Not even Democrats still use the phrase "the public good." Public goods are now, at best, "public investments." Public institutions have morphed into "public-private partnerships" or, for Republicans, simply "vouchers."
At the end of next month, the current patch that's paying for government operations, called a continuing resolution, expires. That means Congress either passes regular appropriation bills (won't happen), another patch, or shuts down the government.
If a person cannot find work and is unable to obtain food, what exactly do the Republicans think that person will do? Retreat into the shadows and die quietly?
Continuing sequester-level funding is tantamount to mortgaging our future. It's counterproductive and it ignores the needs of our students.
Gov. Pat Quinn estimates that the pension liability grows by $12.6 million every day. We've heard about this issue for so long that it's become a jumble of doom-laden numbers all so large they are difficult to comprehend.
In accepting the gross income inequality, obscene wealth gap, inexcusable corporate excesses, and blatant political corruption that we do today, we are already laying the groundwork for a real-world Elysium.
While corporate profits soar and our biggest corporations increase in value by billions, the people of the city of Detroit, some of whom are also the customers and employees who keep those corporations in business, are insolvent.
If our companies cannot find skilled employees, why don't they hire for aptitude and provide the specific training for the skills and abilities they need?
Many school systems, like those in Chicago, are funded through property taxes. This obviously leads to schools in wealthier neighborhoods having more resources than schools in poorer neighborhoods, like the ones Rahm Emanuel closed this year.
This week, as summer's vacation high season began (at least in countries other than the unhealthily vacation-averse U.S.), the latest jobs numbers brought more evidence that our economy continues to be on a very extended holiday. We added only 162,000 jobs in July. Over half of them were in the low-wage retail and restaurant sectors, which is likely why hourly wages fell 0.1 percent. At this rate, it will still take up to a decade to erase our 8-10 million job deficit. In response, our leaders in Washington have done... nothing. Actually, worse than nothing, since they're currently wrangling over which job-killing budget cuts should replace the sequester's job-killing cuts. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Kerry said that he expected U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. To paraphrase a younger John Kerry, you never have to ask a man to be the last man to die in Afghanistan if you make the mistake of never leaving.
The debt ceiling is not a credible bargaining chip, and trying to use it as such shows desperation and bad faith on the part of the GOP.
Today, the House Appropriations Committee is considering a Fiscal Year 2014 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill which funds the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund at HHS.
Now that we have less staff, larger class sizes, and less resources our school will be demanded to improve or have the threat of being "turned around." Every neighborhood school in the city is facing similar or even worse cuts.
Our country's future demands that we embrace our next generation of leaders -- the often-underestimated Millennials -- who are the largest, most diverse, and most progressive generation the country has ever seen.
For families to have any chance of accessing the middle class, they need to start with a stable home in a strong community.
By Fred Schulte July 25, 2013...