Go Out and Vote!


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Just Rocked Out The #MAVOTE for 2014. Have you?! If not get to the polls! If you don’t know where your poll booth is go to www.mass.gov. The POLLS CLOSE AT 8pm!!! Remember to vote for Celeste Ribeiro Myers! Also check out my interviews on UR Business Network if you need help in deciding on who to vote for (besides Celeste Ribeiro Myers for State Rep!)

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Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Evan Falchuk, Independent Candidate for Massachussetts Governor


Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Evan Falchuck, Independent Candidate for Massachusetts Governor

FalchukEvan Falchuk, who is now 44 years old, is a successful entrepreneur. He has served 13 years on the executive leadership team of Boston-based global health care company, Best Doctors, Inc., and has played a lead role in helping to grow the company–placing the company in Inc. magazine’s list of “Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America”, from 9 employees to over 600.

In this interview Evan tells me that he is running for governor not just as an independent but as a founder of a new political party in Massachusetts called the United Independent Party.

He founded this group because the political process today is not representing people like it used to–it has now been exclusive to interest groups. His vision for this new party was based on these principles: equality, civil rights protection for everyone, AND smart spending–the Commonwealth must spend taxpayer money wisely. Although the pragmatic combination of these principles does not fit into the traditional Democratic or Republican “boxes” it does fit exactly into what the majority of voters prefer. For him it’s all about believing in issues that are consistent with our beliefs.

One of his main platforms that he is advocating on is reducing the cost of living in Massachusetts. He says right upfront that the cost of living in Massachusetts is “too high.” And the two reasons behind it are healthcare and housing costs, which a lot of state legislators are making a lot of money off of. And when I asked him to share an embarrassing story from the campaign trail, he actually talks about the embarrassment of this race due to the recent issues that have been raised.

Evan says that these debates are not serious. Instead of talking about racism, housing costs, medical costs, seniors, or student debt, these debates raise issues like “what is your favorite Halloween costume?”, “Who do you think your opponent should play in a movie?” or “When was the last time you cried?” He was quite embarrassed because nobody was talking about the real issues in Massachusetts. He even called out the Boston Globe, a respectable newspaper, for their reporting because they rather investigate politicians’ coffee habits instead of the issues. When the Press starts acting like “info-tainment” instead of a watch dog, he says “that is embarrassing”–and they are getting paid to do it. However his biggest concern is that leaders do not inspire their citizens to go to the polls and vote.

One person said to Evan, “they come to collect our votes and then leave and comeback in two years.” Sixteen percent of Massachusetts population voted in the primaries last year, so Evan wants to make sure that on November 4th, leaders are inviting as many people as they can to the polls and vote–and seek ways to mobilize them towards positive change.

If you wish to ask questions for Evan to answer go to his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EvanFalchukMA

To learn more about him and his campaign go to http://www.falchuk2014.com

For more people and politics go to http://www.princesdailyjournal.com

And check out my interviews at http://urbusinessnetwork.com/category/prince-in-the-city-radio-show-and-podcast-with-host-prince-sefa-boayke/

Weekly Political Report: Opening Obama’s {Pandora’s} Box


Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and THE WORLD around you.

This week’s political report: The Obamacare Fallout

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With little or no surprise, nobody would have expected the enormous (technical) chaos that Obama’s Box (healthcare.gov) would bring, since the opening of its exchanges on Oct. 1st–Obama’s landmark legislation: Obamacare. With five weeks already into it, after just getting over the government shutdown, the Obama administration is now racing against time to fix its site before the end of this month: Nov. 30th.

While Republicans are having a field day with healthcare.gov‘s failures in providing Obamacare to its constituents, Democrats are now treading carefully, more than ever, behind Obama. Reason being that if the site is not fixed soon, some Democrats have stated that they will act to delay the requirement that most Americans carry health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.

I can honestly profess that this technical malfunction will not harm the American People, except for their time and patience. This legislation is already set in place and people have benefited from it (take Massachusetts); before the website fall out. However, the true harm spawns from the media. The more the media paints Obamacare as “failing” the more they can change public perception, which will then take us back to the same mess that we experienced beforehand: a government shutdown to Repeal Obamacare.

Obamacare is already signed into law; the Supreme Court has approved it as constitutional; and, the American people that have Obamacare are already benefitting from it like Massachusetts. It would be unwise to force another government shutdown because of the technical fallout from healthcare.gov.

Top Senior Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), has told the press that she directly spoke to the chief of staff, from the Obama Administration, that shutting down its site will help resolve its difficulties, however, Denis McDonough, the chief of staff, has decided that keeping the site open would allow more “complete” improvements; he considered all options before making this decision. The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, who was assigned to oversee this repair effort, believes that the administration is on track to hit the deadline; but has warned that there will likely be more unforeseen setbacks on the way.

