Today, the emergency $600 weekly federal unemployment stipend expires. As of now, Congress is unable to come to an agreement about how to move forward on stimulating the economy as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy the economy. With the November elections less than 100 days away, it is surprising that the Republicans have put… Read More About Twenty Million Americans About To Go Hungry
Immigrants in America are facing a binary choice in November between the status-quo of remaining marginalized in America or being terrorized for being immigrants. The two presumptive presidential candidates; Donald Trump and Joe Biden are not for immigration, notwithstanding the political rhetoric coming from both. Neither are offering to bring immigrants out of the shadows.… Read More Immigrants Have a Choice Between the Status-quo or Terrorism in November 2020
And, there have it, the Band-Aid has been pulled off and it is time that Americans reconcile with the inconvenient truth that America was founded on the backs of slaves. The wound is open and oozing because some Americans continue to hold on to the façade of American exceptionalism. Today’s America is the culmination of… Read More Slavery Was A Necessary Evil Says Senator
Businesses are at the epicenter of the mask controversy. Businesses are facing many problems because of the pandemic. At the center of weathering the economic crisis is the legal liability that Covid-19 has unleashed upon business owners. To open or not to open. To keep the payroll intact, furlough workers or layoff the team. Will… Read More The Politics of Business Liability
It didn’t take long after I first arrived in El Paso that I realized something was different about the city. It was very Mexican but not Mexican at all. I know, it doesn’t make sense and it didn’t make sense at first. Cd. Juárez dominates El Paso in population and in its economy but most… Read More What A 1964 Book Teaches Us About the Origins of the Glass Beach Study
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 195!
I started writing this as soon as I hung up the telephone. The caller, whose name is unimportant, had called to tell me that I needed to stop. The caller was angry with me, actually they were angry with what I was writing about. The caller wanted me to stop. The reason I started writing… Read More Stop Pretending Normal Will Return
In the coming days, the federal unemployment subsidy will expire. The subsidy provides $600 a week in unemployment benefits to workers impacted by the pandemic. The federal eviction moratorium will also be ending. Both are scheduled to end this week. Congress is now considering two competing stimulus packages with the House Democrats pushing a $3.5… Read More The Rental Eviction Tsunami
The Coronavirus pandemic was going to “magically disappear” was what Donald Trump was hoping for. It didn’t. Instead it is re-surging and the American economy is under more pressure to reopen. As if that wasn’t enough, both Trump and the Republicans need a strong economy in November for them to succeed at the ballot boxes.… Read More Second Stimulus Package On the Way, But At What Cost?
Those hoping for an economic rebirth to happen in 2020, after the pandemic emergency ends, need to rethink their dream. It is not going to happen. Many are likely arguing that Wallstreet is booming so the economic outlook must be good. Looking closely at Wallstreet it soon becomes apparent that in between the headlines of… Read More The 2020 Economy Is Dead
There is rising controversy in Portland, Oregon where U.S. citizens are being detained by law enforcement in unmarked vehicles and little to no insignia on their uniforms. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has admitted to being one of the agencies involved in arresting protesters in Oregon. According to CBP’s website, its function is to… Read More Trump Deploys Border Patrol Against Citizens
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 194!
One of the problems with the Latino narrative is that most assume Hispanics are indistinguishable from each other. Just because someone shares the same skin color, the same language or are from the same country does not mean that their worldview is the same. The so-called Latino vote is such a thing. There are Latinos… Read More What Most Have Wrong About Goya Boycott
There seems to be some confusion about my archive of El Paso news and information that I have maintained for over the last two decades. No, none of it has disappeared and all of it is still available online. Let me explain. But first a short history. I started the El Paso Politics project in… Read More Where Did Everything Go?
One of the problems with dealing with issues such as racial topics or police problems is that many people have a problem with leaving their comfort zones of all appears well. Tackling social problems means having to look inward and among our friends and look at things from a critical thinking point of view. It… Read More Time To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 193!
Banks have been trying to get bank consumers to go electronic for some time now. The reason is that payroll is likely a bank’s largest expense followed by real estate. Much of the need for labor lies in handling cash transactions. Cash transactions for banks are onerous as much of it cannot be automated. Consumers,… Read More Banks Shedding Jobs After Covid
The question on many minds is whether the government will issue more stimulus checks to people or will there be more government programs to stimulate the economy. The country’s reopening of the economy became stalled as the Coronavirus re-surged in many states. Unemployment remains higher than normal. Adding to the stress of the economy is… Read More Second Stimulus Check?
The problem for México is that every so often a Mexican president takes the helm of the country and immediately kowtows to the powers that be. Santa Anna is one such character. Santa Anna is best known for losing almost half of the Mexican territory when he waged an unsuccessful battle plan to quell the… Read More AMLO Meets With The Patrón Today
America was built on the backs of minorities and not on White exceptionalism. The history books and the entertainment industry have created the illusion of a White America. Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison are among the faces that most Americans recognize because that has been the White Americans intent. Very… Read More America Was Built On The Backs of Minorities
I hope you like RumpToons No: 192!
