For the Workers: Fourth of July and Beyond

America is celebrating the 237th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence from England. There will be cook outs and parties all across the land. Thousands upon thousands of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other noise making fireworks will be exploded to the sheer delight of young and old alike. Hamburgers, hot dogs and other local foods will be consumed as the nation comes together in a state of unity.… [Read more]

Our Herculean President

We loyal lefties have had to endure some hits this go around. From the ACA (“ObamaCare”) without a public option, to necessary bank bailouts with no strings attached, to continued wholesale tax giveaways for the rich and corporate welfare for Exxon/Mobil and the like, to watered down legislation of all varieties, it hasn’t been a perfect ride.… [Read more]

Great Society

After watching President Obama’s Ohio Speech on the Economy last week, I structured my Black Politics lecture around the contributions and obstructions of federalism – the union of state and federal power – to the “African-American quest for universal freedom.” In that context, we discussed four episodes in our nation’s history which speak to the expansion of federal power, and the utility of “Big Government.” They are: Reconstruction, The Great Depression and the Great Recession, and the Civil Rights Era.… [Read more]

Mitt Romney’s Awesome Second Great Depression American Pie

7,700,000 American seniors living in poverty 16,200,000 American children living in poverty 21,600,000 Americans living in poverty 45,800,000 Americans receiving food stamps 49,900,000 Americans with no health insurance 12,580,000 unemployed Americans 14,000 Americans controlling 40% of America’s wealth

To the above, fold in Paul Ryan’s budget, cuts to Medicare, food stamps, unemployment insurance, welfare and Social Security benefits.… [Read more]

How Did We Get Here?

Sometimes the best approach to moving forward is to take time to look back in order to see what we’ve come through and what, if any, lessons we’ve learned. While economists say that America’s economy is pulling itself out of the economic downturn, with the global economy still on shaky ground it is clear that America still a long way to go to achieve across-the-board economic stability.… [Read more]