Rep. Paul Ryan Defends Comments On ‘Lazy Inner City Men,’ AKA Black Men

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Rep. Paul Ryan Defends Comments On ‘Lazy Inner City Men,’ AKA Black Men (Attribution Unkown)

Eddie Munster look-alike, Rep. Paul Ryan is defending racist comments he made about inner city men — ahem, black men. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair and one-half of a failed Republican presidential ticket, is trying to brand himself as an anti-poverty crusader. He went on Bill Bennett’s radio show and talked about his ongoing desire to address poverty by slamming most of the existing anti-poverty programs in America. He claimed that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” who are “not even thinking about working.” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) read Ryan the riot act:

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, fired back at House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for claiming that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” who are “not even thinking about working.” His comments “are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”

“As someone who sits on the Budget Committee with Mr. Ryan, I know that his assertions about the racial dynamics of poverty are not only statistically inaccurate, but deeply offensive,” she said. “Instead of demonizing ‘culture,’ and blaming black men for their poverty, Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America. His uninformed policy proposals continue to increase poverty, not solve it. My colleague is demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge and understanding of the issues in urban and black communities.” Source: Think Progress

Rep. Paul Ryan claims the comments had nothing whatsoever to do with race? Really? Can’t recall seeing many white men in the inner cities of America. Just black and Hispanic men. The fact is Rep. Ryan wants us to believe that the blame for America’s persistently high poverty is due to the moral and cultural failings of poor people.  But not just any poor people, I might add. The ones that live in the inner cities of America are the cause of America’s poverty.

So, let me get this straight — the people who are most often the victims of economic inequality are responsible for the racial and economic inequality in America? The fact is a Princeton University study found that it is much easier for a white felon to get a job than a black felon. I would love to hear Paul Ryan’s explanation as to how the “real culture problem” we are currently experiencing is that “generations of men” in the inner city don’t “value the culture of work.”

Rep. Ryan’s comments are a disgrace, but we have come to expect this kind of inflammatory rhetoric from elements in the Republican Party, who claim they really want minority outreach. In reality, we know they don’t. He issued a statement saying that his comments were “inarticulate” and he called Rep. Lee. Right. Um, this sounds as “inarticulate” as his claims about climbing 40 fourteeners in Colorado.

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Head of Congressional Black Caucus Tells Members to Stay Quiet on Syria

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Head of Congressional Black Caucus Tells Members to Stay Quiet on Syria

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, reportedly sent members an email asking them to stay largely silent on Syria until lawmakers receive more information about President Obama’s plans for missile strikes, The Hill reports.

Fudge spokeswoman Ayofemi Kirby told The Hill she asked members “to limit public comment on the issue.” She also said, “The chair believes Congress and the American public need more information, and she awaits more briefings between now and early next week before commenting further. ”

Why can’t black lawmakers stand on principle and not on having President Obama’s ‘back’ on this matter? The majority of Americans are war-weary. That includes a lot of black Americans.

Congressional Caucus Drafts Racial Profiling Bill in Aftermath of George Zimmerman Verdict

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Congressional Caucus Drafts Racial Profiling Bill in Aftermath of George Zimmerman Verdict (Photo credit: BET)

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has readied bills that will address racial profiling, stand your ground laws and non-violent training for neighborhood watch volunteers in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict for the death of Trayvon Martin.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an icon of the civil rights era, said the decision “seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any avenue of self-defense.”

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), head of the CBC, decried “the presumption of guilt so often associated with people of color.”

But CBC members said they strongly believed that race was a motivating factor in the incident in arguing for the racial profiling law.

“George Zimmerman targeted Trayvon Martin as a potential criminal because Trayvon Martin is black,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC Monday.

“Anyone who denies that racism isn’t alive today, particularly in the so-called justice system, is exceedingly delusional,” said Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), who wore a hoodie on the House floor last year in a demonstration.

