Two Women Who Paved The Way For Women To Reach The White House

In the 1950’s and 60’s it was almost unheard of for a woman to reach the height of power that women have now achieved in American society today.

We are going to look at two of them and let learn you a little bit more about them.

When you finish reading you may become aware just how much society has changed and perhaps a glimmering of how much more it will change in the future.

Madeleine Albright

Kittner_100830_7565Was the First Woman to hold the position of Secretary of State under the Clinton Administration. This being the highest office held by a woman in US history.

Going from doing Grant research in 1980, in 1993, she became the Ambassador to the United Nations, to finally sworn in 1997 as secretary of State.

She became a singular diplomat during the Clinton years. She was often outspoken in her criticism of the U.N. and its policies.

Her feelings about the Then U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali made headlines all over the world.

She also became famous for the one-liner “This is not cojones. This is cowardice.”, Referring to the Cuban Air Force’s downing of two unarmed light aircraft flown by a Cuban-American Exile group.

Throughout her career, she was a hardnosed and outspoken diplomat that helped steer the country trough the turbulent waters of this time in which saw the return of Hong Kong back to China.

In the year 2000, she met with Kim Jong-Il, leader of North Korea being the highest-ranking American ever to do so.

She now serves as the Chair of The Albright Stonebridge Group and the advisory council for The Hague’s Institute for Global Justice.

Condoleezza Rice

imgresCondoleezza was the first black women to hold a position on a presidential cabinet when she replaced Colin Powell.

A graduate from Stanford, holding 3 degrees, one being a doctorate in Political Science, expert in Russian and International security issues.

She went on to hold positions as National Security Advisor and later as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.

During her stint before and during the Bush administration she became one of the Vulcans.

A name given to the team of special advisors to President Bush and were later all given high government positions. Followers of Leo Strauss they attempted to put many of his ideas of political theory into practice. Especially with respect to America’s perceived, part to play in what has now been called the “New World Order.” This also was time when the term “Neocon” was coined to describe those who followed these philosophies, which preached a strong America dominating world affairs.

Now, Condoleezza has returned to Stanford where she is a professor of Political Science and is currently involve in the “Ban Bossy” movement.

Because of its perceived harmful effects of the word, “Bossy” has on young people.

These two women in their time did much to change the image of woman in America and their role in US government. In the next presidential election, we may see the first woman president. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of these two woman that help pave the way for more women in government and perhaps the White House as well.

Is the US Government Corrupt?

corruption in the usThe US government is riddled with corruption and there is quite a lot of going around which can be quite annoying for people when they are trying to run against them. The general public are also quite annoyed with these sort of developments which can really ruin their trust of the government and not even be happy with those who are in office. This is something which really be needs to be sorted out.

However, things can take a nasty turn if disputes are not resolved and it can be annoying for the public and it can really stir up a culture of distrust in the public. There have been many claims of corruption in the past, particularly in the clinton era. However, it was never proven that there was any serious corruption. However, it can be arduous to try and disprove or prove these claims. There has also been allegations of special favours being given by the US government to the UK government and vice versa. This was particularly evident during the Bush and Blair regime, where both leaders shared a particularly close relationship. This was deemed to be a good thing at the time, although it can be annoying when the leaders are in such close cahoots and can always ostracise the people on the outside and can ensure that peace is not always abundant.

This manifested itself to be something quite raw in the Iraq war where things really did get nasty. There were many allegations of corruption as people did not really understand the reasons for going to war. Although the US government and many other reliable sources claimed it was because Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and were intending to use them for some bad purposes. This was never actually proven to be true and in the end people began to question whether it was to do with oil or some sort of other purpose which was not documented. It seems likely that it was to do with oil and Tony Blair, the UK leader at the time, was certainly a shifty character during this time period. Essentially, it was devious what happened at this point and it can be disheartening to see politicians not being honest.

Perhaps corruption is likely to occur in the realms of many people’s lives, it just seems to happen a lot in the US government where some sort of event is always going on. This is something that can be quite ridiculous as politicians should be quite honest with their general public and not try to let them down. This is not a good thing as it can stir up some distrust in the US government which is not entirely justified as there is some honesty there. It seems that Barack Obama is a fairly good president who can always empathise with the people and make it more plausible that people can enjoy the government and can see that there is no corruption currently, although there may be some in the future.

