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Republican Deception
Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr. Aug-30-2012 1219 0


Republican politicians claim that they are going to succeed in completing the following tasks if they win back the White House:

• Reduce the federal debt
• Cut taxes
• Shrink the federal government
• Bring jobs back to America

Republican supporters across the nation rejoice in jubilee as if they have caught the Holy Spirit whenever they hear those four points. Now when I hear those four points common sense immediately kicks in. Those points contradict each other.

• Reduce the federal debt

The reason for the increase in the federal debt is simple. A reduction in tax revenue due to a few factors: George Bush tax cuts (The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003), The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, a war in Iraq based upon a lie and millions of Americans out of work. Anyone owing debt knows that a job loss or even a reduction in salary will cause you to either fall behind on the debt that you owe or incur more debt trying to stay current.

No matter how much you want to reduce your debt; that won’t happen without either an increase in income or drastic budget cuts. So which will the Republicans choose? Currently they are willing to cut everything that doesn’t matter. If they are really serious about reducing the debt they should reduce defensive spending and spending entitlement programs for senior citizens; however both areas are where they get the majority of their votes, so that won’t happen.

• Cut taxes

So with everything that has caused the federal debt to increase, is cutting taxes really a good idea? I have heard the Republican spill about how cutting taxes will spur economic growth. Maybe back in Ronald Reagan’s era (Reagan believed that deficits did not matter) when a tax cut would give a corporation the incentive to expand; but not in the age of the global economy.

The George W. Bush tax cuts are proof that tax cuts will no longer result in economic growth; hence the anemic jobless recovery during the George W Bush era. US corporations will add that tax cut to the bottom line and expand their operation in India or some other foreign country that has an emerging (cheap) work force. Plus, aren’t you trying to reduce the deficit? How are you going to reduce it by cutting tax revenue? You cannot pay off debt if you voluntarily reduce your income.

• Shrink the federal government

There are many federal employees that support the Republican Party. They clap and cheer whenever they here a Republican politician talk about shrinking the federal government. I wonder do they really understand what that means. Congress will not shrink and neither will their legion of aids and associates. So guess what it means? Yep those same supporters will be voting themselves out of a job. Shrinking the government means cutting jobs. Cutting jobs also reduces the amount of tax revenue that can be collected. That means a further reduction in the ability to pay down the federal debt.

• Bring jobs to Americans.

Now that is the most misleading of them all. The reality of things is that many of those jobs that left are not coming back. Why hire someone for American wages when you can pay someone in India considerably less without the overhead cost of benefits. You have a workforce sitting at home trusting you to bring their old job back without informing them that 21st Century jobs will require an overhaul in their skill set. And overhauling skill sets will require an investment in the people in the form of training. Republicans would consider that to be a socialist endeavor (the word socialist used by Republicans will be dedicated to a future article).

Yes the Republican Party is deceiving those that are willing to take their message at face value. While their message may sound good on the surface the results will be disastrous to America.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jesuorobo A. Enobakhare, Jr. You can send your comments to Jesuorobo at http://jesuorobo.blogspot.com/

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On yesterday social media went crazy after the video of Ray Rice was released. Within hours Rice was released from the Ravens. Don't think for one second that it was not as a result of the public outcry on social media. The Ravens and the NFL did not have a choice but to release Rice because they had been exposed. However, the saddening part about of all of this is that the powers to be proclaimed they had not seen the video until yesterday.

Why do we live in a society where there's always a cover-up? If we are going to be angry at the police chief in Ferguson, MO for trying to cover up for one of his officers who killed Michael Brown we should also be upset with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Coach John Harbaugh because it appears that they took part in a scheme to deceive the public and by tuning in to the games as usual we are saying it's okay to cover-up a crime. Sean Payton, head coach of the Saints, was forced to sit out a year because an alleged wrongdoing took place under his watch. In my opinion, the same needs to happen to the Roger Goodell and Coach Harbaugh because somehow I think they knew and if they did not know it's even worse because they allowed a poor investigation to support a two game suspension.

Let's look at the severity of what they did. Their actions in trying to protect the NFL brand send the wrong message to ladies who are victims of domestic abuse. What the message says is that you should protect the abuser if there's something to lose. In this case, it was football games and plenty of revenue for a major brand. Their actions could help persuade a victim of domestic abuse to participate in a press conference in order to save a star and risk her life. This was not the right thing to do because someone following that same example could end up dead.

