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(32 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 28, 2009 The Devastating Consequences of a Corporate Health Care Bill
the dust is starting to settle, and the Congressional vision for health care in the U.S. is emerging. Instead of being “progressive,” it will amount to a massive, corporate-inspired attack on American workers, the elderly, and the poor.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 The Drive to Eliminate Social Security Accelerates
Each new day in Washington brings a fresh call to "reform entitlement programs" -- Social Security, Medicare, etc., (in Congress, the word "reform" now means to eliminate, or drastically reduce). Tackling Social Security has been on the to-do list of the corporate elite for years, and they're not waiting any longer.
(13 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2009 Global Warming Accelerating While the U.S. Backpedals
Two recent studies have shocked the world in regard to global warming. A phenomenon that was to happen “possibly in our lifetime” has evolved into a threat capable of transforming the world in ten years time.
(15 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 12, 2010 The Death of Liberalism in the United States
It's no exaggeration to say that President Obama was the Democrats' last chance to maintain some level of political legitimacy in the eyes of working class Americans. Now, after a year of solid pro-corporate policies, it's obvious Obama has failed; and with him the Democratic Party.
SHARE Friday, April 16, 2010 Why Are Corporate Groups Funding the Tea Party?
Glenn Beck's attempt to denounce labor unions -- especially the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- and other working-class organizations as "Marxists" and "extremists" is not an accident. Some sections of the U.S. corporate elite view these groups as having too much power, especially in the context of the still-continuing Great Recession.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, January 4, 2010 The Origins of Modern Socialism
The specter of socialism is again haunting the minds of the corporate elite, from the Americas to Europe and beyond. This, after decades of pro-capitalist campaigning from the corporate media, which has always confused "capitalism" with "freedom." But of course freedom and democracy cannot exist alongside tremendous inequalities of wealth -- or next to corporations wielding absolute power over elections and governments.
(14 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2009 The U.S. Creeps Closer to a Police State
When word first arrived that the G-20 would be meeting in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, activists began organizing protest demonstrations. Events like this are what freedom of speech is made for. What better occasion to protest than a meeting of the world's 20 top leaders — most of them deservedly hated — where they will be imposing policy on billions of people worldwide?
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 9, 2009 A Cure for an Ailing Economy: Taxing the Rich
The giant shift of wealth that has occurred in the last 40 years towards the wealthy must cease and be drastically reversed, since any society that intends to meet the basic needs of its citizens "" food, housing, health care, education, etc. "" is utterly incompatible with the current situation, where a small group of billionaires enrich themselves off bursting financial bubbles and war profiteering.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Wall Street Under Obama: Bigger and Riskier
Like every other promise of substance, Obama's pledge to “rein in” the banks has fallen by the wayside; the well-timed rhetoric smoothed over public tensions and now business is back to usual.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 14, 2010 Washington Moves to Control Iran's Revolution
It seems that President Obama has finally woken up. He now realizes that the U.S. friendly "color revolution" in Iran that he hoped for -- and planned for -- has gotten out of control. To the Democrat's terrible regret, a real revolution is under way.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Torture Never Stopped Under Obama
Yes, Obama outlawed some especially shocking forms of torture -- water boarding, for example -- but other types of torture were not labeled "torture" and thus continue.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 24, 2009 The Economic Crisis Ends; the Political Crisis Begins
First Iceland, then Ireland, now Greece. Much of Europe is mired in inescapable debt and bankrupt nations, the result of crashing banks, bank bailouts, and soaring unemployment. The U.S. and U.K. watch from a distance, knowing their turn is next.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Obama Provokes War Against China and Iran
The possibility of yet another U.S. war became more real last week, when the Obama administration sharply confronted both China and Iran. The first aggressive act was performed by Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who "warned" China that it must support serious economic sanctions against Iran (an act of war).
