28 May 2011

The Most Important Thing…

is that you’d have to be walking dead for this not to affect you… Smile for awhile… “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” —  Anatole France (1844-1924)

22 May 2011

Single Payer Reality: Vermont Approves Universal Health Care Program

While the silence from most of US mainstream media remains deafening, the print and online news publication for physicians published by the American Medical Association – American Medical News – reported May 16 that Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony for May 26 during which he will

23 Apr 2011

The People’s Budget: Dealing With The Debt & Fixing The Economy

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and is a founding co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S. His books include A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the US and Contours of Descent: US Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity.

In February 2010 Pollin talked with Paul Jay of The Real News Network and during the interview outlined a careful combination of job-generating public investments, incentives to mobilize private investment, and policies that protect economically vulnerable populations that can create the economic, regulatory and policy environment that Obama could have already been using to create 18 million jobs and lower the unemployment rate to only 4 percent by 2012 – a proposal that has never been given any serious consideration by the Obama administration, policy makers, or mainstream media.

Instead the Obama administration chose to continue listening to people like Ben Bernanke whom Obama had re-nominated as Federal Reserve Chairman in August 2009, and who, as the top bank regulator in the country, had played a central role in the creation of the ongoing economic crisis we are experiencing.

20 Apr 2011

When The Music’s Over

Just some free associating thoughts for these darkening days… Tom Engelhardt yesterday in his post This Can’t End Well said… Can there be any question that something big is happening here, even if we don’t quite know what it is because, unlike the peoples of past empires, we never took

19 Apr 2011

On Dealing With The Debt & Fixing The Economy

Interview with Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass – discussing Obama’s speech in which he made clear that he is more or less taking on the argument that the big problem is the debt and that austerity for the masses is his plan for reducing it…

19 Apr 2011

Whither America?

“Tomorrow is here. The game is over. The crisis has passed — and the patient is dead. Whatever dream you had about what America is, it isn’t that anymore. It’s gone. And not just in some abstract sense, some metaphorical or mythological sense, but down in the nitty-gritty…”

04 Feb 2011

‘Advanced’ Civilization: The Long Party is Over

Advanced’ Civilization: The Long Party is Over – “Our current way of life is unsustainable. We are the first species that will have to self-consciously impose limits on ourselves if we are to survive.”

09 Jan 2011

Loughner and Giffords

I spent much of yesterday looking, and no matter how far I looked, no matter who I spoke to, no matter who I asked, I could find no publicly available indication that Loughner knew who Giffords was – or that he even knew her name or that he even knew

07 Jan 2011

Insider Threats To Obama

Barack Obama: “Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”

06 Jan 2011

Social Security: Beyond Red and Blue

George Carlin said it bluntly a few years ago, and it was dismissed as comedy by more than a few who saw that it wasn’t – who saw that he he was using the comedic stage as a platform to deliver a serious warning, to pass on the truth as he saw it clearly…