Releasing and/or suspending Rice for the year was the proper thing to do months ago but there are additional suspensions that need to be handed down before we stop talking about this. Take a year off Mr. Commissioner and Coach Harbaugh because you dropped the ball on this one. Better yet, if you won't suspend yourselves, donate your salaries for the year to a charity that supports domestic violence victims if you are really serious about the mistake that was made.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.

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Daryl K. Washington Apr-28-2014 963 0
Sadly but real, it appears as though society feels you can treat a black person poorly by simply offering to give them something of value and everything is forgotten. This mindset has to go away otherwise racism and injustices will remain. Whenever I file a civil rights lawsuit the first question the media asks is how much money the family is asking for? My response is always very clear; the family wants JUSTICE and expects for the individual responsible for the act to be held responsible for his/her criminal acts.

On yesterday, 5-10 multimillionaires played a game of basketball despite being made aware that the owner they are earning millions for hates black people, especially black males. By not playing on yesterday they could have sent a major message out and forced the NBA to react immediately but they gave Donald Sterling and the NBA a way out. Let's face it, the Clippers are no candidate to win the NBA Championship this year so this was/is their opportunity to make a change but instead they are showing America that money and a championship is much more important than fighting blatant racism.

I have to admit that I'm truly disappointed in the Los Angeles Clippers. Professional athletes will stage a sit out when they feel they are not being paid enough money but they will continue to play for a racist owner who admitted to not want black people at the game and use the excuse that we are playing for a championship. Will we continue to turn our heads for money?

Many people criticized the football players at Grambling when they staged a protest last year. If those kids lost their scholarships they could probably not afford to attend college but they took the chance because they wanted to take a stand against what they consider poor playing conditions. They had the courage to do something that the Los Angeles Clippers, a group of multimillionaires, are not willing to do. What message are we sending to the World? You can tell millionaires you hate them but they will still work for you as long as they are being paid. Truly a lost opportunity. All money is not good money.

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Daryl K. Washington Apr-27-2014 988 0
Donald Sterling made comments about Black people that have started a lot of conversation. Many people, including myself, have said that it will place Coach Doc Rivers and the players in an awkward situation but after thinking about it, it will also place White people in an awkward position and here's my opinion why. During the Civil Rights movement there were White people on the front lines and there were many who did not agree with the poor treatment of Black people. They were instrumental in helping with the fight for equal treatment.

Fast forward to today. 95% of the fans at the Clippers games are not Black and the majority are White people. It would be a great show of support if the White fans were as insulted by Donald Sterling's comments as Black people are. The games will go on but wouldn't it be great if the White fans proved to the country that they don't support a racist owner. We know it will not happen but only until everyone voice their dislike of what was said will a true change ever be made.

Donald Sterling's views are shared by so many individuals who will allow our talented Black athletes to attend the large colleges because they earn millions of dollars for the schools but will fight tooth and nails to prevent a young Black kid who may have not scored well on a standardized test from attending.

College athletes are fighting to be paid but I think what should be added to their agenda is the equal treatment of their brothers and sisters who are being denied admission to the same universities they are earning millions of dollars for. The fight should not be for money but for equality. Let’s never allow someone to pay us to keep our views to ourselves. We still have a long way to go. We will never get there unless we ALL come together.

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Daryl K. Washington Feb-16-2014 1216 0
After the Michael Dunn verdict was read many voice their displeasure with the judicial system, rightfully so. However, the killing of our young black men is nothing new. Each time something bad happens we come together as a group for a month or so and then the energy dies down. When the Zimmerman verdict came back there were those who demanded that we stop supporting the state of Florida yet what happened to the follow-up to let us know how effective the efforts were? It reminds me of whenever someone dies. When we run into people we have not seen in years we all make a vow to do better and to make time for each other but after two or three months has past by we are all back to doing the same things.

As a country, we came together after 9/11 but soon thereafter the unity went away. There's so much happening in our communities. I thought the Zimmerman verdict would be our wake up call to do more but our young black men continue to be gunned down at a high rate by Men who don't look anything close to their fathers and most of them get away with it. Just in case you mention the black on black crime, remember that the killer normally ends up in prison.

