Mickey Edwards steals a page from those early Progressives who believed the cure for democracy was more democracy. Joining a long list of Republican "reformers" who are trying mightily to help the GOP avoid a rendevous with hostile demographics, the one-time Oklahoma Congressman wants to scrap the two-party system altogether in favor of a more participatory "nonpartisan" democracy able to govern itself without party labels.
It's an appealing vision of a restored "civic republicanism" that Edwards offers in his latest book, The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans. Appealing to me, at any rate, because it reflects my own belief that it is far more important how a party or a country thinks than what it thinks - since, as Edwards says, "democracy is not about policy but about process" and "how we select our leaders, how we deliberate, how we decide" are what really determine whether Americans are fit for self-government. Read more
Barrack Obama has done what no other President has. He has actually benefitted the American people. Not with vague promises and less than obvious laws that are predicted to do some good down the road but with dollars and cents value; today and Health Care of all things.
Whoever really thought that we would see a day when nobody has to say; “I can’t afford to go to the doctor; even though I am sick or in pain or having a hard time breathing? We are after-all, one of the last nations to address this problem and even after the SCOTUS decision to uphold, we still lag far behind those nations which provide Universal Health Care. Read more
A SOMBER VICTORY, BUT IT’S NOT OVER YET
Well, he did it, gangers. He managed it. We now have universal health care, sort of, counrtesy of our President.
I’ll tell you, folks: this is not what I expected, and I think that we should all e-mail Chief Justice Roberts and tell him “THANK YOU” for his following the law. I’ll admit it, I did not think that he would have the courage to defy his masters, but he did, and I’m glad. He went out of his way to find a way to keep the individual mandate by putting it under the taxing authority of Congress, rather than the Commerce Clause, which basically confounded just about everybody. Read more
And now for something completely different.
Except that it isn’t really. I say that it isn’t really different because, although this post will seem to be about politics, in reality it will be about a common topic on this blog: Anti-science. And where is this anti-science? Sadly, it’s in the platform of a major party of one of the largest states in the country. It also meshes with the anti-science inherent in a lot of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) and all comes together in one place: The proposed 2012 Platform of the Republican Party of Texas. It’s all there, as you will see. Read more
The big publishing news this week is the US Department of Justice bringing an anti-trust suit against the major book publishers and Apple for allegedly colluding to force the "agency model" of ebook pricing on Amazon and other retailers, resulting in higher prices for consumers. I already links dumped an article about the detailed charges, and three of the six companies involved have agreed to a settlement that will change the way their books get priced. Read more
I, as the rest of the world, have been both shocked and horrified at the murder of Trayvon Martin, and the lies and (apparently) callous indifference to his fate. I honestly thought that the worst of this abominable story was behind us – and I was wrong.
Wrong, WRONG, WRONG. Read more
I am getting SO very sick and tired of all the tragic-comic dramedy surrounding Herman Cain. Read more
WASHINGTON - The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell for the third straight week, evidence that layoffs are continuing to ease in the earliest stages of an economic recovery.
The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped to a seasonally adjusted 530,000 from an upwardly revised 551,000 the previous week. Wall Street economists expected claims to rise by 5,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters. Read more
The U.S. economy shed 247,000 jobs in July. That’s the bad news.
Laboring Toward Recovery
By David Madland | August 7, 2009
The U.S. economy shed 247,000 jobs in July. That’s the bad news. The good news is the number of jobs lost was the fewest in 11 months, and the unemployment rate fell slightly—the first decline in 15 months—providing workers with some needed, relatively good news. Read more
January was a dismal month for U.S. workers: Employers shed 598,000 jobs
Job Losses Continue at Accelerated Pace
By Heather Boushey
January was a dismal month for U.S. workers: Employers shed 598,000 jobs and the unemployment rate jumped to 7.6 percent. The economy has lost 3.6 million jobs since the recession began in December 2007 and 1.8 million jobs just over the past three months. The United States has not seen job losses of this magnitude over a three-month period since 1945. Read more