Tavis Smiley

From this Friday evening's forum “Vision for a New America: A Future without Poverty” hosted by Tavis Smiley, which included guests Cornel West, Jonathan Kozol, Mariana Chilton, Newt Gingrich, Jeffrey Sachs, Rep. Marcia Fudge, John Graham and Read more...
Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar and his 77 percent conservative voting record was not good enough to prevent him from having a "tea party" primary challenger, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Complete and total obstruction rather than an iota of compromise to make sure the government actually functions seems to be the new standard of what it means to be a "conservative" these days. Read more...
There are nearly 150 million poor and near poor people in America who are not responsible for the damage done by the Great Recession. Yet they pay the price. When the largest economic institutions in the world were brought to their collective knees, they went crawling to the government’s doorstep in search of salvation. The government obliged, allowing Wall Street to socialize its failure on the backs of Main Street Americans. The housing and jobs crisis they created fostered a poverty unseen in generations... Read more...
From this Jan. 12, 2012 "Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity", which was held at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. CNN had a corporate modified debate on what's wrong with America's economy and capitalism during their Read more...
"The huge, catastrophic, tactical mistake that they made was ... when they went after the people who have things and took them away from them ... If you've been in the middle class, and you've had that nice home, and you've been able to send your children to the university, and now the system says,'We're taking that away from you,' well, there's hell to pay." Read more...

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Princeton University professor Cornel West thinks Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is wrong to suggest that racism no longer matters in this country. Cain had told CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that some simply used racism as an excuse Read more...
This is a very touchy area, one I've discussed recently as a guest of Mark Thompson on "Make It Plain," a progressive radio show on Sirius XM. African-American callers responded by talking about their personal pain over Obama's economic policies Read more...
How pitiful is this? PBS's Tavis Smiley allowed Alan Simpson to come on the air and fearmonger about how Social Security is in dire straights without mentioning that raising the cap would keep it solvent for years to come. He also pretended that Read more...
While I agree with Bill Maher that we do have a problem with the costs of Medicare and Medicaid and defense spending and I agree that our budget should not be balanced on the backs of the poor, what the hell is it going to take to get through to Maher that Social Security is not to blame for the deficit? It's running a surplus. Read more...
Here's more of Tavis Smiley's panel segment that I posted this portion of yesterday. Cornel West reminds us of what the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. might be saying to President Obama and that the media's caricature of of President Obama as the Read more...