Overall, the media has done a fine job of painting Obama’s health legislation as a “bad thing” for the American public–characterizing it as a “failure”–but Obama’s health legislation has shown positive impacts in the lives of many Americans who have it. And so, the war between the Obama Administration and the GOP (The Republican Party), to win the hearts and minds of the American People, through the air waves, still rages on.

How does this affect You and The World Around You?

–Constant Radio and TV advertisements to tear down and uphold Obamacare.

–Continual difficulties for Americans who are trying to register of healthcare insurance via Internet.

–Democrats may delay the requirement that most Americans carry for 2014 or pay a penalty, if heallthcare.gov is not fixed by Nov. 30th.

–The controversy behind “Americans can keep their insurances” will continue.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY PURE OPINION. FOR ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE DIRECT THEM TO MY “CONTACT ME” PAGE.

This Opinion was based on the Wall Street Journal article: “Officials Rebuff Call To Suspend Health Site” (11/3/2013)

Facts about Obamacare: http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-facts.php

Daily Newsfeed


Four of six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial say Juror B37’s remarks to CNN do not reflect their opinions; Glee star Cori Monteith dies of heroin and alcohol mixture; UK House of Common approves Same Sex marriage; Boston Bombing Suspect makes front cover on Rolling Stone; Daughter of VP Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, announces Senate Bid; and Mexico’s arrests drug cartel leader. All this and more, please follow the links below.

 

Juror B37’s remarks to CNN do not reflect their opinions

Glee star Cori Monteith dies of heroin and alcohol mixture

UK’s House of Commons approves Same Sex Marriage

Boston Bombing Suspect makes front cover on Rolling Stone

Daughter of VP Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, announces Senate Bid

Mexico’s arrests drug cartel leader, Los Zetas

Daily Newsfeed


Pres. Obama has agreed to arm Syrian rebels; Senate rejects security border plan in Immigration Bill; Colorado wildfire kills 2 people; Four killed in St. Louis shooting; China keeps quiet on NSA leaker Snowden; Three Chinese Astronauts are ready for take-off; and Steven Spielberg fears of an “implosion” in the film industry. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Pres Obama is arming Syrian rebels

Senate rejects security border amendment

Colorado wildfire kills 2 people

Four killed in St. Louis Shooting

China keeps quiet on NSA leaker

Three Chinese Astronauts ready for take off

Steven Spielberg fears of an “implosion”

Moynihan Black Poverty Report Revisited 50 Years Later

Daily Newsfeed


Bombing suspect gets moved to prison hospital; Washington gets ready for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner; NY Times Writer tells all about Hill Media politics in his new book ‘This Town’; The Tea Party Caucus Returns with vengeance; Politician rejects GOP report on Clinton-Benghazi; and Todd Akins regrets rape comment. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Bombing Suspect is moved to prison hospital

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‘This Town’

Tea Party Caucus returns

Flawed GOP report on Benghazi

Todd Akins regrets rape comments

Syria uses chemical weapons

Senate ends air traffic control furloughs

Fire kills dozen in Russian psychiatric hospital

 

Weekly Political Report: “Immigration Today? or Immigration Tomorrow? Stay Tuned for the Next Episode…


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Every week I will write a political issue that affects you and the world on you.

This week: Immigration

“Immigration Today? or Immigration Tomorrow? Stay Tuned for the Next Episode..”

Who would have thought that “Immigration Reform” could be the number one hit drama reality series in American Politics? For 10 episodes Politicians were behind Immigration Reform, but now face impasse? What is going on with Immigration Reform that has been stopped in its tracks? We’ve been waiting for at least eight years for a comprehensive Immigration reform (especially now with conservative support) but it looks like it will be another re-run episode. So what is really going then?

Here are the some of the issues (or episodes I would say) that Congress are facing and what are making “Immigration Reform” the number one hit series in American Politics.

Ep. 1.: Pathway to Citizenship

Fact: There is an estimated 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants in America. Hurdle: accommodating 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants legal status. And so in this episode it’s not so much the philosophy of citizenship but how to accommodate all 11 million immigrants.

The prospects of a bipartisan immigration deal, improved dramatically when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor groups approved deal on working visas, but the real test will come after the Senate’s Gang of Eight reveals in FINE PRINT the entire reform package next week.

The hurdles to obtaining probationary legal status would be minimal: a small fine and a criminal background check–but the idea that illegal immigrants will be gaining easier access to citizenship than legal immigrants (that have waited in line for their citizenship) does paint a condescending image. However, no image is worse than seeing children being taken away from their parents.The Gang of Eight have already made it clear that they want to make it easy for all undocumented workers to get citizenship, however, it’s about accommodating all 11 million immigrants–in terms of legal permanent addresses.

