With many state and city governments facing the most severe financial crises since the Great Depression and the anticipated cuts in federal spending as a result of the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations, the Topeka City Council voted to repeal its domestic violence law in an effort to cut costs. According to The Pew Center on the States, the federal government provides one out of every three dollars that state and local governments spend. Slashing federal spending impacts government on all levels; state and local government is responsible for providing many of the services that directly affect our daily lives. Read more...
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Republicans, like Paul Ryan, have said Warren Buffet’s call to have the super-rich pay the same tax rate as other Americans is class warfare. When Ryan says “class warfare” he’s not imagining angry proletariat mobs taking to the street or even the recent civil disobedience protests down on Wall Street. Ryan and his ilk are very concerned about big, bad government waging war against the super-wealthy. Read more...
The season premiere of Extreme Makeover Home Edition featured surprise guest Michelle Obama. The First Lady applauded the work of Barbara Marshall who helps homeless women veterans and their families in Fayetteville, NC get back on their feet. Michelle Obama’s approval ratings are still sky high. President Obama’s approval ratings are in the dumps, but it looks like he might be getting his mojo back.
- He started off by urging a joint session of congress to “Pass this jobs bill;” the American Jobs Act’s goal is “simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans – without adding a dime to the deficit.”
- The President’s been stumping the speech in battleground states, including Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucy.
- In response to the President’s proposals, Speaker Boehner compared government efforts to rebuild the economy to “giving a cocaine addict more cocaine.”
- The President’s critics on the left started feeling like he was finally fighting for something. But then, some, including those in the congress, started walking back their support.
- Obama’s not taking any guff. He told the Congressional Black Caucus to stop whining and get to work. If he doesn’t have time to complain, neither do they.
So is Obama getting his mojo back? What can we do to keep the spring in his step and the pressure on Congress to deal with the economy in a substantive, rather than obstructionist, way?
A debate has sprung up in the media about the point of President Obama’s speech. Throughout the mainstream media, the speech has mainly been portrayed as the president chiding the Congressional Black Caucus. There are others, like Rachel Maddow, who believe the speech was a call to arms to all of the people who supported him in 2008.
Ernest J. Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying tells us that in the face of an unjust conviction, our strength lies in facing the punishment with dignity. Troy Davis, convicted of the 1989 murder of undercover officer Marc MacPhail in Savannah, GA, was sentenced to death. Davis explored every avenue of appeal, resulting in three stays of execution and an historic decision by the Supreme Court paving the way for a hearing to prove his innocence. Read more...
Like many around the world, I watched Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! as she stood outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, covering the execution (some may call it a lynching) by lethal injection. I fell asleep last night after hearing reporters repeat Troy Davis's last words, “God bless your souls.” This morning I feel defeated. Is there no escaping, no hope of overcoming our arrogance, cruelty, and malicious ignorance?