Because nothing can happen in Washington, D.C. without it turning into a mess of dysfunctional macho posturing -- on the same day you can start signing up for the Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Healthcare Act -- there will likely be a government shutdown. It's all part of the Republicans quixotic attempt to stop "Obamacare" before it starts and people end up accidentally liking it.
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In my latest post for The Root this Tuesday I write about President Obama's upcoming speech at the anniversary of the March on Washington and how President Obama has had to deal with the pressure of those who compare him to Martin Luther King Jr. when they couldn't be more different. One man was an activist. The other is a sitting U.S. president. Yet, the comparison for some remains.
Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is going in the right direction with wanting to change the way we handle low level drug offenders since, according to Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans are all "why bother" when it comes to laws against marijuana and enforcing them.
A March Pew Research Center survey on changing attitudes about marijuana found that nearly three-in-four Americans (72%) believed that efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth. And 60% said that the federal government should not enforce federal laws prohibiting the use of marijuana in states where it is legal. (Last fall, voters in two states – Colorado and Washington state – approved the purchase of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use).
Because my home state only likes to be in the news when it's bad news (like another flood, tornado, John Aschroft singing, segregation and inner city violence), someone had the bright idea to have a rodeo clown wear a President Barack Obama mask for a state fair Sunday, then ask the crowd if they'd like to see the 44th president run down by a bull.
Since this is Missouri, and rural Republican country Missouri at that, the crowd was all "Hells jeah."
Friday for The Root I wrote about the president's pledge to help at-risk and black youth last week during a meeting with House Democrats. He said he was willing to do what's in his power to help these kids without involving Congress. But it's the executive branch's job to execute the laws. He's very limited in what he can and cannot do. And with the problems young black boys and men face, can their big problems be solved with small solutions?
Am I the only one getting bored with Prof. West and, to a greater extent, Tavis Smiley's antics here? I mean, I get it. Obama sux. Geez. Here's a snippet: "Tavis Smiley can criticize the sincerity of Obama’s speech on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman verdict. Cornel West can get into verbal slap boxing matches with fellow professors who disagree with him, like Melissa Harris Perry. They’re both free to criticize in the most sensational way possible as they like, but they can’t do that and NOT expect blow back, criticism and rejection of their own. You can’t win over the public you claim you’re trying to save – black people – with hate. No one’s expecting them to slap on a grin and pretend like they like Obama, but how do you fix a system from the outside by screaming obscenities at it? What’s the end game here?"
After all, he hasn't shot anyone in the face or inspired images of Darth Vader. Glad he cleared that up.
But seriously, since the NSA's spying program has been a-spying since the Bush Administration, President Obama has come under fire for not ending these policies that violate American's civil liberties. He went on PBS and talked to Charlie Rose where he said the NSA surveillance programs were transparent. (Even though they're authorized in secret, sez USA Today.)
In a new CNN poll, President Obama is proving he's had the worst three months ever with his approval numbers dropping seven points in 100 days. CNN, of course, links this to the myriad of I-Can't-Believe-It's-A-Scandal! scandals that have popped up of late.
First Lady Michelle Obama made the cover of Vogue Magazine for a second time, as well as for the second term of her husband's presidency. In the article "Leading By Example," Jonathan Van Meter chronicles the First Family and how they're influencing America.