What Do We Want from the President?

Should Republicans take control of the United States Senate there will be many political pundits faulting Democrats for their inability to get black voters to go the polls.  Why won’t black voters go to the polls in large numbers?  Well, it’s a non-presidential election which typically leads to low voter ……

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Things May Have to Get Worse Before They Get Better

If the political prognosticators are correct, the American people are poised to hand over the United States Senate to Republicans on November 4.  That is, the American people who will bother to go to the polls and cast their vote.  These Americans are likely to be older, whiter, more affluent and more conservative than average American voters.  They are more likely to believe that government is the problem rather than a mechanism to solve problems.  They are less likely to need social services and less willing to pay taxes to provide them.  They are eager to get to the polls because the status quo is probably working for them more than it is for millions of Americans struggling to keep their heads above water. …

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Ferguson Begs for a Grand Response from Social Work

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order.  Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and they were ever present during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  A motto of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is Help Starts Here.  I imagine there are social workers on the ground in Ferguson.  If not in a healing role, I would bet there are social workers among the protesters.  The Missouri chapter of NASW is in Jefferson City, little more than a 2 hour drive away. …

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Economic Inequality Takes Center Stage, Again

If social workers are serious about our concern for the millions of people who are struggling in today’s economy—and I assume that we are—then you owe it to yourselves and the vulnerable people you care about to read President Barack Obama’s latest speech on the economy.   Aptly staged yesterday at THEARC ……

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Government Shutdown or Not, ObamaCare is Here to Stay

Few people believed the government would be shutdown because the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party are so adamant about the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which they derisively refer to as “ObamaCare”.  Yet, here we are on October 1, 2013 and the United States government has been officially closed.  We got here because John Boehner, the Speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives acceded to the Tea Party members’ demands to pass a budget bill containing a provision that would deny funding for the Affordable Care Act.

They see this as their last opportunity to keep the law from being fully implemented after having tried to repeal or defund the law about 40 times.  It’s difficult to keep count.  Yet, even if the Senate were to pass this bill to defund the ACA and President Obama would sign it (fat chance), funding for the health exchanges is already in place.  So while the government is closed, the Affordable Care Act is opened for business.  I am sure there are many misguided Americans who may believe the health exchanges are not open for business due the government’s shutdown, but I believe there are many more Americans—including me— who have been counting the days for this opportunity to purchase a reasonably-priced health insurance policy….

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Barbara Lee’s Rising Star Takes Social Work to the UN

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-13), Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus and all-around phenomenal woman of the 21st century has added a new role to her influential leadership portfolio—United States Representative to the United Nations, assuming her appointment by President Barack Obama will be confirmed by the Senate.  Her appointment to this position was surprising to some since she is regarded as a staunch anti-war activist who urged the President to hold back on his intentions to launch a strike against Syrian madman Bashar Al-Assad after he presumably gassed hundreds of his own citizens, including women and children….

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