Friday, November 6, 2009

Invasion of Privacy or Right of the Government?

Several years ago the government officials admitted to conducting wire taps into the United States citizens personal lines. This is used to listen to conversations which might pose as a threat to the nation. Through the wiretapping the government is able to sort through key words that may suggest a threat or they may listen in on supicious individuals.
Though wiretapping is suppossed to be a great way to prevent dangerous situations before they happen it is an invasion of privacy. This is against everything the first and in some ways the ninth ammendment stand for. The first ammendment discusses the right to freedom of speech. Wiretapping forces people to need to be careful about what they say on the phone even though they have the right to say what they want. The ninth ammendment is the protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights. This includes right to privacy. Wiretapping is definately an invasion of privacy and should be outlawed.
There is word that the government has even managed to tap their way into text messages. If these were meant to be read by everyone they would have been sent to everyone. The government does not have the right to monitor private text messages and individuals have a right to their privacy.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Suspend Vaccine Requirements?

New York's governor, David Paterson, and New York's health commissioner have recently decided to suspend the suggestion of regulation of the flu vaccine. It was suggested that all health care workers receive the vaccination for both the swine flu and the seasonal flu. These health care workers are constantly around people infected with these viruses and the odds of them catching the viruses is greatly increased as a result of day to day contact with these illnesses. If the health care workers were to suddenly lose staff members then that would not only be bad for those people, but for patients as well. Without staff to assist the patients within the hospitals there could be dangerous results. The patients who are sick with either the swine or seasonal flu could get worse to the point of permanent damage or even death. Mandatory vaccinations associated with health care dealing with the patients could result in taking better care of the patients to help them get better and possibly prevent further spreading of the illnesses.
I believe that the author of this editorial has made some good arguments in support of his opinion that New York should not have suspended the requirement for all health care officials to be vaccinated swine and seasonal flu. I think they should have put more specific facts as support to make his argument even more valid. For example, a statistical report of the chances on catching the flu would have made his audience in even more support of himself.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Health Care Reform to Cover Abortion?

In the October 1st New York Times article, "Abortion and Health Care Reform" the author provides an argument against what many members of congress are in support of as far as abortion being covered by the new health care reform goes. Many conservatives throughout the government are in support of applying restrictions to the new health care reform that would make it difficult for many women, especially in low-income families, to receive an abortion. Since the new health care reform would get funds primarily from federal tax subsidies, government officials are wanting to have an extra charge on insurance policies that include abortion coverage. The author is very much opposed to this idea claiming that the current government view on the tax reforms would "deny Americans' rights to make their own health-care decisions".
I agree with the author's stance on the issue and believe that they made a viable argument. One thing I will mention against the author however is that i think they should have more evidence behind the facts they present. The facts stated are believable, but there is nothing to back it up. The logic is there but hard evidence is lacking. This makes me somewhat question the author's credibility.
The target audience is generally women and liberal citizens. The author's claims on the topic of abortion coverage represents that of the liberal ideas. They are criticizing the government's conservative veiws making an appeal to the women and liberals of the nation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Respect for Marriage Act

On September 15, 2009 ninety one co-sponsers introduced the Respect for Marriage Act before the House of Representatives. The soul purpose of this act is to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, otherwise known and referred to as DOMA. DOMA "singles out legally married same -sex couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law." Conditions of DOMA inlude denying same- sex couples social security benefits, even though they pay the same taxes for it as opposite- sex couples. The congressmen and women along with many other people view this as discrimination. Same- sex couples have the same rights as everyone else including the right to "freely make decisions about their own lives". I think that my classmates as well as any American should read this arcitle because same- sex marriage is currently a much talked about topic and should be informed on the development of the issues.