Federal and Family Budgets

Federal and Family Budgets

In 2011, the Gainesville Tea Party removed 8 zeros from the federal budget to give people a more intuitive understanding of our government's finances [1].  In that year, our government added close to $2 trillion in additional debt (to an already enormous $14 trillion of debt).  Standard and Poor's (S&P), for the first time in … Continue reading Federal and Family Budgets

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The Illusion of Choice in Our Two-Party System

The Illusion of Choice in Our Two-Party System

There are things that our elected officials have relatively little leverage to control.  For example, a senator has little control of abortion.  The primary control of abortion rests with the federal Supreme Court.  Supreme Court justices are appointed by the president of the U.S., and the senate gets to either approve or disapprove of the … Continue reading The Illusion of Choice in Our Two-Party System

Untested Rape Kits

When a rape is committed, a forensic examination (known as a "rape kit") can be performed.  It is performed by a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurse.  The process can last up to four hours [2].  Fibers, saliva, and liquids are collected from within and around the vagina, anus, and other surfaces violated by the … Continue reading Untested Rape Kits