AUTHOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT: I am trying something different with the Political Blog Weekly in this issue. Instead of simply organizing the various articles I find interesting and providing a single-line description of the article, I will write a short paragraph about a topic and provide links to what other bloggers are saying on the topic. I hope that this increases feedback to the Weekly as well as increase traffic to our fellow bloggers so you can discover
Cap and Trade
We hear a lot about the topic of "Cap and Trade," where individual emission reduction is achieved by cutting back on your own pollution or trading for credits with another entity. The general impression, by both those who support and oppose the proposal, is that Cap and Trade will increase the cost of energy and goods in the near term. While I am in favor for decreasing emissions, I think this concept is flawed and should be readdressed.
Cato of Utica – "Cap & Trade = Controlling the Resources"
This week begins the hearings on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Questions over her ability to be unbiased and color blind during hearings continue to linger, especially following the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of New Haven firefighters being denied access to promotions due to the lack of racial diversity. While most of the Republicans are hoping to block the appointment of Sotomayor, I hope that they do this through an up-and-down vote, rather than a filibuster
As we all know, there was a series of major protests across the country of Iran following the latest Presidential election. Following years of what some have viewed as limiting free speech and political access, men and women of all segments of life stood up and faced the threat of physical violence from the ruling government. But as time has passed, it seems that the uprising is starting to cool. My hope is that this movement continues to grow in the background and
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It is still my opinion that the current government of Honduras was right in removing President Zelaya from power following his unconstitutional activity. Should he have been kicked out of the country before being properly tried for his actions? That is a question to be answered over time. However, I do find it surprising that the United States is pushing for Zelaya’s reinstatement, especially when the current Honduran government was acting to protect the democracy.
Q and O – "Obama/Honduras – Still Not Getting It"
Health Care Reform
Congress is tackling the latest variation of the Health Care Reform proposal, with both Republicans and Democrats voicing concerns over the need of a public option (that is, a government program) to provide coverage for the uninsured. While everyone in our country should have access to be the best medical coverage in the world, do we need a government entity in-charge of collecting taxpayers funds and paying our medical bills?
Liberal Values – "Medical Inflation and Comparative Effectiveness"
In a surprising turn of events, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin announced that she was retiring from her role as Governor at the end of July. Most have assumed that this was a way to free herself from the daily media coverage to begin laying the ground work for a 2012 Presidential run. Does this act of retiring during the middle of her term hinder her credibility with the general voting public? That has been the focus of much debate over the 4th of July weekend. As
Liberal Values – "Conservatives Against Palin"