Sources: Citizenship’s Fine Print, Inhofe: Heart Bleeds for Immigrants,

Ep. 2.: Anger “Conservative Media” Management

It’s no surprise that Fox News, and conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh are notorious for shredding every proposed legislation from the White House and from the Democratic party. But now with new conservative support, in the Senate Gang of Eight, conservative talk show hosts must hold their tongues or face another let down in the Latino community. It’s not that they hate Latinos, they just don’t want to “show” or “express” that they do.

In other news, Facebook is pushing immigration reform into High Tech Gear. The 28 year-old billionaire Mark Zuckerberg will be joining religious leaders, agricultural workers, advocacy groups and law makers to stump for immigration reform. Facebook will be officially launching a bipartisan team early this month.

To Follow Facebook Story: Tech Immigration Push

Ep. 3: Businesses Barking up the Wrong Immigration Tree.

A deal has just been made between by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor groups: to provide visas for low-skilled workers. A deal which some to believe would clear a path for immigration reform in the Senate, but instead, business are already barking at it; and are ready to go full throttle to tear it down dooming yet again an impasse. Construction industries and several business lobbyists industries, are saying the following: “Deeply concerned” about the temporary worker program; the cap on construction visas is “simply unrealistic and destined to fail”; “guest worker program fails to provide sufficient number of visas to meet market demand”; “guest worker programs will make it harder to fill critical labor openings”; and “guest worker programs will make it impossible to secure the border.”

The two main issues that are coming from a lot of business are: employment verification and capping the overflow of foreign workers in the U.S.. Labor unions have already successfully lobbied to cap 200,000 low-skilled foreign workers. Even though this deal would cap 15,000 visas per year to construction occupations, construction groups are arguing that adding another cap would hurt the recovering construction economy–and that the cap should be based on market demand, since this industry employs 6 million workers.

Since I am not an expert on subject matter of economics, it’s really hard for me to determine what is the market demand for construction workers–to make this argument a valid one? However, Tamar Jacoby, a spokesman from ImmigrationWorks USA (a coalition of business groups) praised the efforts of this deal while at the same time pointed its problematic flaws: “The Republican Senators in the Gang of Eight did the best they could..but the deal was skewed by union demands…the program is too small.” Jacoby along with Steve Calderia (CEO of International Franchise Association) believe that a guest worker program that permits a market based supply of a lower-skill worker is essential. Without it no reform bill would exist.

Source: Business Balks at Immigration Deal

Ep. 4: Congress: Welcome to the Congressional House of Pain

Where all legislative bills begin and end life, passing a comprehensive Immigration Reform bill through both the House and Senate will take every ounce of will-power and most importantly bipartisan tolerance, If America wants to do right with Latino-voting Community. In Congress, everyone seems to be on the same page on Immigration, but not everyone seems to be turning the page at the same time.

Marco Rubio–Florida Latino Republican, Member of the The Gang of Eight, and last hope for a bipartisan immigration deal–has expressed deep concerns of the immigration reform process, saying that he wishes to call for “extensive hearings on the soon-to-be-unveiled immigration bill.” In other words, Marco Rubio along with other prominent Republicans wishes to slow down than rush legal citizenship–more importantly the word “amnesty” offends a lot of Republicans.

“I think this is a very high risk operation and a very dangerous game,” said Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.), a leading critic of the effort. “I think that if we have a bill that includes amnesty for people who knowingly broke the law, there will be strong opposition, said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). “Just because you’re eligible to apply for a green card doesn’t mean you get it on that day.” says Sen. Marco Rubio. Democrats on the other hand wishes  to see the process of Immigration Reform much faster.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy vowed to move swiftly on immigration legislation despite conservative cowardice. Leahy: “I have every intention of ensuring that debate and consideration of any future comprehensive immigration reform will be thorough..I will however remain mindful of the urgent need for us to actually get to the work of debating and considering amendments without unnecessary delay.” A slow down of the legislative process would undermine any bipartisanship to pass this bill–this has been going on since it was introduced in the Bush Administration years–however one thing still remains: Can Marco Rubio buy it or sell it?

Rubio is the lead actor in this episode, and he is the face of bipartisanship. He must decide whether to join the Senate group and unite to defeat controversial amendments or to side fellow conservatives who want to move the bill further to the right, even if it may upset the fragile bipartisan coalition. Not only that but the House must approve it. And they (which is the controlled Republican majority), have their own amendments in mind that they would like to see added onto the bill: undocumented immigrants must “plead guilty” to breaking immigration laws before even considering their legal status.

