• comment on a post Barack Obama & Social Security over 6 years ago

    but it was towards the bottom and I don't think too many people saw it.

    As I pointed out in that post, I don't think that Obama has Liebman on his economic team b/c of social security. I googled Liebman's name a few weeks ago, when the Wall Street Journal had an article about Obama's economic advisers. Yes, Liebman's views on social security came up. But here's the point--social security is NOT what he's known for in the economic academic field.

    but I think the diarist Matt Stoller relied too much on the characterization of Bloomberg when discussing Liebman.

    Liebman's main research for the past few years is observing the effect of the federal government's policy of providing vouchers to low income families so that they can move to section 8 housing in low poverty areas. He's done quite a bit of research on the HUD program Moving to Opportunity (MTO).

    http://nber.org/~kling/mto/bullets042601 .PDF

    According to the abstract of the research paper that Liebman submitted to the University of Chicago about the program:

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    MTO randomly assigned housing vouchers to applicants living in high-poverty public housing
    projects. The vouchers allowed families to move to private apartments, typically in lower poverty
    neighborhoods.

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    This HUD program was instituted in Chicago, along with Boston, Baltimore, LA and New York I believe while Pres. Clinton was in office.

    Given Obama's background as a community organizer and the fact that he represented low-income constituents when he was a state senator in Illinois, he probably came into contact with this Liebman guy while Liebman was performing his research on the Chicago HUD program. That's just a guess on my part, but it would seem logical given Obama's history that perhaps his connection with Liebman is for something in which Liebman is most known for--studying the behavioral differences b/w impoverished people who live in high-poverty areas as opposed to impoverished people who live in low-poverty areas...

    Just a thought....  

  • comment on a post Where's Your Core? over 6 years ago

    but I think the diarist Matt Stoller relied too much on the characterization of Bloomberg when discussing Liebman.

    I did a brief google search of Liebman's name a few weeks ago and came across his article on setting up separate private accounts along with regular social security benefits. However, when I googled Liebman's name, I realized that he isn't a renown economist for his beliefs on that subject. His main economic research is on providing vouchers for low income families so that they can move to section 8 housing in middle class/upper class areas. He's done quite a bit of research on the HUD program Moving to Opportunity.

    http://nber.org/~kling/mto/bullets042601 .PDF

    According to the abstract of the research paper that Liebman submitted to the University of Chicago about the program:

    MTO randomly assigned housing vouchers to applicants living in high-poverty public housing
    projects. The vouchers allowed families to move to private apartments, typically in lower poverty
    neighborhoods.

    --

    This HUD program was instituted in Chicago, along with Boston, Baltimore, LA and New York.

    Given Obama's background as a community organizer and if I understand it correctly, the fact that he represented low-income constituents when he was a state senator in Illinois, he probably came into contact with this Liebman guy during Liebman's research of the Chicago HUD program. That's just a guess on my part, but it would seem logical given his history that perhaps his connection with Liebman is for something in which Liebman is most known for--studying the behavioral differences b/w impoverished people who live in high-poverty areas as opposed to impoverished people who live in low-poverty areas...

    Just a thought....  

  • comment on a post Barack Obama begins Policy Roll out over 7 years ago

    How to stop genocide in Iraq
    Offering the carrot of U.S. withdrawal may be the best way to end ethnic cleansing in Iraq.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-o e-power5mar05,0,3348120.story?coll=la-op inion-center

    To save the world from hell

    http://mondediplo.com/2005/09/04reformin g

    List of several Power articles:

    http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/cchrp/researc h/authorindex.php#power

  • I'm ambivalent about Clinton's stance on racial issues while he was president, but I thought his dialogue during those townhall meetings while he was President was invaluable.

  • When Bill Clinton was president, he conducted town hall meetings to discuss the racial divide in this country.

    Obviously, there are some deep racial issues that need to be discussed and now would be a perfect time to talk about them. It would be great if one of the candidates conducted one of these townhall meetings to discuss racism and sexism in this society that would bring racial healing to this country.

