Obama fires back: Responds to African-American Critics

image Over the past few weeks, Obama has come under intense fire from prominent African Americans ranging from Cornel West to Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson and the Congressional Black Caucus.  The basic complaint is that Obama has ignored the plight of African-Americans and some think that some special dispensation needs to be given as a salve on the wound from the Great Recession.  The general idea is that Obama ascended to the presidency on the... Read More

Midnight in the food-stamp economy

image I read an interesting article from Reuters on the food stamp economy.  Retailers like Costco and Walmart have had to upgrade their point of sale systems to handle food stamp EBT cards.  Clearly, the job situation has driven droves of people onto the public assistance rolls.   Ultimately, people are going to have to come up with solutions of their own to survive the Great Recession as this will be with us for quite some time.  Although I... Read More

Are Blacks Abandoning Obama?

More heat on Obama from prominent African-Americans.  Basically, they’re having a problem with his seemingly lack of empathy for the plight of African-Americans in the Great Recession and the continuation of the policies of George Bush on the foreign and domestic policy fronts.  The article references a state-wide poll in Georgia that reflects a 35% disapproval rating  among African-Americans.   That’s likely an aberration. As to... Read More

The Trauma of Joblessness

This is the single greatest issue facing the nation and Obama. The article below says that most folks are giving him a pass on the unemployment situation, but at some point  Obama is going to own this issue, particularly since large commitments have gone to bail out  Wall Street and to pursue the Afghan war. Neither of those initiatives promise to bear any fruit for the people, but look to extract much in the way of cost. Perhaps it’s due... Read More

Coordinated warning to Obama from African Americans

An op-ed from Dwayne Wickham, a noted African-American columnist.  He’s reporting  on the Congressional Black Caucus’ anger at perceived slights from Obama.  The CBC recently boycotted some legislation to force some spending initiatives for neighborhoods and the unemployed in the districts they represent.  Several prominent African-Americans across the board are going after Obama in a coordinated fashion with the same talking points. They’re... Read More

The necessity of financial freedom for african-americans

I find myself  often not in agreement with Dr. Boyce Watkins on a few issues, but this is an excellent  op-ed  authored by him.  It  is 100% spot on in terms of how African-Americans need to be thinking with respect to financial independence.     Dr. Watkin’s op-ed focuses on African-Americans as individuals achieving financial independence, but our thoughts really need to go deeper than that and consider the financial independence... Read More

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