Archive for May, 2015

It ain’t broke, but here’s how to fix Social Security

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The fact is that the Social Security Administration will deplete its funds by 2033 and that thereafter it will be able to pay only 70 percent of benefits.

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, and the Republican “No” Party and its pundits would have you believe you won’t receive a dime. They want you to believe the system will be flat broke and that our millions of retirees will be on the street very soon. It is a lie and is designed to demonize their enemy so that they can more easily destroy it.

Now, please take note that I and my political party, the Democrats, remain dedicated to repairing the system so that it will always be able to pay all benefits as well as expanding those benefits. They have proposed the following ideas which will solve Social Security’s funding problems for generations to come and assure the best public retirement system ever designed will still be in place for our children, our grand-children and beyond:

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To members of the Georgia General Assembly

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Introduce legislation to remove the grand jury and the local prosecutor from investigations of police misconduct.

In recent months, the role of the prosecutor and the grand jury system has come under intense scrutiny. The failure of grand juries to indict police officers has raised significant questions about the ability of local prosecutors to remain impartial in cases involving local law enforcement in the same jurisdiction.

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Making a Difference: Movement of One Community United

Monday, May 11th, 2015

On Dec. 8, 2014, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund’s Twitter account posted a series of tweets naming 76 unarmed men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York.

Do you remember Amadou Diallo? He was a New York man killed in 1999 by four New York police officers while standing on the stoop of his home. They fired at him 41 times, hitting him with 19 armor-piercing bullets. He dropped in death to the porch of his home, holding only his wallet in his hand. Now Freddie Gray, unarmed and guilty only of looking the wrong way at a police officer, lost his life in Baltimore. (more…)

Dispelling myths of Obamacare

Monday, May 4th, 2015

I would guess you’ve heard it said that Obamacare is not working and that it’s a Democratic giveaway for black people only. If you live in the same world I inhabit and have not heard this mantra, repeated over and over, you need to see an audiologist.

The first myth I want to dispel is that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is something that either is exclusively for blacks or poor whites on welfare and food stamps. The question how such a message becomes the accepted view of educated people is a mystery right up there with Sasquatch and Nessie. There is one obvious difference, and that is that both the examples I give predated the birth of Rush Limbaugh and could not have been his creation. I’ll leave you to decide whether he should be credited for creating the many fictions about Obamacare.

Here are some truths — facts — about Obamacare: There are 15 million Americans insured today who were NOT before the ACA and, of these, there are three times the number of white working families than black or Latino families. From the inception of the ACA its opponents have painted the program as one doomed to failure, one which would increase healthcare costs and eventually spiral out of control with disastrous consequences. These dire predictions have not occurred. The fact is that it is working! I know that many of you who were wrong about it are reluctant to admit it and you are far from alone.

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