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What’s next for the economy?

What’s next for the economy?

The economic philosophies of Democrats and Republicans are drastically different. While neither party is intent in dismantling the predatory capitalism that extracts surplus value from workers, Republicans are more interested in reinforcing such capitalism and “free markets,” while Democrats are more interested in ameliorating the effects of predatory capitalism and regulating in ways that produce […]

How did we come to this?

How did we come to this?

For several months, we’ve been bombarded with so much hatred that we thought was in our past. We’ve heard declarations of making America great AGAIN, as though it’s always been great for all of us and not just the few. Hearing that declaration, I want to ask people making it if they know that America […]

Moral courage is standing up for what is right

Moral courage is standing up for what is right

On January 11, Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) and Representative John Lewis (D-GA) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for U.S. attorney general. Both were assigned to a panel at the very end of the hearing process, a slot fellow panelist Representative Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), the […]

Nothing’s wrong with Senator Jeff Sessions

Nothing’s wrong with Senator Jeff Sessions

Unless you think all conservative Republicans are bad, I dare you to find anything horrible about Senator Jeff Sessions.  There is an immense outcry by Democrats and a few civil rights advocates of whom I find little credibility.  I haven’t seen such an organized character assassination since the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme […]

‘The Tears’ have come and gone

‘The Tears’ have come and gone

It’s easy to remember “The Tears.” The first time they visited me was 11 p.m. on November 4, 2008. That was the time that the polls closed in the West and political announcers felt free to deliver the great historic news. I vividly remember the announcer saying, “We’re free now to announce that Barack Obama […]

Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions

Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions

Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, began on Jan. 10. The rush and insistence on only two days of hearings reflect Republican efforts to cram the nomination through before Americans understand what is at stake. Sessions will present himself as a humble, […]

White women can’t speak for me

White women can’t speak for me

“Ain’t I a woman?” railed Sojourner Truth. “I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman! I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well. And ain’t I […]

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB

Consumers get more than $17 million, thanks to CFPB

Millions of consumers who were duped into paying fees for their own credit scores will soon receive more than $17.6 million, thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Affected consumers can expect to receive notification letters in the mail. TransUnion and Equifax, two of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, sold credit scores, credit […]

As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

As Obama departs, we owe him our thanks

The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind. Obama came to office facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The global financial system […]

Now is the time for renewal


Now is the time for renewal


For years, I’ve listened with great interest to messages of inspiration, hope and motivation. Some may think many are too commercial, but I welcome the perspectives of positive speakers like Dr. Willie Jolley, Joel Osteen and Michelle Obama. Each, in his/her own way, seems to live the messages of self-help she/he delivers and has prospered […]