make a fashion statement while simply wearing your prescription eyewear like it’s just another day. While you can get away with looking dashing all day at the office with people thinking it’s only your charm, the politicians rest under the careful eye of the media and are judged every time they wear something new. Some are highly acclaimed for their style and eyewear choices and we found that politicians have a certain affinity for one brand or another. Just perfect to give you a bit of inspiration when you’re looking for designer eyewear to replace your old glasses.

Starting with Republicans, the glasses Sarah Palin has been sporting most often during events, speeches and TV appearances are Kazuo Kawasaki eyeglasses. She wore the Kawasaki 704 model so much in public that the model is now famous as the “Sarah Palin” glasses – their product page on Amazon even shows a picture of Palin on the cover of Time Magazine wearing their 704 model. They boast lightweight beta-titanium frames, rectangular lenses and no rims – professional and elegant, the look Palin is certainly aiming for.

John McCain, the Republican senator who ran for office in 2008, is pretty faithful to Maui Jim – especially their aviator sunglasses, as he has been seen plenty of times over the years wearing different Maui Jim sunglasses models. His preferred Maui Jim models have large, rounded dark grey lens, but the frames he wears vary, he doesn’t seem to mind if its rims or no rims, metal or polymer. They’re simple and bold and give him a serious “I’m here for business” look even when he’s only at the beach.

The Democrats on this list tend to pick Ray-Bans as their designer eyewear of choice, especially when it comes to sunglasses. President Barack Obama himself has worn the Ray-Ban 3217 model very often, leading to articles that praised him for the cool, yet professional look – some pointing that he even looks as sleek as the infamous Men in Black. Dark, rounded rectangular lenses and semi-rimless metal frames definitely give that serious, yet cool vibe.

He’s not the only president with a thing for Ray-Bans – John F. Kennedy often wore thick-rimmed Ray-Ban Wayfarers while in the outdoors. The Wayfarers were very popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s and a president who wore what the artists, actors and common folk wore was seen as closer to the people.

Joe Biden, the current Vice President of the United States, has also been seen rocking his signature Ray-Ban aviators, looking about as fashionable as the president. His mature appearance is sweetened by the aviators’ large and dark lenses. We see a hint of a trend here, with Republicans looking as serious as they can and Democrats looking professional with a modern twist. Some politicians like to use glasses to show off their fun sides of their personalities when appropriate – like Hillary Clinton sporting purple and green wing-tipped shades at an official ceremony.

While Ray-Bans seem to be the brand of choice for some politicians, many brands out there have great quality glasses and fashionable designs, just waiting to be picked out and shown off as fashion statements.

FOMC to raise US interest Rates and Stock will rise

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US political financial policy may be shifting for the first time in half a decade. The Federal Open Market Committee ( FOMC) is expected to meet again in the next few months and economists are already making their predictions. The US interest rate has remained a steady .25 percent since the 2008 when current FOMC Chair Ben Bernanke decided to enact a forced level of US interest to bide the then rapidly growing unemployment. At the time of the ruling unemployment in the US had reached nearly 9.5 percent. A historic high for our modern economy. The unprecedentedly high rates of unemployment and market instability were forcing lenders to restrict their lending practices out of fear of account defaults rose. To compensate the FOMC forcibly took the US interest rate out of equilibrium and forced it to a flat .25 percent to spur new lending from banks. It has remained at that level for the last five years. With the next meeting coming up and a lot of indicators looking positive, economists have already begun predicting. They believe that in around March of 2015, the new FOMC Chair Janet Yellen will raise the US interest rate in response to an improving economy. This is in despite of the Chairs public position that it may come even sooner.

 

The reasons for the discrepancies are data driven. It is true that interest rates are typically derived from a function of unemployment. There is more to it than that though. While market health is an important indicator in addition, the rate of inflation is a concern. With the implementation lag of the current political parties financial bailout has yet to be called due. There is an enormous amount of kickback building inside of this perceivably brewing economy. The anticipation of such a kick back is forcing most economist to be weary.

 

Current jobs numbers reports show that nearly 200,000 jobs were added last quarter. Nearly 5% shy of estimates, the numbers were still positive to see a short-term interest rates futures rally on the news. An expectation of future interest rate increases perceived by the market. If economists are true this will be the first economic policy shift of this kind since 2006. The potential impact on the markets will be significant as more investment results in growing businesses and rapid expansion from an economy that has laid mostly dormant for the better half of the new millenium. To stay abreast of all the growing financial news and important times to invest bookmark beststockpickingservices.com for stock picking services and never skip a  beat.

With these predictions taking place and a seemingly agreeable market alongside it force us to believe that it is true. US Federal Open Market Committee Chair Janet Yellen, as her first act of world impacting political and financial legislature will likely be the increase of the US interest rate from .25 percent to an expected .50 percent by June of 2015. the anticipating in the mean time will grow and businesses of all kinds get their ducks in a row for what will surely be a short boom in the US and Global economies.

Women Politicians Balance Work and Family

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Often time women have to make decisions about pursuing a career versus pursuing a family.  One one hand a full time career where the woman can climb the ranks to the top can be very fulfilling but also time consuming and stressful.  Raining a family can be the most rewarding thing a mother can do but has its own causes of stress, not to mention the whole lack of money issue.  These two sides of the coin are what many women struggle to decide from when planning their future. 

The two sides aren’t mutually exclusive though.  There are plenty of women who have found just the right balance between work and family that gives them the best of both worlds.  They are able to raise children and spend time with them while also contributing to their employer and earn a paycheck.  For the best examples of this it is great to look at women politicians.  Not only do these women have the stress of dealing with politics, campaigns, and constituents but they also run their families too.

