The Clinton/Maddow spat is just a passing fancy. But the nature of Clinton's defense of himself says something deeply depressing about the shifting center of gravity of political discourse in an era of historically high levels of inequality.
CEOs of the 50 corporations that cut the most jobs over the last two years received average bonuses higher than those paid to CEOs of the largest 500 businesses. You follow that? The CEOs who cut jobs got the largest rewards.
I was working in Ghana when Katrina occurred. The reaction of my Ghanaian coworker was, "America will rebuild New Orleans in no time!" He then qualified his statement: "America could rebuild New Orleans in no time, if it wanted to."
If the financial crisis was preventable, why didn't our leaders try to stop it? Why don't they take the steps necessary now to get the economy moving again? The answer to both these questions is simple; the politicians work for someone else.
The gap between rich and poor is now so stark that -- unless the soothing balm of "trickle-down economics" can be applied to any thinking brain -- moral outrage ought to be the general order of the day.
Our leaders have finally managed to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless. A look into these numbers reveals which folks are stuck in the ICU, nowhere near the economic "recovery" some pundits are ready to declare.
If you are truly for freedom and prosperity, it must be for all humans, not just a select spoiled few. Elect people like Elizabeth Warren to office, fight for people who truly represent everyone's best interests.
Apparently the graduates of the 196 other ABA accredited law schools other than Harvard, Columbia or Yale didn't get the "right education" to acquire "God-given potential" to serve on the nation's top court.
We must first recognize that racial inequality in our schools ultimately harms our shared national interest, and then develop a 21st century approach to learning that can address the challenges facing our schools.