Jobs Emergency

It’s been two years since the Lehman Brothers collapse set off a global financial meltdown. The government bailed out big Wall Street banks and they’re now making bumper earnings. Major corporations are sitting on $8 trillion in cash reserves, the biggest...

Climate Currency

If the recent record-breaking temperatures and freak thunderstorms in Washington were nature’s way of telling Congress that climate change is real, it’s here, and it’s time to do something about it–it didn’t work. Just before lawmakers...

Banks Put on Notice

The Senate has passed an amendment to the Wall Street reform bill to prevent lenders from earning money by deliberately steering homeowners to risky loans and mortgages they can’t afford. The amendment from senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)...

Down and Out…in America

Hard to live On lousy pay; All the good jobs Went away. Returning from Haiti makes life in America look pretty sweet…briefly. Until you read the data. The poverty rate here is up to 12 percent, or 39 million people. Unemployment hovers around 10 percent (not...

Record Bank Profits and the American Dream Foreclosed

JP Morgan Chase launched the 2010 Wall Street Bonus Sweepstakes last month. The bank is still losing money on consumer services, but well-heeled investors and financial traders more than made up the difference. The bank announced $11.7 billion in profits and $26.9...

Change Can Be Tougher Than Hope

This article was distributed by Minuteman Media and first appeared in the Torrington Register Citizen on 1/19/10. On the campaign trail, Barack Obama electrified Americans with his bold call to transform despair into hope, and voters elected him in a landslide....

What If We Were Judged by Our Jails?

Treating prisoners, Like a curse; One sure way, To make them worse. It seemed like a great idea at the time—not letting prisoners vote. That avoided political retribution, especially in states where sheriffs are elected rather than appointed. It also meant that...

Jobs Crisis Needs Drastic Action

Without jobs, people lose hope. Without hope, there is no future. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs this year in the aftermath of the Wall Street collapse. Good jobs continue to disappear. Millions of young people leaving high school and college this year...