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    Abortion, Politics and the Christian Faith

    Abortion was a hot issue in the recent Presidential election. But it was not the only issue. My wife recently filled out a form sent to her from the organization “Priests for Life.” The form contained two questions that caught my attention. The first question was if she believed in abortion. That was an easy question to answer because both my wife and I are pro-life. The second question concerned who we voted for the the Presidential election.

    I heard that many religious organizations including the Catholic church were encouraging people to vote for the Republican candidate because he was pro-life. First, I don’t think John McCain is truly pro-life. His votes against federal funding to help troubled young pregnant woman certainly don’t reflect a pro-life stance. Also, for years our Congress was controlled by Republicans and Roe vs Wade was not challenged.

    Second pro-life should not only include unborn babies. We can’t kill them before they are born, but we can sentence them to a life of war against terrorism after they become 18 and join the Military Reserves? We allow them to serve repeatedly (sometimes resulting in health problems) because we don’t want conscription? And we …

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    A New Day Dawns in Texas Politics

    Texas Governor Rick Perry (after 14 years on the job) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. But, in typical Perry form, whether he plans to ride off into the sunset or run for President again was left unanswered. 

    Perry’s last presidential campaign was a comedic fiasco after his infamous “oops” debate when he couldn’t recall the three government agencies he intended to abolish. Perry then became a presidential punch line for late-night TV – withdrawing from the campaign soon after.

    If Perry does run for president again, he has little to lose. His last stab at the White House was such a catastrophe that he could easily fulfill the extremely low voter expectations – especially if he manages to remember three things at once.

    Of course, Perry still maintains hefty ambitions and has many fans on the conservative GOP base. But first, he’ll need to overcome the reality of being the sixth choice for GOP presidential candidate in a recent Texas poll.

    He’ll also need to do major damage control with women voters on the battle over abortion, including his criticism of Texas Senator Wendy Davis for her successful filibuster.…

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    Politics and the Younger Generation

    With all the talk of politics these days I think it is only fair to include a perspective from the 20-30 year olds in America. Those of us who think we do not have a voice, are not informed or educated enough to participate in politics, and those of us who quite frankly are confused by the media and their opinions. (Because we all know very well that true journalism – reporting the news – is all but dead. We now see editorializing becoming the prevalent form of “journalism”.) In order to make any real changes, and to silence the corruption, we need to educate younger generations and make them feel welcomed into the world of government. It doesn’t have to be so confusing when really what it all comes down to is this: who we elect into office, and for HOW LONG.

    I have never been involved in politics, will never claim myself to be a source of information for government affairs and absolutely have never thought about joining a political movement. Even though I grew up in Houston Texas ‘” the 4th largest city in the country – surrounded by educated and knowledgeable citizens, government and economics just …

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    Looking for a Job in Democratic Politics

    Looking for a Job in Democratic Politics

    Job Search and Resume Tips for Democrats

    With the inauguration of a Democratic president and such huge wins for Democrats in the last election, it would seem that there should be an over-abundance of jobs for Democrats. However, that is not necessarily the case. For both Democrats coming off the campaign trail and newbies looking to break into Democratic politics, it can be a tough job market.

    It is important to understand which job searcher category you fall into and to design a resume fitting of that category. There are, primarily, three types of Democratic politics job searchers right now: Seasoned Democratic Campaign Veterans, Entry-Level Democratic Campaign Staffers, and Democratic Politics Newbies.

    The Seasoned Democratic Campaign Veteran is the job-seeker most familiar with dealing with the pitfalls of odd years – a.k.a. the years with few campaigns. This job-seeker has two or more election cycles under their belt and has just finished working in a senior staff role on one of the many 2008 or later campaigns.

    For this job-seeker, the trick is to reformat that campaign resume and make it more friendly for legislative, advocacy, and nonprofit employers. The skills are similar, …

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    The Intersection of Politics and Project Management

    My definition of politics encompasses the following: activities aimed at influencing the opinions and behaviors of individuals, groups, and organizations that have the power to make decisions that impact the allocation of resources. This reality extends throughout the private and public sectors, with stakeholders being interconnected and interdependent on one another for mutual gains and losses. Since all resources are inherently limited, then the ends to which they are distributed is of great importance to managers who work within organizations and vie for capital in order to initiate and fund projects. Three points of continuous contention and jockeying among various interests are money, information, votes and/or authority. Politics is a reality of day-to-day life that extends beyond the workplace and into family and civic life as well.

    Decisions made by top management regarding human, financial, intellectual, and material assets are not always necessarily rational by the numbers calculations aimed at maximizing the bottom line through sophisticated mathematical projections. Societal values, cultural context, competitive forces, and macro economic trends can impact decision makers and strategic directions of firms. These factors weigh heavily on decisions regarding choosing between potential activities pursued and those that are put on hold or discarded. It may …

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    What a Year for Detroit Politics

    The city of Detroit is known by many monikers, including Motor City and the most controversial, Murder City. These aliases have found a permanent place in the hearts and minds of those who reside in the city as well as those who are on the outside looking in. However, with the recent wave of political corruption that has blanketed my beloved Detroit, there are more monikers to come.

    As a life-long Detroiter I dread every time me and my fellow Detroiters have to deal with our name being dragged through the mud on account of our politicians. Although, I have my reservations as well as my liking toward some of them, I cannot overlook the fact that they have and continue to engage in corruption that is both embarrassing and disheartening.

    With the demise of the Kwame Kilpatrick administration to the Monica Conyers’ Synagro scandal, it is crazy how in less than a year we have to watch two politicians fall to disgrace. In exercising my right to vote I try to choose those politicians who encompass the most passion and commitment. However, this tactic seems to have failed me as I voted for both of these politicians based …

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    Hollywood and Politics

    Do politics and comedy mix well? I suppose the answer to this question depends mostly if you are a comedian making fun of politicians and their gaffes, or if you are a politician trying to be a comedian. The relationship between Hollywood and politicians has always been love/hate. Many comedians privately acknowledged that having George W. Bush as president has provided a renewable source of fodder for jokes. So far, Obama has not proved to be such a rich source of material.

    At the recent White House Correspondents Association Dinner, President Obama attempted to get a few laughs of his own. One joke, which has even some liberal pundits raising their eyebrows, described using predator drones to go after the Jonas Brothers should they get any “ideas” about his teenage daughters. I sort of winced when I heard this as it sounded odd coming from the mouth of the Commander in Chief of the world’s remaining super power. A super power which is currently involved in two controversial wars abroad.

    I remember when George W. Bush first started becoming really unpopular, and it was due to goofy and off-the-cuff moments when he appeared less than presidential. Such as when making …

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    How My Budget and My Politics Are Related

    The amount of money my family has in our budget not only dictates what we buy and what we don’t buy, it also dictates my political beliefs and my voting habits. I do the best I can to vote for the candidates that will improve my family’s financial situation and feels the same way I do about other issues. Because we are in no way rich most people would think that I vote for liberal democrat candidates. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve learned that the more conservative republicans the lawmakers are, the more my family’s financial situation improves. What those conservative republicans believe in makes my life and the life of my family better.

    Smaller Government – I am a firm believer that the smaller the government, the better my financial situation. It is common sense to me – the less government interferes with my life the more control I have to make my own decisions about everything, including my money. Despite what politicians say, I know that I am more “tuned in” to the financial needs of my family and I have the right to make the financial decisions for my family.

    Taxes – Unlike most …