Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service IRS today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
America cannot continue to run up record trade deficits and flood our markets with cheap foreign goods. These free trade agreements contribute to the loss of American jobs by flooding the U.
America's current free trade agreements put us in a race straight to the bottom. We cannot continue to sell out American workers and companies by giving foreign companies and countries unfair trade advantages.
We must work to eliminate our record trade deficits; this won't happen until we rework our trade agreements and put pressure on other countries to follow through on their end of the bargain. America is losing jobs in all forms and sectors to outsourcing. Corporations continue to sell out the American people in order to find cheap labor in foreign markets like China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines.
Americans continue to lose jobs, while we are building the economies of countries who will challenge our superpower status in the future. Also, the neo-conservative planned opening up of the Middle East to "freedom" and "democracy" will first lead to more carrot sticks free trade agreements being offered to them, which in turn will lead to the loss of more American jobs as U.
We must work to keep American companies and technology here. The outsourcing of America's technology and the offshoring of American companies is a recipe for disaster. We must keep our economic and technological advantages in the world, if we are to have any advantages at all.
The outsourcing of America's technology puts America's very survival at stake. If America is to remain strong in the future, we must, as a nation, regain our self-reliance. We must work to bring good jobs to the American people in safe working conditions. We must also work to shrink the wage gap between men and women by raising women's wages up and not by declining the wages of men.
We can only blame ourselves for tolerating poor government and doing nothing about it. We do not insist that we have the right information to evaluate and judge how an individual or government group is performing.
If you have ever hired anyone to work for you, you know how important it is to invest the time to make the best decision possible. We are paying for our government to get things done, not to be ineffective and to spend our money on activities and actions motivated by weakening opposing political parties.
It is our responsibility to require that an active voting public has the information needed to make informed decisions. We invest our time when we make a major financial purchase; we must also invest that time in assuring we have the relevant facts about candidates and how our government is performing.
It is our money that is paying for each of our public employees.
We need to know how well they manage staff, work with colleagues, provide effective leadership, and other job performance criteria known as degree performance reviews. Annual accomplishments would show how they have improved services, reduced costs and met sustainability targets.
We need to know the percentage each author contributed to completing this work. Responsibility will be random, similar to jury duty. This will engage and educate citizens about how our government is working. The oversight boards will audit, rate and then report back to the public how well each government group has done in achieving yearly goals.TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
- A federal judge says that Florida's county court clerks have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he has stopped short of ordering them to do so.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S state of Massachusetts since May 17, , as a result of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruling in Goodridge v.
Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry. Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world (after the. With both fires nearly fully-contained, the worst is finally over.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S. state of Indiana since October 6, The state had previously restricted marriage to male-female couples by statute in By legislation passed in , it denied recognition to same-sex relationships established in other jurisdictions. This is a compilation of the Sex Discrimination Act as in force on 1 January It includes any commenced amendment affecting the legislation to that date.
This compilation was prepared on 1 January The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
The ruling implements federal tax aspects of the June 26 th Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.