Because nothing can happen in Washington, D.C. without it turning into a mess of dysfunctional macho posturing -- on the same day you can start signing up for the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Healthcare Act -- there will likely be a government shutdown. It's all part of the Republicans quixotic attempt to stop "Obamacare" before it starts and people end up accidentally liking it.
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In my latest post for The Root this Tuesday I write about President Obama's upcoming speech at the anniversary of the March on Washington and how President Obama has had to deal with the pressure of those who compare him to Martin Luther King Jr. when they couldn't be more different. One man was an activist. The other is a sitting U.S. president. Yet, the comparison for some remains.
Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is going in the right direction with wanting to change the way we handle low level drug offenders since, according to Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans are all "why bother" when it comes to laws against marijuana and enforcing them.
A March Pew Research Center survey on changing attitudes about marijuana found that nearly three-in-four Americans (72%) believed that efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. And 60% said that the federal government should not enforce federal laws prohibiting the use of marijuana in states where it is legal. (Last fall, voters in two states – Colorado and Washington state – approved the purchase of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use).