Municipal Debt and Congressional Hypocrisy

Since the City of Detroit made history by declaring the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history, there has been much talk about credit ratings, debt burdens and the legalities of bankruptcy, which allows those who declare it to take time to restructure their financial obligations and, often, to repay less than what was previously owed.… [Read more]

Fix it, don’t scrap it!

When Illinois Democrat Senator Dick Durbin said that it’s time to change President Obama’s healthcare reform law, Obamacare, it riled up a few feathers on the right. Durbin, who is the number two Democrat in the Senate, was asked if he’s concerned about the recent announcement that Obamacare’s employer mandate would be delayed for one year.… [Read more]

It’s not easy being Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) is facing a dilemma. Congress returned to session today after the Fourth of July holiday weekend and Mr. Reid is looking at a full roster of outstanding issues. An immigration reform bill, which was passed by the Senate, must now pass the House of Representatives. The nation’s college students who use federally-backed loans to finance their education were dealt a blow when, on July 1st, student loan interest rates were allowed to double to 6.8 percent.… [Read more]

Monday deadline: Student loan rates set to double

The President has said it. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) first stand-alone piece of legislation says it. Students around the nation have said it. The ‘tax man‘ and numerous economists have said it. But Congress doesn’t seem to get it, so let’s repeat it.

Without congressional and presidential action prior to Monday, interest rates on student loan will double.… [Read more]

America’s Untouchables

While visiting Atlanta over the past couple of days I talked with an immigrant cabbie from Nigeria. During our conversation we talked about the number of homeless people sleeping on the street around the Georgia Capitol. He told me he immigrated to America from his home so he could enjoy the fruits of America. I asked him if the money being made from oil has trickled down to the Nigerian people, and he told me that poverty and political corruption continued to rule his home.… [Read more]

The “Nuns on the Bus” Immigration Tour Closes Today

Last year, Sister Simone Campbell made quite a splash on national television when she took her mission on the road. She went from around the nation, neighbourhood to neighbourhood, raising awareness about those among us who live in poverty, and she took her fight to congress when she brought attention to how their budget adversely impacts the most vulnerable in our society.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Is it possible that Americans have come to think well of George W. Bush?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

A recent poll reveals that for the first time since 2005, more Americans have a favorable view of George W. Bush than an unfavorable view. How is this possible?

Regards, Dwight D. Eisenhower, dec’d.

Dear Dirty “I Is In The Shower”,

You are very naughty, indeed, if you think Mrs. Vera will be so easily fooled by such a transparent letter just because I answered a dead man’s question last week.… [Read more]

Going Around in Circles

The title of this week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that came to mind several times, one of which was during President Obama’s press conference at which he talked about progress being made in states that have accepted the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

If the states would allow for the Medicare expansion, and let the ACA do what it’s supposed to do, the forces of competition will help to do what is currently happening in California: insurance companies working within the healthcare exchanges and their exorbitant premiums are competitive.… [Read more]

Where Have They Gone…

June 6th marked the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Just a couple of months after that, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. met the same fate: murdered because he preached peace. Like his brother before him, Bobby Kennedy knew that the war in Vietnam and racism were destroying this country and, like his brother, he was willing to end the war and take the racists head on.… [Read more]

Moving Forward on Immigration Reform…Or Not.

Today, in a 224-201 vote, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to reject President Obama’s June 2012 policy to end deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally but brought to the United States as children.

When Mr. Obama put the policy in place it was done by executive action, and it did not provide that class of undocumented immigrants legal status but it did protect them, for a two-year period, from deportation.… [Read more]