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Ralph Nader is one of America's most effective social critics. Named by The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the hundred most influential Americans of the twentieth century, his documented criticism of government and industry has had widespread effect on public awareness and bureaucratic power. He is the "U.S.'s toughest customer" says Time magazine. His inspiration and example have galvanized a whole population of consumer advocates, citizen activists, and public interest lawyers who in turn have established their own organizations throughout the country.
(2 comments) Friday, July 19, 2019 Will Any Disgusted Republicans Challenge Trump in the Primaries?
Republicans must think "crooked Donald" is invincible. So why try? Plenty of Republican politicians consider Trump to be a clear and present danger to Party and country. They include Former Senators Flake and Corker; current Senator Mitt Romney; former Governor of Ohio John Kasich; former New Jersey Governor and EPA head, under Reagan, Christine Todd Whitman; and former House Speaker Paul Ryan.
(2 comments) Thursday, June 27, 2019 Which 2020 Democrat Will Go After Trump's Destructive Embrace of Corporate Socialism?
Donald Trump's 2020 election strategy is to connect his potential Democratic opponents with "socialism." Trump plans to use this attack on the Democrats even if Senator Bernie Sanders, who proudly calls himself a "democratic socialist," doesn't become the presidential nominee (Sanders has been decisively re-elected in Vermont).
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Congressional Interns and Congress Redirections -- A Meeting
Led by one percent of active citizens in their communities the people left and right can achieve a living wage economy, full health insurance, law and order for corporations, a fair tax system, and organizing rights for workers, consumers, and small taxpayers. We can develop solar energy capabilities quicker.
(7 comments) Saturday, June 15, 2019 It is Time to Rediscover Print Newspapers
By reading the print edition of a newspaper, you might just see something that your online news alerts or search engine algorithms don't automatically present.
(1 comments) Friday, May 31, 2019 Society Is In Decay - When the Worst is First and the Best is Last
People who push for our government to start illegal wars (eg. John Bolton pushing for the war in Iraq) are rewarded with top appointments. Former government officials also get very rich when they take jobs in the defense industry.
(2 comments) Saturday, May 25, 2019 What and who gave us Trump?
Trump has always known how to use power to get more power. He went after his opponents with harsh nicknames, repeated verbatim by a supine press. The name calling stuck and influenced voters. Democrats did not reciprocate with nicknames like "cheating Donald," "corrupt Donald," "Dangerous Donald."
(9 comments) Saturday, May 4, 2019 Trump Is the Most Impeachable President in American History
For the first time ever, life expectancy in the United States is declining. This lawlessness is way beyond what should be excused by "prosecutorial discretion." Trump's defiant wholesale repeal of the rule of law begs for impeachment. This is the road to tyranny and the de facto overthrow of our "constitutional order."
(2 comments) Sunday, December 9, 2018 New Book about Ethics and Whistleblowing for Engineers Affects Us All!
The stakes from climate disruption to the military arms race to our public infrastructure to the health and safety of posterity and our planet are so high. So must be the expectations accorded the engineering profession everywhere in our midst.
(1 comments) Thursday, November 29, 2018 First Step Post-Election -- Open Up the Closed, Secretive Congress
Following the mid-term elections, progressive citizen groups have to advance an agenda that makes Congress work for all Americans. The first step, however, is to acknowledge that Capitol Hill has walled itself off from the people, on behalf of corporate autocrats.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives
Although politicians review and sign fundraising letters, rarely do they write them. That lucrative task is left to political consulting firms that also profitably consult for corporations. That's why the letters are so formulaic.
Over the years I've urged incumbents & candidates for elected office to do more than ask people for money. Why not ask them for their time, their minds, and their dedication by having "time-raisers
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Universal Voting Dissolves the Obstacles Facing Voters
Voter suppression is real and getting worse. Voter fraud is virtually non-existent, but this spurious claim is used as the excuse for unnecessary restrictions. Voter turnout, not surprisingly, is lower than in any other Western country.
(3 comments) Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Mugger Mick Mulvaney -- Trump's Sadist-in-Chief
A human wrecking ball, Mugger Mick has pushed to eliminate the Meals-on-Wheels assistance for isolated elderly, to increase rents for poor tenants, to severely gut SNAP (food stamps) and nutritious food standards, and to diminish Medicaid. In addition the Trump administration wants to impose work requirements in Medicaid as a condition of eligibility. He even would plunge a dagger into Social Security and Medicare.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 The Unsurpassed Power trip by an Insuperable Control Freak
Amazon and Starbucks have just succeeded in a grotesque power play reversing the Seattle City Council's vote to impose a mere $48 million a year tax on large, local corporations to combat the crisis of homelessness and unaffordable housing in your hometown, Jeff. Because of your company's insatiable greed, you have decided to ignore the plight of the homeless.
(1 comments) Thursday, June 14, 2018 The Constitution and the Lawmen are Coming for Trump -- He Laughs!
The law has never caught up with Trump. Trump always emerged with the gold by profiting at the expense of those around him. Trump made a profit out of the ruins of his companies, flouted the law by hiring undocumented Polish workers, cheated the students who were lured into the Donald Trump University, and often failed to pay his contractors...
(1 comments) Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Slogan Voters -- The Road to Political Masochism
Trump has become homeostatic -- whatever goes around, comes around to his advantage for the Slogan Voters. Evidence against Trump is turned around to justify Trump. More than anyone else, Trump has understood this and fed these strange conclusions by inattentive minds. Yeah, "Making America Great Again, Drain the Swamp, and Lock Her Up!"
(1 comments) Saturday, May 26, 2018 Audit the Outlaw Military Budget Draining America's Necessities
Warnings about unrestrained military spending have not been addressed. The military budget -- now at about a trillion dollars when you add up all costs -- is spiraling out of control and draining the public budgets for rebuilding America's public infrastructure and services. Now both major parties go along with uncritical rubber-stamping.
(4 comments) Saturday, May 5, 2018 Wake Up to Trump, Distraction and War with Iran
You'd think that the Israeli government couldn't play Uncle Sam a sucker to fight yet another war -- this one against Iran with American soldiers and money. But the three warmongers,
Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, are driving U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Unfortunately, Congress regularly disregards its constitutional duties and follows the lead of AIPAC lobbyists.
Friday, April 13, 2018 The Hour is Late -- Speak Out, Stand Tall, Ex-Officials
Trump is wreaking havoc on the American people as workers, consumers, buyers of medicine, breathers of air and drinkers of water, as taxpayers against waste and spreading corruption, and as children in serious need. These outrages must be counteracted by people who can get their calls returned, get on the mass media, and mobilize the caring public into sturdy citizen challengers of our hijacked federal government.