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 9, 2009 The Coming U.S. Budget Attack
Instead of governors presiding over painful cuts in social programs, the President will be doing the gutting. And although his proposed budget isn't due until February, the President's spokespeople are priming the media to play a major propaganda role in what will be a colossal blow against working and poor people.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 29, 2010 The European and U.S. Economies: Falling Dominoes
Massive, bad debt is often cited as the cause of the global depression, but why this debt existed in the first place is never discussed. Quite simply, the debt was needed to buy the products of corporations that wages once consumed.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, January 29, 2010 Taxing the Rich Wins in Oregon
Victory! Thousands of Oregon workers fought valiantly over the past weeks to ensure that corporations and the rich will see their taxes raised, so that social services, health care, and education could be saved.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, July 26, 2010 Teachers and Democrats Head for Divorce
It's best to quickly recognize the red flags in any failing relationship. This way, ties can be severed instead of allowing things to linger forever in dysfunction. For Democrats and teachers' unions, the writing is on the wall. The two are simply going in opposite directions.
SHARE Sunday, December 20, 2009 Why Copenhagen Failed
Contrary to the hopes of billions of people, the talks were a purely elite affair. Many of the thousands of delegates sent to the conference were not looking to save the planet, as advertised, but were looking out for the national interest of their native governments. Most of these countries are dominated by the "special interests" of giant corporations.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, July 2, 2012 A Victory for Obamacare, A Defeat for the Left
Aligning with Obama will have dire consequences for his allies, who are leaving the wider working class behind in an attempt to boost a President who hasn't earned the support.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 9, 2010 The Gulf Spill Continues: Is Obama Powerless Against BP?
More than one gigantic eco-system may be destroyed by BP, and the President of the U.S. is sadly reduced to lecturing in "serious tones," with daily adjustments of tone based on the results of polling agencies.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 13, 2009 Who Will Pay for Health Care?
The health care debate has traveled quite a distance, all in a downhill direction: from the starting point of a universal single-payer system to the very bottom of the hill - taxing workers health care benefits and taking health care away from the neediest. This is the obvious outcome of corporate interests having a "seat at the table" in deciding health care policy.
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 3, 2010 Obama's New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War
When the UN refused to agree to the severe sanctions that the U.S. wanted, Obama responded with typical Bush flair and went solo. The new U.S. sanctions against Iran -- signed into law by Obama on July 1st -- are an unmistakable act of war.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 15, 2009 What Obama Isn't Telling American Workers
A lot is happening in the tumultuous realm of global economics. The “Great Recession” has caused tectonic shifts internationally, with outcomes that will dramatically change the lives of millions of people in the U.S. and beyond. And while Obama is acknowledging this fact with repeated references to “a new world order,” he isn't explaining how this adversely affects working-class Americans.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 4, 2010 Will Obama's Corporate Tax Breaks Create Jobs?
The core of Obama's "bold plan" to create jobs does not create a single
job. Rather, it encourages corporations to hire workers by giving
them a variety of tax credits or tax breaks -- the same solution
proposed by the previous two Bush's and Reagan; a building block of Conservative Ideology.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 28, 2010 Health Care Battle Ends; War on Social Security Begins
Drunk with success over their Health Care bill passing, the Democrats are now lusting after even greater conquests. With the celebratory hangover still aching, the Democrats lurch forward towards a hasty drive to "reform" Social Security.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 10, 2010 Can Capitalism Save Haiti?
Absolute horror continues in Haiti. The inhuman -- response by the international community the U.S. especially -- has been directly responsible for thousands of deaths, whether it be those who were buried alive under rubble, or who died by infection or other untreated injuries.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2009 Why the U.S. Government Hates Venezuela
The recent U.S.-backed military coup in Honduras sent shockwaves throughout the region, exposing the Obama administration for what it is: yet another government dedicated to the interests of the super-wealthy and corporations, who want their “investments” in Latin America to be protected from “populist” governments who redistribute wealth and land.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 8, 2010 Jobs Continue to Vanish While the Media Applauds "Recovery"
At first glance it appeared there was a typo in the headlines. The national media reported that, in January, another 20,000 more jobs were lost. Somehow, the unemployment rate dropped, from 10 percent to 9.7 percent. Nobody thought this paradox was worth explaining; instead, the media's attitude was "more good news" about the economy.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Wall Street Ends Hope for Homeowners Via Congress
Obama was not demanding that foreclosures cease, or that those who've recently lost their homes - because of the economic crisis - be allowed to return to them; he was merely advocating that those who can still afford mortgage payments be allowed to lower their balances. But even this small crumb for homeowners was rejected by Wall Street, whose profits would have suffered.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 11, 2009 End the Fed? Or End the Market Economy?
As elite-controlled as the Federal Reserve system is, it's “ending” cannot be the final goal of a progressive political movement. Larger social/economic forces must be considered too — and be dealt with.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 27, 2012 The First Domino Falls in Greece
Greece's situation is not an isolated event, but a bellwether for the industrial world and beyond. The fallout from the 2008 global crisis hasn't reached bottom yet, and the depths will be dug deeper as the Euro crisis spreads
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 30, 2009 The Deeper Origins of the Economic Crisis
much of the analysis around the economic crisis has focused too little on actual causes, and too much on abstract financial details and other consequences of deeper economic problems.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 25, 2009 Obama's Real Plan in Latin America
While Obama humbly discussed hemispheric issues on an "equal footing" with his Latin American counterparts at the recent Summit of Americas, he has subtly signaled that U.S. foreign policy will be business as usual.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 30, 2009 Obama's Dirty War On Immigrants
The Obama Administration is taking immigration policies created under Bush and expanding them, much like he's done with Bush's war policies, bank bailouts, civil right restrictions (the Patriot Act, torture, unlimited/unchallengeable imprisonment, etc.).
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 16, 2010 Massacre in Thailand: Obama's Bloody Hands
When the White House is quiet as protesters are butchered in the streets of Bangkok Thailand, suspicions are raised. Silence often equals complicacy. One can only imagine what the U.S.' response would be to a Venezuelan government slaughter: the U.S. media and Obama would loudly condemn such an act, in contrast to the muted response to Thailand's blood bath.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Workers to Obama: No Recovery in Sight
Many workers are starting to realize they've been lied to about the recession ending; patience is wearing thin. If Obama thinks he can keep the country's workers quiet forever by telling us to “tighten belts” and remain “patient,” he has another think coming.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2009 Obama and the Crisis of the U.S. Auto Industry
Instead of "restructuring" the plants to produce mass transit vehicles, electronic cars, or selling cars at government subsidized prices, the Obama administration is intervening solely with the principle that the automobiles must "make a profit" on the "free market."
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 18, 2010 The Great Bi-Partisan Deception
Now the two party system is reshuffling to pursue a joint mission. Policies that the corporate elite have been planning for decades are in the process of being implemented. The recession is being used as the ultimate excuse to gut Medicare, Social Security, public education and other social services while expanding war, corporate tax breaks and corporate health care.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2009 Cracks Emerging in NAFTA
Being "against free-trade"- is not automatically progressive. The many U.S. corporations that hope to re-negotiate NAFTA to shut-out foreign competitors should not be admired for their actions. They are for the opposite of free-trade, protectionism, and instead of looking for low wages and poor working conditions abroad, seek to further implement them in the U.S.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Why Teachers Unions Matter
The bi-partisan goal is to undermine and dismember public education, so that public funds may be instead channeled into paying debts racked up by multiple wars and corporate bailouts.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 28, 2009 The Democrats vs. Public Education
Obama recently announced his "race to the top" program to "reform" education. Much like Bush's No Child Left Behind, Obama's plan represents progress for education in name only.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 2, 2010 How Obama's Health Care "Reform" Kills Health Care
Instead of common sense and honesty directing the health care debate, bags of money facilitate the conversation, funneled in from the health care industry via lobbyists into Congressmen's pockets. This is the real reason that Obama's "health care summit" was full of free-market jargon, staged debate and fake rage.
SHARE Friday, January 22, 2010 Fighting Company Union Ideology
The fundamental aim of modern company union ideology is to promote the concept of identical interests between workers and the employers. It is a philosophy of cooperation and teamwork, where in reality bitter hostility and mutual distrust are accurate reflections of the attitudes of workers and owners -- emotions based on the real antagonism between wages and profits.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 21, 2009 The Democrats Abandon the Environment
Can the looming environmental catastrophe be solved by environmentalists working side by side with Wall Street Bankers? Such a question doesn't deserve a serious answer. The Democrats, however, are attempting to address the issue of global warming by developing a "partnership" between those who love the earth, and those who love only profits.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, March 8, 2010 The Fight to Save Public Education
The first battle tactic against public education was to starve it. Politicians have consistently lowered taxes on corporations and the rich for the past three decades, thereby lowering state revenues that have created the budget crises in nearly every state. Consequently, public education is in a state of shell shock.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 25, 2012 Obama's Second Latin American Coup
The U.S. mainstream media and politicians are not calling the events in Paraguay a coup, since the president is being "legally impeached" by the elite-dominated Paraguayan Congress.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 2, 2010 How Wars Are Born: China vs. the U.S.
