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]

Mr. President, Don’t Paint All Fathers With Broad Brushstroke

What were the chances, in this polarized political environment, that anything in the President’s State of the Union Address would receive accolades from conservatives and progressives. Turns out the odds were pretty good. One sentence, sandwiched between the minimum wage increase and Afghanistan.

“And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”[Read more]

Obama’s Stirring SOTU Speech

For a guy who never has to face another election to keep his job, President Obama confidently strode to the dais to deliver a bright, ambitious smorgasbord of public needs and his answers to a weary, but recovering, nation saddled by an obstructionist Congress.

In a stirring address, the President told the Joint Session of Congress, America, and the world, that while much has been accomplished, much remains to be done. … [Read more]

Wrap Up: Looking back, moving forward into the week ahead

In case you missed it, here is the latest episode of “West Wing Week” posted by the White House. Whether one agrees with the politics or policies discussed, it’s a great way for citizens keep abreast of the decisions made by the President and power brokers in Washington. If you agree with what’s going on in Washington then request more of the same but, if you don’t agree, then raise your voice and make sure that your representatives are aware that the needs of their constituents are not being met.… [Read more]

The Voice, The Haves and The Far-to-Haves

I usually agree with everything that comes out of Bill Maher’s mouth. We are simpatico on every topic. Sorry I just love the word simpatico, have ever since I heard Dana Scully use it during a Season Three X-Files episode. I apologize for the momentary digression. Anyway, last week on Real Time with Bill Maher, one of his New Rules was that voters should determine presidential elections the way they decide everything else.… [Read more]

Inner City Blues: Make Me Wanna Holler

…except that these blues ain’t wholly owned by the inner city.  Indeed the “inner city” has expanded to be inclusive of Middle America, the suburbs, wherever.  The struggle is real for folks, and their frustration is palpable.

Make you wanna holler, throw up both your hands…

Rockets / moon shots Spend it on, the have nots Money / we make itFore we see it, you take it

This aint livin’.  … [Read more]