News Roundup: Zimmerman, Inequality, NFL Hall of Fame

I’m so tired of hearing about George Zimmerman. Why is he going to fight someone? Cuz he will make some money. So DMX is going to fight George Zimmerman. Crazy.

Income equality is something that we need to address. I know that conservatives are blowing it off, but this is significant. From Robert Reich:

In fact, America’s savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing. Since the “recovery” began, 95% of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, and median incomes have dropped. This is a continuation of the trend we’ve seen for decades. As a result:

(1) The sinking middle class no longer has enough purchasing power to keep the economy growing and creating sufficient jobs. The share of working-age Americans still in the labor force is the lowest in more than thirty years.

(2) The shrinking middle isn’t generating enough tax revenue for adequate education, training, safety nets, and family services. And when they’re barely holding on, they can’t afford to — and don’t want to — pay more.

(3) Meanwhile, America’s rich are accumulating not just more of the country’s total income and wealth, but also the political power that accompanies money. And they’re using that power to reduce their own taxes, and get corporate welfare (subsidies, bailouts, tax cuts) for their businesses.

All this means less equality of opportunity in America.

Congratulations to the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame – Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy. Let me just say something about these men. Strahan was a rushing machine. He was quicker to the quarterback than almost anyone. Andre Reed was one of the greatest receivers of all time. Derrick Brooks was a force in the middle of the Tampa Bay defense. Walter Jones was one of the best left tackles of all time. Aeneas Williams was a truly great safety. Claude Humphrey was a force in the middle of the defense. Ray Guy changed the game as a punter. He became an offensive weapon.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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