Just recently, the grand jury failed to indict a North Carolina police officer for the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, a young black male, but after there was a public outcry about the injustice that took place he was eventually indicted. Right here in Dallas, Texas we have black men being killed by white police officers and in a great majority of the cases, the police officers are not indicted and judged by a jury of their peers. Instead, the victim is placed on trial and society has become conditioned to believe that it's okay to kill someone if they have a prior criminal record or considered a menace to society. Well, it's not and it's time that it stops.

We need to be proactive and make sure laws that don't benefit us are changed. I will continue to say this until I can't say this anymore; we have to get out and VOTE during the mid-term elections. We need to make sure the right people are elected and the wrong people are removed from office, irrespective of their race. If the same people are in office (local officials) yet we are having some of the same problems, it's time for change. Vote for someone who wants to make a change. Don't just vote based on race or political affiliation; that's what has gotten us to this point where we are today. We have to be proactive or the next Jordan Davis might be our brother, our son, our nephew, our father or our friend. Let's do it. Get involved or get out of the way!!!!!



Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.


















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Daryl K. Washington Nov-26-2013 1529 0
ARE WE DOING ENOUGH FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITIES?: I just finished talking to a mother who lost her son as a result of a police shooting. Hearing this mother talk about her son and how much he loved the holidays was simply heart wrenching. She went on to tell me that she's pleaded for help from our local politicians, pastors, leaders, etc. but no one wants to take her call, especially if the cameras are not rolling. To worsen matters, many of the leaders have put her son on trial and he's dead.

On last week they staged a protest in Dallas and sadly, 95% of the protestors were white. That made me wonder why do people make it in life and fail to reach back to help others? Why do people hear about injustices yet fail to say anything about it other than to say "that's sad!" During the 60's the leaders were individuals (black and white) who had college degrees, had bright futures ahead of them but they risk it all for us to be in the positions we are in today. The sad thing is that many of us believe it's all about us.

We must do more. We have to do more. We have to demand that our politicians and pastors step up to help us fight this battle. It truly takes a team effort. We must hold all of our community leaders accountable. When they ask for your vote, ask them to list ten things they did for the community in the last four years. Ask them how many times have they've attended a rally to show support to a grieving mother or father. We have serious issues and it takes all of us to stop this mess. I'm tired of seeing people who have never fought against a single injustice accept the Martin Luther King drum major for justice award. It's time for change.

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Daryl K. Washington Oct-25-2013 1764 0
I have not said much about this situation because I was hoping it would not get to this point. I will keep this very short because I hope the talks of going forward with a lawsuit is short lived.

For the record, I will say that I was not happy that things transpired the way they did but because it did needed attention was given to the inequities in financial support received by HBCU's. I was initially upset because the thought of canceling a college football game is unheard of. However, if what the players said is true, it's not just about football. If there's proper follow-up to what happened at Grambling, it could benefit all HBCU's and perhaps provide an example for college athletes to follow in their attempts to receive a share of the billion dollar revenue received from college sports.

I understand this may not make sense to everyone but Jackson State suing Grambling is like a Black Greek Letter Organization suing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because he failed to show up at a fundraiser because an emergency required him to be at a last minute boycott where individuals were seeking equal treatment that would have the potential of benefiting everyone. As much as Grambling has done to benefit the SWAC I'm surprised that Jackson State would consider such drastic means. As a graduate of Grambling State University and a former member of the football team, I feel it's about time that Grambling do what Texas A&M and other schools have done in the past few years; change conferences. There's nothing but upside to it.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.

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Daryl K. Washington Oct-19-2013 3588 0
I don't know all of the specifics and I most certainly will not respond to all of the comments, especially some of the racists comments I've read because if it continues I will personally make a National Call for all of the black athletes, especially the ones who attend the large institutions like LSU, Penn State, USC, etc., to stand in unity with the players at Grambling so that a true change can be made in college athletics. If you want to see changes made and need to bring attention to problems, you can learn from the athletes at Grambling. Let's see how many people will comment about this when their teams are not playing because the athletes are tired of not receiving a share of the billion dollars. The funniest thing I've read were the comments from some black people who did not attend a HBCU acting like it was not their problem but ours.

When Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis he was there to help the Black garbage collectors, not the Black Preachers. I'm glad he did not see it as their problems. Do we turn our backs on people just because it does not personally impact us? I personally wish things could have been handled differently but now that the ball is in motion, it's time for SOLUTIONS.

