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William A. Collins, a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut, founded Minuteman Media in 1998. In 2010, the Institute for Policy
Studies took over its management and Minuteman Media was renamed OtherWords. OtherWords distributes commentary and cartoons aimed at amplifying
progressive analysis in the national conversation. It empowers readers
to become more engaged citizens.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2015 The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers
The message is clear: If you go public with evidence of government malfeasance, you must prepare yourself for the worst. The Justice Department will spend millions of taxpayer dollars to ruin you financially, personally, and professionally -- and to make an example of you in the media.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Banning Assault Weapons Makes More Sense than Arming Teachers
There are few things as bracing as watching terrified lawmakers duck behind the Second Amendment while they justify their lack of significant response to the latest mass murder committed by a lunatic with an assault rifle. They'd love to do something about it, you see, but the Constitution won't let them.
SHARE Monday, April 23, 2012 Romney's Borking Strategy
What does this appointment say to the rest of us? Romney must be assuming that we have all forgotten about Bork's anti-consumer, anti-environmental, and anti-worker record as a judge, not to mention his snarling opposition to women's rights, civil rights, and civil liberties. Those hard-core positions moved the Senate to reject his Supreme Court nomination by Ronald Reagan on a bipartisan vote of 58-42.
SHARE Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Shameless Tax Loopholes
Money pretty much controls both parties, and money isn't howling for reform. If you seek change, voting surely can help get things rolling. But as Emma Goldman put it, "If voting could change things, they wouldn't let us do it."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 29, 2014 The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole
If the oil and gas gluts force the drill-baby-drillers to hit the brakes, everyone should cheer. It might encourage investors to waste less money on expensive projects that ought to be invested in the fossil-free future required to avert climate chaos.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 21, 2012 Let's Resist Herbicide-Resistant Crops
Today, 95 percent of the seeds for corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, and sugar beets are genetically engineered. If you are going to avoid these crops, you'll have to avoid processed foods altogether while paying close attention to the labels on virtually everything you eat and every piece of clothing you wear.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2015 Closing the Door on Torture
The architects of the torture program haven't been held accountable. Nor have those who clearly violated the law by torturing prisoners without any legal justifications. Why should the government have locked me up for telling the truth and given them full impunity?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 17, 2012 Ryan Runs Into the Truth
Since hitting the national stage, the real Ryan has been revealed as a slippery, dissembling, fabricating, small-minded, political hack. His debut speech at the Republican National Convention was so filled with lies and chicken you-know-what that it even caused Fox TV's fawning commentators to gag.
SHARE Thursday, March 15, 2012 Rush Limbaugh and the Live Volcano
The public outcry over his vulgar and sexist remarks about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke is about a volcano of anger from women. The outrage had simmered for years as countless attacks on women's reproductive freedom piled on. It's erupting now.
SHARE Wednesday, October 30, 2013 A Manufactured Scandal
Whether by helping craft Obama's tougher-than-Bush approach to terror, holding herself accountable, providing a steady hand as the attack unfolded, taking steps to ensure diplomats are safe, cooperating fully and transparently with government investigations -- even by publicly connecting to the feelings of her fellow Americans about the loss of bona fide American heroes -- every step of the way Clinton did the right thing.
SHARE Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Our Road to Elysium
Today's wealth and income inequalities aren't the consequence of differences in individual effort. They're the result of a rigged game, as the rules of the economy -- such as tax, trade, and wage policies -- have been tilted in favor of large asset owners at the expense of wage earners.
SHARE Tuesday, May 8, 2012 The Pipeline from the Black Lagoon
When nations go to the length of mining tar sands to feed their habit they are sick indeed. The Keystone XL pipeline is a confusing mix of political apples, oranges, and avocados. Just keep in mind, they're all rotten.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Short-Circuiting the Future
Even though Obama embraces nuclear reactors as part of his "all-of-the-above" solution to weaning the nation off imported oil and gas, the world may already be on the brink of phasing out this dangerous energy source. In the two years following Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, nuclear energy use underwent record declines, capping two decades of shrinking market share.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 24, 2012 Washington, Are You Listening?
The cascade of federal budget cuts expected to begin in January would slash every single program the government classifies as "discretionary," including funding for education. That's heartbreaking, since public investment in education was a driving force behind historic U.S. prosperity.
SHARE Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Blood from a Stone
The austerity measures in Greece are simply draconian. They hurt society's weakest and most at-risk people. No wonder Greeks voted against the cuts in overwhelming numbers in a recent referendum, only to have their European neighbors force-feed them more painful cuts under penalty of kicking them out of the Eurozone.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Our Women in Uniform Deserve Better
While men still comprise the overwhelming majority of our troops and officers, the number of women has risen substantially in the last decade. Unfortunately, so has the numbers of rapes and other sexual assaults. In fact, military women are much more likely to be sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier than killed by an enemy.
SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 CEOs Against Grandmas
Why do CEOs with platinum pensions care so much about cutting Social Security? The CEOs claim it's all about patriotism. "As an American," Cote says, "I couldn't know about this problem and not try to do something about it." As the Baby Boom generation ages, David Cote, the CEO of Honeywell, says, we're facing a "demographic time bomb."
SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Politics Creep to a New Low
The Romney team says, "all of our voter outreach is governed by the highest ethical standards." Team Obama says that it adheres to "industry best practices on privacy." Yet, both campaigns are buying our private information from corporate data peddlers who've been sued or are under federal investigation for privacy invasion.
SHARE Monday, June 18, 2012 Obama's DREAM Gambit
Mitt Romney's muted response is a positive sign for DREAMers. It indicated that the new policy blindsided Republicans, even if the usual chorus of anti-immigrant politicians quickly denounced the move. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), for example, said he will sue the Obama administration. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was suspicious of the timing.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 26, 2012 Ryan's Medicare Hot Air
There are plenty of real challenges facing America this election year. Three of the most important are jobs, jobs, and jobs. Potential problems in Medicare and Social Security 50 or 75 years from now just don't measure up. It's not time to hit the panic button just yet.