    Will the presidential candidates do that? I doubt it. They're too scared to offend anyone by taking leadership on the issue--I guess.....

  • comment on a post Was Obama Slow & Timid Regarding Imus over 7 years ago

    But so was John Edwards, Hilary Clinton, Chris Doddd....

    Every presidential candidate other than Bill Richardson (who is out of the country) should be ashamed of themselves for not providing leadership on this issue.

    If they didn't feel comfortable in calling for Imus' resignation, they could have at least spoken UP for the dignity of these Rutgers team members. But they didn't.

    On this issue, ALL the presidential candidates have been pathetic, IMHO!!!

    Obviously, it must not be an important issue when African-American women are disrespected if their response is any indication...

    As an African-American women who votes on the Democratic slate down the line EACH and EVERY election, nice to know how much these candidates value me as a constituent....

  • Mfume is not asking that people vote for him just b/c he's black.

    Here's what he said in the Singer interview here at MyDD in the spring about his campaign:

    Singer: Last question. Is there anything you'd like to say specifically to members of the liberal/progressive blogosphere to get them more involved in your campaign?

    Mfume: I'd like them to understand that I'm an unapologetic progressive. I don't apologize for my views. I'm very proud the fact that I don't support the PATRIOT Act, that I'm in support of stem-cell research, that I'm a 100 percent pro-union candidate - have been all my life - that this campaign is a pro-privacy campaign to get the government out of illegal wiretaps and out of our medical records and out of our banking records, that I'm the candidate that stands up over and over again that believes that it's an abomination and a sin for a half million Americans to lose their pensions because a couple of corporations were playing slick games and getting out of a commitment they made to workers all along, and that I'm the candidate that has been opposed to this war all along, who finds it outrageous that poverty lives among us at the rate it does and that 46 million people have no health insurance, which is the population of 24 states.

    And I think that in order for Democrats to win, we really have to stand for something and we have to say to people, "These are our core beliefs." Because otherwise we're kind of like Republicans light. If I want a beer, I just get a beer, if I want something light, I get a Bud Light. But if I want something different, it's because I know that there really is a difference. And Democrats, in order to win, have to be different, have to, I think, stand for something, have to be able to talk in plain English to everyday people, and have to be prepared to fight again for the heart and soul of our nation.

    http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/4/28/1836 7/9961#readmore

    I thought that the "people powered" movement was all about promoting and electing the most progressive people? I don't understand what the man has to do to prove that he's progressive and that he has spoken out and voted on progressive issues CONSISTENTLY even if the issue went against the latest focus group. I envision Mfume as an outspoken, independent legislator in the same vein as a Feingold or a Wellstone.

    But I guess in the blogosphere at least in this case for Maryland we're going with electability. Good to know that different standards apply to different people!!!  

  • Ask and you shall receive

    Here's a link to the Mfume interview that MyDD's Singer conducted in the spring:

    http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/4/28/1836 7/9961#readmore

    Here's a link to the Cardin interview also from the spring:

    http://www.mydd.com/story/2006/2/9/12241 3/7888

    As for blogs, the only ones that I know of are Oliver Willis, Freestate politics and crablaw....

  • comment on a post MD Senate: 44% Dem Blacks To Vote Republican over 7 years ago

    whose family still lives in Charles County and in her middle class neighborhood, they still get racist graffiti on their street etc. I was talking to someone else about a week ago who lives in PG county and she said that a black family moved into a predominantly white neighborhood and a burning cross appeared on their yard a few months ago.

    But I guess if it doesn't get a lot of press, it doesn't happen right? How could those stories be true, especially since Maryland is "quite well integrated" and all....

  • Uh, it's not just in Elkton. Try living in Southern Maryland as an African American. I guess that you didn't hear about that story a few years ago about a couple of white guys that burned down new houses that were bought by upper-middle class African Americans b/c they didn't want AA to move into the neighborhood huh?