I will not let Grambling State University take all of the blame for this. First, we have to look at the leadership of the State of La. and what he has done. A lot of the problems start with him, although a lot of his supporters will beg to differ. Had he not played the politics and did what was in the best interest of the state of La., things may be different. Second, we have to look at the NCAA. For years the NCAA has turned its back to the cheating in recruiting because it does not want to penalize the large schools that help bring billions of dollars to the bottom line. Demand needs to be made to institute a revenue sharing program similar to what's in the NFL so that the small schools that play by the rules receive a share of the revenue made by the big schools who use an unfair advantage to recruit.

Finally, now that this problem has been brought to light, I hope some of the wealthy people in our country remember that but for Grambling and other HBCU's there would be no RG3, Russell Wilson, Michael Vick, Kap, etc. so start giving to the HBCU's. Let's not turn our backs on the HBCUs because you did not attend. Remember, if our President is not able to nominate one or two individuals to the Supreme Court before his term is up, Affirmative Action will be under attack and if some decisions are reversed, where will our kids go if there are no HBCUs? Will it be only our problems then? It's time to wake up.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.

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Daryl K. Washington Sep-19-2013 1311 0
I just read a story about a 26 year old man who was killed during a shootout with Durham Police officers only one day after writing a Facebook post in which he stated that he was giving up on life because he was unable to spend time with his son. In Tuesday's Facebook post, Derek Deandre Walker wrote that he had no reason to live after learning that his 5-year-old child's mother wanted full custody. "I hope if there is a god that he allows the devil to kill me right now bc there is no reason for me to live right now!" He wrote in the post. "I’m ready to die.I"

I actually read his Facebook post before learning of his death. The first thing that crossed my mind after reading it was that I had to reach out to him. I felt I needed to tell him about the stories of other men who had gone through the exact same thing he was dealing with but in time it all got better. He needed to know that he did not have to fight his battles alone. Unfortunately, it's too late. If only he could have held only just a little longer. Derek’s story is a sad ending to what many people are currently dealing with. So many people have spent years trying to spend time with their kids only to have doors slammed in their face. It’s time that the judicial system is revamped and procedures are put into place to assure that each parent has equal rights. I know there are situations that require strict rules but I never could understand how someone could have the authority to tell a good parent when he or she could spend time with their kids. It simply gives too much power to one person and when the wrong person is given too much power the results can sometimes be deadly.

In today's society, there are so many men who simply refuse to take care of their children so when I hear about a 26 year old man, who wanted to be a father to his son, but for some unknown reason felt like he could not, end his life, it hurts. It hurts not only because his life is now gone but a huge part of his son's life is now gone. The sad part about this story is that it appears it could have been prevented.

As an attorney, I see couples use their kids to get back at each other FAR TOO OFTEN for something that went wrong in their relationships. You should never do this because the only individuals harmed are the kids. Parents have an obligation to work together for the best interest of their children. The “only reasons” a kid should ever be kept away from his/her parent is due to some documented proof of violence against the kid or allowing visitation would place the kid in an unsafe environment and there is a court order to support those claims. A kid should never be placed in a dangerous situation or environment.

As much as I think the judicial system has to step in and make sure both parents are allowed to be a part of their kids' lives, it's equally important that parents stop the fighting and bickering and do what's best for their children. There's simply no reason why two grown individuals should have to run to the courthouse to allow someone who has never met their kid tell them how to raise their kid(s). This has to stop immediately.

There is nothing more upsetting to a kid than not having both parents at a birthday party or a major event because their parents can’t get along. Individuals must do better when it comes to co-parenting. Both parents have equal rights and as such each should play an active role in their kids’ lives. Stop running each other away because you can’t get over the past or you believe you have superior rights because you carried the kid. God designed it that way. It was not the other person’s decision or your decision for you to carry your kid during the pregnancy stage so that should not be used as an excuse. We must do better. The kids did not ask to come here. Our kids are suffering due to grown folks fighting. Kids need and require the attention of both parents. You should not depend on a judge to tell you how to raise your kids. Get over the past so that your kids can better deal with the present. Unfortunately, a young kid is now left without a father and friends and family are mourning the death of yet another young black man. It’s time to stop the fighting now!!!! Kids are better off receiving love from both parents.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.

