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Selling out and buying in

During the enslavement period of Africans in America, the Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 was enacted in Virginia. It was the legal act of freeing a slave for "good deeds," as defined by the national public policy, and could be granted to a slave who saved the life of a white master or his property, invented something from which a slave master could make a profit, or "snitched" on a fellow slave who was ...

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Poor whites are blaming the wrong people

I read a very sad article in the Washington Post on Oct. 29. It concerned the base of the Tea Party movement, specifically focusing on some economically distressed whites living in Georgia. They, like many other residents of Tea Party-controlled Congressional districts, are suffering under the weight of an economy that will not get fully in gear. Who do they blame? Obama. Who do they support? Congressional ...

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Governor Rick Snyder’s generous bankruptcy fountain leaves pensioners thirsty

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder remains in charge of Detroit’s future with assistance of willing participant former Jones Day attorney, now Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Snyder and Orr control Detroit’s fate. If Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ decision on Orr’s insistence Detroit is completely incapable of paying its debts results in a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy, pensioners stand to lose up to 90 percent of their month ...

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M1 trolley folly versus transportation justice

The North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) recently mounted a seven-day march. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, we marched round-trip from Woodward and Bethune to the Detroit Amtrak station, the closest place for North End residents to board the proposed M1 trolley. It’s not a great distance if you’re not in a wheel chair or use a walker or cane. In short, the M1 was not constructed with many North End resi ...

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GOP agenda undermines our citizens

From the failure of state Republicans to assign immediate effect” to the Medicaid expansion legislation to the ongoing attacks on workers and the poor, the GOP agenda has been overwhelmingly harmful to our state. The lack of “immediate effect” for Medicaid expansion means it will not take effect until three months after the adjournment of the legislature. The governor’s budget director estimates this will c ...

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‘Entitlement programs’ serve elderly and poor

Republicans have made it clear their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs. Democrats have failed to explain to the public the misnamed programs are valuable and prevent millions of Americans, many of them elderly or children, from living in poverty. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) issued a report last week that found: “Social Security benefits play a vital role in re ...

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In Medicaid fight, GOP governors stand in hospital door

The tea party effort to torpedo health-care reform at the federal level has been repelled, but only after the campaign shut down the government, threatened default on the U.S. debt and cost the country billions. But that victory should not blind us to how destructive the rejectionists have been at the state level. In the name of states’ rights, right-wing governors and legislators will leave some eight mill ...

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Coping with student loan repayment

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the sa ...

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Don’t let Jones Day sell out Detroit!

On Oct. 21, in the absence of any more than the most minimal public disclosure and discussion of an issue of such historic and overriding importance to the people and city of Detroit, the Detroit City Council dealt a blow to the greed-fueled plans of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his employer — Detroit’s “restructuring counsel” Jones Day. ...

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It’s time for an intervention

The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what? Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis. It shut the government down over a temporary budget. Now it’s threatening the financial credibility of the ...

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