Black Lawmakers Pressure White House
"I will tell you that I think the most important thing I can do for the African-American community is the same thing I can do for the American community, period, and that is get the economy going again and get people hiring again."
The Congressional Black Caucus finds itself in the frustrating position of having to criticize the Obama Administration. Many of its members worked hard to get Barack Obama elected as the United States first African American president. And with a 90% approval rating among African American voters, President Obama is extremely popular with their base constituencies. But as the realities of an election year approaches, the need to bring home some bacon to bolster their records means the CBC members have to put their own legislative agendas above their allegiance to their president.
Can black Congressmen and Congresswomen pressure a black president to help their black constituents without creating the kind of race-centered political fallout Barack Obama has studiously avoided his entire political career?
"As a candidate, President Obama said in his speech on race during the Democratic primary, 'race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now.' The facts speak for themselves. The Congressional Black Caucus recognizes that behind virtually every economic indicator you will find gross racial disparities."
Rep. Barbara Lee (D- Calif.)
For many of the African American voters in the districts of these congressional representatives, Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the White House was not only an electoral victory, it was a moral victory, a validation of all the “We Shall Overcome” gospels and “I Have A Dream” speechifying. Obama himself pointed out during the campaign that African Americans had a vested interest in voting for him.
"The decline of wages and incomes for African American families during the Bush era has been significant," he said. "So I think nobody has more of a stake in the reversal in these policies than the African American community does."
Senator Barack Obama
Now, to a president with shrinking job approval ratings in national polls and an economic recovery strategy whose effects may not be seen for some time, the CBC does seem to run a very real risk of jeopardizing the access they currently have to the White House. But the CBC’s latest hardball tactics, which included House committee meeting boycotts, have borne fruit just this week by getting $4 billion added to a Wall Street regulation bill and $2 billion to a proposed House jobs bill.
"In their fight with Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus should keep pressing, not out of hate for the president, but out of love for their constituents."
Professor, Syracuse University.
It will be interesting tomorrow to see how the GOP and the Beltway pundits react to these recent events as they make the rounds of the Sunday morning political talk show circuit.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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