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April 23, 2014

TX Gov Rick Perry For President. Really? – Short-sighted cuts costly to poor in Texas

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Short-sighted cuts costly to poor By STATE SEN. RODNEY ELLIS and STATE REP. SYLVESTER TURNER Houston Chronicle Op Ed August 30, 2011 Last session, the Texas Legislature faced a record $27 billion budget shortfall. As was widely reported, those in charge chose to respond to this shortfall with dramatic cuts to education, health care and financial aid. Indeed, almost every segment of state government was affected, including numerous programs that assist you and your neighbors on a daily basis. As we face record triple-digit temperatures and a historic drought, Texans will soon discover that environmental and energy programs also bore the brunt of the cuts. This will make life hotter, dirtier and less healthy across the entire state. For example, almost $100 million was cut from the System Benefit Fund Low Income Discount program - also known as LITE-UP Texas - that provides for an electricity rate discount for qualifying low-income customers. Created in 1999 as part of the deregulation of the … [Read more...]

‘The Help’: How Did It Ever Happen? by Bob Henderson Chair, Kay County, OK Democrats

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'The Help': How Did It Ever Happen? by Bob Henderson Chair, Kay County, OK Democrats I expect most of you who go to movies have seen “The Help” by now. What a powerful emotional experience and great history lesson, especially for those too young to even remember segregation. I grew up in Blackwell, a town where African Americans were not permitted, by custom, to buy property. That was an extreme form of segregation, but I didn't know it. As a youth, I was told, often, that there used to be signs at the city limits, “n----r, don't let the sun go down on you.” No one who told this to me gave me any idea whether it was a good or a bad thing. But they always seemed to be telling me a proud thing about our town. So until I was in college, I just accepted it, without any serious question. After all, I knew no African Americans. The history of our nation has been a zigzagging march toward overcoming such ignorance, and extending the values of equality, expressed in our founding documents, to more and mor … [Read more...]

KMNF 88.5 FM Interview About My Book As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing

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.mp3] This morning I was interviewed on Tampa Florida Radio Station 88.5 FM on the program Revolution Time featuring host Mabíli Ajaní Oguniyí. Many calls came in with some insightful concerns. The interview was multifaceted and covered not only my book but many of todays realities. I took the opportunity to introduce the Coffee Party USA movement which falls perfectly in line with the tenets of my book as well as with many of the frustrations I heard in the callers of today’s program, the callers I received yesterday on my program Politics Done Right, and on simply speaking to Americans across the country of all stripes and classes. There is in fact a mindset developing that it is in fact time for the middle class, the folks that really built this country to take it back. The middle class is not asking for hand outs. They want the opportunity to earn and they want to enjoy a standard of life they have earned. The issue today is wealth is no longer earned, it is mostly inherited or attained through … [Read more...]

Texas GoV Perry Is Directly Responsible For The $27Billion STate Deficit Yet Still Get Positive Press

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Republicans warned Texas Governor Perry that his reduction of property taxes in exchange of a margin tax would not raise the loss revenue from the reduction in property taxes. Additionally Democrats warned him as well. Perry still used his influence to force the reduction in property taxes and with that created an ongoing structural deficit in the Texas budget. We know he was a poor student. We know he was a poor legislator. We know he is a terrible and fiscally irresponsible governor. Do we want to risk that this will become our President? Really? How Rick Perry Created His State's $27 Billion Budget Crisis By Lou Dubose, The Washington Spectator 27 August 11 He Was Warned "As of this moment, this legislation is a staggering $23 billion short of the funds needed to pay for the promised property tax cuts over the next five years.... These are conservative estimates." - Texas Comptroller Carole Strayhorn, warning Gov. Rick Perry about his 2006 tax reform proposal N HIS STATE OF THE STATE … [Read more...]

18 Reasons to Thank a Liberal: A Partial List of Liberal Achievements; 1935-2010

  18 Reasons to Thank a Liberal: A Partial List of Liberal Achievements; 1935-2010 August 26, 2011 By Liberal Lamp Post Liberals get a bad rap from conservatives for over-spending and from their own party for not achieving enough. Yet, where would we be without liberals? The answer is too dire to ponder. If you’re proud to be a liberal or Democrat, please pass on this 18-part ode of appreciation. Image designed by 'Image Editor' on Flickr 8 Historical Reasons to Show Liberals Love If you work hard for a living, you can thank a liberal for: The 8-hour workday, overtime pay, and the federal minimum wage (Fair Labor Standards Act, 1938). Labor activists started calling for an 8-hour day in 1836; Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the above provisions into law for many workers more than a century later. If you or someone you love serves in the military, you can thank a liberal for: The G.I. Bill of Rights, first enacted in 1944 under FDR, which provides funds f … [Read more...]

