By: Robert Bryson I was born in the United States, as were both my parents, and my fathers’ family back to the colonies. My mother’s parents emigrated here from the Philippines. My mother’s father joined the U.S. Navy for citizenship and fought in Vietnam as an American. Just because I was born in this country, … Continue reading Perspective: What Would It Take?
By: Katie Wotherspoon The coronavirus pandemic turned the world upside down—but could this shift be an incredible opportunity for women? There are numerous COVID-19 concerns that disenfranchise women, yet there may be a glimmer of hope stemming from leaders who are successfully battling various COVID-19 concerns. Although women are disadvantaged by the coronavirus because of … Continue reading Women Leaders Faring Better Than Men—How COVID-19 Could Be a Revolutionary Opportunity for Women
By: Robert Bryson A well-funded IRS discourages fraud, ensures companies compete under the same rules, and provides quality information and service to worried taxpayers. Since 2008, the IRS budget has declined 20% from approximately $14 billion to $11.135 billion. In that time, personnel levels have dropped 20% while the IRS has contended with a 9% … Continue reading IRS Funding Cuts Encourages Tax Evasion, Fraud, and Poor-Quality Service
By: Robert Bryson The concept of “Post-Truth” was perfectly encapsulated in the first episode of the Colbert Report during the inaugural segment of “The Word,” wherein Stephen Colbert famously declared: “Face it, folks, we are a divided nation … divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart … … Continue reading Post-Truth: A New Future? Not Yet.
By: Robert Bryson Recent allegations are being thrown around by both Republicans and Democrats that the side-opposite is “politicizing” COVID-19 and using it to push through “their” agenda. However, politics isn’t a bad word. Politics is another word to describe the process by which a group of people make a decision. HOAs, unions, book clubs, … Continue reading Everything is Politics (1)
The Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative (PIAC) respectfully submits to the Department of Energy (DOE) the following comments in opposition of the Dishwasher Petition the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed on March 21, 2018; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-SDT-0005-0001; 83 Fed. Reg. 17768 (April 24, 2018). PIAC Supports AHAM’s Caution Against Inventing a New Class of Dishwasher PIAC … Continue reading PIAC Comments on Dishwasher Petition; Docket No. EERE-2018-BT-STD-0005-0001
By: Robert Bryson On September 18, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 into law. A.B. 5 codified Dynamex Ops. W. Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 which dramatically redefined how the state classifies independent contractors vis a vie employees. A.B. 5 was drafted to target “gig” economy workers (i.e., Uber drivers, deliver … Continue reading A.B. 5 and Dynamex: What does this mean for employers and independent contractors?
By: Nicole Nazari “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was understood to provide a right to bear arms if it was for a legitimate … Continue reading Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research
By: Bria Burgamy Over the past two decades, prescription opioids have wreaked havoc in the United States – despite evidence that the drugs’ manufacturers knew the drugs had potential to do just that. The opioid crisis has claimed more than 200,000 American lives since becoming commonly prescribed in the late 1990s. At the center of … Continue reading The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”
By: Francis Carlota Chicago is usually the first thing people think about when Illinois comes to mind. People might even assume the greater chicago area is likely democratic, which means people likely think Illinois is a blue state. The fact former President Barack Obama was an Illinois Senator and Illinois voted blue in the 2016 … Continue reading The Correlation Between Race, Party Affiliation, and Gerrymandering