When he took office, 750,000 jobs a month were being lost and in the past year over 2 million jobs have been created in the private sector. 200,000 of those just last month. The trajectory of the jobless rate is down. These are just the numbers and very hard to argue against, but you will try. The loudest cries are coming from Banks and other financial firms that you, the taxpayer, lent money to when you bailed them out. These are the same money men who used to rely on the Federal Government protecting them from lawsuits and claims that the interest they charge or hidden fees they stick you with, were illegal.
We have been accused of being completely Democratic, anti-Republican and even reminded that all Chicanos (Mexican-Americans) are not Democrats. To the last point, we know that already and that is not our fault, just kidding. We would remind people that currently there is only one race and that is between the Republican Presidential hopefuls wanting to be nominated to run against Barack Obama and the fireworks emanating from that is what we have been writing about for a while. Honestly, the things we have seen coming out from their debates leaves us wondering how to write about them any o
For those of us that study politics day in and day out, listen to both Fox News and MSNBC just in case we missed something or something was left off, accidentally or purposely, the Republican Primary thus far has had just about all political lessons or experiences occur during it, which normally do not all occur in the same election cycle. In the end it appears that the Massachusetts Governor, who began with about twenty-four percent of Republicans behind him and even now polls about the same, is poised to become the Republican nominee, barring a Rick Santorum surge that can survive the Ro
A Chicano is a Mexican-American who generally was pressured by the Anglo-run school system and most other official governmental entities, to abandon Spanish as a language, even though many Chicanos barely spoke it and also pressured to generally assimilate into the Anglo culture. It worked to a large degree and those who accepted complete assimilation also accepted being called Hispanic or Latino, instead of Chicano, which had connotations and connections to Civil Rights movements back in the day and to those who refused to completely assimilate.
CCM doesn’t care who you vote for as long as you get informed in a balanced way and vote. We believe there should be a compulsory voting law, much like compulsory jury service, which by the way takes much longer. We don’t think the penalties for not going to vote should be harsh, especially on first offenses, but repeat offenders maybe should face small fines or the loss of their voting privilege. It’s a shame that our voting numbers are so low that we feel that this is even necessary, but who can blame the people that don’t vote, after all day after day you hear how the entire political
The fight for the White House in 2012 will feature the Republican’s insistence that “trickle-down” economic policies continue and even get strengthened and Obama’s insistence that, especially in times of slow growth, people making over a million dollars a year have their tax rates returned to what they were during Clinton’s term. Obama’s speech today relied on historical facts and as he phrased it, “a trip down memory lane”, in order to attempt to find one example of the success of “trickle-down” economics and he could not.
Chicano, Anglo and African-American cultures will never be fully integrated, they never have and they never will. Schools have taken steps over the years to integrate and the attempt to have the cultures learn together and perhaps even more equally so must be applauded. School integration has most assuredly had an impact on race relations and perhaps even on the equality of the quality of education, although schools now, especially in Texas under Gov.
It didn’t seem that the Cain sexual harassment accusers were getting any traction that was negatively affecting his campaign, in fact his fundraising efforts during the height of those stories exceeded previous numbers. But these things are much like turning around our economy or steering the infamous cruise ship, Titanic, they change slowly no matter what energy, positive or negative, you apply to it. Those accusations were probably beginning to have a negative effect on Cain’s campaign when this next, perhaps fatal, blow was received.
Is it just us or does that number not sound too bad? For the eight point something percent of Americans not working, it is bad and we are not trying to diminish their time of struggle. The trajectory recently has been that those numbers are improving as well, but if we were part of the political party not in the White House, knowing that economic times (good or bad) are usually attributed to the President and his policies, we would also not stop talking about how these are the worst economic times ever.
The discussion on this topic can go on and on, with arguments on both sides of the issues and it would probably end up like most other philosophically divisive policy issues in the U.S.: half against taking medicine out of the market at all and the other half arguing for something not completely controlled by the market. Without getting into detailed pros and cons, what is the gut answer? A dying person anywhere in the U.S., the surgery readily available to save that person’s life, but the person cannot afford insurance and much less to pay for the surgery out-of-pocket.