Category Archives: Politics & Economics

Who’s middle-class?

I recently read a post on Facebook that read, “the lower and middle classes need to stand up to the government.” The context of the statement was that the rich and powerful were too rich and powerful and affecting too much control on our economic and political systems.

Problem with the statement, to me, is that the lower and middle classes don’t really Continue reading Who’s middle-class?

Penny Rich, Pound Poor

In an earlier post I commented on the boondoggle taking place as a result of the Congressional Republicans refusing to approve funding to continue a significant number of airport renovation projects.  Well, this evening it was announced that a “deal” had been worked out and the 74,000 workers who had been laid off will soon be back at work.

The tragedy is that the entire fight was over Republicans wanting to do away with subsidies to smaller airports amounting to $16 million a year. In doing so the government has been loosing $30 million dollars a day in lost tax revenue and other associated costs. Total unrecoverable revenue losses are in excess of $350 million dollars.

I hope nobody really questions why the American people have such a stunned look on their faces.

Where are those jobs?

All last year we the people heard how the GOP was going to return America to prosperity with the creation of jobs. So, we the people bit the bullet and tossed a bunch of them into Congress. But, eight months later there are not more jobs. The economy is beginning to double tank and here in Highland County, Ohio it was just announced that the unemployment number has increased to over fourteen percent. We are now the fourth most unemployed county in the state. Continue reading Where are those jobs?

Anti-Sharia Bills Written by Hasidic Lawyer – The Daily Beast

Anti-Sharia Bills Written by Hasidic Lawyer – The Daily Beast.

The threat of Sharia law superseding the US Constitution and over 200 years of constitutional precedent is such a non-issue it’s incredible that any state is giving it serious consideration. Of all the major social, educational, economic, and political issues facing every level of government in America, why are legislatures giving this the light of day?

My only conclusion is, it is fear driven legislation whose purpose is purely for political posturing.

Being Responsible vs Economic Anarchy?

In the late 1960s I led a discussion at a California junior college regarding the then current condition of California’s public schools. This was the era of the SDS, the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground and other militant, anarchists, groups that were making a name for themselves. In the spirit of that time, many of those participating in the discussion were of the mindset that the state’s schools simply needed to be shut down, torn down, and rebuilt from the ground up. It would result in educational anarchy, a decades worth of young people might not have access to any formal education, but many present believed that out of the mayhem would arise a new and much better public education system.  Continue reading Being Responsible vs Economic Anarchy?

Fear For Political Gain

I had a person call me this morning regarding a Sunday news program she’d watched. Mainly she just wanted to voice her belief that the only goal of the political right was to defeat Obama in 2012. She also voiced her belief that the right was employing any means necessary to do so, including fear tactics.

I didn’t bother telling her she was preaching to the choir but after the conversation ended I read an article on The Daily Beast about right-wing presidential candidate, Herman Cain, saying he supported a community’s right to deny Muslims a permit to build a mosque in their town. He based his opinion on insisting their goal was to subvert our way of life by inserting Sharia Law into our legal system.

Sad thing is, fear works.