As President Obama continues his tour around the nation in an effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 he continues to state that, “Raising the minimum wage will life millions out of poverty”, most recently before a fawning audience at the University of Michigan. The data simply does not support the notion that raising minimum wage lifts people at the bottom of the economic ladder out of poverty. In fact, it does the opposite. Poverty increases dramatically every time the minimum wage is raised. First there’s the “non-factual-analysis-common-sense” test of this. (Don’t worry, my usual factual analysis is below.) Raising the current minimumRead More →

[The Model Cities Program was an element of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and War on Poverty. In 1966, new legislation led to the more than 150, five-year long, Model Cities experiments to develop new antipoverty programs and alternative forms of municipal government. The ambitious federal urban aid program succeeded in fostering a new generation of mostly black urban leaders.] -from WIKIPEDIA A portion or rather ‘condition’ of the access to “aid” from the Model Cities program that burst entitlement spending into the stratosphere was the necessity of there not being a man in the house in order for women to gain access to certainRead More →

Last week one of the U.S. Senate’s two black members*, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, was the object of yet another viscous attack centering on his skin color and political ideology.  In a day and age where we see black Americans flourishing in all walks of life from the classroom to the board room, who or what could be the source of such consistent, vile, racially denigrating rhetoric? The Klu Klux Klan, Aryan Nation or some other white supremacy group? No.  None of these.  Rather, it was an organization which has as its mission statement, “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights ofRead More →

Now that I’m called one just about every day of my life in one place or another, let’s get something clear : I don’t mind being called an Uncle Tom for 3 reasons. 1. It makes me feel good. I must be doing something right. 2. It shows the ignorance of those labeling me with what they believe to be a derogatory term. In fact its a badge of honor as anyone who has read the book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” or “Life Among the Lowly” by Harriet Beecher Stowe would agree. Uncle Tom was not the dimwitted, foot dragging, illiterate, docile cretin most Blacks believeRead More →