“This verdict points to the reality that there are far too many walking America’s streets wearing a hoodie, carrying snacks and soft drink, which can result in a ‘death sentence’ particularly if they are young, black and male.” [The Hill]

Black Democratic Reps. David Scott, Sanford Bishop Jr., Bennie Thompson Hold-Outs on Marriage Equality

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Black Democratic Reps. David Scott, Sanford Bishop Jr., Bennie Thompson [pictured] Hold-Outs on Marriage Equality. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are black and gay, you should know that there are three Congressional Black Caucus members who are hold-outs on marriage equality:  Rep. David Scott (D-GA), Sanford Bishop Jr. (D-GA) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS).

All three voted in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, as well as a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2004 and 2006. They are the last of the black Democrats to oppose same sex marriage rights. This comes as Rep. Kay Hagan (D-NC) became the latest lawmaker to back marriage equality.

Even Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts opined that gays and lesbians are powerful politically.

 Black Democratic Reps. David Scott, Sanford Bishop Jr., Bennie Thompson Hold Outs on Marriage Equality

House Ethics Committee Votes to Proceed with Ethics Case Against CBC Member Maxine Waters

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House Ethics Committee Votes to Proceed with Ethics Case Against CBC Member Maxine Waters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BREAKING NEWS:  The House Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to allow the ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) to proceed. The decision come after an outside counsel investigated the committee’s handling of the case.  The case alleges Maxine Waters had a financial conflict of interest involving her husband’s holdings in a bank that she later helped during the 2008 financial crisis.

 House Ethics Committee Votes to Proceed with Ethics Case Against CBC Member Maxine Waters

Rep. Allen West Slams Obama on Same Sex-Marriage Stance While He Ignores Black Community

REP. ALLEN WEST SLAMS OBAMA:  I don’t agree with Rep. Allen West (R-FL) on anything but I do agree that President Obama has largely ignored the plight of the black community, in much the same way as the Republicans. West slams Obama in a letter to his constituents  for his stance on gay marriage, saying his endorsement was “politically motivated” and characterizing it as the “latest absurdity.”  Um, that was my position the moment Vice President Joe Biden uttered his support on “Meet the Press” and then Education Secretary Arne Duncan followed suit. Sorry, but I believe they were setting the stage for President Obama to deflect from the real issues facing most Americans to dealing with gay marriage.

The issue on the top of my mind as I write this, is the position reversal of President Barack Obama on gay marriage. There is no doubt in my mind that this was a political move by the President because it bodes well for him to shift the conversation away from the economy.  It worked. In the last 72-hour news cycle we have heard very little about debt, deficit, failed stimulus, horrific healthcare law, or Dodd-Frank banking regulations. When economic policies are failing, the issues are deflected to those topics that separate us as Americans: socioeconomic, gender, racial, and now sexuality.
America does not agree with the President on this issue. This is evidenced by the fact that 41 states have laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman.  North Carolina, just last week, passed a ballot initiative affirming marriage between one man and one woman, with an overwhelming 69 percent. Even the African-American community, which tends to overhwhelmingly support the President on most issues, is not in support of his comments on gay marriage.  In 2008, when droves of first-time African-American voters came to the polls, two gay marriage initiatives were on the ballot in both California and Florida. They both failed. Many people do not recognize the black community is extremely socially conservative.  The President’s reversal of position on gay marriage will be a topic in black churches on Sundays for months to come.  This issue could be significant in turning many African-American voters away from President Obama.
What the President should be addressing, not just to the black community, but to all Americans, is the crisis of unemployment, which is actually 14.5 percent when you take into account the unemployed, underemployed, those who are distressed and disenfranchised, and therefore are not counted. Unemployment in the black community is also unacceptable at 13 percent overall and more than 20 percent for black adult males.  Source
I would also add, that I am very surprised that the Congressional Black Caucus has been largely quiet on President Obama’s endorsement. The only members we have heard from thus far are James Clyburn (D-SC) and John Lewis (D-GA).  Clyburn is calling for the federal government to get involved in making gay marriage the law of the land and not a state issue. We know why these two men have Obama’s back — they owe him. The same holds true for Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson (who is trying to get back in Obama’s good graces after being caught on an open mic saying he would like to cut his “nuts off”). Allen West is playing politics as well. How come he hasn’t put forth any proposals to help the black community?

