Obama to Address Economic Divide and Women’s Issues in SOTU

Tonight when President takes to the podium for his State of the Union address, he will make it clear that “he will not wait for Congress to act on reversing the tide of economic disparity, as he uses his annual State of the Union address to outline a list of actions he will take without legislative approval.” Needless to say he’s already drawing fire from the GOP, as Speaker of the House John Boehner warns, Obama is heading for a “Brick Wall.” Personally, I think President Obama is on the right track… In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Mr. Obama vows to confront growing economic inequality in America, noting that “upward mobility has stalled” and that “too … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry Returns to Mekong Delta

Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the muddy waters of the Mekong Delta this weekend, decades after commanding a Swift Boat there during the Vietnam War.  Serving in that war would ultimately turn Kerry against the war and take him full circle from military service, to activist, to decades of public service in the Senate, to presidential candidate, and now as the U.S. Secretary of State. John Kerry’s visit to the Mekong Delta was to “investigate climate change in his role as Washington’s top diplomat.” Kerry, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday on a trip aimed at shoring up ties with Southeast Asia, travelled by boat through Ca Mau, a once-dangerous Viet Cong stronghold, an official with the local … Continue reading

Sixty Years of Poverty in the United States

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

Obama Gets Real on Income Inequality

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

Clueless in New Hampshire: Scott Brown

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

Senate Votes to Limit Filibusters

Facilitating the foremost change in Senate rules in decades, the Senate voted today to remove the use of the filibuster against the majority of presidential nominees. The 52 to 48 vote in the Senate this afternoon to change the rules was driven by the Republican obstructionism that has created a blockade of Obama’s nominees for the cabinet and the judiciary. Members of the Senate have threatened to change the Sneate rules on the filibuster for nearly a decade. The filibuster is a manuever that holds up debate on isses and nominess and it has been used by Senate members on both sides of the aisle for decades.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, set the stage for the change in the rules today with … Continue reading