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September 21, 1995
HOUSE REPUBLICANS intent on dismantling Great Society legislation have chosen Medicaid as their latest target. They propose to save $182 billion over seven years -- one of the key elements in their drive to balance the budget -- by capping the federal costs of the huge program, turning most of its administration over to individual states and canceling the concept that the poor, the disabled and elderly who cannot afford Medicare premiums are entitled to...
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February 26, 2014
It was amusing to read Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's letter Sunday demonizing Republican criticism of Democratic mayors ( "Mayor: GOP offers criticisms, Democrats offer solutions," Feb. 24). Virtually every city, including Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and the District of Columbia, has been run by Democratic politicians. These same politicians have destroyed the African-American community, housing, the work ethic and the infrastructure. Just drive around Baltimore for a couple of hours.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 7, 2013
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. " - Thomas Jefferson My recent column on the challenges associated with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program elicited numerous and very personal stories from readers about how individual (disabled) recipients depended on the program for daily maintenance. And, many asked, how dare I (and others of my ilk) question such a vital program?
NEWS
September 24, 2013
Sun cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher should be banned. The guy is a raving communist who would impose his opinion roughshod on everyone ("The GOP plan to attack poverty," Sept. 22). A 5 percent cut in any program is usually something that is manageable. But not according to Mr. Kallaugher. It's only the Republicans who have to destroy the living quarters of the poor and kill them with a great fall by changing the food stamp program. This paper is not fair to poor or rich. Pastors all over Baltimore preach love to our neighbors and urge us to help one another, while The Sun actively assists Mr. Kallaugher to preach greed, envy and covetousness.
NEWS
December 16, 2010
In response to the federal judge's ruling that the individual mandate in the president's health care reform act is unconstitutional, I ask, are Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional? I am forced to pay in as a participant. What's the difference with a mandate to buy health insurance? From the New Deal to the present, America has been a society that looks after those in need. It may be far from perfect in that we are forced to share with some who may not deserve such largesse, but it is a great society.
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | May 6, 1992
WASHINGTON -- It sure didn't take long for the White House to stake out the political terms on which it plans to deal with the Rodney King case and the ensuing Los Angeles riots. It was all Lyndon Johnson's fault.White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater's bid to retire the Chutzpah Cup was a beaut: "We believe that many of the root problems that have resulted in inner-city difficulties were started in the '60s and '70s, and that they have failed." When asked repeatedly for examples, Fitzwater replied: "I don't have a list with me."
NEWS
January 16, 1995
On August 20, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act committing the nation to the most ambitious assault on poverty since the New Deal a quarter century earlier. It was the beginning of what would become the "war on poverty," and Johnson was fully conscious of the enormity of the task that lay ahead."This program," he said, "is much more than a beginning. It is a total commitment by the president, this Congress and this nation to pursue victory over the most ancient of mankind's enemies.
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By Gregg Primo Ventello | January 20, 2005
TO THE DISMAY of nearly half of American voters, President Bush will be inaugurated today. No doubt, George W. Bush won the election "fair and square," as Bill Clinton put it. But many liberals are lighting votive candles and saying a prayer in private -- and not only because they believe that religion should be kept personal rather than made public. Liberals will be commiserating in private because they have been driven into the closet. For some time, people have been slinging the word liberal around, silencing discussion with all the finality of a gunshot.
NEWS
September 24, 2013
Sun cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher should be banned. The guy is a raving communist who would impose his opinion roughshod on everyone ("The GOP plan to attack poverty," Sept. 22). A 5 percent cut in any program is usually something that is manageable. But not according to Mr. Kallaugher. It's only the Republicans who have to destroy the living quarters of the poor and kill them with a great fall by changing the food stamp program. This paper is not fair to poor or rich. Pastors all over Baltimore preach love to our neighbors and urge us to help one another, while The Sun actively assists Mr. Kallaugher to preach greed, envy and covetousness.
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By WILEY A. HALL | January 19, 1995
The three-part PBS documentary that concluded last night, "America's War On Poverty," raises interesting questions for the city. Baltimore just became one of six urban areas to receive a $100 million cash grant from the federal government to revitalize deteriorating neighborhoods. That money and an additional $225 million in tax credits for local businesses are supposed to trigger another $800 million in city, state and private funds.Although city officials are careful not to say so, this new effort is very reminiscent of the anti-poverty effort that grew out of President Lyndon Johnson's vision of a Great Society.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | April 7, 2013
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. " - Thomas Jefferson My recent column on the challenges associated with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program elicited numerous and very personal stories from readers about how individual (disabled) recipients depended on the program for daily maintenance. And, many asked, how dare I (and others of my ilk) question such a vital program?
