The Mobile Lifestyle of the New Middle Class

The middle class is shrinking. It sounds dire, doesn’t it? It sounds like the sky is falling down, like the foundation of the nation is crumbling and on its way to total collapse, swallowing up all the debt-riddled students and blue collar workers along with it.

We’re talking full-on catastrophic natural disaster movie scene here: the ground will crack open—there’s probably a river of hot magma down there—and every coverall wearing, book-toting, making-ends-meet citizen of the country is inexplicably thrust into the chasm.… [Read more]

Thank you, Anthony Weiner.

Thank you Anthony Weiner.

You are probably wondering why I am thanking the tabloid poster boy, ex-congressman and current New York City mayoral candidate. Well, today I received some bad news; an undetected water supply line break to a the refrigerator caused a great deal of water damage in three rooms of my house. As I sat thinking about how I would deal with the repairs and expenses I drifted into despair.… [Read more]

Another stop on the state of the economy road trip

“How about a ‘grand bargain’ for middle-class jobs?” Indeed, that is the question. While Congress spends its time on the time-wasting activity of yet another ‘down with Obamacare‘ vote (does this latest vote make 40 attempts to snatch healthcare coverage from the country’s previously uninsured citizens?), President Obama spoke at a another stop on his ‘state of the economy’ road trip.… [Read more]

When We Look Back, What Will We See?

Beginnings, endings and periods that mark great changes occur during every moment of every day. Wrapping up this week, a few events in history that took place on February 24th caught my attention:

  • In 2008, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, and his brother Raul Castro was unanimously elected.
  • In 2011, the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) took place.
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Working For a Living

I’m taking what they’re giving ’cause I’m working for a living.

~ Huey Lewis and the News

The overall economy is improving but we still have a long way to go before the nation’s working class, the middle class, is vibrant and strong again.

In the meantime, during this Labor Day weekend, we honour all of those who are working for a living, and those who haven’t given up as they seek that fulfilling job.… [Read more]

First, I Will Be President. Later, I Will Be God!

Hello. I’m Mitt Romney. I am a Temple Mormon, a High Priest, and as such I have sworn blood oaths of sacrifice, obedience and consecration to the church and the “Kingdom of God.” My perfect obedience to these laws will allow me to become a god in the next life, the literal father of the peoples of a new and different earth.… [Read more]

A Guaranteed Living Wage

I was talking to an acquaintance the other day; she was telling me how tired she was after her week of work. She told me that after being laid off from her job of 28 years with a carpet company in Georgia, she now makes minimum wage on a factory floor standing for eight hours a day on her fifty-something legs.… [Read more]

98 Days and Counting

Are you ready for the election cycle to end? When all is said and done, between each cycle we experience two years of debates, campaigns, SuperPACs, television commercials and online pop-up ads. That’s a bit much. The good thing is that all of this will come to a close soon, though not soon enough for those of us who’d like to see the decision made so that congress can get back to doing their job…whatever that may be.… [Read more]

Fix It!!

"This is war(fare)"! We've heard that declaration quite frequently though, in recent weeks, the rhetoric has toned down somewhat and been replaced by other nonsense spewed by the CONservative spin meisters. Despite being ratcheted down a notch, the whining and lying talking points from the right continue to focus on how the poor and middle-class have declared war against the ultra-rich. Read more...

Wrong!

The latest Congressional nonsense is really no surprise. Anyone paying attention would have known that the right expects all compromises to come from the left — and unless the left compromises, there is no compromise at all. Apparently, there will be no attempts to find solutions, either. House Republicans ran away from extending, for at least a two month period until there are more concrete solutions and agreements can be made, the payroll tax cut that benefits the middle class.… [Read more]

Let’s (Not) Try This Again

It has been said that doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is a sure sign of madness. If that’s the case, is it a sign of madness that trying to reinstate the same policies that have proven to be an abject failure means that the Republican party is comprised of batshit crazy people who simply don’t follow the lessons of history?… [Read more]

For The Economy’s Sake…

…Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Congress will, at some point, have to make a decision before their next taxpayer subsidised vacation on whether or not to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that were put in place during George W. Bush’s presidency. It’s really clear to me though not clear to any viewers of FOX/Fake News that the Republicans aren’t anxious to take any action that will move the country forward given how much they loathe the POTUS represent compromise with the Democrats but, perhaps, they can consider that letting the tax cuts expire will boost their image among sane people and enhance the nation’s overall economic picture.… [Read more]

They Don’t Care About Us

All I wanna say is that They don’t really care about us…

All I wanna say is that They don’t really care about us…

~  Refrain from Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us

 

When I think of people who repeatedly take actions that work against their own best interests, the chorus from Michael Jackson’s song ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ comes to mind.  … [Read more]