Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., Judge Steven Rhodes will deliver his decision on whether Detroit will become the largest municipality in U.S. history to be allowed to proceed into Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 09:25
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Petitions to ban insurance coverage for abortions were approved Monday by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers according to reports by the Detroit News. The petitions now head to the Republican-led Legislature, which can vote on the proposal without needing approval from Gov. Rick Snyder
If legislators approve the restriction sought by the group No Taxes for Abortion Insurance, government agencies and private businesses couldn’t offer their employees abortion coverage as part of their general health care plans. Those who wanted it would have to buy it out-of-pocket as a rider.
Gov. Rick Snyder opposes the measure, saying he believes it would be an improper government intrusion between citizens and their employers.
References: DETROIT NEWS
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 09:20
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
There is as much myth as there is fact surrounding John F. Kennedy’s, one of the history’s most beloved U.S. presidents. In fact the many notion’s floating around is something akin to the debate over whether or not President Lincoln freed the slaves.
The truth is that initially race and civil rights issues were not a hot bed issue and in the forefront of the young leader’s mind. Afterall, this was a period in American history which is still fondly referred to as “Camelot,” when American’s held to the status quo and believed themselves to be at peace and in a good place domestically and internationally.
Not that President Kennedy was unaware of the change in the winds on civil rights and race relations. He did and he also wanted to preserve the country’s sense of well-being and continuity.
Kennedy asked James Meredith not to attend the University of Mississippi, but later sent a letter to the governor of Alabame directing him to obey the law and ensure the safety of black students integrating schools in that state.
While many believe that he opposed the March on Washington, the fact is he took issue with the march’s final destination. The march was originally intended for marchers to convene at the Capitol building. JFK concerned that that action would appear to be more of an ultimatum and perhaps drive members of congress away and adversely effect civil rights legislation, enlisted the help of brother Bobby Kennedy to convince march organizers to attend move the gathering to the Lincoln Memorial.
In one of JFK’s most famous and elegant speeches, the "Address to the Nation on Civil Rights", he won over the leaders and key figures in the civil rights movement who had made no secret of their disappointment over the president’s lack of enthusiasm for the cause.
In excerpt of the speech, Kennedy's deep compassion and his undertading of the urgency of the civil rights legialtion is evident.
"We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk. It is a time to act in the Congress, in your State and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives. It is not enough to pin the blame on others, to say this a problem of one section of the country or another, or deplore the facts that we face. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame, as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right, as well as reality.."
At the conclusion of the famous speech, Martin Luthe King is quoted as saying “Can you believe that white man said that, and he got it right?"
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Last Updated on Sunday, 17 November 2013 11:53
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Dr. Jason Johnson
There are plenty of problems with President Barack Obama that we all know of. He has been a lousy negotiator with Republicans in Congress, he continues violating sovereign nations with drone strikes, and he cracks down on whistle-blowers while claiming to have a transparent administration. Yes, these are just a few of the huge problems that anyone can fairly point out about the Obama administration and President Barack Obama himself. But what you definitely, 100% cannot accuse this man of, is arrogance. Why? Because it seems like every time you turn around he’s apologizing for something. Even when it wasn’t his fault.
I’m not talking about President Obama’s “Apology Tour”, a term the Republicans used to describe a series of speech he gave in Europe to repair the damage from the Bush years. A responsible president will take the heat for screw ups from previous administrations with foreign allies, it’s a part of the job.
I am talking about Barack Obama’s apologies for the roll-out “problems” associated with the Affordable Care Act. Yes, we all know the administration should have done a better job with the Obamacare website, and done a better job explaining the consequences of the new bill on different types of insurance. But the Republican Party and conservative pundits, using the mainstream press as a microphone have been treating this 8 week program like it’s the worst thing since Hurricane Kartina, or Slavery, or Jim Crow, take your pick of the disaster the ACA is being ridiculously compared to. First it was President Obama apologizing for the problems with the federal healthcare website, then last week he was back at it, sad and stern faced, apologizing to Americans whose plans have been “cancelled” supposedly due to the Affordable Care Act. Obama, you’re doin’ too much.
Perhaps the president doesn’t know how else to act. He is married to the formidable Michelle Obama, I wouldn’t want to argue with her, so maybe Obama has learned over the years that the moment a problem pops up you say you’re sorry whether you’re wrong or not, and try to solve the problem on the sneak. And like a lot of things that Barack Obama does, it may be sound strategy but it certainly isn’t particularly pleasant to watch if you want your presidents to act like leaders in the face of opposition.