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Wife Dianne Cleaver Sued by Bank of America for $1.5 Million Loan

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Wife Sued by Bank of America for $1.5 Million Loan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DEADBEAT CONGRESSMAN:  Bank of America has sued Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and is seeking repayment of $1.5 million from the congressman, his wife, Dianne Cleaver, and The Cleaver Company, for a 20 year loan that was originated in 2002 at a 6.25% interest rate for his car wash in Grandview. Small Business Administration officials said the agency had guaranteed roughly 75 percent of the 2002 Bank of America loan to the firm that owns the business. Cleaver, who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, reportedly received three forbearances over the 10 year period. If this isn’t a disgrace, then I don’t know what else is. Another unscrupulous politician. CLICK HERE to read the Bank of America lawsuit document.

The Kansas City Star reports:

The bank that loaned the Kansas City congressman and his wife $1.3 million in 2002 to buy the Grandview Auto Wash at 12204 Blue Ridge Extension is now demanding payment of more than $1.5 million, after the Cleavers repeatedly fell behind on repaying the loan.

The suit, filed last week in Jackson County Circuit Court, said the demand for repayment came after three attempts to delay foreclosure. Bank of America also is seeking attorney’s fees and a receiver to protect collateral.

“The Cleaver Company failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse, to pay the outstanding obligations due and owing … under the note and other loan documents,” the lawsuit said.

In an email statement, Cleaver said, “This is a business dispute. The business has been run by an outside manager for years.” He said because it was a legal matter, he would have no further comment.

According to court documents, the outstanding principal totals $1.2 million with interest totaling $240,545 as of March 6. Late fees have reached $54,587. Both Cleavers had personally guaranteed the debts, according to the suit.

The loan was originally part of a Small Business Administration program. It was not clear Thursday how much money, if any, taxpayers will have to provide if the loan defaults.

Oh what a tangled mess we weave when we lie, cheat and deceive….Emanuel Cleaver’s opponent for his district, Jacob Turk, slammed the congressman on his Facebook Page (h/t Nice Deb):

“I am saddened anytime a business fails, because I know from my experience how hard they are to own. But for Emanuel Cleaver to borrow $1.3 million from a lender, backed by a guarantee from U.S. taxpayers, and fail to pay that debt is unconscionable. How much of this money did Cleaver or his wife personally receive?
Cleaver voted on September 23, 2010 for H.R. 5297 which ‘increases the government guarantees on SBA 7(a) loans from 75 percent to 90 percent’. Are we to pay 90% of Cleaver’s bad loan debt?”

It’s pretty shameful because taxpayers like you and I could be left holding the bag for Emanuel Cleaver’s bad loan. The reality is that Cleaver isn’t the first politician to take advantage of their position as an elected official.

 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D MO), Wife Dianne Cleaver Sued by Bank of America for $1.5 Million Loan

Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) to Introduce Official Resolution for House Vote to Honor Whitney Houston

As much as Whitney Houston made a tremendous contribution to the music world, does she really deserve to have a resolution brought to the House floor? Sheila Jackson-Lee tried that when Michael Jackson died and was shot down because of his history of prescription drug abuse and addiction. I know I will get some flak for saying this, but whether you are black, white, Latino, Asian, or whatever, if you abused drugs, including prescription drugs, that led to your death, we don’t need to honor you with a resolution.

The Congressional Black Caucus will honor Whitney Houston with a resolution that will be sent to her family, in time for her funeral, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), said. This resolution won’t make it to the House floor for a vote, but will be signed only by the members of the CBC, per the family’s request and will be read during the funeral service.