Podcast Of My Show “Politics Done Right” 2011-08-27

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Regular Panel: Evan Carroll - A Software Developer and Political Activist in Kingwood, TX Andy Meyer – A young man disillusioned with the political climate and direction of the country Special Guests: You, our listeners This Week’s Topics Enough is Enough March on Washington (October 26th, 2011) progress report The riots in the UK a couple of weeks ago as ugly as it was took a turn for the worst when its causality was turned into a racial event. I want to tackle that issue as it relates to our own politics and the division I think a particular faction of the Right is attempting effect on us. Please visit click here for this blog post and post a frank, politically incorrect if necessary, & honest comment. I want to incorporate the comments into the discussion. Hurricanes, Weather Satellites, Earth Quakes, Big Government anyone? Republican candidates for president. Will Rick Perry keep his front runner status? Will Rick Perry cozy relationship corporations affect his race. Will H … [Read more...]

Join Egberto Willies for “POLITICS DONE RIGHT” Sat. August 27th, 1 pm ET, 12 pm CT

Egberto Willies is a Self-employed software Developer/Engineer & Political Activist who lives in Houston, TX and is the author of the book, As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom and founder of the Coffee Party 2.0 program Americans for Racial Equality & Economic Justice. Do you want to be heard? Do you want to be part of what is going on in America? Do you need to get something off your chest? Call into POLITICS DONE RIGHT (646) 929-2495 and/or listen in from 12 noon to 2 PM central (1 pm to 3 pm eastern) TODAY Saturday August 27th. Please remember to stay informed on important topics and actions by joining our information activism group here. We will keep you informed on economic issues and actions that affect you. CLICK HERE to listen live or to the archived podcast/webcast. This Week’s Topics: Enough is Enough March on Washington (October 26th, 2011) progress report The riots in the UK a couple of weeks ago as ugly as it was took a turn for the w … [Read more...]

Parents and Security

The article written by Alonso Kramer My parents are getting up in years. I do not live near them and I am so grateful for unlimited long distance because I call them every day, sometimes twice a day. They are still alert and very active for their ages, but I feel they need additional safety measures in place. I decided to check out www.Securitychoice.com. There was a lot of information on there. My dad feels as if he is in the Wild Wild West and it will be shoot ‘em up time. He does not see the need for it. My mother is very receptive to the idea and has even told my brother about it. I enjoy the humor my dad injects into the conversation but it is also a serious topic. I finally convinced him to make the leap into the 21st century and he calls me every day to thank me. They are sleeping better and that gives them more energy to enjoy the games of golf and the volunteering they still like to do. I also know my kids will feel safer when they visit them. … [Read more...]

British Historian David Starkey Says "Whites Have become Black" He Is Absolutely Correct

A dear friend that I grew up with in Panama just sent me a link to a video response by Nabil Abdul Rashid, a comedian I had never heard of to a rather racist comment by British historian David Starkey who I had never heard of, about the causes of the British riots. I must say I have a thick skin and tolerate preconceived misconceptions about my being generally with a smile and attempt to educate said misconception in a civil and non-confrontational manner (much different than in my college days when I marched on the campus at the University of Texas). I must admit to be temporarily dumbfounded when listening to David Starkey (video on left). The comment “Whites have become black” shocked me because his connotation was that evil, bad behavior, and crime is a black trait. The reality is I could care less about David Starkey; my real concern is that a historian with an authoritative narrative is more dangerous to a society than any terrorist could be. That he views behavior without causation from a racial point … [Read more...]

ESPN portraying Michael Vick as white should not be disturbing. Touré’s corresponding article should

In an ESPN story written Touré the picture of Michael Vick is portrayed as a white quarterback. It was surely done for marketing reasons and the reality is I have no problems with it. I do have problems with the article however. Touré says The problem with the "switch the subject's race to determine if it's racism" test runs much deeper than that. It fails to take into account that switching someone's race changes his entire existence. In making Vick white, you have him born to different parents. That alone sets his life trajectory in an entirely different direction. Thus when this hypothetical white Michael Vick ... wait, I can't even continue that sentence in good faith. I mean, who would this white Vick be? That person is unknowable. While that is a true statement it makes the premise of his article completely convoluted. We are not talking about if Vick would have been a quarterback. We are talking about him being a quarterback so we are not getting in to the socio-economic rational for … [Read more...]