One of the hardest parts for women politicians is being able to nurse their babies in a way that allow them to get work done.  The easiest way for them to do this is to have access to be able to pump at work for nursing the baby when they get home.  To accomplish this the easiest method is to wear a dedicated nursing bra along with a portable pump.  The best nursing bras have removable cups that allow for easy access to the breasts without the need to fully disrobe at work.  This way a mother can rush off to a pumping room and be back to work in no time at all.

Politicians may sometimes take a short leave of absence after delivering their child in order to recoup and get ready to get back to legislating.  Balance will need to be struck in how often the women will have access to see their baby.  If they are spending all their time in Washington then it might make sense for her family to temporarily move there to be closer.  It would be impractical for a congresswoman to have to fly back and forth to her home state in order to see her child every weekend.

Especially right after the delivery it is up to the father to give a lot of support to the mother in getting back to work.  For this to happen the father needs to be open to taking care of the baby alone for more hours in the day and make the woman’s life easier by taking care of some of the daily chores that will start stacking up.  The father will have to do things like take the child to day care and pick them up at the end of the day.

Mothers and fathers will have to have long conversation about work and life balance with a new child.  If it makes sense for the mother to become a full time stay at home mom then the family will be reduced to a single income and will need to follow a strict budget for their finances.

The Politics Behind a Homosexual versus Heterosexual Wedding

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Love has the beautiful ability to transform people into something they never thought possible. Though this can be interpreted from a negative or positive standpoint, we cannot deny the power it has to completely turn the world upside down. When it comes to love in politics, it has received quite a lot of attention lately. This is largely due to the recent waves the lesbian and gay community has been making within our country to fight for equality, and their right to marry. While one side opposes the union of two homosexuals to be recognized as a married unit before the court, the other is crying out for the freedom to be seen as equals to the heterosexual community. Who can blame them? Is it not the right of a gay person to deserve the freedoms of a heterosexual? In many ways, from an open-minded perspective it can be perceived as a crime against humanity. Though there are so many that would argue that it is a crime against God to all such a union to occur, and to be recognized by the Court as legitimate.
After discussing this topic with a group wedding photographers in Maryland from petruzzo.com, it became blindingly evident that times are changing. These particular photographers have been taking photos for married couples for decades, and they have witnessed firsthand how much the world has changed, particularly in the last five years, as a result of gay marriage. The one question I had to ask was whether they noticed a positive or negative impact in the type of weddings they were photographing. Particularly the photographers who have worked closely with the homosexual and heterosexual community. They tend to have a much firmer grasp on how the legalization of gay marriage in some states is impacting their community.
Most said there is little to no difference in the type of interactions that are witnessed at a homosexual wedding versus a heterosexual wedding. One photographer even laughed, and stated that the straight weddings tend to get a lot more wild in comparison to the gay weddings. Further illustrating how much more authentic he felt the union between the gays were, and In many ways, this can be true. Not to mention that the gifts requested are generally very specific such as a duvet cover or more luxurious home furnishings. Things that possibly a normal couple might overlook when starting their new lives together. After all, these people have been fighting for the mere right to get married for decades. It has only recently become legal in some odd number of states. So it would make sense that these couples would strive for a much more elaborate and authentic approach to tying the knot. That is not to say that the heterosexual weddings have completely lost their traditional and elegant nature. That is not true it all. It is just interesting to see how politics plays such a huge role in marriage, and how so many people have stood up, above the crowd, to fight for equality. Not only for equality, but for the right to wed the one they love before the eyes of God or before the court in a way that grants them the same freedoms as their fellow heterosexual humans.

Is Solar Energy in Maryland Sustainable?

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There has been much debate and debacle over the rising price of energy and the ways that we might be able to overcome this. With the tight restrictions of the environmental protection agency in place it is farfetched that we will see fossil fuels prices decline much more than their current levels. The only opportunity now is pursuing renewable energy sources such as solar energy which has been a hot topic lately in Maryland. It is well known that in other parts of the world solar energy has become a viable alternative but mostly in part to goverbments subsidies. Maryland solar energy is going to the be topic of this article and why it might be a good idea to look into adding this to the state’s portfolio even there is some cost involved.

1. We need to start pursuing other energy options and there is nothing more readily available and important than the sun. If this resource runs out we have more serious issues than a high price tag while trying to fill up the car. Harnessing this energy and converting it into usable electricity has been too expensive to make completely public without some money to offset the initial cost which can easily exceed the price of a family car. In Maryland without any rebates and tax benefits it can take up to 15 years to pay off a solar panel system installed on a house which is a terrible investment that no wise person would make. It would even be hard to convince someone with enough money to go through the hassle and install a system. Without some assistance and intervention from the government it is unlikely that this industry will succeed in the private sector.

2. By creating a demand for solar energy there are many other industries that will be stimulated in doing so. This will start to bring about solar energy installation companies which will work with home and business owners to design and install solar energy systems. It will also add manufacturing jobs because the solar panels will need to be made and hopefully not imported from China where they are fairly cheap. This will also alleviate some of the stress on the current power plants which are constnatly forced to produce more energy than they have been rated for due to growth of the surrounding areas and individiaul consumption.

3. All of this new business and income will bring jobs into the state of Maryland in the solar industry. This will then benefit the tax income of the state in the proceeding years as more money is being earned and spent due to the new business of solar energy installations. By bringing in some outside capital the economy can gain a bit of a spark in the next few years.

The only thing that needs to happen for this to become a reality is the government to stand behind the polciies that they have implemented lightly. You can read all about the state maryland solar energy at http://marylandsolar.us. The landscape is constantly changing in more states than just our focus here so make sure to take advantage of the situation when the timing seems right and there is a good return on your investment.