Yes. I busted my ass for Obama the first time around.
Opened my checkbook, campaigned, knocked on doors. Did everything I could to see that he carried Florida in the Presidential election.
Not easy in a place where Fred Thompson signs were as common as plastic pink flamingos at the time during the primary and right wing nuts carried Soviet flags outside of local Obama campaign headquarters. Where women thought Palin was the essence of true feminism. I had the lone Obama sign on my lawn in a sea of McCain - Palin cardboard.
But I got the last laugh. At least I thought so at the time.
We had elected a Democratic President and controlled the two Houses of Congress. And we carried Florida.
Maybe something would get done.
Maybe universal healthcare. Maybe peace would come. Maybe a society which would leave behind racism. Maybe repeal of the Bush tax giveaways to billionaires. Maybe we would spend money on people rather than aircraft carriers. Maybe we would stop torturing people. Maybe Gitmo would close.
Maybe. Read more
The New York Times front page on 7 March 1930, the day following the march for Unemployment Insurance.
Does it boggle your mind to see working class people using their time to demonstrate for less government involvement, while living off of unemployment or social security checks? What exactly are these people thinking? How can people work so directly against their own best interests?
It's an insanity that Thomas Frank noted in his book "Whatﾒs the matter with Kansas?":
"the country we have inhabited for the last three decades seems more like a panorama of madness and delusion worthy of Hieronymous Bosch: of sturdy patriots reciting the Pledge while they resolutely strangle their own life chances; of small farmers proudly voting themselves off the land; of devoted family men carefully seeing to it that their children will never be able to afford college or proper health care; of hardened blue-collar workers in mid-western burgs cheering as they deliver up a landslide for a candidate whose policies will end their way of life, will transform their region into a "rust belt," will strike people like them blows from which they will never recover." Read more
Dear Republicans and Conservatives,
Over the weekend, Mitt Romney announced his VP pick, Wisconsin congressman and Chairman of Budget Committee Paul Ryan, and surprised me. Personally I think Ryan is a dangerous pick, allowing Team Obama to attack his proposed budget but a definitive pick to affirm Romney’s alleged desire to cut spending. I think he should have went with Florida Senator Marco Rubio but to each his own. Read more
…Also a Financial Burden for Medicare Recipients and the poor
Now that we know whom Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has chosen to run on his ticket, we can get a better idea of what kind of White House can be expected if the Romney/Ryan ticket wins in November.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is most popular with Tea Party conservatives because of his budget plan, which would cut social programs for the poor as a method to lower the deficit but at the same time, provide tax cuts for the wealthy. Read more
How sad -- and suicidal - that conservatives have decided to declare open warfare on public education.
In a previous life, I played a minor role as speechwriter and special assistant to our state's Secretary of Education during the development and public roll out of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993.
This landmark law, and many like it, passed during what was known as the "second wave" of education reform that came ashore in the wake of the wake-up call about America's failing public schools that was sounded by the Reagan-era report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983's A Nation at Risk. Read more
Something that was discussed in great detail on Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry’s program yesterday was Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech to the NAACP convention held here in Houston this week past. He brought up some interesting points, which made me think. A lot.
With the advent of voter ID laws here in this country, we’re heading backwards on voters’ rights, according to Mr. Holder. Mandating that EVERYBODY has to have a valid photo ID of some sort, issued by the state in which that person is voting, Mr. Holder said, was like unto the reintroduction of poll tax laws. Me, I think that the situation is a lot worse than people realize. I think that we’re trying to institute apartheid into this country.
Here’s the Webster’s dictionary definition of apartheid: Read more
If you haven’t yet read Maryn McKenna’s riveting Atlantic article “How Your Chicken Dinner is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug,” you should. McKenna, working with the with the Food and Environment Reporting Network, has delved into research that’s been accumulating about the association between the extensive use of antibiotics in poultry and the increase in drug-resistant urinary tract infections. Read more
Being a working-class American means you work for a living, simple and clear. Your income level could be within a wide range as some Americans are more successful than others, depending on several factors. But all working-class Americans work, pay their bills, buy things they need and occasionally even things they desire.
Many have kids and they spend a ton of money on those kids. Working-class people make the world go around, anyone can assuredly agree. We buy cars and homes and all kinds of things at Walmart and Best Buy and Home Depot, we’re that jingle in your pocket that says the economy is moving forward because working-class Americans are spending money. Read more
Welcome to the future Corporate America – an America that is no longer a People’s America but one that belongs to and is controlled by Big Money and big corporations. It really started trading hands once our United States Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United vs. FEC that money was free speech and couldn’t be limited.
The conservative majority of the court declared corporations as people and not only do they have the same rights as all of us but they have the right to use their money to speak louder than the rest of us by influencing our political leaders and by throwing unlimited cash into super pacs to defeat candidates that don’t kowtow to their agenda. Read more
"In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal a loaf of bread."
Anatole France - 1894
I've actually seen the line translated as "piss in the streets"
Anatole France was of course being facetious but his words are a devastating indictment of a society without a social safety net.
Routinely today we hear politicians advocating the dismantling of social security, medicare, public education, the privatization of roads, the elimination of unemployment insurance, food stamps and the minimum wage. Routinely we hear calls for repeal of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the popular election of Senators, the uselessness of the EPA, the Department of Education and most of all the IRS.
We have witnessed in Wisconsin the triumph of a blatant attack on public sector unionism, the right of individuals to organize and to collectively bargain which will undoubtedly spread to other states. Read more
Gonorrhea is now a super bug that will be untreatable in a few years. Chlamydia hangs its head, goes out to the road and starts kicking some rocks. Herpes walks over and puts and arm around Chlamydia's shoulders. Says, “Hey. Chin up, you. One day you won't have a cure, either. At least you're the most common! I may not have a cure, but I don't get anywhere near the number of diagnoses you do!” Chlamydia sniffs, wipes its eyes on its sleeve, and says, “Yeah, you're right, Herpes. I guess I've just got to keep putting one burning sensation after the other. Nothing worth doing is easy, right?” “That's right, buddy. Now come on. Gonorrhea is going to blow out the candles on its 'No Cure' cake.” Read more
When we don't remember it was organized labor
that brought us weekends, wages & work safety,
it becomes easier to vote for a Governor
who stands against unions' interests & our own.
When we forget to check whose money
bankrolls his bottomless campaign coffers,
unfettered, unaccountable infusions
can overwhelm voters & buy out democracy.
When our recollection fails, we overlook
unprecedented power grabs & divisive laws,
and a Tea Party hero holds his office.
Conservative cons convinced & connived,
and Wisconsin - and America - lost on Tuesday.
When we don't remember, we don't Recall.
Time to fix our memory & our democracy. Read more
Citizens of Wisconsin finally have their day at the polls and a chance to win a recall of Governor Scott Walker who, since taking office, has targeted public unions, forcing them to take cuts to their benefits while also taking away their collective bargaining rights for future negotiations. Over one million citizens of Wisconsin signed a petition back in January for a recall election of Scott Walker, which is happening today. Read more
by Kim Krisberg
Norma Flores Lopez knows what it’s like to be a young farmworker. She grew up in south Texas, migrating north with her family every year to places like Michigan and Iowa to pick produce. At 8 years old, she was accompanying her parents into the fields, and by age 12 she was officially on the books as a farm employee. Read more