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Raising the Minimum Wage: Not the Answer

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 19th, 2014 9:57 AM |

Raising the minimum wage is another hot button issue that will serve to incite strong reactions on both ends of the political spectrum, but fails to address core structural issues in our nation.

Who is not supportive of helping people rise out of poverty and try to earn a reasonable wage?

While some political pundits might like to rewrite basic economic principles, ultimately a raising of the minimum wage serves to re-slice our nation’s economic pie rather than grow it. Some individuals will benefit by earning more, but others in the same economic strata will suffer by losing their jobs altogether. (more…)

Who’s Puttin’ Who in Chains?

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 4th, 2012 9:04 AM |

America recently suffered the indignity of a high profile politician in Washington engaging in race baiting by bellowing to a largely African American audience that a rival political party would “put y’all back in chains.” I have no interest in wasting readers’ time by even dignifying those remarks.

I do have very real interest in drawing attention to two recent releases that address what I believe is the most critical issue of the day in the hope that NOBODY in our nation feels chained.

I will allow readers to draw their own conclusion as to whether one political party or another is engaged in putting people “in chains”. Let’s navigate and review two distinct releases addressing the issue of secondary education. (more…)

Rev. James Meeks Takes on the New Slave Masters

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 23rd, 2010 8:38 AM |

Rev. James Meeks

“We don’t have slave masters,” he said. “We got mayors. But they still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able . . . to be educated.”

That is some statement.

Who expressed such strong and incendiary outrage? The Reverend James Meeks, founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, the largest African-American church in Illinois.

In my opinion, Meeks did not look to score pure political points in launching into the mayors of our nation. To a very large extent, Meeks is taking on the Democratic Party establishment which has embraced the African-American community and championed their fight. Then why is Meeks railing on the mayors? (more…)

The Case for Student Vouchers

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 8th, 2010 2:00 PM |

Who would not make an investment that can generate a 20% better return at half the overall cost? The appeal of this investment is that it pays increasing dividends in the future. Are you interested? You should be because your tax dollars are being spent at an ever increasing rate to fund a lower returning investment at a higher cost, without the benefits of future dividends but the reality of higher social costs.

I am referring to my major interest in the use of student vouchers for the funding of secondary education. Time and again I come across stories of urban families who are desperate to get their children well educated in hopes of moving on to a better life. These hopes are evidenced by the overwhelming demand for admission to a charter school or access to a student voucher.

Regrettably, the teachers’ unions in our country maintain a stranglehold on the futures of many of our urban youth. How so? The unions’ support for the Democratic Party comes with the price tag of limiting both charter schools and the use of vouchers. What a shame! (more…)

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