Black History Month must be more than just a month of remembrance; it should be a tribute to our history and reminder of the work that lies in the months and years ahead.
The poorest residents of the gulf coast were most affected by the devastating hurricanes, and the poorest Americans have shouldered a disproportionate share of the burden in Iraq.
We need a tougher enforcement program and, most importantly, we need to fix the badly broken ethics system.
As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work.
It is never too late to regain our credibility around the world.
Recently, lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry wrote a prescription drug bill that increased their profits and did nothing to help seniors. The result: seniors are stuck with a confusing prescription drug plan that does little to help them with their costs.
Regrettably, it has become clear that torture of detainees in United States custody is not limited to Abu Ghraib or even Iraq. Since Abu Ghraib, there have been increasing reports of torture.
What's interesting is there are $12 billion of breaks in the energy bill that passed, yet we see that the sixth major oil companies in America last year made $1.1 trillion.
Real lobbying reform must end the practice of corporate lobbyists writing our laws.
I don't want to remember 2005 as a year that the government heaped unnecessary burdens upon American families. Stealing from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich, while increasing the deficit, is hardly responsible.
The 55% of American households that make less than $40,000 will get a tax break of only $7 while the households that make more than $1 million will receive an average tax break of $32,000.
Forty-five percent of Iraqi citizens think it is morally okay to attack American troops.
The worst excesses of the Congress of the 1980s pale in comparison with what is going on in Washington today.
Parts of the Voting Rights Act are due to expire next year if Congress doesn't extend them, including the section that guarantees that voting rights will be protected by the federal government.
Our own State Department polls say that 80 percent of Iraqis view the United States as an unpopular occupier.
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