It doesn’t matter where you stand on Donald J. Trump. It doesn’t matter if you voted for him or detest what he has done to America. It doesn’t matter if you believe that Covid-19 is real, a conspiracy or something else. The one thing everyone should be able to agree on is that Covid-19 has… Read More The Covid Presidency
The June job report is expected out today. The speculation is that about 3 million jobs were added in June as America began to reopen the economy. However, the the unemployment rate is expected to remain higher than normal. And then, Covid-19 struck again. Many states started to reopen their economies by ending stay-at-home orders… Read More Has Covid Stalled The Economy?
Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend going on. I’ve dubbed it creeping prices. I first noticed it when one of my long-time service providers for my business, Cognent, suddenly doubled their prices for services we were purchasing from them. The price increase came without notice. It just increased from one month… Read More Covid-19 Creeping Prices
Unless one is living under a rock these days then they likely know that there is an ongoing conversation between the need for police forces, how police forces deal with the citizenry and if there is a need to reform policing in America. The discussion ranges from conversations towards outright rebellion. In political science there… Read More The Citizenry And The Police
Many political observers are scratching their heads as to why Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) wants to meet with Donald Trump as his first government to government meeting outside of México. López Obrador has refused to travel abroad during his presidency insisting on holding virtual meetings as he keeps to his promise of austerity measures.… Read More Understanding the Lopez Obrador Lovefest With Donald Trump
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 191!
There is much discussion across the nation about whether Confederate statues and symbolism belong in America. Those opposed to the Confederate iconography argue that they represent slavery in America and thus have no place in American society. They argue that the Confederate symbols glorify slavery. Supporters of the Confederate symbols, on the other hand, argue… Read More Symbols Matter
Donald Trump recently further restricted immigration to the United States ostensibly to protect American jobs. Most anti-immigrants argue that immigrants are a drain on the U.S. taxpayers, American resources and add to America’s lowered wages. Trump has waged a war on immigrants and his immigrant bashing is about to cost American jobs. With unemployment rates… Read More Thousands Of Federal Employees To Lose Jobs Over War On Immigrants
Yesterday, John Bolton’s book; The Room Where It Happened officially went on sale. Although Bolton dealt mainly with national security issues, his book offers us a glimpse into Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric. It is understood that Donald Trump is using the immigration issue to bolster his support among his base. Trump has unleashed a war… Read More John Bolton Book On Trump Immigration Rhetoric
Let me save you the trouble of reading and spending money to buy John Bolton’s book The Room Where It Happened. It is officially to be available today, but many bootleg copies were made available over the weekend. I got to read one of the bootleg copies. Let me share with you what the book… Read More The Room Where It Happened Book Synopsis – Tongue and Cheek, Sort Of
Donald Trump ran on the slogan that he was out to Make America Great Again. Trump bemoaned how America had fallen because of his predecessor and thus embarked to bring American prowess back. Americans have been known for their pride in America. “I am an American and I have rights” is mocked by others when… Read More American Pride Falls Due To Donald Trump
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 190!
The American 2020 riots seem to be centralized on the inequality that Black Americans feel each day. In the previous posts we looked at slavery as the reason that America became the economic powerhouse it is today. It is also the American lie that is driving today’s unrest. But many Americans refuse to understand the… Read More Immigration And The Riots
The underlining driving force of the American riots is the lie that slavery was not central to the American experience. Yet, America’s prowess is related to slavery although many Americans like to pretend that slavery is not central to America, or nothing more than a foot note in history. But America would not be the… Read More Racism and the American Lie
All are equal says the U.S. Constitution and it is the rallying cry behind the American “exceptionalism” arguments. It is the lie that has propelled the country from the moment it was founded. This lie perpetuated the rest of the American lies that follow it, the lie that all are free to worship or argue… Read More The Big American Lie
The pandemic news has been overshadowed by the national riots started by the murder of George Floyd and energized by the inequality that underlines American lives. This new series of posts are going to be difficult to read for many because it looks at America from the perspective that American values are about division. Many… Read More America Is Broken
As companies continue to convert into the virtual-driven delivery of services, it is important that company managers start to think digitally instead of continuing to work in an analog world. Today’s children are digital children. They will use Google before using a dictionary and many will likely never use the Dewey Decimal System for research.… Read More Changing the Way We Work
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 189!
Nothing proves that life has changed after Covid-19 then the phrase “drive by”. It is a phrase that means two different things depending on your point of view, pre-Covid and after-Covid. In one instance it means danger and even death. On other it means celebration. Before the pandemic, it meant death, likely a very painful… Read More The Covid Drive By