Daily Archives: September 21, 2009

Obama Tells Letterman: I Was Black Before the Election

President Obama and Dave Letterman

President Obama and Dave Letterman

CBS—Addressing suggestions that recent criticism of his health care reform efforts has been grounded in racism, President Obama this afternoon quipped, “I think it’s important to realize that I was actually black before the election.”

The comment, which the president made in an afternoon taping of CBS’ “The Late Show,” promoted laughter from the audenice and this response from host David Letterman: “How long have you been a black man?”

Mr. Obama said the notion that racism is playing a role in the criticism, which has been voiced by former President Jimmy Carter and others, is countered in part by the fact that he was elected in the first place – which, he said, “tells you a lot about where the country’s at.”

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Rhode Island Hispanic GOP Assemblyman Quits Party Due to Embarrassment Over Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ Shout

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Ivan Marte, the ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly

Ivan Marte, the ex-chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly

I’ve been asking for a couple of months now, when someoneanyone in the Republican leadership was going to stand up to the crazy elements in their party?

Ding, ding, ding… We have a winner. 🙂

I’m proud to introduce you to Ivan G. Marte, the Chairman of the Rhode Island Republican Hispanic Assembly, and member of the Republican Central Committee. He has resigned his post over what he sees happening in the Republican party. For Marte, the Joe Wilson ‘you lie‘ shout heard around the world, was the last straw.

In a phone interview with Think Progress’ Faiz Shakir,
Marte said:

“I do not want to continue being a member of a party in which the members of the party express themselves in that way,” said Marte, 59, of Cranston. In a phone interview, he called Wilson’s behavior “shameful” and “uncivilized.”

In a resignation letter to GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione, Marte touches upon several important points.

On the morality of tolerance:

Endurance, tolerance and courage must be part of our daily life, there are others virtues to be considered to fulfill some of our daily task and responsibilities to our family, our neighbors and our community but when those duties are to be accomplish through a political machinery with an uneven and inequality system fill with peoples lacking the basic understanding of human values, seduced by power, money and an illusion of glory and fame than those duties are to be attended through others venues.

On being underutilized and marginalized:

I would also like to point out that during my tenure of my position I came to realized that I was underutilized and marginalized by the same peoples that we help reached public office through our support, commitment and hard work.

On the Republican party needing to unify and not divide our country:

I do hope that my resignation served as a sign, that the Republican Party in this Nation need to reevaluate their position in a Society that it strength and sovereignty depend on the unification of our peoples and not the division that we had build and that we should concentrate our efforts on our similarity and not on our differences.

On learning an important lesson from our Armed Forces:

That we out to follow the lesson that our Armed Forces has learned while defending our Freedom, our Democracy and our way of life through forces made out of an array of soldiers from every corner of the world who like any American swore to defend our Nation with the same commitment as our fore father before them.

On the GOP adjusting to the 21st century:

We must prepared our peoples to adjust and adapt to our current time, that our survivorship will be in the hands of the very same peoples whom at one time or another we found it hard to deal with it because of Color, Religion, Race, Ethnic or National Origin; for our children will be a witness to this.

In resigning, Matre has made the GOP tent a little bit smaller today….but if Republicans continue to alienate voters with litmus tests, I’m sure it will be even smaller tomorrow….

Read his full resignation letter.

44 Diaries Political Courage AwardDue to Mr. Matre’s courageous country-before-party actions today, he is the recipient of the 44D’s Political Courage Award.

Congratulations Mr. Matre!

This prestigious award is available to all of our elected officials who are willing to do the right thing for our country, instead of the right thing for their political careers.

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Victory! “Debtor’s Revolt” – Ann Minch Triumphs In Credit Card Fight Via Youtube

Ann Minch

Ann Minch

HuffingtonPost/Arthur Delaney—Two weeks ago, Ann Minch of Red Bluff, Calif. announced in a YouTube video that she’d launched a one-woman “Debtors’ Revolt” and would refuse to pay off her credit card balance after an unfair interest-rate hike. Now, after her video made a huge splash, Bank of America has agreed to reduce her rate.

Minch said in a video posted Saturday that a Bank of America executive contacted her on Friday.

“He asked me to talk a little about my personal financial situation so we can negotiate some kind of agreement in regard to my existing credit card account,” she said. The executive “tried to get me to agree to 16.99 percent and I said, ‘No, nope, I believe because you guys are getting your money from the Fed at zero percent interest… that 12.99 percent is a more than generous profit margin for you guys.’ So he did finally agree to that and he also agreed to send me that in writing.”

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Watch Ms. Minch talk about her victory…

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Senate, House Health-Care Legislation: Side-by-Side Comparison

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has approved a measure, while the finance committee this week will begin debate on a draft released by Montana Senator Max Baucus, the panel’s chairman. In the House of Representatives, the ways and means, education and labor, and energy and commerce panels have passed legislation.
If measures pass both chambers, the House and Senate would work together to fashion a compromise for another round of votes. The final legislation would go to Obama to be signed into law. Both Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress say they want the bill signed into law by the end of this year.

The following outlines some of the biggest similarities and differences in those plans:

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Tavis Smiley Named In Racial Wells Fargo Loan Scheme

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Tavis Smiley @ State Of The Black Union.  Check out the logos behind Tavis.

Tavis Smiley @ State Of The Black Union. Check out the logos behind Tavis.

The Root/The Buzz—Uh oh.

A suit filed by the attorney general of Illinois claims Tavis Smiley and others were used to okey doke folks into high-risk Wells Fargo loans. From the Washington Independent:

As the housing market began booming in mid-2000, Wells Fargo & Co. teamed up with prominent African American commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and financial author Kelvin Boston, the host of “Moneywise,” a multicultural financial affairs show, to host something called “Wealth Building” seminars in black neighborhoods.

Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw, according to Boston and Keith Corbett, executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, who attended two of the seminars. Smiley would charge up the audience — and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance — by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere. After Hurricane Katrina, Smiley also emphasized the importance of building assets and wealth, saying those who had done so were able to leave New Orleans, while people with nothing had to stay behind, Boston said.

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You can also read a piece @ Jack and Jill Politics by The Christian Progressive Liberal entitled The “Outing” of Tavis Smiley

***Update: Prominent author, commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley has announced that he’s cutting all business ties to Wells Fargo & Co. The move comes in the wake of a TWI story last week about Wells Fargo “Wealth Building” seminars held in black neighborhoods starting in 2005, headlined by Smiley, which a recent lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general charged were nothing more than sales pitches for high-rate subprime loans.

Richard Prince reported Friday in his “Journal-isms” column that Smiley said he would sever all ties with Wells Fargo until charges that the company steered minorities into higher-rate loans are resolved.

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