The House on Tuesday passed legislation extending a ban on guns that can't be spotted by a metal detector, but held back from expanding it to address all-plastic guns made possible by 3-D printer technology. The bill, passed on a voice vote, would extend for 10 years a law dating back to 1988 that makes it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess a gun that could elude metal detectors, which are used for security screening at government buildings, schools and airports. Under the law, gun makers must include a certain amount of metal, even if it is unnecessary for operating the weapon and can be removed.
The idea is that, those freed from debt and those sympathetic to the movement, then donate into the fund to keep it "rolling" forward; hence the name. The fund has already raised $600,000 and has used $400,000 of this to purchase and cancel an astonishing $14.7m of debt, primarily focusing on medical bills. This strikes at the very heart of the system, not only by using its own perverse rules against it, but critically by revealing the illusory and circular nature of debt.
Capitalism requires a layer of cheap, flexible labour to operate optimally. It is not a coincidence that the most successful global economy, by any traditional capitalist measure, is an authoritarian quasi-communist state. Many, myself included, have been arguing that our current predicament is not crisis-consequent austerity, but a permanent adjustment.
More than half (52 percent) of the families of front-line fast-food workers are enrolled in one or more public programs, compared to 25 percent of the workforce as a whole, according to UC-Berkeley's Labor Center. The cost of public assistance to families of workers in the fast-food industry is nearly $7 billion per year. Even those lucky enough to get full time hours are not immune. A center report finds, "The families of more than half of the fast-food workers employed 40 or more hours per week are enrolled in public assistance programs."
House Resolution 368
Sep 30, 2013
Sec. 2. Any motion pursuant to clause 4 of rule XXII relating to House Joint Resolution 59 may be offered only by the Majority Leader or his designee.
Clause 4 of Rule XXII reads
When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.read more
Ari Berman, The Nation: Between 2000 and 2010, the non-Hispanic white share of the population fell from 69 percent to 64 percent, closely tracking the 5-point drop in the white share of the electorate measured by exit polls between 2004 and 2012. But after the post-census redistricting and the 2012 elections, the non-Hispanic white share of the average Republican House district jumped from 73 percent to 75 percent, and the average Democratic House district declined from 52 percent white to 51 percent white. In other words, while the country continues to grow more racially diverse, the average Republican district continues to get even whiter. As Congress has become more polarized along party lines, it's become more racially polarized, too. In 2000, House Republicans represented 59 percent of all white U.S. residents and 40 percent of all nonwhite residents. But today, they represent 63 percent of all whites and just 38 percent of all nonwhites. read more