December 2, 2019

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg entered the already-crowded Democratic presidential primary with a splash.  His ad buy of about $35 million represents more than half of what the other dozen or so candidates have spent on the campaign so far. His $54.6 billion net worth (according to Forbes) means he has deep pockets and virtually unlimited funds to spend on a campaign.  Some think that he can beat Trump in an election since Bloomberg is far wealthier than him.   In addition to his wealth, he's white and male.  Facetiously speaking, what's not to like?

Except....

November 25, 2019

            The November 20th Democratic presidential debate took on a much different tone than the previous debates.  I'm not sure if it was because the panel of moderators was all women – NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Kristen Welker, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and the Washington Post's Ashley Parker.  Or perhaps it was because the candidates finally got over attacking each other (mostly) and instead decided to be themselves and embrace their identities.  Maybe they hoped to engage more viewers with a substantive focus on the issues.  And since the impeachment hearings loom large (closing only minute...

November 18, 2019

    If the 2019 elections are any indication, Republicans need to worry about their viability come 2020.  In Virginia, Democrats have majorities in both its upper and lower houses.  With a Democratic governor, Virginia has an unprecedented opportunity to shape public policy, especially around gun control, a key concern for many.  In West Virginia, the candidate backed by 45 lost.  Many will say it is because of the Republican governor, Matt Bevin, was extremely unpopular.  If so why was 45 propping him up?  He must have thought he had a prayer....

November 11, 2019

Even as our legislators grapple with impeachment, they are also charged to pass a dozen budget bills, including a bill on “defense”.  Recent elections suggest a paradigm shift in the way we view budget spending, what with Democrats taking charge in both Virginia and Kentucky (I’m not counting Mississippi, Dems aren’t likely to capture that one until lightening strikes).  Some are suggesting that the government might shut down if Congress can’t get its act on the budget together in the next couple weeks.  Alternatively, Congress might look differently at our priorities.

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November 4, 2019

           I was returning from an errand when the skies opened up.  The punishing rain came down with such vigor that despite an umbrella, the bottom inches of my pants were soaked.  With my wash and wear hair, and just half a block more to walk, I shrugged the rain off, until I saw a woman sheltering herself from the rain in a narrow but covered side entrance to a church.  The opening could not have been more than 4 feet wide, and sister was easily five feet tall.  She had wedged herself, somehow, into the space and was lying horizontally with a newspaper over her head.  From across the stre...

October 28, 2019

            Are the use of nooses as symbols of intimidation rising in the workplace?  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data says that reports of racism and discrimination are on the rise.  Their data does not speak to nooses, particularly.  Still, it is disturbing to peruse newspaper reports to learn that at purportedly "woke" workplaces and supposedly liberal campuses, racists or fools (or both) are using nooses as symbols of racist intimidation, just as they were a century ago.

 Some of the pla...

October 21, 2019

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and Democratic activist and pastor Leah Daughtry took to the stage to have a conversation about politics, voting, and political courage.  Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) was scheduled to attend the Spirit of Democracy awards dinner, hosted by the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) on October 16; he died just a few hours after the dinner concluded.

As Roland Martin led the three luminaries who received the Chairman's award from NCBPC, it was clear that Cummings would have been right at home in the co...

October 14, 2019

            Twenty-one-year-old Deandre Sullivan overslept one morning.  Selected to serve on a jury, he was supposed to report by 9 a.m.  He didn't awaken until 11 and figured he'd have to pay a fine for his no-show.  But hours after he failed to appear, he was hauled into a West Palm Beach, Florida court.  There, Judge John Kastrenakus sentenced him to 10 days of incarceration, a fine, 300 hours of community service, and probation. At the time of his sentencing, the judge complained that Sullivan held the court up for 45 minutes.  So for 45 minutes, he gets ten days or 240 hours.  The young...

October 7, 2019

            October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the proliferation of pink ribbons is about to start.  Predatory capitalists will make breast cancer their cause, producing pink t-shirts, pocketbooks, everything. It's a mixed blessing, this awareness, because too many will make this both a marketing and a profit-making opportunity, while others will wonder how they can use their health insurance to afford a mammogram.  Health equity is a major issue, and there is a gap in health care and health access.  It is especially sharp when we address the issue of breast cancer....

September 30, 2019

The student debt crisis in our country is worsening. If nothing is done, its size threatens our nation's future. Young people saddled with student debt often postpone adult decisions, like purchasing homes or getting married, hoping to start "real life" with a clean slate. When these folks delay buying homes, they also postpone the purchase of everything that goes with home ownership – furniture, appliances, and more. Millions boomerang home, living with their parents into their late twenties, or even longer. Some default on their loans, ruining their credit, and impeding other purchasing.

How...

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