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The face of poverty in America

We need to do better. P wrote this comment to my blog and it is heartbreaking –

Beaumont,Tx. I have had heath problems for the last 10 years yet I have managed to hardly ever miss work. Because of my health I have only managed to get a little more than minimum wage. My wife and I barely manage on a monthly basis as it is (no insurance). Anyone who has ever had to buy meds with no ins. can surely relate to that. In the two months prior to mandantory evacuation for both Gustav and Ike … I had a heart attack and quad. bypass. We were totally broke and stuck in Paris Tx. when they finally started letting people come back to Beaumont. Thankfully a very nice person wired us some money to get home. Other than that person’s generosity we have received (1) debit card from Texas workforce with a whopping $5 dollars on it.

It is incredibly difficult to understand how some people can be so insensitive. There REALLY ARE people who REALLY need help. And yes I understand that there ARE people who just take advantage of and abuse the things that were meant to help the persons that REALLY need help.

I sure don’t know the answer ….. I guess if I did I would have a great job and maybe wouldn’t be writing this.

I just feel that no matter what I do or have done in life I couldn’t even buy a break if I had the money.

Just please be aware that there are SOME really GOOD people in this world …. and SOME of them REALLY NEED HELP.

By |2008-10-19T16:57:08-04:00October 19th, 2008|Environment, Poverty|Comments Off on The face of poverty in America

The Failure of the Republican Party to deliver anything for Blacks

My good friend, Timothy Johnson, Ph.D., was recently honored by the Buncombe County Republican party.  Timothy Johnson has been elected party chair.  It did not go unnoticed that he is the first black elected party chair in Buncombe County – Republican or Democratic.  In an interview with the Weaverville newspaper, Tim commented on how many blacks are “ignorant” of the bedrock beliefs of the Republican Party.  Dr. Johnson believes that the ideals of the Republican Party line up very well with the ideals of the Black community. 

Before I go on any further, I would like to say that no one and no party has cornered the market on ethics or morality.  There are bad and evil people that are motivated by greed and power in both parties.  But, with that being said, I think we can look over the past 40 years and honestly begin to evaluate which party truly benefitted Blacks and continues to benefit minorities and the underprivileged.  Let’s look at a few issues.

Civil rights.  This one is easy.  There is no contest.  In the 60s the Democrats stood with Blacks.  Southern Democrats who were opposed to integration did not like the direction of the party and slowly but surely left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican Party.  Were there individual Republicans who believed that integration was inevitable?  Were there individual Republicans who believed that segregation was an abomination?  I think the answer is yes on both counts.  Did the Republican party change their platform in 1964 and 1968 to appease Southern Whites?  Yes. 

The Economy.  Republicans like to talk about cutting government spending.  I lived in Texas most of my life.  Republicans rule in Texas.  I saw the state government cut so deeply that some regulatory agencies had to stop regulating.  They had to fire some government workers because there was no more money.  Republicans stood back and smiled but when you go to the DMV and have to wait 2 or 3 hours just to talk to someone before you can begin the process of getting your license?  Please think of those cuts.  When you get a brand new tatoo which gives you a skin infection or possibly even hepatitis because there was not enough inspectors to regularly inspect that parlor who’s smiling now? (more…)

By |2008-06-17T15:40:03-04:00June 17th, 2008|Party Politics, Poverty, Race|5 Comments

John Edwards Gives Obama Huge Endorsement

Senator John Edwards states in a passionate speak from Grand Rapids, Michigan that “The reason that I’m here tonight is because the Democratic voters in America have made their choice and so have I.”

He went on, “This election is about taking down those walls of the past so that we can see what’s possible.”

Nothing can really stop Senator Barack Obama now.

By |2008-05-14T23:45:47-04:00May 14th, 2008|Election 2008, Healthcare, Poverty|Comments Off on John Edwards Gives Obama Huge Endorsement
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