Freedom Rider: Obama’s Supreme Court

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 04/21/2010 - 23:43
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
When every other argument fails, those who urge Blacks and progressives to stick with the Democratic Party finally pull out their clincher: We must vote Democratic to keep the Republicans from stacking the courts. Democrats are then free to nominate whomever they want, free of criticism from the Left. “Any mediocre nominee could be praised to the high heavens because after all, he or she is not as bad as Scalia or Thomas.”

Obama Democrats VS Tea Party Republicans: A Fake Fight Over Fake Health Care Reform

Submitted by Bruce A. Dixon on Thu, 03/25/2010 - 11:05

which stakeholders?by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There are real fights and there are fake fights, engineered to distract attention away from the real deal. The shouting match between Obama's Dems and the Tea party Repubs is one of those fake fights. The health care legislation passed by the Obama Democrats is incomparably worse than anything they could have passed right after the presidential election, and significantly worse than anything Democrats could have passed at midyear 2009. The president and his minions have delayed as long as possible to guarantee the worst, not the best bill for patients, and the best deal possible for Big Insurance, Big Pharma and Big Medicine.


Freedom Rider: Tauzin Tossed Under the Bus

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 02/17/2010 - 07:07
Big Pharmaby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
When the Obama White House played “Let's Make a Deal” with the drug industry, former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin was Big Pharma's chief negotiator. Tuazin blew the whistle on the White House's under-the-table machinations, to the president's great embarrassment. Now Tauzin's out in the cold, and Obama's health care scheme seems sunk, but Big Pharma is awash in profits.

Sharpton, Jealous and Morial Make Small Talk at the Big House

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 02/17/2010 - 06:30

 Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The three civil rights leaders attempted a tricky maneuver with last week's visit to the White House.  How could they appear to pressure President Obama to finally act on Depression-level Black unemployment, while making no such demand? It was a fool's errand, for which they were well suited.


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by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

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We hear all the time that the Obama campaign and presidency mark the triumph of savvy black political power.  The truth however, explained BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford, is that the rise of Barack Obama has checkmated historic black demands for justice at home and peace abroad, and neutralized the broader American left. Ford spoke at the New England Anti-War Conference in Boston, January 30.

Black America Loses Gamble in Electing First Black President

Submitted by Phillip Jackson on Tue, 02/16/2010 - 20:36
by Phillip Jackson
Black America mistakenly traded the future of its young black men for a black president.” African Americans’ hopes and dreams and great expectations that Barack Obama would address the forces that are forcing Black males out of work and into jail, came to naught. “Over and over, the black community has reached out for help from this first black president, and over and over, he has said, ‘No!’"

The day before being sworn in, Atlanta's new mayor Kasim Reed pledged to the Chamber of Commerce he'd deal with downtown panhandlers in what he called a more "muscular" fashion. The hopes and predictions of white pundits that black political life would come to look like the rest of America have come true. But not because the inequalities in health, wealth, incarceration rates and other indices of disparity have narrowed. Black politics are looking a lot more like white politics because the black political elite no longer believes its mission is to fight for peace and justice. The newer, more cynical black elite are unmoored from their peace-and-justice-loving base. They are focused on their own careers, and the corporate largesse that makes those careers possible. Make no mistake about it, the black politics of a previous generation, in which black candidates and public officials were expected to stand for something beside their own careers, is over.


What's Really In House and Senate Health Insurance Bills

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 20:30

pharmaBy Ida Hellander, MD

It's not universal health care.  It's not even close.  Insurance companies will be bailed out and millions forced to purchase crappy insurance with government subsidies.  Drug costs will soar, the existing safety net wil be slashed and none of the uninsured will be covered till 2013 in the House version, or 2014 in the Senate version.  The devil lurks in the details, and there are lots and lots of details....

White House Plans Sham Jobs Forum

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 00:43

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

In laying down the ground rules for next month's White House Forum on jobs, the Obama Administration makes it plain that no serious job-creation proposals will be entertained. The employment crisis is to be treated as a waiting game. Civil rights and labor leaders seem not to understand that their president “is philosophically opposed to targeted programs that might directly impact on Black unemployment.”

Obamacare A Bonanza For Drug Companies, A Pain For the Public

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 11/17/2009 - 19:45
expensive drugs
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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Why are the drug barons planning a $150 million ad campaign boosting Obama's health care scheme? They've got $21 billion worth of reasons – bonus earnings from record price hikes while wheeling and dealing with the White House. Everything the president touches turns to cash – for the corporate sector.

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

The version of health care reform championed by the White House and Congressional Democrats will force millions to buy crappy insurance from private providers with no interest in health care but plenty of interest in profits. Its pubic option is a cruel hoax that will not take effect till 2013 and even then will leave tens of millions uninsured. Now Democratic leaders in Congress say it might not pass this year anyway. Is that really so bad?

A Corporate Black President?

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 01:36

Does Barack Obama represent African Americans? All Americans? Gangster banksters? Or our transnational corporate elite in general? Glen Ford visited Capital University in Columbus Ohio last month to explore and explain...

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Freedom Rider: Health Care Deceit

Submitted by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 01:34
liar, liarby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The health care fiasco has bared the cowardly underbelly of the Democratic Party, which is putty in the hands of President Obama and his co-conspirators in the insurance industry. The public option” has been stripped down to a tiny two percent of the people, while the private insurers get tens of millions of captive, subsidized consumers. The conclusion is inescapable: “Barack Obama and the majority of the Democrats never had any intention of bringing reform to health care.”

Hillary Clinton: A Very Ugly American

Submitted by Glen Ford on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 00:11
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Having forced Pakistan to launch a civil war to protect American interests, the U.S. dispatches Hillary Clinton to rub salt in Pakistani wounds. The Anti-Diplomat lectures the locals on tax collection and helping the poor while her government daily violates the country's sovereignty. “Americans believe they are the only nation that deserves to have a sense of dignity – and so they relentlessly strip away the dignity of others.”

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by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

This week the Senate's Harry Reid announced the consolidation of the Senate Democratic caucus version of health care reform. How central the “public option” is or is not depends on who you ask, as do precisely how many people it would be offered to and on what terms. What is clear is that it remains a Massachusetts-style bailout plan to subsidize private insurers, rather than one providing universal care at affordable rates. Meanwhile the gap between the actual public option and the imaginary ones sold by progressive Democrats is growing. How long it can be concealed, and what will happen when it is revealed are anybody's guess.

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