Government funded health plans

It doesn’t matter who you are, health is a very important aspect of your life. As a matter of fact, the only way you can live is if you have some kind of health. Ho
austin-298211_640wever, maintaining your health can be rather expensive. Fortunately, there is assistance for people that are willing to receive it. Some forms of assistance are funded by the Government. Government funded health plans are available and encouraged for many people. They provide the extra assistance that you need to pay for any costs that can come from medical emergencies and unexpected occurrences.

One prominent example of a Government funded health plan is Medicare. It is federally funded to provide assistance to people who over 65, suffering from kidney failure which is treated with a transplant or dialysis, or are disable and or getting benefits from disability.

There are a couple of different plans for people to get on Medicare. One plan is the traditional plan. The other is the Advantage plan. you can get this plan from a private insurer if you are interested. Medicare carries four different parts to it which cover hospital care, medical equipment, diagnostic studies, prescriptions and plenty of other features that will benefit the insured.

Another Government funded health plan is called Medicaid. This is the type of insurance plan that offers coverage for people that are under a certain level of income. Among the specific groups of people that Medicaid covers are low income families, pregnant women in poverty, supplemental security income receivers and many other people. Medicaid is seen as a very helpful alternative for people that could not afford regular health insurance. The qualifications for Medicaid service depend on the state in which it is offered. Certain people that are qualified to receive this type of insurance in one state may not qualify in a different state.

There are plenty of Government funded health plans that you can look at. However, it is important to find one that is best suited to you. You want to be adequately covered in your health plan so that you are not met with any unexpected setbacks. This is where you can take the time to do your research. You want to know what type of health plan you are looking at and understand all of the different features that it offers before settling with a health plan from the Government. After that, you can sign up for one that you can benefit from the most.

Government Health Insurance Vs Private

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The economy has been through much in the past decade, so many people’s financial situations have changed. Adjusting your life according to your finances can prove to be difficult. Health coverage is something to be considered adjusting if needed, and depending on your situation. Government funded healthcare , and private healthcare are two different things. It is important to decide which is the best path for you.

Government Health Insurance

Government health insurance is paid for by the government, through the public’s taxes. Many people who are in times of need use this method of protection and only qualifies for those with lower income. Health insurance is very important to have, fortunately these benefits are there if circumstances change financially. There are different insurances under the government that qualifies to specific people.

Medicaid is government run but your state is manages it. Only some people qualify for Medicaid, usually those who do only have to pay a minimal fee for doctors visits and prescription medication as well as other medical needs. This all depends on what you qualify for and that varies from state to state. Medicare is provided to individuals who are 65 years and older. People who have a debilitating disease or health problems such as heart conditions, or those who had a transplant usually qualify.

Medicare covers some of those expenses. There are four different parts to this coverage. Part A is hospital insurance and covers for care in hospitals, home health care and other medical facilities that the individual may need. Part B is for medical needs which covers doctors visits and other types of medical care. Part C includes a private healthcare company, and can be worked out by the individual. This can include prescription medicine. Part D focuses on prescription costs. Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, covers children in families who didn’t qualify for Medicaid. This is paid through the state and government.

Private Health Insurance

Private health insurance are funded by organizations and can be acquired through employers. Private health coverage is usually very expensive if an individual wants to buy it own their own.

Many opt to get it through their employer, which is a less expensive route. Many private health care companies work with employers, and some healthcare facilities. These options ensure that many more people will be able to afford their health insurance. Depending on your medical protection plan, you may only have to pay a co-payment to receive care.

Many insurance providers have a wide range of medical facilities you can go to, some may have specific rules on where you can go. There are different types of private health coverage. The Health Maintenance Organization insurance plan only covers specified healthcare providers as stated before, and cost the individual less financially.

This is a good choice for those who are very budgeted, you would just have to go to certain doctors offices that they accept. Preferred Provider Organizations do the same, but cover some expenses if you chose to go outside of there projected network of healthcare providers.

