Author: Jack Parkos

Starbucks To Accept Cryptocurrency on the Bakkt Platform

Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

Coffee chain Starbucks has reached an equity deal with US cryptocurrency platform Bakkt. The Block reported that they received a “sizable equity cut” and that Starbucks will be heavily involved in the process of developing the app. For receiving this equity, Starbucks will allow Bitcoin to be used to purchase drinks at their stores.  Bakkt has a vision of creating a new global market to trade and store online assets in the form of crypto.

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Bill to Repeal Hyde Amendment, Mandate Taxpayer Funded Abortion

Jack Parkos | @j.ackp

A bloc of female democrats has introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Patty Murray introduced the Senate’s version of the bill as well. The bills primary aim is to repeal the Hyde amendment.

What Does This Bill Entail?

This bill was originally introduced in 2017 under the same name but has now been reintroduced. The bill suggested that “No woman should have the decision to have, or not to have, an abortion made for her based on her ability or inability to afford the procedure.”  and calls for the federal government to “ensure coverage for abortion care.” Furthermore, it said that state and local governments could not restrict abortion coverage. This is a clear violation of the Tenth Amendment which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.

The Hyde Amendment

The EACH Woman Act also aims to repeal the Hyde Amendment. This law prevents the use of federal funds for abortion, with the exception of cases where the mother’s life is in danger. However, with the largest provider of abortion services Planned Parenthood receiving 500 million in federal funding each year, there have been questions as to how well this law has been followed.

But this new bill proposed by the Democrats would clear the air. If EACH passes, pro-lifers will have to pay for the abortions they oppose to greatly. Repealing the Hyde Amendment was part of the Democrat Party’s 2016 platform.

In 2017 the Republican-controlled Senate attempted to pass a bill that would make the Hyde Amendment permanent, as stated by former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. However, the bill died in the Senate.


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Planned Parenthood Has a Dark History

Jack Parkos | @j.ackp

One of the most controversial issues in the United States is abortion. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest provider of abortion and this is a part of the abortion discussion.

Some praise Planned Parenthood as being heroic in defending women’s health. Yet many are unaware of Planned Parenthood’s dark past and secrets. Perhaps if the people were informed on the evil within this organization they would be skeptical to give over 500 million in federal taxes to Planned Parenthood. The myth that abortion is only 3% of services is terribly misleading.

Before we get into its history, it is important to realize the nature of Planned Parenthood’s funding. Pro-lifers must pay millions to prop up an organization that goes against their own values and morality. Stance on abortion aside, it adds insult to injury to make people fund the largest abortion provider in America while they oppose it.

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Trump to Keep U.S. Presence in Syria

Jack Parkos | @j.ackp

In December 2018, Trump declared the withdrawal of all American troops from Syria. On February 22nd, a bi-partisan group of Congress members wrote Trump expressing the following:

“We support a small American stabilizing force in Syria, which includes a small contingent of American troops and ground forces from our European allies, is essential to insure stability and prevent the return of ISIS”

Trump response was that he “100%” agrees and “ALL is being done”, contradicting his prior statements of complete withdrawal from Syria. He signed and returned the letter with the response to the bi-partisan group of congress members.

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Justin Amash Should Run as a Libertarian in 2020

Jack Parkos | @j.ackp

Republican House Represenative Justin Amash has announced that he is not “ruling out” a bid for the Libertarian Party in 2020. “I would never rule anything out,” he said. However, he states that it is “not on his radar.” at the moment. This quote surfaced as he was speaking about the border wall funding issue. He believes that Trump’s emergency order for the wall is an unconstitutional measure. He also believes it could be further pervert the Constitution in the future.

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