Author: DIANA HEIDGERD

A victory for the financial industry—a loss for consumers

JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—In the dead of night on Oct. 24, Vice President Mike Pence struck a blow against consumers, further empowering the banks and financial institutions that he is beholden to.

Class and crass

JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—I never thought I would miss our 43rd President, George W. Bush. And I’ve never much thought of him as a great, or even good, speaker.  But the speech he gave at a conference convened by the George W. Bush Institute was simply eloquent, excellent, thoughtful, and compelling. After keeping a low profile for the past eight years, he spoke up to decry the fact that “bigotry seems emboldened.” “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children”.

Just wake me when it’s over

JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—Remember that song by both the Supremes and the Four Tops—wake me when it’s over?  The singers felt like they were having a bad dream—their partners were about to leave them for “the love of a stranger”, and all they wanted to do was be awakened at the end.  Unfortunately, we have no such luck.  We seem to be consigned to live through this.

Black women and Democrats—the thrill is gone

JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Forum is always an exciting combination of a policy wonk reunion, a series of issues forums, and the ever-present parties, receptions, and celebrations.  Some enjoy deriding the gathering as “nothing but a party,” but in fact it’s an opportunity for networking, information gathering, strategizing and more.  This year, there were several sessions focused on issues concerning African American women and girls.

President Obama’s last year brought economic success

JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—The income, poverty and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau on September 13 confirm what many already knew. President Obama’s last year was one of economic improvement for many individuals.