States Rights May Clog Budget Talks
By Don Flynn
The campaign to establish States Rights in America has not seen this level of momentum since the late Governor Strom Thurmond of South Carolina promoted the race-based issue of States Rights back in the 1940s.
WASHINGTON—The age-old fierce battle, known as “States Rights,” is expected to take center stage during negotiations over several major budgetary issues by the so-called Super Committee of the Congress, which is charged with reducing deficits by more than $3 trillion over the next 10 years.
The issue is the control of Medicaid, a state run government insurance program for the poor and minorities. Many states—arguing that they have a right to control all of Medicaid—have attempted to seize control of the program since it was introduced in 1965. Unlike Medicare, the states run Medicaid, but the federal government has the final say. The states’ argument is that high costs of the program are contributing to their deficit problems.
However, many observers see the states’ aim as a Trojan Horse to resurrect Republican power to states and governors to have their way in all matters back home.
Jacob J. Lew, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, announced in late September that President Obama’s new deficit reduction plan would cut $320 billion from projected spending in Medicare and Medicaid during the next decade.
The plan calls for cuts of $248 billion from Medicare and $72 billion from Medicaid and other health programs, respectively. Some observers predicted that the cuts could lead to the destruction of Medicaid unless the federal government gets more involved in the administr...Read More
ST. LOUIS—The feathers, the jewelry and the mighty buffalo began to disappear many sunsets ago, but the spirituality of Native peoples is so strong that it remains intact.
Chiefs, medicine priests, tribal elders and others intimate with ancient spirituality say that even though many Native peoples embrace Christianity and other religions, they still hold on to their traditional spiritual beliefs. Today, however, many also incorporate Native spirituality with European, African and Asian religions.
Many Native people, who do not like the term “Native American”...Read More
Christian rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H. is back after a hiatus due to a “moral indiscretion” in his marriage.
PHILADELPHIA—The Bible says that “thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife,” and Da’ T.R.U.T.H. knows that better than anyone.
A few years ago, the Christian hip-hop star took a sudden sabbatical from music and ministry after a “moral indiscretion” in his marriage. But today, the Christian hip-hop star is back on moral high ground, and has released his first album since taking the break.
Titled The Whole Truth, the album is a raw look into the rapper’s psyche. “The Whole Truth is a double entendre, which basically means ...Read More
Patricia Atwell, Rev. Dr. Luonne A. Rouse, Rev. Dr. Clyde A. Anderson, Nate Archer, Candis Bugg and Marcus Knight (left to right) attended the Harlem event to support Obama and jobs for minorities.
NEW YORK—Disgruntled clergy and healthcare leaders have launched a nationwide petition campaign in churches calling for the Congress and the private business sector to support President Obama’s embattled jobs program.
At the same time, they are also urging the creation of thousands of new employment opportunities for minorities in the pharmaceutical, insurance and other private industries.
Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality (CPRHE) announced the initiatives in mid-September at its “Save the Presidency of Barack Obama” gathering and ...Read More
Poster for the “Black & Beautiful” campaign.
LOS ANGELES—Abortion rights opponents, who suffered a setback with the “Black & Beautiful” poster campaign, is continuing to target African American women.
The well-known 60s civil rights phrase “Black is Beautiful” has been used on billboards nationally as part of a right-to-life campaign, inciting anger from many pro-choice groups. But the pro-life movement has no intention to stop or even slow down their attempts to raise awareness about the choices available to women.
According to Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., founder of Black Gen...Read More