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Daryl K. Washington Aug-29-2013 1753 0
Each year I get a certain feeling in my stomach that reminds me of what happened on August 29, 2005. I will never forget being glued in front of my television as I watched what appeared to be a scene out of a movie. An entire city was being evacuated right before my eyes and there was nothing I could do but cry. What upset me the most is that the people who could help out the most did not want to help based on their slow response time. As a result, thousands lost their lives and the others fortunate to survive the devastation were forced to leave their homes and today many have not been provided with adequate resources to return to rebuild.

The New Orleans so many of us love is now estimated at having 103,881 fewer African Americans in 2012 compared to 2000, 14,984 fewer whites and 4,830 more Hispanics. The city of New Orleans will never be the same. As I scroll through many News websites this morning I can’t help but notice how many have not even mentioned the eight year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, perhaps one of this country’s worse tragedies. One can only wonder if many remember or even care about what happened to hundreds of thousands of people who were wrongfully labeled as refugees. We must not forget about what happened in New Orleans. I know I never will.

I can recall President Bush’s last speech while in office. For some reason he brought up the subject of Hurricane Katrina and how 30,000 people were rescued from the roofs of flooded homes as a result of his leadership but he ignored the fact that thousands lost their lives and the others fortunate to survive the devastation were forced to leave their homes and many were not provided with adequate resources to return to rebuild. He failed to mention how individuals were left on bridges for days or in the Superdome without the bare necessities. He failed to mention how unarmed African Americans were shot at and some killed as they attempted to cross the Danzinger Bridge to safer grounds. I could not help but wonder how could someone stand in front of the people of this great country and make such misleading statements.

Each year I travel to New Orleans, La. for the Bayou Classic. As much as try to enjoy myself the memories of Hurricane Katrina continue to be replayed in my mind. What use to be one of the biggest weekends in New Orleans is no longer. The effects of Hurricane Katrina will forever be felt. I often wonder what if this tragedy had occurred elsewhere. Would the people have been treated the same? Would people have been allowed to go without the bare necessities for days? Would little kids been forced to sleep on highways with no food, clothing, water or even a safe place to use the restroom in private? There are so many stories that have never been told. Just last night I heard stories I’ve never heard about before. I heard about how a little three year old kid was swept away by the flood waters as the parents were forced to watch without being able to help or how a mother died in her son’s arm on the top of a roof.
It’s been eight years since the deadly hurricane destroyed parts of the city primarily occupied by African Americans; yet, there is still not much evidence that the neighborhoods once filled with life will ever be rebuilt. There are homes covered by weeds and debris, empty lots once occupied by homes, memorials erected by former homeowners honoring people who died during the storm and signs pleading for help to rebuild their homes.

I often wonder what ever happened to the millions of dollars that George W. Bush, Sr., Bill Clinton and all the other celebrities and generous people raised for the citizens of New Orleans. Why was the money never accounted for or in some cases distributed? I cannot imagine why an investigation was not launched to determine what happened to the millions of dollars raised for the citizens of New Orleans. Instead, the Government was and many were swift to launch investigations into claims of fraud against the citizens of New Orleans for the pennies distributed to them but have yet made an effort to locate and distribute the millions that was raised for them. Was the investigation designed to distract and cause people not to have sympathy for the thousands of people pleading for our help?
I’m being brutally honest when I say that the citizens of New Orleans were treated like second class citizens. The sad fact remains that some are still being treated that way. Families have been broken up, destroyed and forced to leave their city just as slaves were forced to leave under the disguise that they would have a better life. The same efforts were not made to rebuild the lost communities and schools as the ones made to rebuild the New Orleans Convention Center, the Superdome and other areas near or surrounding Bourbon Street.

The government was able to allocate billions of dollars to bailout the banking and automotive industries but the same efforts were not made to get people’s lives back on track in New Orleans. There are many African Americans forced to live below the poverty level which undoubtedly has a connection to the high crime rate in New Orleans.

No one asked for this to happen. We must not let the media's negative portrayal of New Orleans harden our hearts to what people had to go through on August 29, 2005. There is no place in this country where you will meet people who are genuinely nice. Spend some time in New Orleans besides the Essence Festival weekend or the Bayou Classic weekend and you will feel the hurt I feel. We have the power to bring about a change.

We must never forget about New Orleans and the thousands impacted. Some of the problems still exist eight years later. I will never forget about New Orleans. I hope you don’t either.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Daryl K. Washington. You can follow Daryl on twitter at dwashlawfirm or email him at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues Home page and check the Facebook like button.

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