Despite the fact the United States is Israel’s main donor of financial and military aid, aspersions are cast on President Barack Obama, calling him anti-Semitic. What more can our government do, to show support? Since 1985, the United States has handed over nearly $3 billion in yearly grants to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid since World War II. Strong congressional support for Israel has resulted in Israel’s receiving benefits not available to other countries. Continue reading
As we all are aware, freshly debriefed Iraqi war veterans are coming back to their hometowns daily, with numerous joyous reunions captured digitally to go viral on YouTube, and broadcast on the nightly news. To thank returning military personnel, a parade was held this past weekend in St. Louis. But, here in New York City’s five boroughs, some folks are wondering what will happen when our brave black and brown soldiers come home to our neighborhoods and are subjected to routine stop and frisks by NYC police officers. The controversial policy of stop and frisk, called racial profiling by some, and called a blatant violation of constitutional rights by civil rights groups, has been only increased in recent years in non-white and predominantly poor parts of the city. Cited by police as one of the reasons crime rates are not significantly higher, and despite recent lawsuits, no real change in policy is in sight. Many men who have experienced being stopped and patted down by the police say they were guilty of nothing but ‘walking while black’. Then, their names and information are added to a database that the police keep. No NYC ticker tape parade, or displays of gratitude for their service for our fighting men and women, but at least they can look forward to being touched by the NYPD.
To the folks writing speeches for all the GOP candidates vying for the Republican nomination, Newt Gingrich in particular; Coded racism is still racism, and offensive to most thinking people, last time I checked. Pontificating on whose children need to learn the value of work, and labeling certain folks as ‘those people’ and ‘not real Americans’ makes you look like an emcee at a Klan rally. Calling President Barack Obama a ‘food stamp president’ is inaccurate, as in not supported by facts, and it is a pointless dig. The only people receptive to your meaning would not cast a vote for black man anyway! For someone so proud of being a historian, you would think Mr. Gingrich remembers that casting Barack Obama as a ‘community organizer’ did not work effectively in 2008. I know the Tea Party vote seems important during the primary, but these calculated uses of language designed to prey on white fears and insecurities won’t be effective when the 2012 campaign begins in earnest.
It occurs to me that if any corporation, group or foreign country can donate crazy cash to presidential campaigns, or their super PACs, the candidate should have to wear corresponding labels like race car drivers, or athletes. Newt Gingrich would shill for the Sands & Venetian casinos, Mitt Romney for the Marriott hotels, and President Barack Obama for Goldman Sachs. Politicians like to throw buzzwords like ‘transparency’ around, so lets see exactly who has financed the campaigns, and then when legislation that benefits that party appears we won’t be surprised. Fundraising is a necessary evil….Secret money is UN-American, we should demand full disclosure.
As the 2012 Presidential election approaches many folks are worried about the National Deficit, genuinely angry about fraud, particularly in connection with programs that largely benefit the unemployed, the poor, and the disabled. No one wants any lazy bums to receive money or help they did not work for or may not deserve. They don’t want to subsidize irresponsible baby-factories or shiftless layabout drug addicts just having a good time, on Uncle Sam’s dime. And, I must admit, I do agree that public assistance, Medicaid and food stamps should be short term programs in poor people’s lives, not multi-generational institutions. Continue reading
You may have noticed this past year, an unprecedented wave of legislation devoted to voting restrictions which appear aimed at keeping a whole demographic from voting. Oh, lord, save us from the scourge of voter fraud! For many Americans come upon hard times, the choice between paying for a photo ID so they can vote, or spending that $25 or more on a more immediate concern like food, would be no choice at all. Continue reading
Romney and Gingrich continue to stump for Hispanic vote…..Please follow the link to enjoy this great post from United Re:public, and show some love when you get there: