Even before the results of the November 2nd elections are in, the U.S. is in gridlock. Politicians know we're facing hard times but they're unwilling to make the tough choices required to jump-start the economy.
Sometimes the day-to-day back and forth of politics can cause us to forget what's really at stake and the gulf between progressive and right-wing values -- the difference between our vision of society and of the other side.
In 1928, the Republicans promised Hoover's victory would assure the prosperity of "a chicken in every pot." This week, the GOP proffered a similar pledge to America: instead of a "chicken in every pot" they're pledging a salmonella-poisoned egg.
The National Bureau of Economic Research tells us the Great Recession is "over." The only thing this announcement reveals is how out of touch those who view human society through the lens of quantitative measurements can be.
The United States virtually invented the modern middle class. Today, our exporters must reach out to the global middle class, and our government must assure that foreign trade barriers don't stand in the way.
The American money cartel is as dangerous as the Mexican drug cartel. Wall Street is winning the class war, and taxpayers supplied its weapons of choice: PR spin, lobbying, the money train to Congress, and constant bullying.
Sure, it's great that the president is talking about spending $50 billion on infrastructure. But when $50 billion is put up against double that amount in corporate tax cuts, it seems the administration's priorities are all screwed up.