Examiner columnist Star Parker is an author, and president of CURE, the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education (www.urbancure.org
). She is syndicated nationally by Scripps Howard News Service.
The Republican presidential debates are looking more and more like symptoms of the problems we’ve got than part of the process of solving them. These events are supposed to be about quality information, raising the bar and producing a thoughtful, informed electorate. But they are being produced to provide entertainment, and we are barely getting that.
Technology didn’t take the place of substance at the Thursday debate. YouTube and real-time polling are not substitutes for thoughtful, provocative questioning. Read More
Two names loom large in today’s news. Two names that ordinarily we wouldn’t think about together.
But in the struggle now unfolding before us for our nation’s future, it seems to me these two quintessential Americans are worth thinking about in light of each other.
One is Steve Jobs.
The other is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read More
Mitt Romney is a clever and talented man. But, as was evident in the most recent Republican debate, he should not become our next president.
Eight of 10 Americans say the country is on the wrong track. We must consider clearly what kind of individual we need as president to take on the prodigious challenges facing us to get back on track.
We need a leader prepared to tell the American people what they don’t want to hear. We need a leader obsessed with truth, not focus groups. We need a leader whose passion is not becoming president but saving America. Read More
As the season of presidential politics 2012 unfolds, I’m struck by similarities between today and the tumultuous period in our history that led up to the election of Abraham Lincoln and then on to the Civil War.
So much so that I’m finding it a little eerie that this year we are observing the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. Read More
Welfare reform — the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act — was the most sweeping reform signed into law during Newt Gingrich’s time as House Speaker.
The landmark bill transformed welfare from entitlement to temporary safety net. Instead of welfare being available forever to any individual who met qualifying criteria, it was transformed to a time-limited assistance program in which individuals had to also demonstrate their efforts to get to work. Read More
Criminal charges against a single black mother and conviction of another for sending their children to schools in districts in which they are not residents provide yet more indications of deep problems in our country.
In one case, a single, homeless black mother in Connecticut is now charged with larceny for supposedly “stealing” $15,686 in education services because she sent her five-year-old son to kindergarten in a school district where she doesn’t live by using her babysitter’s address. Read More
It might help getting our minds around what is so wrong in America today by thinking about the local police force.
It’s not hard to understand that the job of the police is to protect lives and property.
Suppose we decided to broaden their mandate. Suppose each municipality decided that the job of the police was not just protection but to make every community more fair and just and to improve the quality of life.
To do this, we’d have to let them decide what is fair and just and give them authority to implement their sense of these things. Read More
New Census data show that Hispanics in California, our most populous state, are now a minority in name only.
Of California’s 37 million residents, 38 percent are Hispanic and 40 percent are white.Nationwide, the median Hispanic age is 27 compared with a national median of 36 and a median white age of 41. So Hispanics are not just our most rapidly growing demographic, they are our youngest.Projections show Hispanics reaching 30 percent of our population by 2050 from about 15 percent today. Read More
What’s the Republican takeaway from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address? That they should be unwavering opposition to an unconditional increase in the U.S. debt limit.
The statutory debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion will soon be reached. Republicans should oppose increasing it to permit more borrowing without meaningful spending cuts as part of the deal. Read More
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is making a name for himself.
He wants taxes raised on wealthy Americans and is one of the more vocal opponents to the deal that would retain current tax rates for everyone.
“An estate tax cut for millionaires adds exactly zero jobs,” the congressman said. “A tax cut for billionaires — virtually none.”
But what does Weiner know about job creation, about work, about being an entrepreneur?
Looking over his résumé, you see he’s never held a private-sector job. Read More
When Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he chose the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used to take the oath of office.
A little more than a year later, as Obama strong-arms House and Senate Democrats to pass a health care bill that will nationalize 17 percent of our economic lives, we ought to recall Lincoln’s famous words at Gettysburg.
Dedicating the final resting place for those who fought there, Lincoln appealed that we not let up in the struggle for “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Read More
Van Jones is back, reconstructed and rehabilitated.
Jones departed from his White House post as “green jobs czar” after publicity about his association with a “9/11 truther” organization, which alleges complicity of the Bush administration with the terrorist attack. Read More
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said recently, “Our K-12 agenda can be summed up in one word: reform.”
Would that it were true.
But what Duncan calls reform is indeed putting lipstick on a pig. In this case, the pig is Washington, D.C.’s never-changing formula for solving everything: spending ever-increasing sums of taxpayer money.
“Reform” means generating new ideas about how to spend and coming up with clever new titles for programs. Read More
Why are pro-abortion groups so up in arms about the Tim Tebow ad that CBS will run during the Super Bowl? Read More
Have you ever watched as a dear friend becomes smitten with someone you know is not for them?You listen as they swear how Mr. or Ms. Right has finally arrived, wondering how they cannot see the obvious. Your only option is to watch and wait for the inevitable, knowing that when it’s over you’ll be there to help pick up the pieces.So, yes, independent voters — who were key to electing President Barack Obama — are now falling out of love with him. But, I ask, what were you folks thinking a year ago? Read More