Adventures in Twitter: Crisis & Recovery; Watching as UK Runs to Parliamentary Elections

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 12:00 pm

Yesterday it felt like I’d stumbled onto a political battlefield and I’m still trying to make sense of it all. Not an actual or even virtual battle. Yet, in what I saw was still a struggle in how difficult it often is, to simply make sure good information gets to the people who can make a change.

 

Austerity Is Crap: A Brief History of the #USMfuture Movement

By: Saturday March 29, 2014 11:44 am

Since the peak of the Great Society, on the first official Earth Day, captains of industry have engaged in a conspiracy to destroy the gains made for working people over the last century. These plans were laid out in the Powell Memo, which in addition to naming Ralph Nader as the most dangerous man in America, declared that a 30 year plan should be set in motion that seeks to place corporations and the wealthy elite that head them, firmly into positions of power within government, to remove the ability of the people to use government as an independent arbiter of law that would protect them against the abuses of the wealthy elite, and to stem the tide of citizen power that had grown throughout the 50′s and 60′s.

Here’s to a Less Prettied Up, Less Distracted, Less Disguised 2014

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 6:49 pm

I wonder if in the new year we could be less distracted by the manufactured b.s. — produced by the Democratic and Republican Parties — designed to make us hate the Reds or the Blues? Just a little less? Or if we can keep our eyes on the prize more steadily, the prize being changing the economy into one that makes full employment at good wages our number one ‘left wing radical’ priority.

Christmas Antidote: Actual News

By: Wednesday December 25, 2013 6:01 pm

Here’s a swig of actual news to wash down all those twee “human interest” pieces sticking in your throat.

Extended Unemployment Benefits End January 1

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 6:47 am

Lost in the drama in DC is that many of the programs being cut or eliminated affect real people. One such program is extended unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed. While Wall Street has rebounded the economy for the 99% remains depressed and stagnant. Extended unemployment is all that is keeping some families from [...]

Come Saturday Morning: Perestroika and Austerity

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 7:00 am

It turned out that the ordinary Russians had good reason to hate perestroika: It was killing them.

Deciphering Greece

By: Thursday November 14, 2013 5:00 pm

It’s hard work getting the news from the news these days, especially if you want to know about a country like Greece. Far-away birthplace of democracy, a bit exotic, Mediterranean lifestyle, Zorba, rumored to be different. What does any of that mean? Strange things are happening there but what is going on precisely? The Greeks ran up quite a tab at the bar, or so the financial dailies tell us on a regular basis.

Dick Durbin Insults Everyone Else’s Intelligence About Social Security

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 5:45 am

The “. . . may run out of money. . . . ” and “. . . dealing with entitlements. . . “ memes, in reply to Chris Wallace’s question suggests that a deal trading increased revenues for Social Security and other entitlement cuts is acceptable to him. So, Durbin’s argument is that because Social Security Trustee and CBO projections, based on very pessimistic economic growth projections for the whole period, show a shortfall in the Social Security “Trust Fund” in 20 years, it is acceptable to make entitlement cuts now if the Democrats can get increased revenue from higher taxes, as if entitlement “reform” were the only way to meet the perceived Social Security solvency problem. But who would it be acceptable to?

Shutdown Ends, Debt Ceiling Raised, For Now

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 6:40 am

After wasting everyone’s time and money for 16 days, Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans caved in and reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. Now we return to the brutal austerity of the Budget Control Act of 2010, in losing the Republicans have won. Although part of the deal to reopen the government included allowing special interests to tailor the sequester cuts to the poor and powerless as part of a joint committee between the House and Senate. So things are actually going to get worse for most people.

Rationalization and Obligation, Part VI: What the President Ought to Do, What He Probably Will Do

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 4:25 pm

If the President is obligated to obey the 14th amendment, then he should be doing whatever he can to use the other options to end the debt ceiling crisis. He should not be playing chicken with the Republicans over the debt ceiling and the shutdown. Both are dangerous to the economy, and there is a real risk of default in allowing the Treasury’s daily available balance to fall to the level it will be at as of October 17th.

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