A tax proposal in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address led to a pundit debate over whether government does, or should, give preference to stay-at-home versus work-outside-home parents. The debate itself is a helpful illustration of the different views conservatives and liberals hold about government.
Among his several tax reform proposals, Obama argued for a $500 "second earner tax credit" for dual-income couples, in order to, according to the White House website, "help cover the additional costs faced by families in which both spouses work."
All the pundits engaged in the debate over this proposal acknowledge that the proposal itself has no chance of passage, given that Congress is controlled by Republicans. And the proposal is a small one (relative to the federal budget) to begin with. So the debate has mostly been about what the proposal itself says about Obama's priorities. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini has thanked President Barack Obama for visiting his wife, Naghmeh, and two children last week in Boise, Idaho. Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran for his faith, said that Obama's gesture inspired many persecuted Christians around the world.
"I was personally encouraged that you were in my hometown of Boise, Idaho and made time to visit my wife and children," Abedini wrote.
"They have had a heavy burden to carry in my absence, and your presence helped to relieve some of that burden. . . Thank you again for standing up for my family and I and for thousands of Christians across the world who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. President Obama, you have my prayers from inside of these walls. I pray for God's guidance, wisdom and blessing for you as you lead this great nation." more >>
Although Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been criticized by many staunch conservatives for his willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama, the speaker claimed Wednesday that he "was the Tea Party" before the Tea Party even existed.
In an interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, the 65-year-old was asked whether or not he thinks he can unite a divided Republican Party and get the GOP-majority to work together to repeal some of Obama's policies.
"I do," Boehner responded. "Listen, I was the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party." more >>
In a new propaganda video released earlier this week, the Islamic State terrorist organization has threatened to behead President Barack Obama and spread Shariah law by converting the United States into one of ISIS' Muslim provinces.
The video, titled "Bombardment of Peaceful Muslims in the City of Mosul," which was released on Monday and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, is thought to be a retaliation after Kurdish forces fully seized control of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane on the same day.
The first part of the video shows the destruction caused in Mosul due to mortar shelling from Kurdish forces. The second part of the video goes on to show an ISIS fighter beheading a captured Kurdish soldier. more >>
On January 17th Sound Vision Foundation, a Chicago-based 501 (C) 3 organization held a "Stand with the Prophet" event in Garland, Texas, a suburb outside of Dallas, at the Curtis Culwell Center on Independent School District property. The event, permitted by the Superintendent of Public Schools, launched a Strategic Communication Center for Muslims to advocate censoring and criminalizing non-Muslim speech.
Sound Vision asks: "Frustrated with Islamophobes defaming the Prophet? Remember the Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet? Or the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims"?" After Muslim "defenders of Muhammad" recently murdered 16 people in Paris, and continue to persecute millions of Christians and non-Muslims worldwide, Sound Vision expressed its commitment to "defending Muhammad."
They claim: "This is not an event. It is the beginning of a movement. A movement to defend the Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message." They assert "attacks" against Muslims stem from "media defamation" of their religion and that "Islamophobia is causing problems all around the world." more >>
"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."
So said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union message last week.
That he spent under 5% of the speech on the subject—about one-ninth as much as on the economy, one-fifth as much as on our need to overcome cynicism, and a little less even than on affordable college education—and tucked it away in a section about two-thirds of the way through suggests that the President doesn't really believe it himself. more >>