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Racial equality means economic equality

This is a great episode of the Bill Moyers Show from April 2010. So, what would Martin Luther King think about our society more than 40 years after his death? We must remember why Martin Luther King was in Memphis. He was starting the Poor People’s Campaign. It is time for us to pick up where King left off. We need a Poor People’s Campaign.

By |2012-01-17T05:52:55-04:00January 17th, 2012|Bill Moyers, Poverty, Race|Comments Off on Racial equality means economic equality

Record Profits/Hard Times

American companies have reported record profits for the third quarter of 2010.

From the New York Times

“The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever. American businesses brought in $1.66 trillion at an annual rate in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday. That is the highest figure recorded since the government began keeping track over 60 years ago, at least in nominal or non-inflation-adjusted terms. Corporate profits have been going gangbusters for a while. Since their cyclical low in the fourth quarter of 2008, profits have grown for seven consecutive quarters, at some of the fastest rates in history. This breakneck pace can be partly attributed to strong productivity growth — which means companies have been able to make more with less — as well as the fact that some of the profits of American companies come from abroad.”

What do you think these profits mean for working people?

Layoffs?

Wage cuts?

Benefit cuts?

More temporary workers instead of full-time positions?

Who should we blame for the hard times facing the American worker?

Muslims?

Obama?

Immigrants?

What a country this is right now.

By |2010-11-23T12:54:00-04:00November 23rd, 2010|Domestic Issues, Economy, Poverty|Comments Off on Record Profits/Hard Times

Texas Legislature Gets To The Work Of Afflicting People

The newly empowered Republican majorities in the Texas Legislature are considering pulling out of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

(Blogger’s Note–I live in Houston.)

Doing so would—In the view of the far-right— have the double-barreled effect of possibly saving money—If only in the short-term and at great human cost—and finding yet another way to stick it to Washington.

(Below–Double-barreled rifle. Photo by Commander Zulu. )

It is estimated that 3.6 million Texans use Medicaid and CHIP.

Here is the Texas Medicaid web page. Here is CHIP web page.

A state program would possibly be established to replace participation in federal programs.

Yet since leaving these programs would end the federal match, Texans would suffer.

Does anyone think that Texas would set up a program that would really help people?

Of course, the goal here is to save money and make a point that Texas can do whatever it wants no matter who it hurts.

Whether this would save money for cities and counties is another question. Who would care for people who need help?

Texas leads the nation in the percentage of people without health insurance.

This is what Texas has become. This is what our friends, family and neighbors who voted Republican asked for at the ballot box.

Maybe not every person who voted Republican understood what they were going to get, but these are the facts.

In the hard slog ahead, those of us who don’t want to live in a barbaric place are just going to have to do our best to spread the word.

Spreading the word involves communicating to those we know what is going on. This has to be a constant effort. Many people just pay attention at election time. People need to be aware of the facts before the heat of an election.

It would also be good if those who most need the help would better meet the personal responsibility of voting in every election.

By |2010-11-12T12:00:42-04:00November 12th, 2010|Domestic Issues, Healthcare, Poverty|Comments Off on Texas Legislature Gets To The Work Of Afflicting People
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