Marriage Is Not the Fix for Single Mothers in Poverty

I just wrote about single mothers and poverty a couple of days ago and I’m back at it again today. Marco Rubio gave a speech today pushing marriage as the fix for raising single mothers and their children out of poverty. Yes, in the right circumstances it does work, but the problem is the circumstances are not always right. We have spent quite a few years now pushing the marriage intiatives as a fix for single mothers, only to see it doesn’t work. Leave it to Marco Rubio to haul it back out of the conservative fix it bag, but shame on Matt Yglesias for giving Rubio’s theory a pat on the back. There are so many reasons why single … Continue reading

Time to Change the View on Single Mothers and Poverty

There’s a long standing view that married couples are better off financially than single people. All in all it is true, but marriage may not be in the cards for everyone. Regardless of this, for years there has been a misguided attempt to curb single mother poverty by funding marriage initiatives that simply are not getting us anywhere. Finally we’re getting a clue: “We are continuing to spend money on … these healthy marriage initiatives and I think the evidence is now clear that these are not effective policies,” said Kristi Williams, an associate professor of sociology at The Ohio State University. “So, it’s time to start thinking about spending that money in a way that’s more likely to help … 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

Where is the Justice for the Black Boy in America?

The verdict in the George Zimmerman trail has added to the question which has been going back and forth in our legal system since the days of Reconstruction. The question: What is the value of the Black boy in America? George Zimmerman being found not guilty I believe, has sent a clear message to America. That message is, killing an unarmed Black boy in the name of “self-defense” is justified and protected under the law. Zimmerman did not run after killing Trayvon. He didn’t cry out into the night saying “Oh my God I just shot somebody’s kid!” No Zimmerman, according to sworn testimony of those who talked to him right after the shooting, was calm and content. Zimmerman in his … Continue reading

The Death Cult of Melanin, cont’d.

In attempting to find the profound truths in this case, the simple truths are shunted aside in favor of that deep profundity that sits so poorly on the American press, who are often “deep” but have the profundity and intellectual acumen, generally, of a turnip. Continue reading

President Obama Stays on Message With Gun Control

President Obama used his weekly address to the nation to stay on message with gun control today. In his address he said: “My administration is taking a series of actions right away — from strengthening our background check system, to helping schools hire more resource officers if they want them, to directing the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence,” Obama said. “But the truth is, making a real and lasting difference also requires Congress to act — and act soon.” President Obama urged Congress to pass legislation that requires “a universal background check for every gun buyer, ban assault weapons and limit magazines to 10 rounds and appropriate more federal funds to get more cops … Continue reading

President Obama Re-Frames the Issue of Guns

In his press conference on gun control today, President Obama turned the gun rights/gun control argument in a very different direction, “away from the Second Amendment and toward rights and themes at the core of other foundational documents, as he unveiled his package of gun proposals.” By invoking The Declaration of Independence, the First Amendment, and the Gettysburg Address, President Obama “cast a new and different meaning on another familiar political phrase, the right to life.” “The right to worship freely and safely, that right was denied to Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The right to assemble peaceably, that right was denied shoppers in Clackamas, Oregon, and moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado,” Obama said in an explicit reference to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights. … Continue reading

Parents React to Newtown: Sales of Bulletproof Backpacks Soar

This is such a sad statement on our society that parents now feel they must protect their children by sending them off to school with bulletproof backpacks: Shame, shame, shame on the NRA for pushing gun advocacy so far that non gun owners fear for their safety and the safety of their children. Gun sales continue to rise in the wake of Newtown and parents send their children off to school with bulletproof backpacks. Absurd, sad, sick… Life is so precious. Our society is f*cked up right now there are no words! If folks need another reason not to shop Wal-Mart here it is: Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles … Continue reading