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Wealth Inequality in America

Here is a short video that clearly explains the state of wealth inequality in the United States of America, I encourage all of your to watch it.

What is Fascism?

At the last meeting of the club I am afraid I babbled on about fascism and the danger of going down the path of fascism in the United States. As our political opponents often cast the claim that we are fascists, I thought perhaps we should be more cautious of how we use the term and what exactly it means.

Activism Tip--Politicians on Your Cell Phone

Have you ever listened to something on the TV or radio and thought, damn, I should call up my legislator about this issue, and then the thought passes. Do what I do. I have put my state and federal legislators telephone numbers on my cell phone. Whenever I read or hear something that calls for action, I call my politicians on my cell phone and leave a message expressing my concern.

Door Bell

I know this is trivial, but today I fixed my door bell. It has been broken for over 20 years, ever since we moved in. My patient wife asked me years ago to fix it, but my motivation was not to please her. After canvassing for several politicians over the last few years I have learned that less than about two in ten homes have functional door bells in Berkley.

MI-12: Shocker: Sandy Levin facing a serious primary challenge

Anyone from Michigan knows that the Levin name is pretty much gold in the Michigan Democratic Party. Carl Levin has been kicking ass as one of our U.S. Senators for 30 years, and his older brother, Sander "Sandy" Levin has been a U.S. Representative for as long as I can remember. In addition, various other related Levins have been members of the state Supreme Court, federal judges, and so forth. Sandy's son, Andy Levin, ran for State Senate in 2006 and lost by a hair.

Why am I mentioning this? Because a headline broke today that is sure to cause a whole lot of raised eyebrows throughout the MDP:

Congressman Peters proposes child-care tax credit increase

This morning, my 3-year old son and I had the honor of attending a roundtable/press conference event with freshman Congressman Gary Peters (MI-09) to discuss the first bill that he's introducing to the 111th Congress.

My wife and I are both self-employed (myself for 10 years as a website developer; her for the past year as a professional coach/consultant). We share a home office (not easy to do with your spouse, but we've pulled it off so far!), and our son is in daycare 4 days a week (we alternate taking care of him one day a week, which is why I was able to bring him with me today).

Needless to say, the $600+ or so per month is quite a hit to our pocketbooks, only beaten out by our mortgage and health insurance premiums.

Since child care is rightly considered a legitimate business expense (paying someone to watch your kids frees you up to actually make a living), there's a federal child care deduction. In 1981, the Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) was set at 20% of a maximum of up to $3,000 for one child an $6,000 for 2 or more children.

Jocelyn Benson rocks the OCDP house!

Last night (Tuesday) saw a momentous milestone in the Oakland County Democratic Party's history: I actually made it to their monthly meeting on time for once! Change Happened!

Seriously, though, aside from the other various and sundry items on the agenda, the most interesting event of the evening IMHO was the special guest speaker, Prof. Jocelyn Benson, who is running for Michigan Secretary of State in 2010.

New OCDP Office

Stopped by the new office on Friday. I gave the wrong address but right location on Wednesday. It is 30800 Telegraph Road. 30800-30700-30600 are all connected at north end of the Bingham Office Comples (blue and white signs). 30800 us the far north end. Suite 1921. No signs on door yet. Nice space - actually offices, little kitchenette, and place to set up phone bank.