Month: September 2016 (page 1 of 4)

Wants women and minorities to participate in STEM.

Day 60 (phew!) – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
Hillary supports STEM.
 
The relationship between women, blacks, and technology is an unnecessarily quiet one.
 
Fewer than one in three employees working in tech are women and three percent of tech employees are black. One factor affecting this is the availability of appropriate training in school. Only one in four schools teach computer science in the US.
 
Nationally, fewer than 15% of high schools offered Advanced Placement computer science courses in 2015. Of the 50,000 students who took the A.P. exam, fewer than a quarter were girls and roughly 13% were minorities. Only one in four schools teach computer science in the US.
 
Obama started a “Computer Science for all program.” Hillary is doubling down on it, including a targeted set-aside for computer science education. The success of this depends on recruiting and training teachers. Her plan will put an additional 50,000 teachers in the field over the next decade.
 
She is also pulling in funding from private parties, such as Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, and nonprofits such as Code.org, committing $60 million to the national program and teacher-training in computer science. And she’s creating programs to work with states, offering matching funds for regional initiatives.
 
She also supports private sector partnerships to create more makerspaces (if you don’t know what this is and why it’s valuable, the 3rd link talks about them).
 
 
 
 

Hillary Clinton myths debunked.

Great summation of much of what I’ve written here.

I’m not including it as part of my 100 days because it comes from an endorser of Hillary (yes, I’ve included a few, but this is one person rather than, say, a union, which is more specifically about policy).

http://www.scarymommy.com/hillary-clinton-myths-debunked/?utm_source=FB#comments

She supports domestic manufacturing — and its workers.

Day 59 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She launched a bipartisan manufacturing caucus in the Senate.

The mission of the caucus is (their words):

The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive.

For the most part, labor supports Hillary (more on this later); however, there have been circumstances in which she hasn’t supported labor in the way in which they want to be represented. One that has achieved commentary recently is the coalminers (I’ve written about this before). She’s not looking to support coalmining; in fact, quite the opposite (the environment is grateful, btw). However, she is working to create training and demand for workers being displaced by closing coalmines.

The fact that she – along with Lindsey Graham (!) – created this caucus takes us back to her general approach to legislation, which is to do her homework, find out what’s going on, and base her political response on what she learns.

http://news.wbfo.org/post/clinton-creates-bipartisan-senate-manufacturing-caucus

http://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=226DFAED-009F-4AAA-9FBF-90F5533F8272

http://housemanufacturingcaucus-reed.house.gov/about

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/10-Reasons-Hillary-Clinton-Stands-with-Working-People

She understands the cost of climate change — economic and political.

Day 58 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
She knows a clean environment will cost us – economically and politically. (But has a plan.)
 
Hillary has committed to produce a third of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2027. She also vows to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. (which is what Obama committed to in the Paris Agreement).
 
When there are still many who think climate change is a hoax, these plans come with a political price tag. Getting the plans through a Republican Congress is challenging at best, potentially impossible. And the last attempts to enact climate change legislation cost many Democrats their seats, and possibly cost the Dems the majority.
 
Then there’s the actual price tag.
 
So, Hillary has figured out some approaches that maneuver through the political morass. She’s also allied some of her plans with other economic development plans, e.g., retraining coalminers, to make them more palatable and diffuse the expense while revealing other benefits (employment).
 
What follows are two articles that discuss what it would cost to enact meaningful climate change legislation and how we can pay for it.
 
 

She raised a strong, smart, hard-working, independent daughter.

Day 57 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She raised a strong, smart, hard-working, independent daughter.

Chelsea earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford with honors, two Master’s from Oxford and Columbia and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford. She also taught at Columbia.

She has worked for NBC, McKinsey, Avenue Capital and NYU. She spent six years working in the private sector – in part, because she had never been exposed to it. She serves on several boards: School of American Ballet, Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Common Sense Media, Weill Cornell Medical College and IAC/InterActive Corp. She is the co-founder of the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at NYU and serves as its co-chair.

In September 2015, Clinton launched her first book, It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going! (published by Philomel Books). The 400-page book is aimed at middle school students (ages 10 to 14) and introduces them to a range of social issues, encouraging them to take action to make the world a better place and has another one on the way.

The word most people use to describe her is “poised.” She’s a pretty interesting person who delights in being able to jog all over NYC, takes the subway, goes to the neighborhood spot for coffee and lives as “normal” a life as she can.

http://www.vogue.com/…/waiting-in-the-wings-an-exclusive-…/…

http://www.theatlantic.com/…/…/being-chelsea-clinton/485627/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/chelsea-clintons-new-gig-…/

http://www.usatoday.com/…/chelsea-clinton-faith-in…/2346499/

Because truth matters.

Day 56 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
Truth matters.
 
I am breaking form today a little in light of tonight’s debate. Anyone who’s paid any attention to anything I’ve said here and elsewhere know that the thing that is making me froth at the mouth is the demise of truth and honesty.
 
I watch a lot of talking heads TV. The two big questions EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM – both sides (yes, I watch Fox) – is asking are:
 
Should moderators fact check?
 
Which Donald Trump will show up? (I’m not addressing this one here because I can’t do it and be positive, which is my rule.)
 
