Saturday, April 19, 2014 One in five US children do not have enough to eat (2 comments)
First under Bush and then Obama, trillions of dollars have been handed to Wall Street in the form of bank bailouts, followed by unending cuts in wages, benefits and social programs. The 400 richest individuals in the US now have a collective wealth of more than $2 trillion, or 400 times the annual budget of Feeding America and more than one billion times the average annual income for an individual on food stamps.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 GM expands ignition recall to include another defect it concealed
General Motors issued a second recall notice on the 2.6 million compact cars it recalled in February and March because of a faulty ignition switch that has caused at least 13 deaths and 31 crashes. As in the case of the recalled ignition switches, GM knew of serious defects in the ignition lock cylinders in the same models for more than a decade, but failed to report the problem.
Sunday, August 25, 2013 Outgoing FBI director uses fear-mongering to defend spying programs
FBI Director Robert Mueller alleged that new terrorism threats were emerging in Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Algeria, Syria, and Egypt, as well as in the United States during an interview with cable channel CNN on Thursday. The purpose of Mueller's statement is to stoke fear and apprehension in the American population to justify the police state surveillance programs set up by the government.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Train derails, explodes outside Baltimore, Maryland
Roughly 1,000 people in the US die in train accidents every year, while train derailments resulting in chemical spills take place nearly every two weeks. The growing frequency of such incidents points not only to the acutely advanced decay and increasingly hazardous state of US infrastructure, but also to the utter unwillingness of the political establishment to meaningfully address the situation.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 International law and the US war drive in Syria
The expansion of war in the Middle East is being carried out behind the backs of the American people and against their will. A poll published the same day as Obama's press conference found that 62 percent of the American people oppose intervention in Syria, and only 25 percent support it.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 New Report Finds Increase In Social Inequality During US "Recovery" (1 comments)
The Pew report found that the poorest 93 percent of US households saw, on average, a four percent decline in their net worth during these two years of stock market boom, while the wealthiest seven percent saw their net worth increase by an average of 28 percent.
Monday, April 1, 2013 US states cut higher education spending by nearly a third (5 comments)
The cuts to higher education are of a piece with broad attacks on public education by state governments, and especially the Obama administration's "Race to the Top" program. Under this policy, schools in poor districts are held to the same testing standards as those in affluent areas.
Thursday, February 28, 2013 Sequester to Spearhead Historic Assault on US Social Programs (2 comments)
the sequester crisis marks a new stage in the ruling class assault on the social conditions of working people in America. It will have a devastating impact on social programs and services at the federal, state and local levels, including education, housing, home heating assistance, health care, nutritional assistance, road repair and air transport.