Whichever type of indemnification you decide to choose is up to you. Speak with your employer, or healthcare providers to decide what is best for your needs, either way, you can get insured whether you are employed or not.

 

The Government And The Public’s Opinions About Online Gambling

If you were to type the above title or something similar into Google, you would end up with many differing opinions on the topic of online gambling and the gambling industry in general. The Government have been discussing legislation to have online pokies and casinos made illegal for quite some time now. This is puzzling to many voters as gambling is a personal choice, just like smoking cigarettes or drinking a beer. Even though smoking and drinking can be dangerous and lead to illness or addiction, so can gambling. People become addicted to gambling and struggle financially with debt because of it.

Do the Government and lobbyists trying to get online gambling made illegal really think that this will cut down on the amount of people becoming addicted and improve the quality of more people’s lives? Many people think not. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott declared before the 2013 Election that he would make online gambling illegal. The question on many people’s lips’ is why? Many voters are really tired of the Nanny state mentality the Government seem to believe in. This is something that might not be as popular as the politicians believe.

Many Australian’s love going to the races, or the club and having a bet or playing Keno or the poker machines. Well; these days this can all be done online and because most of us have taken to technology like ducks to water, online casinos and online poker machines are very popular. There are sites where no money has to change hands, you just play for fun. Some of these sites are applications on Facebook and these sites alone are addictive, even though no real money is won or lost. It is easy to see how one might get addicted to gambling, however kids get addicted to video games. This is not harmful, except that it is not healthy to sit in front of the TV all day long. The point is; that sensible people know when to stop, despite how much they love playing the pokies games online.

Facebook users are well aware of the growing popularity of these sites. Ask anyone on Facebook if they play the online pokies and they will say yes, and a great many more will admit to only using Facebook for this purpose. The online casino games on Facebook started to take off about five years ago. If you are a Facebook user then you will have received invitation from your friends to play these games. There are now thousands of online casino sites and the membership on these sites is growing everyday.

Tony Abbott may have stated during the election campaign that online casino games and poker games will be banned in this country. It now seems clear to the voters that now, almost fourteen months since the election that perhaps The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott was saying what he figured the voters wanted to hear. It may not come down to election promises at all. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s statement regarding the banning of online gambling could be personal to him or he may not like any type of gambling because of religious reasons.

The Labour Party have stated that they would legalise online poker games and possibly make online casino’s illegal. But the voters really cannot place too much stock in those comments as The Green’s Party would never let the Labour Party get away with it. This in part is the opinion of some voters who commented on various articles about this issue. Almost 14 months ago, the now Prime Minister made many promises and won the election in September 2013 based on fact that the previous Government lied about the Carbon Tax. But fourteen months on and Australia’s Prime Minister and his cabinet have now broken many promises and told a few lies too. Given that all politicians lie and embellish the truth to make themselves look good, it is a fair statement that the Australian public cannot believe much of what either Government claim or promise. So it’s difficult to figure out whether the Coalition and the Labour Party are conflicted about online gambling or not.

Comments on media articles from the public would have us believe that the voters are split on this issue too. Reading the letters to the editor in the newspaper and comments on social media by the people of Australia shows that people have many different opinions. Their opinions and feelings seem to be pretty genuine. People feel that the Government always have an agenda and if the Coalition remain in power, online gambling will be here to stay; despite what some journalists believe.

Australia is in massive debt according to the Treasurer, Joe Hockey and this begs the question as to why would our Government abolish online casinos or online pokies sites, especially when all profits from the house would be taxed and this would help Australia’s bottom line. Financially; it makes sense to keep online gambling legal. Given the huge amount of people who enjoy playing the pokies and playing casino games, this is yet another reason that Australia’s bottom line would benefit from the taxes our Government would collect.

Some may feel that the public have an agenda too. They probably do, but mostly those who have shared their feelings on this issue have good intentions. Social workers and anti-gambling groups want to do more to help people who have an addiction to poker machines. Some of these groups claim that online gambling will make it worse for gamblers with addictions to stay clear of playing poker machines as the internet will make it too easy for an addict to play. Put simply, these groups claim that if they carry a Smart Phone, then it is just a matter of time before a gambling addict slips and logs into an online gaming or pokie site.

