G8 Summit: Avoidance of Discussions about the Environment

The 39th G8 summit is being held in the United Kingdom today and tomorrow.

Representing approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, 65 percent of the global gross domestic product and two thirds of international trade, the G8 is an informal group of advanced economies that meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government.… [Read more]

Homeless

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is “Homeless,”performed by Paul Simon on the album Graceland.

“Strong wind destroy our home Many dead, tonight it could be you Strong wind, strong wind Many dead, tonight it could be you”

On any given night in this country, 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless.… [Read more]

The Politics of ‘Food Insecurity’

Hungry children are less likely to develop properly and they are far less likely to be able to pay attention and focus on educational pursuits. So, given how pervasive hunger is for children in this nation, doesn’t it seem all the more incredible that children would be forced to throw out school lunches because of an inability to pay?… [Read more]

Fixing Food Stamps

Part of the fallout from our current recession has been the growth of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), neé ‘Food Stamps,” participation throughout the nation. This Federal program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food & Nutrition Service and the states, provides non-cash food assistance to households in impoverished financial distress.

Republican conservatives regularly use SNAP as a poster child for lambasting ‘welfare’.… [Read more]

When We Look Back, What Will We See?

Beginnings, endings and periods that mark great changes occur during every moment of every day. Wrapping up this week, a few events in history that took place on February 24th caught my attention:

  • In 2008, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, and his brother Raul Castro was unanimously elected.
  • In 2011, the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) took place.
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The Forgotten

“Poverty” was not represented in the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. As I watched and listened, I realized the address is not intended to speak to all Americans but just a select few. There were gun supporters, gun opponents, CEOs and many more in attendance when the President gave his speech, but not one person represented the 50 million Americans who live in poverty.… [Read more]

Jeff Sessions wants to balance the budget by cutting food stamps

Try to stay with me here:  According to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the food stamp program has quadrupled in the last ten years hence the food stamp program is clearly being abused hence the food stamp program should be cut back.

“One in six Americans are now receiving food stamps,” Jeff Sessions told Soledad O’Brien.  “.… [Read more]

If they don’t want to be part of the social contract, let them go.

I met a woman recently and she asked this question: Why should the government have the right to tax people and tell them how much they should pay in taxes for things they do not want, like feeding the poor?

She did not believe the government should be in the business of taking care of poor people.… [Read more]

Time Keeps On Slippin’….

“Fly Like An Eagle“….the lyrics mean as much today as they did when the Steve Miller Band released this song in 1976. The political parties have spoken and their platforms are clear; it is now up to the citizens to decide which party plans to address the needs of the hungry, the elderly, and the homeless…not just the select few at the very top of the economic ladder.… [Read more]

Distracted by Conservative Ugliness

Monday night, I knew exactly what I was going to write about:  The third and final presidential debate on foreign policy, with Romney acting a fool and a typical blunderbuss (when, that is, he wasn’t telling the American public that, when it came to President Obama’s foreign policy, he wouldn’t change a thing).  And then there were the post-debate Tweets from conservatives which demonstrated, without question, that right-wingers are in the grip of demonic possession.  … [Read more]