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Good Monday 25 February 2013.  Thanks for listening to, participating in, & ENGAGING w/ IDECLAIR MEDIA, THE IDECLAIR SHOW…

Today kicks off a historic issue & event packed week, and we want to get your REAL RAW RIGHT NOW… on all of it.  

The biggest story, & issue right now is the Sequester.  Sequester cuts are to go into effect Friday.  Tuesday 26 February, Secretary of Defense Nominee Fmr. Senator Chuck Hagel’s confirmation vote takes place tomorrow.  Wednesday 27 February, The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a challenge of ‘Section 5’ of the Voting Rights Act.  

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*First up, Sequester cuts.  What are they, and how will sequester cuts impact YOU?

“What Is the Sequester?”

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“Fact Sheet: Examples of How the Sequester Would Impact Middle Class Families, Jobs and Economic Security”

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“A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit”

On March 1st, “harmful automatic cuts are slated to take effect, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cutting vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.

Only Congress can avoid this self-inflicted wound to our economy and middle class families, and the only thing standing in the way of a solution today is Congressional Republicans’ refusal to even consider closing tax loopholes that benefit wealthy Americans and well-connected corporations. The President and Congressional Democrats have put forward solutions to avoid these cuts and allow time for both sides to work on a long-term, balanced solution to our deficit challenges.

The President is serious about cutting spending, reforming entitlements and the tax code to reduce the deficit in a balanced way.  The question is, will Congressional Republicans come to the table to get something done?

Let’s take a moment to look what we’ve done so far: The President has already reduced the deficit by over $2.5 trillion, cutting spending by over $1.4 trillion, bringing domestic discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy since the Eisenhower era [see below]. As a result of these savings, together with a strengthening economy, the deficit is coming down at the fastest pace of anytime in American history other than the demobilization from World War II.”


This article is MUST READ & Pass on.

“The state-by-state impacts of sequestration”

“The White House has released state-by-state reports on some of the programs and services that would be impacted under the sequestration cuts that are scheduled to go into effect on March 1.”


‘Section 5’ of ‘The Voting Rights Act’ is front and center this week.  Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments impacting current, and future generations of Americans, and our access to the sacred right to vote.  

Below the article is a MUST READ, & pass on.

“Supreme Court to Weigh States’ Rights vs. Voting Rights”

“On its face, the challenge to the Voting Rights Act is about how state and local officials run elections. But states’ rights have underpinned much of the opposition to the law since it was first enacted, and Wednesday’s hearing will feature familiar arguments.

The issue is Section 5 of the law, which requires all or part of 16 states to get any changes to election law pre-approved by either the Justice Department or a federal court. That requirement, based on findings of discrimination and racism years ago, applies to most every aspect of elections, from technical changes to the high-profile issue of photo ID requirements that recently spawned court battles for states such as Texas and South Carolina. The challenge was brought by Shelby County, Alabama, and argues that the act’s preclearance requirement is unconstitutional on its face, no matter how it’s employed.

“Section 5’s federalism cost is too great,” the county argues plainly in its Supreme Court brief, pointing to a lack of evidence to justify what it sees as federal overreach.”


All we hear about these days is the ‘global economy.’  Being competitive in the world market of globalization requires core, key, and critical components.  

Black America’s stunning lack of readiness and ability to ride the global economic wave is blunt & upfront!

How do we as a people change this?  EDUCATION of self, children, community is the core, key, & critical foundation.  

Thank you  Clearly, this is MUST READ & PASS ON.

“Will Globalization Destroy Black America?”

“The lack of response to globalization by Black America is frightening and troubling. While much of the world has adapted to the new-world economy and new-world standards of existence, most of Black America is still operating much the same way it did in the 1950s and 1960s. But now, throughout Black communities in America, there is a whisper campaign by Black people who don’t know each other and Black people who live in different parts of the country, saying to each other, “We are in trouble!” We know it and the rest of the world knows it! Black America, as we know it, is in danger of not surviving globalization.

In the 21st century, there are only two kinds of people. Not Black or White, or rich or poor, or foreign or national. The two kinds of people in the world today are those who are educated and those who are not. Although education has become the new currency of exchange in the 21st century, the old American educational paradigm stopped working decades ago for Black Americans. Simply sending Black children to American schools without a clear purpose or goal has contributed to the demise of the Black community. Black America watched formerly third-world countries catapult over America to become educational super powers while America rested on its old, stale educational laurels and fell way behind much of the world in educational performance. And because Black America unthinkingly depended on the American education system to educate its children, we have fallen way behind.”


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Invent Something.  Create Something.  Own YOUR Something.  
LIFT Up.  REACH Out.  GIVE Back.  
No Matter What… Know YOUR Value!   No Matter What… Know YOU Matter!  
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