The police now have the right to search your home without obtaining a warrant first. A Supreme Court ruling earlier this month says that if you're arrested or detained and removed from your home, that's now the same as being "absent" which means police can now enter your home and search, even if you don't give consent. Don't take my word for it though. Here's the dissenting opinion from Justice Ginsburg :
“Instead of adhering to the warrant requirement,” Ginsburg said, “today’s decision tells the police they may dodge it, never mind ample time to secure the approval of a neutral magistrate.”
She added that the ruling, “shrinks to petite size our holding in Georgia v. Randolph.”
"When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing."
Most folks are shocked to learn that the highly deregulated, free market USA, which prides itself as "the land of opportunity" where anyone can achieve "The American Dream" if they work hard enough, actually has far less socioeconomic mobility than more "socialized" countries like The Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland). This is caused by a lack of strong public programs that can help level the playing field. This effect can even be seen in the lesser mobility found in conservatives states, particularly the Southern US where useful social programs for the poor have been cut, sabotaged, or eliminated all together.
Info on economic mobility:
The Great Gatsby curve: a chart plotting the relationship between inequality and immobility in countries http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Gatsby_curve
Higher Income Inequality Is Associated with Lower Mobility
Understanding Mobility in America
It is easier to obtain the American Dream in Europe
US Economic Opportunity Is Lowest In the South
Original cartoon via Toby Morris. The Pencilsword: On a plate
Citations in the graphic:
Who Gets to Graduate?
Long-Term Effects of Head Start on Low-Income Children
Student Debt, Higher College Costs Are Hurting Low-Income Americans The Most
#GreatGatsbyCurve #IncomeInequality #EconomicMobility #PublicPrograms #Education #Cartoons #Politics #Economics #Progressive
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