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Gene C. Gerard has taught history, religion, and ethics for 14 years at several colleges in the Southwest and is a contributing author to the book "Home Front Heroes: Americans during Wartime," by Greenwood Press. He writes a political blog for the world news website OrbStandard at http://www.orbstandard.com/GGerard.
SHARE Sunday, January 21, 2007 Paying for Protection
Two prominent labor organizations have sued the Bush administration for failing to protect nearly 20 million workers from job injuries.
SHARE Thursday, December 28, 2006 Bush's Use of Pardons Isn't Very Compassionate
The White House recently announced that President Bush issued pardons to 16 individuals. To date he's issued 113 pardons and three commutations. That's less than any two-term president in the modern era. In fact, you have to go back to George Washington to find a president who served two-terms and made fewer acts of clemency. This doesn't seem very compassionate for a so-called "Compassionate Conservative."
SHARE Tuesday, November 21, 2006 Limiting Family Planning for the Poor
Last week President Bush appointed Dr. Eric Keroack to manage the Office of Family Planning, which provides access to contraceptive information and supplies. Yet Dr. Keroack has a long-standing opposition to contraception and abortion. This will severely limit contraceptive information and choices to many of America's poorest women.
SHARE Sunday, October 8, 2006 Lawsuit Intends to Force the Bush Administration to Recognize the Constitution
A lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State against the Department of Health and Human Services aims to force the Bush administration to cease violating the Constitution by funding marriage programs with an overtly religious slant. If successful, this lawsuit would have a profound impact on the ability of the Bush administration to continue funding religious organizations with taxpayer dollars.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 1, 2006 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Endangers us All
Last month the Bush administration announced that Marine Corps Reservists are being recalled to duty, due to a shortage of soldiers. Yet the Armed Forces saw an 11 percent increase last year in the number of soldiers who were discharged simply because they were gay. Perhaps never since the inception of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has there been a more glaring reason to abandon this misguided military policy.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 12, 2006 Failing Soldiers on the Home Front
It's well known that Secretary Rumsfeld failed to protect the nation's soldiers during the invasion of Iraq. But a multi-million dollar settlement last week between the federal government and American Amicable Life Insurance Company glaringly demonstrates that Secretary Rumsfeld failed to protect soldiers on the home front, too.
SHARE Sunday, August 6, 2006 The Political Corruption of Science
Unions representing scientists at the EPA have complained that agency officials are ignoring science. This comes on the heels of a survey of FDA scientists which found that the agency is no longer protecting public safety. It's increasingly clear that the Bush administration is using politics to corrupt science.
SHARE Thursday, July 27, 2006 Backpedaling at the IRS
The Bush administration is eliminating almost half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit the tax returns of the wealthiest Americans. The Bush administration has now decided to force the IRS to backpedal and circumvent the tax laws.
SHARE Saturday, July 22, 2006 Prescription Politics
Two recent studies have shown that prescription drug prices rose significantly during the first quarter of the year. Given the vast sums that the pharmaceutical industry has spent lobbying against price controls, the dramatic increase in the cost of drugs isn't surprising.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 1, 2006 The We the (Evangelical) People Act
In the wake of the Senate's failure to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, conservatives are now coalescing around an act that would prohibit the federal courts from ruling on the constitutionality of state laws, especially those concerning sexual orientation. The act would severely limit some of the most basic legal principles of the Constitution.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 15, 2006 Subverting the Constitution by Supporting the Flag
The Senate will vote within the next two weeks on a constitutional amendment to ban desecrating the flag. If approved, the Senate will erode our Constitutional right to free speech and expression in the name of the flag.
SHARE Sunday, June 11, 2006 Bush Administration Failing Americas AIDS Crisis
In 2001 the Bush administration joined 188 other governments in adopting the United Nations Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. This committed each government to improving their response to its domestic AIDS epidemic and establishing targets for financing, policy and programming. But a new report suggests that the Bush administration is failing to adequately combat the crisis in America.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 2, 2006 Conservatives Favor Purity over Cancer Vaccine
Late last month a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel unanimously recommended approval of a vaccine for the human papilloma virus. Conservative organizations oppose it on the grounds that it might encourage promiscuity among adolescent girls. Conservatives are now working to discourage its use.
SHARE Friday, May 26, 2006 Abstaining from Sex Education Politics
The Centers for Disease Control held a conference on sexually transmitted diseases. The conference included a panel discussion entitled Are Abstinence-Only Until Marriage Programs a Threat to Public Health? After a Republican Congressman complained, the title was changed to Public Health Strategies of Abstinence Programs for Youth, and advocates of abstinence-only sex education replaced two members of the panel.
SHARE Friday, May 5, 2006 A Very Questionable Judicial Nomination
The Senate will soon vote on the nomination of Terrence Boyle to the U.S. Court of Appeals. President Bush nominated Judger Boyle in 2001, but Democrats have blocked his nomination since that time, owing to his poor judicial record. A new report revealed that Judge Boyle has repeatedly ruled on litigation in which he had a financial interest.
SHARE Saturday, April 29, 2006 The Decider Nominates Chief Polluter for the EPA
President Bush has nominated William Wehrum to serve as Assistant Administrator for the office of air quality at the EPA. Mr. Wehrum has consistently worked to weaken the nations air pollution laws and regulations. And his actions have resulted in a revolt within the EPA and serious criticism by the federal courts.
SHARE Monday, April 24, 2006 Iraq Can't be Compared to Post-World War II
In the past three years the Bush administration has vigorously made comparisons between reconstruction in Iraq and post-World War II Germany and Japan. But a new report by the Congressional Research Service has essentially demolished the administrations analogies.
SHARE Friday, April 14, 2006 The Politics of Foreign Aid
Last week the Senate confirmed Randall Tobias as the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. This agency has operated independently from the State Departments political and military concerns for more than 40 years. But with the confirmation of Mr. Tobias, foreign aid will almost certainly become victim to the whims of the Bush administration.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 9, 2006 The Air Force Soars to the Right
The Air Force recently released new guidelines on religious expression that pander to the religious right. If the military isn't free from coercion at home, why should Muslim nations believe the American military will respect their faith?
SHARE Friday, March 31, 2006 Housing Cuts for the Poor, Tax Cuts for the Rich
President Bushs 2007 budget includes significant cuts in housing assistance. Although the Republican Congress has debated the cuts affecting the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), it appears unlikely that Mr. Bushs cuts will be opposed. Ironically, Congress is also considering yet another tax cut for the wealthy.