Robert Walters in profit rebound

first_img KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Recruiter Robert Walters posted a rebound in 2010 pre-tax profit, fuelled by its Asia-Pacific arm, and said its outlook for 2011 was broadly positive. The company, which specialises in placing people in accountancy, engineering and IT, said pretax profit in 2010 was £13.1m, up from £1.3m the year before. Revenues were 41 per cent higher at £424.2m. Net fee income from the UK was up 36 per cent to £45.8m. Tags: NULL Share Wednesday 2 March 2011 8:34 pm whatsapp Robert Walters in profit rebound More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comlast_img read more

Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’d follow these 2 simple steps to make a million

first_img Making a million is unlikely to happen overnight. In most cases, it takes many years to build a portfolio that is valued at over £1m.Therefore, while virtual currencies such as Bitcoin may have surged higher in the past year, focusing your capital on assets that offer modest returns that are compounded over the long run could be a better idea.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Similarly, with gold trading close to a record high, it may not offer good value for money compared to the stock market.As such, buying undervalued shares and holding them for the long run could be a better idea than purchasing gold or Bitcoin. It could improve your chances of making a million.Stock market appealThe stock market may not have grabbed the headlines in the same way as gold or Bitcoin in recent months, but it continues to offer a bright long-term future. The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, for example, seem to offer better value for money than gold at the present time.While the precious metal has enjoyed strong growth owing to investor fears about the outlook for the world economy, this trend is unlikely to persist in the long run. Therefore, focusing your capital on the stock market while it is at a lower ebb in its cycle than gold could allow you to buy undervalued shares that go on to deliver high returns.With Bitcoin lacking fundamentals, and its price instead being determined by investor sentiment, it is almost impossible to determine whether it offers good value for money. As such, investing in shares could offer a more favourable risk/reward opportunity at a time when the virtual currency faces regulatory risks and continued uncertainty about its limited size.Long-term approachAdopting a long-term approach to investing in the stock market may not seem to be the most efficient means of generating a profit from your capital. After all, the stock market ebbs and flows, which creates opportunities to continually buy at low prices and sell at high prices a short while later.This strategy, though, is incredibly difficult to execute on a consistent basis. It also means that the cost of investing is relatively high. As such, a better idea could be to simply buy shares and hold them over a period of years, or even decades. This may enable your holdings to deliver on their strategies, and for investors to fully factor in their growth prospects.A buy-and-hold strategy also enables compounding to impact on your portfolio value. For example, the FTSE 100’s 9% annual return since inception may not sound especially high. But when compounded over a period of 30 years, for example, it can turn a £5,000 investment into £66,000. By allowing compounding to impact on your portfolio returns, you could increase your chances of making a million. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 29th January, 2020 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’d follow these 2 simple steps to make a million See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

£5k to invest? I think these FTSE 100 UK shares could help you get rich

first_img£5k to invest? I think these FTSE 100 UK shares could help you get rich Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Are you looking to invest £5,000, or any other amount, today? If so, buying cheap FTSE 100 UK shares could be the best way to invest and grow your hard-earned money over the long run. With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 income and growth stocks that may help you grow your financial nest egg in the years ahead.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…UK shares to buy Asset manager M&G (LSE: MNG) recently reported a 57% drop in first-half income, due to the coronavirus crisis. However, after excluding the one-off factors that impacted the group’s bottom line during the first six months of 2020, profit was almost unchanged year-on-year.What’s more, the company reported an increase in operating earnings from its key asset management activities. This trading update indicates the company is coping well in the crisis. It also suggests the stock is undervalued at current levels. It’s fallen nearly 30% year-to-date, underperforming many other UK shares. The recent positive trading update from the firm seems to imply this decline is unwarranted. The company has also reconfirmed its dividend commitment for the year. At current levels, it supports a dividend yield of 10%. That’s compared to the market average of around 4%. Considering all of the above, it appears shares in M&G offer a wide margin of safety at current levels. As such, now could be an excellent time to buy the stock as part of a well-diversified portfolio. It may yield high total returns for investors in the years ahead as the economic recovery gets underway. United Utilities GroupBillionaire investor Warren Buffett once described utility companies as a great way to “stay real rich.” With this in mind, some of the best UK share buys to grow wealth could be utility stocks. United Utilities (LSE: UU) is a fantastic example.Over the past decade, the stock has produced an average annual return of the 8% for investors. That’s nearly double the FTSE 100 average over the same period. The company is extremely defensive, which makes it attractive in the current economic environment. Consumers will always need access to water and wastewater services, even in recessions. United Utilities is one of the few UK shares that provide these services. Its size and scale allows the group to earn attractive profit margins. These support the company’s dividend yield which currently stands at 4.8%, slightly above the wider FTSE 100 average. The stock also has a track record of above-inflation dividend increases. Analysts expect this trend to continue for the next few years, at least.As such, if you have £5,000, or any other amount, to invest today, buying United Utilities as part of a diversified portfolio may be a good option. The stock provides a market-beating dividend yield and has the potential to produce predictable total returns in the long run. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 12th August, 2020 | More on: MNG UU Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in M&G Plc. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