The other side to this is that an addicted gambler makes a choice to gamble. Gamblers Anonymous (GA) was set up to help addicted gamblers, just like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). If the temptation to log into an online poker machine site, then it is within their power to head to a meeting. No one is against helping someone who is addicted to the pokies, however there are many people who are able to play a poker machine, or go to the casino and stay with the limits of their budget.

Some people actually play poker for a living. There are a few people on Facebook who discuss this type of thing with other gamblers. When online poker playing was banned in the US, one such person decided to move overseas to a country where it is legal to gamble online. One comment in an article from the ABC confirmed that this is indeed quite true. If online poker is someone’s bread and butter, is it really fair to take that away? The opinion shared by this person was that this was the Nanny state in action again and our Government are basically telling us that we cannot be responsible, sensible and live our live’s without interference from a piece of legislation telling Australian’s what we should and should not do. Many readers online commented that they feel as though our politicians think we are stupid idiots and some people went as far as to claim that Australia is just not sticking by the values of democracy.

The claim that our Government just do not care about democracy is really starting to seem as though it is the truth. For those who do not want online casinos, online pokies and poker games to be banned probably have nothing to worry about for at least another two years. There is just too much drama going on in Australia at the moment. Some voters have a sneaking suspicion that the Prime Minister has forgotten all about this election promise. And the chances are high that he did not mean what he said in the first place.

The state of gambling regulations in the USA

The United States has a potpourri of gambling regulations, with the states of Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey allowing some aspect of online gambling. Until recently, the U.S. Federal government stated that online gambling was unlawful. But in 2011, the Justice Department handed down a legal opinion that only sports betting would be considered illegal. The U.S. is in a state of quandary with the government policies on online gambling laws because of Congress. Congress has chosen to keep hypocritical laws that allow certain types of online gambling activity, such as betting on horse racing, but prohibits gambling games like poker and bingo.

Even though online gambling isn’t totally regulated in the United States right now, thousands of Americans are gambling online with overseas entities, outside of U.S. jurisdiction. However, there are state and federal consortium’s, made up of internet gambling proponents, who are trying to convince the government to create two formal oversight and enforcement bills or regulations. Their proposed bills would give the government full oversight power on Internet gambling, while another bill would call for the creation of an “Office of Internet Poker Oversight.”

New Jersey’s Governor Christie and Senator Lisniak are working together to make New Jersey’s online gambling, a global invitation. Their introduction to a new bill would allow international companies to establish a base within the State, but to offer Internet gambling to people in other countries, as well as to allow sports betting. Their supposition is that with the Atlantic City casino closings and job losses, sports betting would be the lifeline that New Jersey needs to put people back to work and to further generate billions in economic activity in a substantially growing industry.

With the passing of a sports betting bill, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013, said that states would be free to license intrastate online poker and casino style games, under proper federal regulatory oversight. A bill like this would give the U.S. valuable tax revenues, rather than having offshore Internet gambling operators benefit from a tax free marketplace. A study done by Morgan Stanley reported that if online gambling is allowed, by the year 2020, it would generate $9.3 billion annually. The American Gambling Association further stated that a regulated online gaming presence in the United States would create 22,000 jobs, while generating upwards of $26 billion in tax revenues.

The passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (“UIGEA”) in 2006, prohibits online businesses from “accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager.” The UIGEA concentrates specifically on financial transaction and not so much on the gambling aspect. The Act prohibits gambling businesses from accepting payments in participation of another person across the Internet. Despite opposition from the government policies on online gambling, Americans continue to gamble online every year to the tune of $4 billion for offshore entities and $0 to most U.S. states. Though online gambling is still considered illegal, the future of online gambling is a positive one because advocates are fighting continuously to legalize it through legislation where Indian casinos, state run lotteries, card and game clubs will prevail, convincing lawmakers to change their mind, due to the much needed tax revenue that it would generate.