Here’s the hitch:  Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) plans to introduce an official resolution that would be submitted for a House vote. That’s going to go down in smoke like Sheila Jackson-Lee’s resolution. We don’t need the distraction in Congress of a resolution that will go nowhere. Whitney Houston made her mark and no-one can dispute that but to honor her with an official resolution could be problematic if her death was the result of a drug overdose.

Mia Love, Black Conservative Star Rising in Utah Republican Politics, Running for 4th Congressional Seat

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Mia Love, Black Conservative Star Rising in Utah Republican Politics, Running for 4th Congressional District seat

There’s a rising star in conservative Utah politics and she is black — Ludmya “Mia” Love. Mia Love is the American-born daughter of Haitian immigrants, a mother of three, a wife and the current mayor of Sarotoga Springs, Utah.  She has her sights set on running for the newly created 4th Congressional district:

Being a conservative African-American woman sets Love, 36, apart from the other challengers. “I’m always saying in Washington if you can’t blend in, you might as well stand out,” she said.

But she said that’s not what will get her elected. Rather, Love says, it’s her budget-cutting experience as mayor and focus on limited government and family values that will resonate with voters.

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She has a concealed carry permit and often packs a gun. Her husband introduced her to shooting on their first date. His first gift to her was a rifle. Source

If elected, Mia Love would become the first black female Republican member of Congress, and she plans to join the Congressional Black Caucus:

“Yes, yes. I would join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside out,” she said….

“It’s demagoguery. They sit there and ignite emotions and ignite racism when there isn’t,” Love said. “They use their positions to instill fear. Hope and change is turned into fear and blame. Fear that everybody is going lose everything and blaming Congress for everything instead of taking responsibility.”

Love said she would also take apart the departments of education and energy. She also believes states should take back those duties along with healthcare as well. We’ll be watching Mia Love as she inches closer to her goal of becoming the first black Congresswoman from Utah. Is this another Mama Grizzly? If so, Sarah Palin’s endorsement should be forthcoming. Either way, we like what Mia Love is saying so far and we wish her all the best.

Here is the link to Mia Love’s main site:  Love4Utah

(H/T to Legal Insurrection)

Congressional Black Caucus Members Under Fire by Challengers for Being “too Harsh” With President Obama

Reps. John Conyers & Jesse Jackson Jr., Congressional Black Caucus members under fire for being “too harsh” with President Barack Obama.

Congressional Black Caucus members under fire for being “too harsh” with President Barack Obama, specifically Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.   You will recall the CBC criticized Obama for reaching an agreement with Republicans to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and his inability to stem the high unemployment rates in the black community.

Michigan black state senator Bert Johnson slammed Conyers, who is challenging the long-time congressman saying, “While I wish the final contents of this bill were different, turning our ire on our president, as Rep. John Conyers and a handful of his colleagues unfortunately have done, is the wrong thing to do.” He added that “we should not pull the rug out from underneath the president when he needs our solidarity the most.”

“Trying to chop off the head of the president is a very destructive thing that divides us,” he told POLITICO. “I just think it’s been a very heavy hand some members have had toward the president, and I don’t think it’s been productive.”

Rep. Jackson Jr.’s opponent, Debbie Halvorson has also leveled criticism against him for his stance on President Obama.

“There have been times when the congressman has spoken out against the president for not doing enough,” Halvorson told POLITICO. Voters, she said, “really should have a person who stands with this president, who in this district is loved and revered.”

I want President Obama to succeed, contrary to the Republican mindset, but I want him to show us that he’s the leader of the most powerful country in the world. He needs to take the reins and tell the Republicans he can go around them to get things done. His predecessors have done that with many things and he should too. He needs to stick to his guns on helping the middle class. Still, we can’t give him a pass just because he’s black. He should be held to the same standards as other presidents.