Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Democratic Contract with America

Congressional Democrats are expected to lose both houses of Congress in this year's midterm elections, but perhaps their fortunes would change if they made the following contract with America.
On the first day of the 114th Congress, a Democratic majority would immediately pass the following:

• FIRST, a raise of the federal minimum wage to fifteen dollars;
• SECOND, a full payroll tax holiday for the first $30k of incomes which would not expire until the national unemployment rate reaches three percent;
• THIRD, an investment of one trillion dollars in repairing our nation's infrastructure;
• FOURTH, an end to the ban on TV cameras in the Supreme Court.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Tiny Ripple of Hope

An excerpt from Robert F. Kennedy's Day of Affirmation Address at the University of Cape Town:
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Test of Our Progress

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

- FDR, Second Inaugural Address

Monday, April 11, 2011

One of the Most Important Statements in History

On February 25, 2011, in a speech to West Point cadets, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said one of the greatest things I have ever heard:
But in my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should “have his head examined,” as General MacArthur so delicately put it.
Thank God for Bob Gates.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Unions Rock

Think Progress gives a great reason, amongst others, to join a union:
The relative decline of unions over the past 35 years has mirrored a decline in the middle class’s share of national income. It is also true that at the time when most Americans belonged to a union — a period of time between the 1940′s and 1950′s — income inequality in the U.S. was at its lowest point in the history of the country.
Ed Schultz has more.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More Proof that Cutting Spending = Cutting Jobs

Think Progress reports:
The nonpartisan Moody’s Analytics released an economic analysis yesterday finding that GOP efforts to cut billions from the budget this year could result in the loss of as many as 700,000 jobs by the end of next year. Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi projected that the GOP proposal would cut real GDP growth by 0.5 percent in 2011 and 0.2 percent in 2012.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Warren Buffett on Home Ownership

Mr. Buffett recently released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. Here was my favorite part:
But a house can be a nightmare if the buyer’s eyes are bigger than his wallet and if a lender – often protected by a government guarantee – facilitates his fantasy. Our country’s social goal should not be to put families into the house of their dreams, but rather to put them into a house they can afford.