    Pall of Racism Remains Over Neighborhood Repaired After Arson

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    The conviction in September of Patrick S. Walsh, 22, leader of five young men who were charged in the arsons, has brought some relief to Ms. Rookard and other residents of Hunters Brooke. The houses have been rebuilt, and the families, some of whom were days away from moving in at the time of the fires, have finally arrived.

    But racist statements attributed to three of the five suspects, all of them white, and racial incidents in the area since the fires have left a pall that may take longer to clear.

    Most of the families who lost their homes were black and looking for more in the way of housing than their money could buy closer to Washington.

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    Since 1990, the population of the county has increased about 36 percent, to 137,000, and the proportion of blacks has grown, to 33 percent from 18 percent.

    Some black leaders here see the arsons as part of a pattern of racism in Charles County. The Ku Klux Klan rallied a decade ago in La Plata, the county seat. Anonymous fliers distributed in the racially mixed community of Waldorf in 1999 urged "White Brothers & Sisters of Charles County" to kill blacks.

    And, in January, before the rebuilding of the homes at Hunters Brooke had even begun, thousands of racist and anti-Semitic fliers were thrown on driveways and lawns within six miles of the community. Some of the fliers read: "Don't have sex with blacks. Avoid AIDS."

    The sheriff's office recorded 15 racially motivated crimes in the first seven months of 2005, including vandals spray-painting "K.K.K." on roads and racial epithets and swastikas on roads and buildings. The county had 21 race-related crimes last year and 8 in 2003, the sheriff's office said.

    Mr. Walsh, prosecutors said, had an obsession with setting fires and had worried aloud about blacks moving to Hunters Brooke. Jeremy D. Parady, another suspect, admitted in a guilty plea in April that he had singled out the development because many of the buyers were black, and a third suspect who pleaded guilty, Aaron L. Speed, had made racist statements to investigators, according to court documents. The three men are awaiting sentencing.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/06/nation al/06arson.html?ex=1286251200&en=1cb 29a8a90fd0ac4&ei=5088&partner=rs snyt&emc=rss

    It's not just in Charles County either. But you know what awd8, forget all that. You are so right that "Maryland is quite well integrated." In the little enclaves everything is fine. Everything is ok. There are no racial problems in Maryland. No, siree!! After all, Maryland is a blue state and how could a blue state have any racial problems?

    I guess the motto of the Maryland Democratic party is if we don't talk about problems then those problems never exist...

  • The Maryland Democratic party, especially the insider's club, knew that they had a problem with the African American community in 2002 after the Kathleen Kennedy Townsend flap right? That was four years ago!! You would think in that interim they would have a strategy to combat the perception that they take black voters for granted. But NO!! They just put their head in the sand and let the problem fester even more.

    It just goes to show you how little respect that they have for their most loyal constituency. Or maybe they just don't know how to deal with the problem and they think that if they avoid the issue, it'll all just go away? I don't know and frankly I don't care what their problem is!  But whatever it is it has been a VERY BIG blunder and it's not going over well AT ALL!!!

  • They want to put their blinders on and not talk about the BIG elephant in the room in Maryland politics, which is race!!!  

    They think they know it all b/c they stay in their own enclaves and don't get out to talk to AA voters in PG county etc and especially don't listen to black talk radio. They just go by the assumption that saying Bush and/or Republicans are evil while marginalizing AAs here in Maryland is going to continue to work. Like Cardin, they think they can just avoid the issue and it will all go away.

    Personally, I don't think that the strategy is going to work very well. But hey what do we know right?

  • comment on a post MD Senate: 44% Dem Blacks To Vote Republican over 7 years ago

    I don't think most of the people in the blogosphere realize that there will be no winners after Maryland's primary on Sept 12th. There are a LOT of African-Americans in Maryland that are really fed up with the Democratic party, especially younger African-Americans. Due to the demographics of the blogosphere, which is overwhelmingly white, I don't think that most here realize the extent that African-Americans here in Maryland feel marginalized by the Maryland Democratic white boy's club headed by my Congressman Steny Hoyer. I think if Cardin wins the primary, it's going to leave a bad taste to many African Americans in Maryland.

