President Trump visited our city and he was met with protesters demanding an end to the government shutdown.
Long before Donald Trump was elected as our 45th president, protests were becoming more of a regular occurrence. After Barack Obama's election, we regularly saw Tea Party members holding signs on street corners in cities across the country. Why are we taking to the streets? Why the need to chant loudly with a crowd and hold signs for all to see? Could it be because we know it's the only way we'll be heard by our government "representatives"?
We the people are becoming more and more aware that only giant monied interests are represented in our current political system. The current shutdown is another example. A definitive majority of Americans are against this shutdown - AND - the wall, yet we're being ignored. The claim by this administration? It's a national security issue and we need a "steel" wall. HMMM? Steel? Oh yeah, the steel industry was giant supporters of the GOP and Mr. Trump's campaigns. Terrorists come in through airports, not the Mexican border. If it was about National Security, we wouldn't leave those responsible for protecting our airport traffic unpaid, bitter, anxious, and angry.
Corruption and Louisiana Politics are almost synonyms. Louisiana's very long history of corruption is just accepted as status quo and often joked about instead of bringing the ire those from other states would expect. However, now with Louisiana at or the near the bottom of almost every measure of success, we have to change this.
The NFL has pounded a patriotism drum with their recent anti #TakeaKnee decision, however, we feel it's only makeitfair that the American people know the NFL is getting cash for these efforts.
"New Orleans has struggled with an epidemic of gun violence. New Orleans officials want to move forward with sorely needed solutions to gun violence but Louisiana state law bars its municipalities from enacting smart legislation for the people by the people. The hands of the New Orleans City Council and its mayor are tied."
- SUSAN GUIDRY & JASON WILLIAMS
New Orleans City Council Members
Our Louisiana roads are amongst the worst in the nation. Repairs are already underfunded via a gas tax and we have no new plans for additional funding sources. So, what happens when electric vehicles are the norm? Does Louisiana become the Blockbuster video of states? With our current political system, it's almost impossible to get elected without Oil & Gas money and almost as soon as they are elected, our elected officials have to start raising money for their reelection. This version of graft stands in the way of any real solutions.
Does it ever feel as though your Representatives aren't listening to you? There's a reason. Unless you're one of their BIG money donors, they aren't. Our voices are drowned out by BIG money contributors and unless we change these laws, many of our homes will be too. One Person - One Vote. MakeItFair.US
Join the Discussion: Make It Fair's Harmon Dash & Culinaria Director, Pepper Bowen. Food deserts, invasive species, environmental issues and toxins, diet change effects... all are multi-sided issues. Profit and loss, cultural considerations, protecting human and planetary health are just a few food industry factors. For food policy and culture, the "Butterfly Effect" is in full force. Also, not only has decades of marketing convinced many American's to eat against their own self-interest, but the American diet and appetites reach far beyond the dinner table and the scale. One thing is clear, there's no easy fix for businesses nor individuals and no solution which will make everyone happy. However, at this point is it about happiness or sustainability?
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Make It Fair Founder Dr. Stuart Phillips and Host Harmon Dash discuss how access to early detection has saved lives and dramatically lowered costs. If money is the issue, why are so many opposed to continuing with accessible health care? Tell us your thoughts.
Dr. Strumer discusses the impediments and obstructions he's faced during this election process seemingly because he doesn't have the routine New Orleans developer and construction connections and the campaign contributions which comes with those connections. Make It Fair doesn't endorse candidates, but it's clear we'll only have more of the same if we only listen to those taking the money. Let's stop money from being a megaphone.
New Orleans' Mayoral Candidate Derrick Martin discusses the challenges of running a political campaign as an Independent without giant coffers. Without campaign finance reform, will we continue to get more of the same? Are there candidates who deserve to be heard, but are in effect silent because money equals voice in the American political system? The answer is YES!
Make it Fair discusses New Orleans recent flooding event. The precarious combination of increased powerful rain events combined with an outdated, failing drainage system leave Nola vulnerable 12 years after Katrina. Why hasn't the money already been raised? Who needs to pay for it? Is our current political system and its election process part of the problem? Make it Fair would love to hear your feedback.
Make it Fair's Founder, retired physician Stuart Phillips and Host, Harmon Dash take a hard look at the recent events revolving around healthcare which highlighted the destructive force money plays in politics. Did our Members of Congress vote in their States' best interest or did they vote with a clear focus on the special interest money needed to get them re-elected? Is special interest money playing a role in our Mayoral race, New Orleans? Will it ever be fair as long as money is in politics?
Dr. MarkAlain Dery is an infectious disease doctor at Tulane University School of Medicine and is also the founder of progressive New Orleans radio station WHIV. Our host Harmon Dash talked to Dr. Dery about health care, money in politics, and other issues facing our country. Please Share!