NEWS
August 25, 2011
Ever since I read the recent commentary by Ron Shapiro ("Learn to negotiate," Aug 17), I've been torn on how to respond. I wondered how can I voice my 180-degree disagreement with the entire article written by someone I know and respect. The answer came to me Saturday night at the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Aberdeen Proving Ground, of all places and times. Mr. Shapiro suggested compromise regarding the financial situation in the U.S. He suggested that both sides should give and get a little of what they want.
NEWS
March 6, 2011
More than anything else, the debacle regarding Westboro Baptist proves how once-powerless people can steer the media to convey their message. Through the prism of modern media we share both very enriching, positive story lines (the Chilean miners) and negative, satanic campaigns (Westboro Baptist Church). While we may detest the way some choose to manipulate media to spread their messages to the masses, we still hold freedom of speech to be one of the most fundamental and necessary building blocks of our great society.
NEWS
December 16, 2010
In response to the federal judge's ruling that the individual mandate in the president's health care reform act is unconstitutional, I ask, are Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional? I am forced to pay in as a participant. What's the difference with a mandate to buy health insurance? From the New Deal to the present, America has been a society that looks after those in need. It may be far from perfect in that we are forced to share with some who may not deserve such largesse, but it is a great society.
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By Jeff Nelligan | November 28, 2010
Listen to the torrent of expected turmoil from the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives: the huge political battles ahead, the hand-to-hand combat with President Barack Obama, the legislative Armageddon. Yeah, agenda this, policy that. But I'll tell you where the real turmoil begins. It's in the mechanics: the transfer of real estate from the erstwhile majority to the now-ascendant minority, the shift in operations, the scramble for office space, the control of committee rooms — and the menu in the Longworth cafeteria.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 4, 2007
One month and 1,400 e-mails later, here is a progress report on What Works. That's a series of columns I started in January in which I asked folks to tell me, in 250 words or less, about programs in their communities that have shown success in improving the lives of black children in five specific areas: self-esteem, violence prevention, education, fatherlessness and poverty. And then came the deluge. So far, I've read through about 400 of your 1,400 e-mails. Let me share some impressions: 1. There are some rather ... visionary thinkers out there.
NEWS
March 6, 2011
More than anything else, the debacle regarding Westboro Baptist proves how once-powerless people can steer the media to convey their message. Through the prism of modern media we share both very enriching, positive story lines (the Chilean miners) and negative, satanic campaigns (Westboro Baptist Church). While we may detest the way some choose to manipulate media to spread their messages to the masses, we still hold freedom of speech to be one of the most fundamental and necessary building blocks of our great society.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
It was amusing to read Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's letter Sunday demonizing Republican criticism of Democratic mayors ( "Mayor: GOP offers criticisms, Democrats offer solutions," Feb. 24). Virtually every city, including Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and the District of Columbia, has been run by Democratic politicians. These same politicians have destroyed the African-American community, housing, the work ethic and the infrastructure. Just drive around Baltimore for a couple of hours.
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By DAN RODRICKS | January 18, 2007
Martin O'Malley gave a very ordinary inaugural address yesterday, but it was blessedly short, and that counts for something. It was the coldest day of the year, and I'm sure everyone assembled in front of the State House sighed when the new governor ended his rap at about 1,400 words, with 206 of them devoted to thank-yous. Still, in every important speech, there should be at least one memorable line. This had none. My eyes started to glaze at the part about George Washington resigning his command.
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By Gregg Primo Ventello | January 20, 2005
TO THE DISMAY of nearly half of American voters, President Bush will be inaugurated today. No doubt, George W. Bush won the election "fair and square," as Bill Clinton put it. But many liberals are lighting votive candles and saying a prayer in private -- and not only because they believe that religion should be kept personal rather than made public. Liberals will be commiserating in private because they have been driven into the closet. For some time, people have been slinging the word liberal around, silencing discussion with all the finality of a gunshot.
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