In Buffalo, N.Y., Black Lives Matter protest cop brutality

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this On Sept. 4, hundreds of protesters took to the streets and gathered outside the district police station in North Buffalo in the busy Hertel Avenue shopping area. The demonstrators demanded the firing of over a dozen cops with histories of police brutality and called for their salaries of almost $1.5 million to be allocated for community needs instead. Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 4. (Photo: RJ Red)The demonstration was a culmination of days of protests and confrontations with police, stemming from an incident days earlier when police lined up to defend racists who attacked a Black Lives Matter protest. When BLM demonstrators had tried to march on Hertel Avenue, they were threatened by two white men who disrupted the BLM protest, brandished knives and hurled racial slurs at demonstrators. last_img read more

Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy for EPA Post

first_img Previous articleDiseases from Weather Infecting some Indiana Corn CropsNext articleLower Corn Prices in Near Future Gary Truitt SHARE Gina McCarthyThe Senate has approved Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The vote was 59 to 40. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says McCarthy is an excellent and well-qualified individual to lead the EPA. He looks forward to working with the new EPA Administrator to continue to advance the growth and development of sustainable biofuels. According to Buis – McCarthy is known for her willingness to examine issues with a fair and open-minded approach. He says she will continue to serve as a leader and advocate for advancing the Renewable Fuel Standard and other important domestic energy policies. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen also referred to McCarthy as approachable and open to dialogue. He says she is a thoughtful, solution-oriented professional who will handle the tough job ahead with grace. National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel says McCarthy is a strong, dynamic leader who knows the intersection of environment and energy issues as well as anyone in the nation. Steckel adds McCarthy has demonstrated strong support for the RFS and NBB believes she will provide outstanding leadership at EPA.Dinneen extended an invitation to McCarthy on behalf of the U.S. ethanol industry to visit bio-refineries for an up-close, hands-on explanation of the resource-efficient production process. He says the industry’s workforce is proud that their product is creating a lower cost, cleaner fuel choice for American drivers while creating jobs domestically and revitalizing rural America and would be happy to share that pride first-hand. Dinneen says there is perhaps no better context in which to understand the importance of the RFS than to see it in action.Source: NAFB News Service Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy for EPA Post Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy for EPA Post Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 18, 2013 last_img read more

Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to Lula

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cuba Dear Mr. President,On the eve of your visit to Cuba, the press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the lack of press freedom in that country. As you know, 75 dissidents were arrested during the crackdown which the Cuban government began on 18 March. They included 26 independent journalists. Accused of carrying out actions “against the independence or territorial unity of the state,” they were given summary trials and sentenced to up to 27 years in prison. Four other journalists were already in prison prior to the crackdown. With a total of 30 detained, Cuba is the world’s biggest prison for journalists.Your long friendship with President Castro and your ideological affinities with the Cuban regime are well known. However, no democrat of the left or right would understand if these affinities were to take precedence over respect for human rights. For this reason, we urge you to intercede on behalf of the 30 detained journalists and to meet with members of their families and with representatives of the opposition and human rights activists. If you do not make any gesture on their behalf, you personal credibility and Brazil’s image will be seriously affected internationally.The 30 journalists currently detained are: Ricardo González Alfonso José Luis García Paneque Omar Rodríguez Saludes Jorge Olivera Castillo Pedro Argüelles Morán Miguel Galván Gutiérrez Edel José García Díaz Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona Manuel Vázquez Portal Adolfo Fernández Sainz Hector Maseda Gutiérrez Fabio Prieto Llorente Oscar Espinosa Chepe Pablo Pacheco Avila Mario Enrique Mayo Carmelo Diaz Fernández Mijail Barzaga Lugo Alejandro González Raga Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta Raúl Rivero Castañeda Omar Moisés Ruiz Hernández Normando Hernández González Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez Ivan Hernández Carrillo Alfredo Manuel Pulido López José Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernández Bernardo Arévalo Padrón (imprisoned since 18 November 1997) Carlos Alberto Domínguez (imprisoned since 23 February 2002) Lester Téllez Castro (imprisoned since 4 March 2002) Carlos Brizuela Yera (imprisoned since 4 March 2002)We must point out that the sanctions against these journalists, who challenge the state’s monopoly of news reporting, did not end when they were sentenced. They were subsequently transferred to prisons several hundred kilometres from their homes, their right to family visits was restricted and several are ill or have lost an alarming amount of weight because of poor conditions of detention. The government meanwhile continues to harass those journalists who have not been arrested.Confident that you will be receptive to this appeal, we would be grateful if you would let us know you intentions as regards our recommendations and if you would keep us informed of the outcome of your meetings.We look forward to your reply.Sincerely, RSF_en CubaAmericas CubaAmericas 25.09.2003President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has no plans to meet with Cuban dissidents during his 26-27 September visit to Havana, according to the programme for the visit released by the Brazilian foreign ministry yesterday. Several dissidents contacted the Brazilian embassy in Havana during the past few days to request such a meeting.____________________________________ New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has written to “Lula,” the Brazilian president, onthe eve of his 26-27 September visit to Cuba to ask him to intercede withFidel Castro on behalf of the imprisoned journalists and to request ameeting with their families. “Your affinities with the Cuban regime are wellknown, but no democrat would understand if these affinities were to takeprecedence over respect for human rights,” the organisation said in itsletter. May 6, 2020 Find out more News In an open letter, Reporters Without Borders appeals to President “Lula” to meet with the families of the imprisoned journalists News Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaPresident of the RepublicBrasilia D.F.BrazilParis, 23 September 2003 Robert MénardSecretary-General October 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation September 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to Lula News News October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Status Conference for Investors’ Lawsuit Over GSE Profits Scheduled for March 31

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Status Conference for Investors’ Lawsuit Over GSE Profits Scheduled for March 31 About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Share Save Status Conference for Investors’ Lawsuit Over GSE Profits Scheduled for March 31 A status conference for a lawsuit filed by Wall Street investment firm Fairholme Funds against the government over the sweeping of GSE profits into the U.S. Department of Treasury is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, according to a spokesperson in the chambers of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Margaret Sweeney.In late January, Sweeney denied the government’s attempt to stay court proceedings in the case, ruling that Fairholme could continue to pursue its lawsuit against the government, which was originally filed in 2013. The suit claims that the sweeping of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac profits into Treasury, a practice authorized by Congress in August 2012, equates to taking private property for public use without “just compensation,” which is forbidden by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.The GSEs have been under conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since September 2008, at which time they needed a government bailout totaling $188 billion to stay afloat. They returned to profitability in 2012 and are predicted to earn about $21 billion a year for the foreseeable future, according to Fairholme CEO Bruce Berkowitz on a conference call with investors in early February.”Today, Washington bureaucrats are unlawfully holding these profitable companies captive in a perpetual conservatorship,” Berkowitz wrote in a letter to shareholders in January. “Congress never authorized Treasury to become Fannie and Freddie’s ‘overlord’ – forcing the companies to spend all their capital on executive branch prerogatives and circumventing the legislature’s appropriations process. Indeed, the power of the purse remains vested in Congress under the Constitution. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 does not authorize any federal agency to use these two publicly traded, shareholder-owned companies as a piggy bank. Yet, in an unprecedented abuse of executive power, the bureaucrats have illegally expropriated and de facto nationalized two of the most valuable companies in the world with apparent impunity. Worse still, their actions are now endangering our housing market, making it more difficult for lower- and middle-income Americans to access mortgage credit.”The lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in September 2014 on the grounds that the government had been given the authority by Congress under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to sweep GSE profits into Treasury.At the same time he dismissed the Fairholme suit, Lamberth also rejected a similar suit filed against the government by Perry Capital. Fairholme appealed Lamberth’s ruling and Sweeney, in the Court of Federal Claims, revived the case four months later. Fairholme has reportedly been gathering information for the case in order to bolster their argument that the Court of Federal Claims, not the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., has jurisdiction over the case.Analyst Peter Chapman noted that there is no record of Fairholme serving any subpoenas for the case to date, and that it has not been revealed for certain who they intend to depose. Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely tell Sweeney that no witness Fairholme could depose at this stage could help determine whether or not the Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction in the case.Chapman said the government’s lawyers will likely present an argument at the upcoming status conference that Sweeney’s court does not have jurisdiction over the case with the claim that “shareholders hold physical shares in Fannie and Freddie in their brokerage accounts.  The same shares that held prior to execution of the Third Amendment are still there today, and the speculators who purchased shares following execution of the Third Amendment still own those same shares today. The government’s taken nothing.  The losses some shareholders have realized are merely a reflection of reality in owning common stock in insolvent companies, and the shareholders who acquired shares at their absolute bottom and have realized a profit can’t be heard to complain.”A spokesperson from Treasury declined to comment on the case, and an attorney for Fairholme Funds, David Thompson, said they did not have a comment at this time. Subscribecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fairholme Funds GSE Profits Lawsuits Treasury 2015-03-25 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Fairholme Funds GSE Profits Lawsuits Treasury Sign up for DS News Daily March 25, 2015 938 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 3/25/2015 Next: Shift from Bank to Nonbank Lending Causing Rise in Default Risk for Agency-Backed Loans Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Garda warning over posting ‘staycation’ content online

