‘Political & Politicians’ Archives
Professor Starr writes about the "Hourglass Economy," one in which the economy consists mainly of the rich and the poor with only a small middle class. Examples of this type of economy abound. Many South American and African countries come to mind. Without a strong and prosperous middle class, the United States is destined to become a third-rate nation. America will not longer be a world power or a major player in world economics. This will mark the end of the "American Dream" and the ... Full Story
Do they get money because of the way they vote, or do they vote because they get money?
It seems like a good idea, fast, cheap movement of one of the world’s most important resources. Once built, oil pipelines can move the liquid resource quickly and efficiently, thus keeping down the transportation costs. This is the scenario being described by TransCanada and the Republican Party. Unfortunately, this is only part of the story. The scenario they describe completely ignores what happens when the pipe breaks, and the pipes will break. It is not a matter if, but when. It seems ... Full Story
Counterstrike: Using The Free Market To Hold Men’s Sperm Accountable By: Sarah JonesMarch, 23, 2012 In response to the patriarchal treatment of our bodies as property, criminal defense attorney Ms. Karen Suzanne Wilkes has drafted sample legislation based upon licensing & property laws, demanding that men pay for “licensing, use and maintenance of our bodies & the offspring we create.” Ms. Wilkes’ sample legislation reads: It shall be unlawful (a felony, ... Full Story
Tea Party Freshmen Frolic With Lobbyists At $10,000 A Head Fundraiser Tea Party insurgents swept the Republicans into power in 2010, riding a wave of frustration with the status quo to a majority in the House of Representatives. But after less than two years, many seem to have become quite comfortable with the ways of Washington, or, in this case, Key Largo: That's where we caught up with a select group of Republican freshmen, engaged in business as usual. But they didn't ... Full Story
By Joe Conason If the foreign adversaries and competitors of the United States imagined a future that would fufill their most ambitious objectives, it might begin with a government crippled by the House Republican leadership’s “Ryan budget” released on Tuesday. Followed to its absurd conclusion, this document would lead America toward a withered state, approaching the point where Marxian dreams and Randian dogma converge. Or at least that’s the view ... Full Story
Once upon a time, the United States was a prosperous nation with a strong middle class. The middle class had achieved what President Theodore Roosevelt dreamed for the middle class; a living wage that allowed them to take care of their family, buy a house, save some for old age. These people were able to live the American Dream and they purchased the products made in factories in the U.S. They were able to support charities and community activities. Workers shared in the wealth created by their ... Full Story