Typically, the U.S. military is in charge of policing most of the global shipping lanes, so that corporate goods are unhampered by pirates or hostile nations, etc. But China is no longer content with this situation, and wants protections of its own.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 4, 2009 How to Lower the U.S. Deficit Without Killing Social Security
The real reason that the U.S. “cannot afford” Social Security and Medicare is because the Obama Administration has other priorities. Like Bush, Obama continues to spend billions of dollars on two foreign wars — Afghanistan and Iraq — while beginning a third in Pakistan. The truly insane annual military budget that existed under Bush will rise with Obama to $534 billion in 2010.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, August 3, 2012 The Next Stage in the Destruction of Syria
The systematic dismantling of Syria has more to do with western media lies and geo-politics than "revolution;" and the more that the U.S. media cheers on this bloodletting, the more politicians feel enabled to spill it.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 21, 2010 Obama's Delusions: The Economy and Iraq
If you've listened to recent speeches the President has given about the economy and the Iraq war, you'd think that two of the biggest social issues facing working Americans are improving. But facts are stubborn things.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 15, 2009 Obama's Middle East Imperialism
It's now crystal clear that zero "change" will be forthcoming when it comes to U.S. foreign policy, minus a strategic shifting of troops. This fact was highlighted recently when Obama asked for an additional $83.4 billion in "emergency spending" to fight the Iraq/Afghan/Pakistan wars.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 18, 2010 A Permanent Housing Collapse?
The recent chaos that erupted when 30,000 people waited hours in the Atlanta, Georgia heat to receive applications for subsidized housing is a mere symptom of a worsening national problem.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 17, 2012 How President Obama Created Paul Ryan
No one deserves more credit for Ryan's rapid rise into stardom than President Obama, who opened heavy political doors for the aspiring Republican vice president, none more weighty than that Pandora's box of "entitlement reform" -- cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and other social programs.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2009 Making Sense of a U.S. Owned General Motors
Will Obama's GM plan benefit anybody? Yes, a small group of ultra-rich investors will likely buy GM at a bargain basement price so that they may pursue their profits in private after the public laid down the enormous "restructuring costs."
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, September 28, 2009 The First Shots of the Trade War
At the last G-20 summit, world leaders agreed not to install any new protectionist measures. Since then, protectionist measures have flourished. Instead of global cooperation we have its opposite: international tensions are on the rise as trade disputes sharpen.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 4, 2009 Why Obama's Surge in Afghanistan?
The reasons behind the surge — Al Qaeda, “rooting out terrorism,” etc. — are unlikely to fool many people, with the exception of the media. This “war on terror” propaganda is based on the same illogical catch-phrases that Bush's limited intelligence tripped over.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 6, 2010 The Economics Beneath Immigration Reform
How convenient for Goldman Sachs. Just as most working people were demanding that the Goldman bosses and other Wall Street criminals either be massively fined, jailed or worse, the nation's attention is suddenly forced to react to the racist immigration law in Arizona.
SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2009 Obama Snubs Africa, Then African Americans
Many people believed that after Bush had left the White House, rampant arrogance combined with stunning hypocrisy had also gone. Events have proven otherwise. A recent speech delivered in Africa - and one later directed specifically at African Americans - carried with them all the baggage of the Bush years, to the extent that one could safely claim that absolutely nothing had changed.
SHARE Sunday, November 22, 2009 Obama's Fraudulent “Job Summit”
A new stimulus package must be much larger, and wholly dedicated to creating jobs, not merely “saving” them. The current situation in the U.S. is one of complete social failure; there is immense work that needs to be done — in infrastructure especially — while there exists millions of workers available to do the job. But nothing happens.
SHARE Monday, May 10, 2010 How Recessions Cause Wars and Revolutions
A quick glance around the globe reveals a ruined international economy, wars and more wars in the works, and revolutionary movements aplenty -- all connected phenomena. No, the apocalypse is not coming; but the international economic system currently used to arrange the social order is crumbling, taking everyone down with it.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 26, 2009 World Bankers Agree: The Recession is Over"Maybe
Big recessions destroy wages and benefits. The huge reserve of unemployed workers helps employers threaten workers with joblessness if they do not accept lower wages, while other companies force lower wages for “the survival of the company.” Free market economists rationalize this by calling it a “market adjustment”: the labor market supposedly produced too high of wages for profits to be maintained.
