September 11th, 2008 by Leonard Birdsong
Here’s Dee Dee on job losses and her take on the solutions of the Presidential candidates.
Senator McCain in his convention speech last week promised that if elected he would partner with community colleges to train Americans for jobs that are not going overseas. Does McCain really know which jobs corporate America will never send overseas or never fill locally with foreigners? How many students should these colleges be finding seats for?
Well, the numbers for August are out. It is reported that U.S. job losses for August total 84,000. That raises the job losses for 2008 to 600,000! That’s alot of chairs next to college-age students currently enrolled.
August 22nd, 2008 by Leonard Birdsong
Dee Dee continues the discussion started in her previous post on the disappearing act of goods made in America.
As we prepare for the Democratic Convention which starts next week, I am so glad that yesterday, Harold Meyerson’s article in The Washington Post , reaffirmed my belief that the loss of manufacturing plants is a critical issue for this country.
July 22nd, 2008 by Leonard Birdsong
Birdsong read with interest last week’s op-ed piece by Charles Krauthammer about Barack Obama. It appeared in the Washington Post with the headline: “The Audacity of Vanity.” Krauthammer who is a professionally trained psychiatrist is a wonderful opinion writer and has won a Pulitzer Prize for his past commentary. Birdsong usually enjoys his columns but does not always agree with him.
Krauthammer’s latest effort in tone was very reminiscent of Jesse Jackson’s earlier “hot mike” rant against Obama which ended with Jackson’s wish to castrate Obama for talking down to black people.
July 18th, 2008 by Leonard Birdsong
It is the political season and Birdsong has been observing the putative presidential candidates, Obama and McCain from the sidelines. Birdsong will proudly cast his vote for Obama if he does, in fact, win the Democratic Party nomination for president. It will certainly be historic to cast a vote for president for the first African American candidate of a major political party in the United States. Such a vote will say a lot about how far we have come in race relations in this country since the first Africans were brought to America’s shores in 1619 and sold as slaves in Virginia.
But this post is not about slaves, African Americans or about Barack Obama. It is about John McCain.