The fact that we can’t count on our political leaders to simply NOT LIE is criminal. People don’t trust government for a good reason. I started this blog (and believe me, it’s practically a second job), in part, because I was dismayed by the lies, half-truths and obfuscations. As those who have followed this also know, I started it because I felt Hillary was (almost) as much a part of the problem as anyone else. I agree with anyone and everyone that she could/should be more forthcoming and not always retreat to vagueness and obfuscation. I am holding her feet to the fire too.
 
BUT – She is not “Lyin’ Hillary.”
 
In fact, she is the most honest politician in this race – and I’m going back to the primaries – 20 people who thought they deserved to be our leader.
 
If you do nothing else, PLEASE, please, please, please read the attached articles so you know, from objective sources, where the candidates stand. If this is the only one of my posts where you read the attachments, that’s okay (a little dismaying, but I can live with it).
 
 
 
 

Hey Pharma! — Children aren’t adults.

Day 52 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

Hillary knows that children aren’t adults and made sure pharma recognizes that too.

Until Hillary and a couple other Senators took it on, there was no special testing for the different ways in which children’s bodies react to, and metabolize, drugs – and which drugs are appropriate for children – or not.

This falls, again, under the theme of her identifying the gaps in existing law and filling it. It also suggests that she is willing to take on the FDA and the drug companies when it falls under one of the areas of concern for her.

http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/tag/pediatric-research-equity-act-prea/

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/14/opinion/the-need-for-pediatric-drug-tests.html?_r=0

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/federal-advocacy/Documents/bpcapreahistory.pdf

Pay attention. You might like her too.

Day 54 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

She seems to win over those who pay attention.

(I don’t mean me, although, I appear to be falling into that camp.) Here is an article written by someone who loathed Hillary (her word) – for all the reasons we all know and some we may not have thought of.

So, to prove her point – SHE READ THE EMAILS – about 10,000 of them.

Here’s what she concluded:

“I found a Secretary of State who was universally respected by her staff, had a deep grasp of issues, understood how to move forward on them, and in many cases pushed the Administration to the left, not the right.

I found a Secretary of State who made a point out of making sure little kids in other countries had a way to get to school…

It is impossible for anyone who is intellectually honest to read those email packets and still conclude that Hillary Clinton deserves the hate and the frame she is awarded by our media. After reading 8-10,000 of them, my impression was that she has been been a damn good public servant.

The only conclusion I could come to is that I was wrong, and had been badly influenced by media tropes about Hillary Clinton’s character, her politics, and media’s sexism.

…I recommend that everyone read the emails too, or at least a chunk of them. When you do, you’ll discover what I did: Hillary Clinton is no monster. She’s a wonky, caring public servant who has a firm grasp on reality and policy.”

 

http://crooksandliars.com/2016/08/why-does-everyone-hate-hillary-meet-your?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=im

She supports the LGBTQ community.

Day 53 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.

Hillary supports the LGBTQ community’s rights.

She was a little late to the party moving from civil unions to full marriage, but she got there. As of this moment, she supports all progressive legislation providing full civil rights to the LGBTQ community.

As Secretary of State, she ensured the State Department was an LGBT-friendly place to work, extending benefits to Foreign Service employees – and their partners – which served as a model for other agencies.

In the United States Senate, Clinton was a strong supporter of LGBTQ non-discrimination legislation, including being an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

https://ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_LGBTQ_rights

Hillary Clinton: Expanding LGBT Rights At State

http://www.hrc.org/hrc

http://www.advocate.com/people/2016/7/22/hillary-clinton-it-still-dangerous-be-lgbt-america

She supports education — and has done her homework.

Day 52 – My journey to find reasons to vote for Hillary rather than just against Trump.
 
She supports education.
 
If you read the articles below, it seems as though the headline ought to be “She supports teachers,” but Hillary is looking at the issues educators face more comprehensively than that (which is one of the themes of this entire blog it turns out).
 
As first lady of Arkansas, she headed a new Educational Standards Committee. To get up to speed, she visited every single school district in Arkansas to ask them what they needed. This approach was echoed in an interview I heard this week (but can’t find to post – I heard it while just watching TV) with an NEA spokesperson. When asked about one of her education policies by educators, Hillary responded, “I don’t know. I want to talk to you first about what you need.” She received their endorsement – in large part – because of that answer.
 
However, she has thought through her education policy, and this is one area where she will veer furthest from policies set by the Obama administration. She is moving away from tying teacher pay to student test results. She is moving toward creating policy based on the evidence that suggests that teachers are, in fact, one of the smaller factors affecting student success: family education, socioeconomic status, and school funding are all more important factors.
 
A few important paragraphs from the US News article below:
 
“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act authorized Congress to contribute 40 percent of the national average per pupil expenditure for each special education student, but appropriations have historically ranged from 10 to 20 percent.
 
“The most we’ve ever paid is like 17 percent,” Clinton said in answering a question from a special education teacher. “I think that’s one of the reasons why you don’t have the services and the support that your students need to be able to get the education they deserve.”
 
She continued: “There are two big areas of federal funding that I feel strongly about. One is the special ed funding, and the other is the Title I funding, the equalization of funding for poor schools. … Those were the earliest levels of commitment from the federal government, and we haven’t really, in my view, fulfilled either one.’”
 
 
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