The FDA cracks down on flavored e-cigarettes, President Trump endorses bipartisan criminal-justice reform, U.S. national defense at risk, the elderly will outnumber the young by 2034, and rich New Yorkers are purchasing hiking trips for their dogs.
Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.
What might have once been considered minor news, or no news at all, is now making the rounds on social media sites and sparking further conversation regarding gun control laws and the NRA.
The NRA will be hosting a convention this coming Friday (5/4/18) in Dallas, Texas, where Vice President Pence and President Trump are scheduled to appear and speak. Because of the attendance of Pence and Trump, the Secret Service has called for a complete weapon ban at the event; including firearms.
The federal government will shut down in two weeks, and America could default, if the Administration and Congress, especially House Republicans, fail to agree on raising the debt ceiling and paying the country’s bills.
Some conservative Republicans are still dreaming about defunding or repealing ObamaCare, which is the law of the land, whether we like it or not. Speaker Boehner and other Republicans have moved away from the idea of defunding, which could result in a government shutdown, but the most-conservative Republicans still believe in defunding.
Detroit filed for bankruptcy because it’s reached the point where the city can’t pay its bills anymore, including pensions to municipal employees. It’s terrible and shows why pension funds must be invested even more conservatively, because municipal bonds are only as secure as the municipality’s finances.
There is no quick or painless solution, but it shouldn’t take long to motivate people to grab opportunities; find jobs; and make money.
We all need some health service sometimes, even young and healthy individuals, so having health insurance is essential to pay for expensive services. However, the objective must be to achieve universal coverage by lowering costs, so people can afford it, not with mandates that increase everybody’s expenses.
The Obama Administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate, requiring employers with 50+ full-time employees to provide them with high-quality health insurance, until 2015 after the midterm elections. Major corporations have been asking and receiving exemptions after ObamaCare became law. Although most of these employers already have health insurance for their workers, the employer mandate will increase costs for employers and employees alike. Employers have to determine whether hiring is possible, many are hiring part-time now to avoid paying these cost.