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Why Saying Goodbye to Traditional Marriage is a Good Thing

By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer
@bluebird1278

What's your stance on the marriage debate?/ PHOTO BY Robin Ngai

What’s your stance on the marriage debate?/ PHOTO BY Robin Ngai

The ideals and values of traditional marriage are being destroyed and redefined all around America today. And honestly, it’s about time.

On Thursday, Carina Kolodny of the Huffington Post published a piece speaking out against traditional marriages. In it, Kolodny expresses her support of creating more equality between men and women in traditional marriages for issues like career advancement and child care.

With an increasing number of states supporting gay marriage, it’s hard for Americans to avoid talking about how traditional gender roles no longer apply to 21st century marriages.

According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force. This means that fewer women are staying home, and more women are helping to bring home paychecks.

This will affect how traditional marriage couples will handle child care, and whether kids will even be a part of the picture. These questions will have to be answered because marriage equality is no longer a thing of the past. It’s here and we must be prepared for change.

Same-sex couples will be making choices such as which parent stays home with the kids, who will be working more hours at the office, and what last name their future child will take on.

These couples will not be making their decisions based on gender, tradition, or stereotypes. This is something that traditional married couples should take into account. They shouldn’t let stereotypes and tradition control the choices being made in their marriage, rather they should do what is right for them.

We tend to value tradition in an age where equality needs to be more prevalent for men, women, same-sex couples, and Americans everywhere.

Same-sex marriages are changing the face of traditional marriages and I, for one, support it.

The Rundown: Obama, Romney and the issues

By Hilary Ribons, Staff Writer
@hilaryalexisr

It’s almost election time. And with a few televised political debates under our belts, it’s time to start considering who we are going to vote for.

Though it’s truly entertaining to watch two politicians verbally duke it out, I was left at the end of the debates still seriously wondering what each candidate’s stance was on some key issues.

Even after watching the debate, it’s easy to be confused as to where both presidential candidates really stand. In an effort to fully understand the candidates, I looked up their stances on some key issues and put them side by side for an easy comparison. Most of the information below was pulled from their websites, which are obviously not objective, but still state their stances. The information that I got was my understanding of each candidate’s stance, and hopefully will help you on your way to looking over the policies that the candidates are endorsing.

Remember, we are voting into office the president who will be making decisions that shape the same country that we’re graduating into soon. Hopefully my preliminary research, complete with a few websites I found helpful, will inspire you to vote as a truly informed citizen.

Obama

Romney

Education 

- Placed a cap on federal student loan repayments at 10 percent of income
– Offer incentives to keep qualified, successful teachers in the classroom
– Allow the states to create their own plans for education reform, instead of abiding by No Child Left Behind
– Offer incentives to public schools by rewarding innovation and reform
– Reformed/expanded post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill to include more G.I.’s eligible for education benefits.
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- Allow low income and special needs students to decide what school they would like to attend
– Provide incentives for states to increase choices and alternatives for parents
– Make charter and digital schools more effective
– Make report cards public as part of an effort to improve “No Child Left Behind”
– Offer teachers incentives through greater job flexibility and rewards and through cutting down on certification requirements.
– Strengthen and simplify Financial Aid System
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Energy

- Double fuel efficiency standards
– Increase natural gas production within the United States
– Open more land for development
–  Increase oil production, increase safety measures
– Increase wind and solar energy
– Invest government money in researching clean coal technology
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- Put control of energy within state lines (excluding those that are off-limits by law) into the hands of state government
– Open offshore areas within the United States for energy development and set minimum production targets for these areas
– Pursue a North American Energy partnership with Canada and Mexico
– Attempt to slightly strengthen environmental laws and regulations and “streamline” limitations on “red tape,” or oppositions, surrounding new developments
– Put money into private-sector research and development of new energy technologies
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Health Care

- Affordable Care Act:
– Prevents insurance companies from putting a cap on coverage, or dropping coverage when you become sick
– Provides those with Medicare free preventative services and lower costs on prescription drugs and monthly premiums
– Stop health insurance companies from charging women more than men for their coverage
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- Putting states in charge of medical insurance and caring for the poor, uninsured and chronically ill
– Promote competition in the healthcare system.
– Cap non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits
– Allow individuals/small businesses to form purchasing pools
– Prevent discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage
– Facilitate IT interoperability
– Allowing people to choose what kind of healthcare plan they want, giving them options and information
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Taxes

- Those who make more than $1 million a year will pay an equal or higher percentage of their income in taxes than middle- and lower-class citizens
– No plans to cut taxes: money will go to education, manufacturing, infrastructure
– Plans cut discretionary spending
– A plan of spending cuts and revenue increases over the next decade to reduce the national deficit of $4 trillion
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- Twenty percent cut in individual taxes for everyone
– Current tax rates on interest, dividends and capital gains stay the same
– Eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for those who make below $200,000 a year
– Eliminate the Death Tax
– Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax
– For corporate taxes: cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, strengthen and make permanent R&D tax credit, switch to territorial tax system, repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax
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Jobs

- In short, Obama plans to cut unemployment through
– Looks to revive manufacturing
– Looks to eliminate tax breaks for companies that outsource their jobs overseas, create incentives to bring business back to America
– Looks to implement Wall Street reform, keeping Americans from paying to bail out large banks
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- In short, Romney plans to cut unemployment
– Supports free enterprise, hard work, innovation
– Looks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation and government programs
– Looks to increase trade, energy production, human capital and labor flexibility
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Gay Marriage

- In support
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- Against it
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National Defense

- Focus on ending wars and building national economy through more investments in industry
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- Put money into improving the military
– Maintain a presence in the Middle East
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Immigration

- In his first term, Obama upped deportations of undocumented immigrants
– Upped border patrols
– Passed DREAM act, which grants a path to citizenship of children of undocumented immigrants who attended college or served in the military. In 2012, he announced that the Department of Homeland Security would no longer seek to deport young illegal immigrants if they were brought to the U.S. by their parents before 16, and are currently under the age of thirty.
– Focuses on the deportation of criminals
– Proposes plans of a “start-up visa” that allows foreign investors to open businesses in the U.S.
– Backs AgJobs Act, which allows farms to legally hire foreign workers
– Supports reform of H1B visas, vaguely
– Supports path to legalization for estimated 10.8 million undocumented immigrants already in the country
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- Unclear on stance about the deportation of minors
– Does not agree with granting amnesty– wants to keep and enforce legal pathway to citizenship
– Permanent immigration reform by offering those who serve in the military the opportunity to become legal and permanent residents
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Abortion

- Does not believe abortion should be covered by Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan except in cases of incest, rape or where the life of the woman would be endangered
– Supports the decision of Roe v. Wade
– Disagrees with parental notification
– Supports Planned Parenthood
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- Looks to overturn Roe v. Wade, giving power to chose legality of abortion back to individual states
– Supports Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood
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