Though intersex people have existed throughout all of human history, the trend of corrective surgeries on infants and children born with intersex traits is only around 60 years old, achieving wide popularity in that time. The surgeries are purely cosmetic and are rarely done out of medical necessity, and can often have extremely harmful effects. … Continue reading The Harmful Myth Of The Sex Binary
By: Brian Krause On January 6th, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his historic eighth State of the Union address and inspired the American people with his famous Four Freedoms. The freedoms of speech and worship, with the right to live without fear and want, were spoken to be as inalienable as the rights laid … Continue reading “Necessitous Men Are Not Free Men”: The Case for FDR’s Second Bill of Rights Today
When hearing the words “Baby Boxes” many Americans think of the Safe Haven (Baby Moses) Law. This law states that any parent who believes they are unfit to care for their newborn may leave their child with a designated private person who will provide care until it can be adopted or fostered. The most common, … Continue reading A Cardboard Box With so Much Potential
In 1996, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act (PRWOA), commonly known as welfare reform. PRWOA was designed to alter the structure of welfare to shift it from a program designed for long-term assistance to one designed for short-term help. This was in response to decades of criticisms of the program by conservatives … Continue reading Destroying an Entitlement
Every once and a while an idea comes around that is both quite popular among Very Serious People and pretty dubious. One of the latest examples of this age-old phenomena is means testing. Programs are said to be means tested when they phase out at the point where the government believes beneficiaries would be able … Continue reading Against Means Testing
By Seth Betman The opioid epidemic is no joke. It has only enhanced over the last decade and has become a prime topic in the war on drugs. Such a broad issue, with issues in the process of distributing pharmaceuticals as well as drug addiction to street drugs such as heroin, must be tackled in … Continue reading Michigan’s Opioid Epidemic: A Discussion and Proposition
On Friday, House Republicans pulled their proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as ObamaCare) from consideration. Seven years of alarmist rhetoric over a law some elected Republicans considered the downfall of the republic came to nothing. It's a good thing, too. The Republican replacement plan was a profoundly broken piece of legislation that misunderstood the ACA's real problems, bungled their solutions, and continued a pattern of duplicity that has run through the entire repeal effort.