20 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Fun With Graphs: Tax Cuts

A series of graphs showing how tax cuts for the wealthy fail to lower unemployment, increase the gap between the rich and poor, and drive up housing costs.

19 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Congress Passes Local Community Radio Act

Little noticed but extremely important to progressives, on Saturday afternoon Congress also passed the Local Community Radio Act. This legislation opens up radio spectrum to hundreds, if not thousands, of local independent radio stations (also known as LPFM).

17 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Minority Party Achieves Top Priority, Majority Settles For Scraps

A supposedly progressive president. An overwhelming majority in the House. And at least for a while, a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. But the minority party achieves its #1 goal, and the majority gets a few scraps thrown their way. The Democrats are completely and absolutely inept bought. Let’s see what they do now to “screw up” START and DADT.

16 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Freshman Senators Seek Filibuster Reform

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) briefed reporters today on ideas for introducing a “constitutional option” to reform the Senate in the next session of Congress. The two-step plan, roughly: on January 5, when votes are taken to organize the Senate, get 51 members to agree to adopt new rules, then get 51 votes on a package that reforms cloture so that objecting to legislation forces continuous debate.

15 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Justice Department Hands Out Oil Spill Lawsuits

The Justice Department on Wednesday sued BP and eight other companies in the Gulf oil spill disaster in an effort to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.

14 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Gibbs Wants To Grow Up

Robert Gibbs thinks the message of 2010 election was that Washington needs to be more adult.

13 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Men Are Having A Harder Time Finding Work

The prolonged unemployment crisis is hitting men harder than women.

13 Dec 2010

UnCommon Ground – Shared Values Are Discovered Through Shared Experiences

This is a continuation of chapter 2 of the book I am writing. Please see the bottom of the page for links to the other parts of the book.

11 Dec 2010

Watercooler – He Has Sent The Rich Away Empty

As I was preparing for Sunday school, I came across this passage from the Gospel of Luke. It’s from Mary’s song of praise (The Magnificat) for the coming birth of the Christ child, and it’s quite relevant to recent political events.

10 Dec 2010

Watercooler – Corporations Are Sitting On Cash Instead Of Creating Jobs

Rather than pouring their money into building plants or hiring workers, nonfinancial companies in the U.S. were sitting on $1.93 trillion in cash and other liquid assets at the end of September, up from $1.8 trillion at the end of June.