SHARE Thursday, April 22, 2010 Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, and Revolution
Are revolutions happening in Thailand and Kyrgyzstan? Are they instead "uprisings"? Does it matter? The distinction is important insofar as it helps to educate others inspired by these recent events, with hopes to radically change their own political and economic systems.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 26, 2010 The International Attack on Public Workers
Public workers are being painted as scapegoats for the recession that was triggered by the Wall Street super-rich, who are working hard to shift the nation's rage away from themselves, towards public workers-- especially unionized public workers-- immigrants, and other groups of working-class people.
SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2009 It's Official: Healthcare Reform is Dead
To create health care for all, the socially-precious health care industry must be completely taken out of the hands of the mega-corporations who've ruined the lives of millions of people "" indeed directly responsible for the deaths of a staggering number of lives "" while helping bankrupt federal and state governments.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 26, 2012 Climate Change and the Next U.S. Revolution
The heat wave has helped convince tens of millions of Americans that climate change is real, overpowering the fake science and right-wing media - funded by corporate cash - to convince Americans otherwise.
SHARE Friday, December 18, 2009 Are the Democrats Fighting the Banks?
How pathetic. President Obama sat at a table surrounded by super rich bankers, pleading with them to lend money to small businesses and workers. The media mislabeled Obama's groveling as "encouraging," "imploring," and "pressing," but a man who refuses to take action is powerless; and powerless people can only beg.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Stimulus or Austerity: The People vs. the Banks
The most powerful nations in the world met recently at the G-20 in Toronto and managed to agree on only one thing of significance: the need to reduce deficits, "half by 2013." Implied by the statement is the need to lower deficits via "austerity," meaning eliminating or reducing social programs.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 3, 2009 Proping Up a Broken Capitalism
The Chamber of Commerce isn't the only entity trying to shore up the profit system. Corporate-oriented pundits and politicians are falling over themselves to sing high praises to our troubled economic system.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 29, 2012 Counter Revolution Disguised as Democracy in Egypt
In a country where the embers of revolution are still glowing, you would assume that a presidential election would produce a revolutionary-appearing government. Not so in Egypt. The revolutionaries who toppled the hated dictator Mubarak will have zero representation in the upcoming runoff election for president.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Fighting for the Soul of the Carpenter's Union
All working people should pay attention to the egregious assault on union democracy happening in the Carpenters Union's Pacific North West Regional Council, which covers all the Carpenter's Locals in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2009 Obama's Empty Laor Day Speech
President Obama is a friend of the working people"one day a year. The rest of the year he is rewarding banks with bailouts and war contractors with more war. On Labor Day, workers were offered nothing of substance, just kind words.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Democrats and Republicans Join Hands Over Immigration
Obama has, again, shifted another campaign promise far to the right - pro-immigration reform has turned into its opposite. And like all of his other betrayals, Obama is attempting to sell this one to the public as a "compromise." But immigration, like health care, peace, the environment, etc., has very little room for backroom deals and finding a "middle ground" with an increasingly hysterical right wing.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2009 Compromising Democracy in Honduras
Can a solution to the crisis in Honduras - itself the result of a military coup - be "mediated," where on one side sit coup leaders and on the other a democratically elected but ousted President? Does any "middle ground" exist? Of course not. If President Zelaya unconditionally returns to finish his term in office, democracy will be restored; anything short of that will have democracy "compromised" into its opposite.
SHARE Tuesday, January 26, 2010 How Liberals Strengthen the Right Wing
The Democrats offer no real solutions for war or economic crisis, so of course the Republicans will continue to gain steam; but they aren't the only ones benefiting from the failed liberalism of the Left. The Far Right is growing rapidly from the bankruptcy of both parties.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 21, 2009 GM's Turn on Obama's Chopping Block
The Obama administration has made no secret about its plans for GM: the Chrysler bankruptcy was the "test case," and now Obama's Wall Street buddies inside the Auto Task Force plan to replicate it. The vast implications of the Chrysler bankruptcy went unnoticed by the mainstream media, concerned as it was with the convenient hype provided by Swine Flu.