    Actually, I think that's the point of Steele's candidacy first as Lt Governor and now as the Republican Senate nominee. I don't believe that even he believes that he has a chance of winning. But he can play spoiler and drive wedges within the Democratic party in the long term. Karl Rove's strategy is to get enough African Americans disaffected from the Democratic party so that Republicans have a better chance of making gains in the state. Karl Rove and the Republican party must have sensed the divisions within the Maryland Democratic ranks as early as 2001-2002 and that's why they put up Michael Steele as Lt. Governor. People seem to think that the problems that African Americans have had with the Maryland Democratic party just started with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's selection of Republican as her Lt Gov rather than an African American Democratic politician. Dissatisfaction doesn't happen in a vacuum. It just bubbles up over years and years.

    I'm not saying that African Americans are going to vote for Republicans suddenly. Rather, I think in the future esp if Cardin wins, African Americans aren't going to show up to vote on election day at all--maybe not in 2006 with the hatred of Bush. I'm talking about 2008, 2010 etc, when Bush isn't on the ballot. At the same time if Republicans put up a moderate that can appeal to conservative and moderate Democrats while African American turnout is low, Republicans can win many seats in this state. Remember, Karl Rove thinks long term and this is long term strategy to turn Maryland from blue to red!!!

    It's not going to be good enough for Democrats to talk about how evil Republicans are to attract African American voters in the future--at least not here in Maryland!! If the Democratic white boy's club continues to take black voters in Maryland for granted, they shouldn't be surprised if their phone calls aren't returned by AA leaders or their GOTV efforts in Baltimore and PG counties start to lag.

    BTW appointing Anthony Brown as Lt. Governor on the same slate as Martin O'Malley especially after the Republicans have already filled the post with Steele won't satisfy many AAs. That's why I think my Congressman Steny Hoyer decided to endorse Stu Simms for Attorney General this past week. I can just see Steny Hoyer now thinking if we can just put in Simms for Attorney General maybe that'll stem the time of AA discontent against the Maryland Democratic party? We'll see!! I doubt it though!!

    God help the future of the Maryland Democratic party if both Stu Simms and Mfume lose the Sept 12th primary. I don't think most of you guys listen to black talk radio but there a LOT of AA, especially younger AA who don't believe that the Democratic white boys' club don't do enough to support AA in statewide races and failure of both those candidates will support their feelings of marginalization....

    Just saying....

  • comment on a post Mfume: What's not to love? Part II over 7 years ago

    Thanks for writing these series of articles about Mfume as well as providing the link/article from Rollcall. I just recently got on the Mfume bandwagon. I really like the narrative of his story and I think his background will be a great inspiration to those who have similiar backgrounds as he. He's a living example that the United States is the land of second chances. The US is unique b/c it allows people to reinvent themselves. Just a wonderful story!!

    It's good to hear that Mfume is now appearing at more fundraisers. I wish that he did more of that a little earlier, but in the end, I don't think it will matter too much. I think he's going to rely on free publicity from black radio and GOTV through word of mouth from his supporters. When he's up against Steele, I think the race will get a lot of media attention b/c you'll have 2 serious AA candidates running against each other. Well, Steele is a more "serious" candidate than Alan Keyes who ran against Obama in the 2004 Illinois race.

    All the best to Mfume and please continue writing this series!! I appreciate it very much!!

  • I think I had the hardest time figuring out the dilution of vote analysis.

    When my class began talking about Thornburg v Gingles, I just became so confused. Then the 90s came along and the whole analysis went way over my head!!

    Again thanks for taking the time to give me a quick overview of section 2 and section 5.

    I'm going to get your book today.  Your postings here have really garnered my interest about the book!!

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