Source: Citizenship’s Fine PrintPast foes return on immigrationPatrick Leahy vows fast work on immigration reform

5.) Who’s gonna pick up the Check?

Every idea is great but who is going to finance it? Better yet who is going to pick up the check? American tax payer money or from thin air? The main argument of why not to push Immigration Reform too quickly is that it’s too costly. Here’s is what the mathematical equation would look like if immigration reform does pass into law:

11 million undocumented immigrants (X) the cost of one immigrant to receive English and civic training (X) the cost of one immigrant to gain access to Medicare and Obamacare benefits (+) Increase border security= $$$$$

The Center for immigration Studies, a major conservative critic of a comprehensive bill, released a study Tuesday predicting that the government would have to incur an average cost of $2,000 for each immigrant who would be brought into the system. Sen Jim DeMint (R-SC) plans to soon release cost estimates, arguing that federal benefits eventually given to millions of additional green card holders and citizens would worsen the country’s already dire fiscal situation.   

Source: Past foes return on immigration, Five Hurdles to Immigration Reform

These are the Episodes that are making Immigration Reform the number one hit drama series in American Politics  Stay tuned next week, to see the unveiling of the Gang of Eight’s Immigration Reform package.

Weekly Political Report: Unveiling the Mask of Realpolitik


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Congress standing to receive Wilson (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Every Wednesday I will write a political issue that affects you and the world on you.

This week: Unveiling the Mask of Realpolitik.

For months, we have faced threats of governmental shutdowns and sequesterian cuts, and still Congress has not yet found common ground of a plan to reduce our trillion dollar deficit budget; kicking the can to a new deadline every month. Are they really “fighting” over principles or something else?

Even though our country has experienced same difficulties and recessions during the Clinton administration, I am still stunned that this amount of partisanship of this magnitude exists amongst our distinguished parties of power. Is this what we are seeing now? Politics, confined to squabbling? Or, merely a mask of an underlying goal that is waiting to be unveiled? The type of politics that we are seeing is something that I would like to call Realpolitik.

Politics is defined as an art of influence—to compete with competing interests and attain control of government. Realpolitik is a more of aggressive approach to the madness. The interpretation of it is quite ambiguous to any scholar however it can be simply put as this: “the considerations of power, not ideals, morals or principles.”

What we are seeing in Congress are not just squabbles and pointing fingers, but an opportunity to seize power for the very few. Whoever controls the House and Senate controls the agenda for America. The Senate today is controlled by the Democrats, while the House is controlled by the Republicans. For any bills (or budget plans) to be passed into law—bills proposed from the President or members of Congress—there must be a two-thirds majority vote from both the House and Senate. It is then sent to the President for a signature which the President can veto or sign it into law. If not, Congress will block the bill and delay until further notice. And the faction in Congress that is preventing our country from moving forward (and have been heavily publicized by media for so long) is House Republicans.

For the first time in our political era, we are seeing unyielding compromise and power mainly from one sector: House Republicans–the same sector that has in the past denied support for Women Health issues and aid to Hurricane Sandy. There are some of whom in this faction who do not care if teachers, mailmen, firefighters, road construction workers or military personnel suffer from the sequester- which majority of whom are Middle Class Americans; unless their demands are met: protecting the very few Americans who still or have not paid their fair share of taxes.

Let us not be ignorant of the fact that there is income inequality in America: there are haves and have nots! And the argument is simple which is this: who represents who?

On November 6th 2012, America, did not vote for a man nor a politician but a valid political and American principle (which the overwhelming population of Americans deliberated on): Fairness. The wealthiest should not pay lower taxes than the average American; CEOs should not ship job oversees for tax credit; nor can they snuff the tax system.

If politicians do not represent this valid view (which has been long debated for months on in via radio, television debates, and television ads; and then deliberated through legitimate means of the democratic process) then they DO NOT represent the Majority of Americans! So, when a politician says that taxing Americans is not a legitimate way to reduce the deficit, he is not talking about the majority of Americans that voted on Nov. 6th, he is talking about the very few Americans that have rigged the system and has not paid their fair share of taxes.

Let me be the first to say that I hate taxes! But I hate it even more when folks at the very top are paying lower taxes than I am!

This mask of Realpolitik, that House Conservatives have devised, is really hurting the majority of Americans who voted for fairness. They are many of whom who do not believe in this philosophy, however the new pope (Pope Francis) has given me new hope–that a conservative does believe in helping the poor; and not protecting the rich. #fairness

Sources:

Realpolitik Definition (Merriam Webster)

DOD Sending forlough notices (Politico)

Sequester Tsunami (Politico)

Regressive Tax Plan (Politico)