I would never suggest that there is not leadership and honor in taking responsibility for your mistakes as a leader. The world would be a better place had Ronald Reagan just admitted he was wrong and said he was sorry about Iran Contra. America would’ve been saved a lot of grief had Bill Clinton apologizes from jump instead of lying. And there can be no doubt that after being caught asleep at the wheel during America’s worst terror attack on 9-11 and playing the fiddle why New Orleans drowned that George W. Bush SHOULD have been apologizing ever week. However in most cases, these failures caused a lot more trouble than Obamacare has after only 8 weeks.
The majority of the Affordable Care Act has worked fine. Kids are able to stay on their parent’s insurance until 26 years old, states that have expanded Medicare coverage for the uninsured and others have worked out pretty well too. So a few hundred thousand mostly uninsured people have had trouble accessing the healthcare.gov website? I can’t imagine that’s any worse than their experiences in the medical system BEFORE they had any coverage. You get a cancellation letter in your mail from your insurance provider? Guess what – that is the insurance company’s doing. They don’t HAVE to cancel policies they could simply bring plans up to federal standards and give clients time to adjust to the new rate. Is your employer cutting your hours because they don’t want to cover your healthcare? Guess what? That was happening BEFORE the Affordable Care Act. And anyone who’s ever worked an hourly wage job and had the boss send them home 15 minutes early to not pay overtime knows that game. In other words, there are certainly problems with the Affordable Care Act, but most of them have to do with our corrupt and coddled insurance and business industries. They are simply using the Affordable Care Act as an excuse to speed up screwing over the little guy which they have been doing for the last 35 years of neo-liberal economic policies anyway.
Obama could make the arguments above but clearly it’s not in his nature. He would much rather apologize, taking the hit when the real culprits for America’s post ACA woes are the same employers and insurance providers who were screwing over the little guy before the law. Perhaps he feels being the policy martyr gives him more room to fix things behind closed doors, and if he’s correct we’ll all benefit. In the meantime it’s hard to watch Obama grovel for forgiveness again to the American public, considering that his supposed “mistake” was just trying to provide healthcare to the nation.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 15:37
Category: Prime Politics - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
As the city names new leadership, Mayor Dave Bing is credited with taking over a city in shambles and restoring morality to the mayor’s office. His accomplishments include the following.
New state-of-the-art, $60 million Public Safety Headquarters opens this summer
Fourteen police mini-stations open in neighborhoods and some recreation centers
Corporations give $8 million for 23 new EMS units and 100 police cruisers.
Police Department launches Detroit One initiative to reduce violent gun-related crime by 25 percent in 2013.
An additional 100 officers placed on street patrol or in investigations.
Neighborhood-based police precincts return to the city.
Crews to replace 5,000 streetlights each month in various sections of the city.
City repaired or replaced 3,000 streetlights and restored 56 electrical circuits (4,900 lights).
State Legislature and Detroit City Council approve mayor’s proposal to create a Detroit Public Lighting Authority to finance $160 million in lighting system upgrades.
Mayor gets $31 million in federal funds for a Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and a 3.3-mile M1 Rail system along Woodward Avenue.
DDOT improves customer service with “Text My Bus” — cell phone text messages providing bus arrival times — and the “415 Plan” which guarantees the arrival of a bus every 15 minutes on the city’s four busiest routes.
To date, 7,075 vacant structures demolished as part of mayor’s commitment to eliminate 10,000 dangerous, abandoned properties over four years.
Seventy illegally-operating businesses are shut down and $100,731 collected for permits and licenses.
The mayor’s team releases “Detroit Future City,” a comprehensive plan for vibrant neighborhoods, job growth and best us of city land.
The Detroit Works Project uses six demonstration areas to improve delivery of city services.
Federal funds are secured to demolish a major city eyesore and haven for crime – the former Brewster Projects.
City uses $110 million from H.U.D.’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program to demolish blighted structures and redevelop neighborhoods.
Mayor’s Active and Safe Campaign secures $14 million from businesses and foundations for recreation center programming and parks.
All of the city’s 17 recreation centers and 300 parks remain open and available to residents.
Mayor gets $10,000 grant for youth softball and baseball instruction at an east side recreation center.
The Ford Motor Company fund gives $1 million for programs at a Southwest Detroit recreation center.
The Belle Isle Aquarium reopens after being closed for more than six years.
Mayor receives a grant to improve a fishing pier and construct a new walking bridge on Belle Isle.
The Southeast Michigan Council of Arts gives $39,000 to Detroit non-profit organizations for arts and cultural activities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:18
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