The corporate media spin that Obama is now becoming business friendly is false. He has always been business friendly. Every prescription to critical issues facing the nation has consistently been to add to the profits of concentrated corporate power.
Obama's descriptions of our economic difficulties have a political effect. They lead people to liken him to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet, as the State of the Union made clear, there is a critical difference between the two presidents.
Most of our "medically important" antibiotics, like penicillins, tetracyclines and erythromycins, are used in animals, not people. And, nearly all of these are routine uses are in feed for animals that are not clinically sick.
As many of of us approach the depths of winter, perhaps we might look at our homemade goods with a yearning for something different, something new to taste from someone else's pantry. Have you thought about a food swap?
America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating trade rules, America has responded by pleading and begging for China to stop.
It's time to put job creation, trade reform and further finance reform above all but our national security. It's also time to stop obfuscating the true nature and depth of the current jobs crisis to suggest that it's structural and unfixable.
With a divided Congress and heightened partisanship as the 2012 elections already get underway, seeing any resolutions fulfilled any time soon will require a rare combination of political diplomacy and political force.