Government shutdown fills Congress’ coffers – not yours


War brings camaraderie. The men and women who fought World War Two, what Tom Brokaw called America's "Greatest Generation," came together to fight a war, and taking care of your buddy in a foxhole taught them that we all have to watch out for each other. It's how we achieved victory, and when the war… Continue reading Government shutdown fills Congress’ coffers – not yours

Shocker: Government shirks responsibility, again


"The deal approved today is truly a missed opportunity to do something big to reduce our long-term fiscal problems..." - from a statement released Tuesday, by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of a bipartisan deficit reduction committee If you don't stand broadly and shoulder the responsibilities of governing, there should be no surprise when… Continue reading Shocker: Government shirks responsibility, again

Wal-Mart protesters call for workers’ rights


Workers' rights are human rights. That's what one hand painted sign said at a protest outside a Wal-Mart store in Decatur, Georgia, Friday. About two dozen protesters stood on the sidewalk across the street from the mega-retailer's store in this suburb, just east of Atlanta, playing drums, waving flags and signs, and shouting at motorists… Continue reading Wal-Mart protesters call for workers’ rights

The Machiavellian vs the Proletariat – whose economy is it, anyway?


"You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole, vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!" - George Bailey, from the 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life"… Continue reading The Machiavellian vs the Proletariat – whose economy is it, anyway?

If the dust only wouldn’t fly


   "The squatting tenant men nodded and wondered and drew figures in the dust, and yes, they knew, God knows. If the dust only wouldn't fly. If the top would only stay on the soil, it might not be so bad. The owner men went on leading to their point: 'You know the land's getting… Continue reading If the dust only wouldn’t fly

Linking arms with Occupy – the last, best Baby Boomer chance


I am of the undertow of the Baby Boomers, the last third of a generation, unwilling to let go of our ability to subvert the tide and change the world, defined for us by our older brothers and sisters. Born between 1957 and 1964, we are the President of the United States, the governors of… Continue reading Linking arms with Occupy – the last, best Baby Boomer chance

The modern Republican – an American problem


The new Republican party is an albatross of ideological intransigence. It is an anchor that lists the ship of governance as far to the right as it can, until it starts to take on water. The threat not to raise the debt limit, that enables the federal government to pay our debts, has pulled the… Continue reading The modern Republican – an American problem

Bernanke rebukes Republicans; Republicans rebuke Norquist


Ben Bernanke had some words, Tuesday, for those GOP members of Congress who would hold up raising the nation's debt limit in order to squeeze spending cuts into the federal budget. In a speech to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, in Washington, DC, Tuesday, the Fed chief chastised those who would use the… Continue reading Bernanke rebukes Republicans; Republicans rebuke Norquist

Finally someone takes a stand for the middle class – Organized Labor


"Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate. It’s to improve the lives of working families and strengthen our economy, our country." - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, in a speech to the National Press Club, May 20, 2011 You can call it the "Trumka Doctrine." During a panel… Continue reading Finally someone takes a stand for the middle class – Organized Labor

Too big to fail: feudalism, socialism and other demons of capitalism


(From my examiner.com column)There is a lot of talk these days about how the $700 billion bank bailout that passed in 2008 was a step toward socialism, that we were effectively nationalizing the banks. The "big bad" government would own our savings and our mortgages. In fact, at the end of last year, according to… Continue reading Too big to fail: feudalism, socialism and other demons of capitalism