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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.

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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 10, 2006
Bush Administration Ignored Coal Mine Safety Issues In the last month 16 coal miners have died in West Virginia. Although the public has only recently become aware of problems with mine safety, the Bush administration has known for three years that there were significant safety issues.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 8, 2005
Sex Education Programs Endanger Students and Violate the First Amendment The Bush administration is funding sex education programs that provide misinformation, foster fear, and violate the separation of church and state.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Thursday, January 26, 2006
Tax Breaks for the Wealthy Congress recently allowed two tax breaks that benefit the wealthy to become effective. Over the course of the next five years the tax cuts will cost approximately $27 billion. At the same time, Congress cut programs affecting the poor and the middle class by $39 billion.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Pharmacists Can’t Say No to Contraception There is an ongoing struggle between pharmacists who refuse to fill emergency contraception prescriptions and state governments who support or oppose these actions. But granting pharmacists the right to decline one medication opens the door to decline any drug due to religious convictions.
SHARE More Sharing        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 administration’s analogies.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Sunday, September 25, 2005
Health Insurance for Immigrants Only Congress is considering an immigration reform bill requiring employers to provide health insurance to all workers who are registered immigrants. Yet employers are not required to provide health insurance to citizens. This will result in an increase in American workers without insurance.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 19, 2006
The U.S. and Iran: Birds of a Feather Given the Bush administration’s rhetoric regarding the Iranian government you wouldn’t think the two have much, if anything, in common. Yet the Bush administration recently went out of its way to support an Iranian initiative to deny access to gay rights organizations within the United Nations.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Monday, February 6, 2006
Tax Shelters Disguised as Health Care Reform In his State of the Union address President Bush finally acknowledged that “we must confront the rising cost of [health] care.” But his proposal to strengthen health savings accounts will have little if any impact on the poor and middle class who lack coverage. Instead, it will help the wealthy protect their assets, and actually increase the ranks of the uninsured.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2006
Bush Doesn’t Play Fair at Recess Earlier this month President Bush took advantage of Congress’ winter recess to circumvent the Senate and appoint 17 individuals to various government positions. By circumventing the Senate Mr. Bush is abusing his power. And he is putting the country at risk by appointing individuals to critical positions who are not qualified.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 7, 2006
Another Brownie in the Making President Bush took advantage of Congress’ holiday recess to appoint Ellen Sauerbrey as the Assistant Secretary of State. The Senate had stalled on approving her nomination because Ms. Sauerbrey has no experience. Given the importance of this position, and the nominee’s total lack of experience, Mr. Bush abused his authority by circumventing the Senate.
SHARE More Sharing        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 nation’s air pollution laws and regulations. And his actions have resulted in a revolt within the EPA and serious criticism by the federal courts.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 1, 2005
Soldiers Shouldn't Serve as Police Officers In the aftermath of recent hurricanes President Bush has asked the Pentagon to reconsider its longstanding compliance with a nineteenth century law. The law prevents the military from playing a role in law enforcement activities. But asking the military to serve as a police force is dangerous.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 15, 2005
VA Seeks to Punish Iraq War Veterans The VA is revoking disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The VA believes it was too lenient in deciding who was eligible for PTSD benefits. This is the final insult to soldiers who were asked to fight a war in Iraq on false premises.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 11, 2006
Bush Administration Failing America’s 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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 31, 2006
Housing Cuts for the Poor, Tax Cuts for the Rich President Bush’s 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. Bush’s cuts will be opposed. Ironically, Congress is also considering yet another tax cut for the wealthy.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 18, 2005
Poverty Increases as Incomes Decline The day after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the U.S. Census Bureau quietly released a report indicating that poverty is on the rise while incomes decline.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 30, 2005
Bush's Kind of Guy Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline isn’t a household name yet, but he may be soon. He has a penchant for promoting a right-wing, evangelical Christian judicial philosophy. And that’s exactly the type of judicial nominee President Bush and conservative Republicans are seeking.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 Department’s 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 More Sharing        Sunday, November 6, 2005
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 is Here Again Last week President Bush put forward a program to prepare for the eventuality of a bird flu pandemic. The influenza pandemic of 1918 is a model for what we are likely to face with the bird flu. And unless the Bush administration responds more boldly we will relive the 1918 pandemic, only worse.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2006
Out of Touch with the Military's Reality For the last two years the Bush administration has insisted that the war in Iraq has not handicapped the military. But a Congressional report on military equipment and supplies indicates that the administration is seriously mistaken.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 5, 2006
Another Unsavory Judicial Nomination President Bush has re-nominated Brent Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Democrats originally rejected his nomination in 2003, and for good reasons. He has less legal experience than all but one previous nominee in the last 35 years. And his judicial integrity and ethics are questionable at best.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 2, 2005
Turkey is Not a Role Model
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 19, 2006
True to its History, FBI is Still Violating Civil Liberties According to a report, the F.B.I. violated procedures for wiretapping more than 100 times in the last two years. Given the bureau’s history, this shouldn’t be surprising. The F.B.I. was created for partisan political purposes, and has blatantly violated civil liberties since its inception.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Any Soldier Will do For the Pentagon The Army now faces its largest recruitment shortage in 25 years. As a result of the shortage, a Congressional report indicates that the Pentagon has been calling up reserve soldiers who are ill or medically unfit to serve.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 20, 2006
Bush Chose Iraq Over America’s Homeless According to a report on the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency made $1.4 billion in improper payments in 2003. Although the Bush administration in 2001 was advised that HUD’s rental assistance programs were at high risk, the administration failed to take action. As President Bush focused increasingly on the war in Iraq, America’s homeless suffered.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?

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