first_img Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Twitter Garda warning over posting ‘staycation’ content online FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Previous articleTony McNamee looks ahead to Harps and St. Pat’sNext articleTeen due in court over throwing petrol bomb in Derry News Highland By News Highland – August 7, 2020 center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai in Donegal are further warning people about the dangers of posting certain content online which could make your home more vulnerable to burglaries. Holidaymakers putting their location up on various social media platforms could in turn alert a criminal to their vacant home.Donegal Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Paul Wallace says in normal circumstances the warning would be primarily geared towards those heading abroad.However, he says with staycations being the popular alternative this summer, the same measures still apply:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/paufgdfgdfgdflwallce.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Mandatory Evacuations Forces Florida Residents to Abandon Homes

first_imgGary Wagner’s condo is located in Key West, and he also owns property in Fort Myers. Wagner says he’s keeping in mind that material things can be replaced. “It’s a matter of the house or the condo. It ain’t–we don’t have anyone living there, that it’s a matter of life and death. It is a concern to us in dollars, but we do have flood insurance.”Wagner says he’s never risked staying through a hurricane.Irma has already proven deadly in the eastern Caribbean. It’s expected to impact Florida this weekend.Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging people to take this storm seriously and prepare now.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Mandatory Evacuations Forces Florida Residents to Abandon HomesSEPTEMBER 8TH, 2017 Lauren Leslie LAUREN LESLIE EVANSVILLE, INDIANA People living here in the Tri-State who have homes and loved ones in Hurricane Irma’s path are hoping for the best. 44New caught up with an Evansville man who owns a six-story condo in the direct path of Irma. Just hours ago, mandatory evacuations were ordered for Florida residents.last_img read more

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND

first_img THIS LAND IS OUR LAND Gavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comWoody Guthrie (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie 1912-1967) came of age in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. When one hears Woody sing about the America of those times Guthrie’s personal experiences and perceptions should be considered. In that context, his song’s ironic lyrics that point out America might not have been made for everybody speak to those Americans left out by our Founding Fathers, who were all well-to-do white men.James Madison (1751-1836) is called the Father of the United States Constitution for good reason. He conceived of and drafted most of the Constitution including its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. Madison and the rest of the fifty-five well-to-do white men who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from May 25 to September 17, 1787 met in secret. The public and the media were excluded and the delegates were sworn to secrecy.Madison and his fellow Virginian, George Mason (1725-1792), were of like mind in believing average citizens were not equipped to govern themselves and, therefore, a Constitution needed to provide for a government to consist of capable representatives who could provide for the common good. Such groups as women, Negroes and Native Americans were not to have a say in determining their own destiny. Over the years since 1787 we have slowly and gradually addressed some of the Founders’ omissions.Slavery was abolished almost one hundred years late by the XIIIth Amendment and women were given the right to vote by the XVIIIIth Amendment in 1920. Young men who could be drafted to fight for their country at age eighteen but could not vote until age twenty-one, were fully enfranchised in 1971 by the XXVIth Amendment.America from the Spanish Conquistadors of the 16th century until this very day has struggled with what were, are and ought to be the ideals of our country’s government. Competing interest groups such as religious sects, LGBTQ citizens, immigrants, political parties, social and cultural associations, news media and countless others exert pressures and vie for recognition and inclusion in our American dream of equality and equal opportunity. In short, America calls itself a melting pot, but it is often more of a bubbling cauldron of competing aspirations.As we near our mutual birthday on July 04, we may wish to re-examine the base upon which our national dreams were founded and candidly evaluate our progress. Of course, it is only human that in a country of over three hundred million people we will always have disagreements on what directions to go and the best methods for getting there. And we should, also, probably both recognize the genius of our Founders and remember they were simply humans too.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more