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Wed
10
Apr
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Why Do Modern Socialists Hate The Gig Economy?

A February Harris poll finds that 49.6% of Millennial and Generation Z Americans would “prefer living in a socialist country.”

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), among other politicians, proclaim a message of “democratic socialism,” evoking an ideology last ascendant in the early 1900s when Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas moved the needle in US elections.

But the devil is, as always, in the details. The goals of today’s American “democratic socialism,” as laid out in Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution, in Sanders’s “Stop BEZOS Act,” etc. look a lot more like Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s effort to “save capitalism” through welfare statism than like the proposals of socialism’s last rise to prominence.

 

Wed
03
Apr

Rural America Needs Medicare For All, And Fast

We’ve got a rural health care emergency on the horizon.

Rural hospitals are closing or teetering on the brink of closure at an alarming rate. More than a hundred have closed since 2005 and hundreds more are on life support. Long-term care facilities are vanishing across rural America or being bought up by large corporations who care about profit, not the care of our loved ones.

Most rural hospitals have even stopped delivering babies — you’ll need to go to the city for that, so plan ahead.

 

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Wed
03
Apr

Parental Incarceration Is Holding Our Schoolchildren Back

There is a heartbreaking correlation among two areas where Oklahoma ranks worst in the country: Adverse childhood experiences and incarceration.

Adverse childhood experiences – which include exposure to violence, neglect and abuse, parental incarceration and divorce – carry a devastating legacy of negative outcomes in adulthood, including chronic health problems, high-risk behaviors, even early death.

Tragically, Oklahoma leads the country in the number of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs. Nearly half of the children in Oklahoma have experienced three or more significant traumatic events in their lives. The effects of trauma directly impede academic success for hundreds of thousands of our children due to their negative impact on the developing brain.

 

Wed
20
Mar
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Pharmacy Choice Will Benefit Rural Areas

A bill that should be heard on the House floor this week is House Bill 2632, otherwise known as the Patient’s Right to Pharmacy Choice Act.

This is free-market legislation that will allow patients the right to access the pharmacy of their choice and to save on the price of their prescription drugs. This is particularly important for people who live in rural areas. It’s good, too, for our local momand-pop pharmacies as it will allow them the ability to stay competitive with larger operations on price of prescription drugs. It’s these independent pharmacies that often develop a relationship with their customers and can deliver better quality of care and keep an eye on things such as drug interaction.

Wed
20
Mar
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Club News: DAR March Meeting

Opening the March 11, 2019, meeting of the Washita Chapter, NSADAR, was the regent Nancy Lisle. She was assisted in the opening ritual by Rose Millspaugh. Mareen Hallmark led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Linda Stewart leading The Americans Creed. The regent then led the group in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The group, accompanied by Doris Minor, sang a patriotic song.

Lu Eilser gave the message of the president general, Ann Turner Dillon, who commented on the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of more than 75,000 people. The event was prompted by Anderson not being allowed to sing in Constitution Hall because of a policy at that time. This prompted a change to the National Society as well as to the country and became a milestone in the civil rights movement.

 

 

Wed
20
Mar
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To Clean Up The Planet, Start With Washington

For decades, majorities of Americans have favored swift, meaningful action on climate change. They understand that we must transition away from dirty fuels and toward clean, renewable energy. Yet despite this overwhelming support, Congress has repeatedly failed to act.

This jarring disconnect between what the public wants to see and what Washington is prepared to deliver doesn’t just threaten the health and safety of everyone in our country — it undermines the very principle of representative democracy.

The reason that Congress hasn’t acted is an open secret.

 

 

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Wed
06
Mar
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The City That Refused To Play Amazon’s Game

The richest man in the world, who heads one of the world’s largest and richest corporations, is also filthy rich in arrogance and pomposity.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon demanded that a city’s officials kowtow to him by handing billions of taxpayer dollars to his retail behemoth, essentially bribing him to locate an Amazon headquarters there. But — lo and behold — the city mustered its collective integrity and pride to say “no” to his devil’s bargain.

The city I’m bragging on isn’t New York City, which recently made national news by rejecting Amazon’s attempt to fleece its taxpayers. Rather, I’m saluting San Antonio, Texas, which in 2017 simply refused to play Bezos’ con game when he first rolled it out.

Wed
06
Mar
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Repeal The Cadillac Tax To Protect American Workers

Dozens of lawmakers just formally took their seats in a new Congress. At the top of their legislative agenda this year should be a measure that commands bipartisan support -- repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Cadillac Tax on high-cost health plans.

It was supposed to go into effect this year. But in 2015, President Obama and Congress agreed to push the start date to 2020. This past January, President Trump signed a bill into law putting the tax on hiatus again, until 2022.

This time around, Congress should not just delay the tax, but repeal it.

For decades, employer-sponsored health insurance has been free from income tax -- a benefit that helps organizations attract and retain talent. The Cadillac Tax changes that by limiting the amount of insurance employees can receive tax-free to $11,100 for an individual policy or $29,750 for a family plan. Any amount beyond those caps is subject to the 40 percent tax.

 

 

Wed
27
Feb
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Washita Chapter NSDAR Meeting Feb. 11, 2019

The February meeting of the Washita Chapter NSDAR was held Feb. 11, 2019, at the Café Clinton with the Regent Nancy Lisle assisted by Linda Stewart opening the meeting with the DAR Ritual. Mareen Hallmark led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, Lu Eisler led in The Americans Creed and Stewart led The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The group accompanied by Doris Minor sang the National Anthem.

Wed
27
Feb
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Restoring Oklahoma’s Glory Begins With Public Schools

“The free public school system in Oklahoma is the glory of our State,” according to the Rev. Evan D. Cameron.

Cameron, a Baptist pastor and Oklahoma’s very first State Superintendent of Public Instruction, wrote this in his 1908 report.

Fast forward to April of 2018, when a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon for the first time in a long time that Oklahoma might be plotting a course to restore the glory of an excellent free public school system in the Sooner state.

In spite of chronic underfunding, Oklahoma public schools have been trying to move forward in the 21st century. We should encourage and fund their new and promising initiatives. The one-sizefits-all institution where students enter and exit like a cookie cutter factory are a thing of the past.

 

 

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