Poverty in America is a pervasive issue that we’ve been wrestling with for a long time. Some moderate advances were made under President Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” but there remains little change in poverty statistics and policy in the past sixty years. Part of the reason is the contentious nature of Congress and the inability of Democrats and Republicans to see eye to eye on this very human issue. The following is research paper I recently wrote on poverty in America: Sixty Years of Poverty in the United States In the past fifty to sixty years, poverty in America has been a political issue that is tossed about quite a bit during the Presidential and Congressional elections, yet, we see … Continue reading
In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela today, President Obama called Mandela “the last great liberator of the 20th century,” while “tens of thousands of South Africans, joyously cheering and singing despite a cold rain, mourned the passing and celebrated the life of the father of their modern nation.” Speaking in large open soccer stadium with world leaders from around the globe, Obama “likened Mandela to historic giants of the past century, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Like them, Mandela willingly “suffered the consequences of his actions” in standing up to powerful oppressors.” He also likened Mandela to Abraham Lincoln. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” said Obama, who has long regarded Mandela as … Continue reading
President Obama shook the hand of Cuba’s President Raul Castro today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, marking the first time in a longtime since leaders of the U.S. and Cuba have had personal contact. The simple gesture of the handshake, has caused conservative heads to explode across the punditry and social media chanels. CNN notes that “President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders,” as he made his way across the stage. It was merely a moment of politeness, was it not. Image the uproar had Obama snubbed Castro and passed by him without an acknowledgement. Indeed, those crowing now about the handshake would crow just as loud had Obama snubbed Castro. Folks are over-analyzing the handshake Kabuki Theater … Continue reading
Birders are rejoicing this year as Snowy Owls flock south for the winter in epic numbers. I am about to enter into my 3rd year of amateur birding at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, where at least 9 Snowy Owls have been counted in the past week. Indeed, local birders are in seventh heaven flocking to the Wildlife Refuge to get a look or some photos of these magnificent Snowy Owls, who will often perch and stay put for hours at a time. Because they will stay in one spot for hours, it is a treat for birders to see them spread their wings and fly off to their next perch or better yet, pluck a tasty lemming off … Continue reading
Doesn’t that pork chop look yummy? Personally, I’m a big fan of pork tenderloin, because there’s so much you can do with it. One of my favorite ways to cook it is roasted in the oven with apples, potatoes, carrots and onions. Recently I made an awesome pork roast with a lovely Mexican flare using a can of petite cut tomatoes with green chilis, sliced onions, garlic, cumin and chili powders. I’d love to share my pork recipies here with readers, but after reading a piece in Business Week, I’m not too sure about eating pork again. Ever… We all know we’ve got some serious issues with our food system and meat packaging, particularly pork has been a long time concern on many levels … Continue reading
President Obama’s speech on Economic Mobility on Wednesday, was a much needed jolt of reality about the state of our economy and income inequality in America. I spent the past two weeks researching the topic of poverty in America in the past sixty years. Suffice to say, I was glad to read Obama’s speech after writing an eight page report on the topic of poverty. Paul Krugman wrote a must read piece in the NY Times today. Krugman said: Mr. Obama laid out a disturbing — and, unfortunately, all too accurate — vision of an America losing touch with its own ideals, an erstwhile land of opportunity becoming a class-ridden society. Not only do we have an ever-growing gap between … Continue reading
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown had a clueless moment in New Hampshire last night at a Republican dinner. However, apparently Brown, who lives in Massachusetts isn’t too sure where the border is… “What I’ve heard from the Republicans up here is they’re thankful that I’ve been around for a year, helping them raise money, helping them raise awareness as to the issues that are effecting not only people here in Massachusetts — uh, in New Hampshire, but also in Massachusetts, obviously,” Brown said, according to a video released by the liberal PAC American Bridge, which tracks Republican candidates. Word has it that Brown is flirting with a run in New Hampshire and selling his home in Massachusetts. Brown recently dropped “the “MA” from … Continue reading
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