What is Wrong With Our Map?

Upside Down Map of USA

I have noticed an interesting trend while looking at maps of the USA.

I have recently been combing through different maps of the United States of America and I have noticed an alarming trend taking shape. What I have found is that there are almost two separate nations with two sets of beliefs and ideologies. It is not just one or two issues that create this rift, but there is indifference in almost every aspect of life. The differences are separating us further, creating the Divided States of America (Or as I call them, America and ‘Murrica). Keep in mind, I am not arguing any point here, I am just producing factual data and evidence. Take it however you wish. Let’s take a look. Continue reading

Minimum Wage, Welfare, and Conservative Mythology

Separating fact from fiction in the minimum wage and welfare debates

Separating fact from fiction in the minimum wage and welfare debates

Since 2012, when President Barack Obama talked about raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union address, it has been a hot button issue that has stirred up emotion and rhetoric on both sides. Many people like to call America a “Welfare State”, though they¬†fail to realize the direct relationship between living wages and welfare. ¬†Despite political talking points and media hyperbole, there are some legitimate facts we should be looking at, from places where higher minimum wages have already been implemented. Real world examples should hold far more weight than anything your local politician can spout. Continue reading

Important Supreme Court Ruling on Gerrymandering Gets Lost in Gay Marriage Shuffle

US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow independent commissions to draw out districts

US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow independent commissions to draw out districts

Amidst the Gay Marriage hysteria following the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling allowing same-sex marriage to be recognized throughout the United States, the Supreme Court also ruled on another, more important issue that seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Last week, the Court ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing independent, nonpartisan commissions to draw out the districts for state and local maps. This decision was a giant step for democracy and could drastically change the political landscape moving forward. Continue reading