Category Archives: Working Hard – Living In Poverty

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

What if Housing is Done for a Generation?

From twitter @mark_neely “What if Housing is Done for a Generation?” by Tyler Durden points to some pretty scary economics (I take exception to his federal deficit talk – it isn’t the issue – but in the main my sense is he’s on to something).  A key quote: “Without going into too much detail, we […]

Spare Change? The Stimulus And Bailouts Are Too Valuable

Almost absent from the dominant discussion of the federal stimulus package (and bailouts) is any attempt at progressive change that goes beyond the surface of ‘what we buy.’ I spoke yesterday about tying taxpayer expenditures to a living wage – but I’ve been thinking about this type of thing for a while agreeing with Matthew […]

Obama Sets New Exec Pay Max – What About A New Pay Minimum?

Today President Barack Obama capped executive pay for companies receiving U.S. taxpayer bailout money. In his speech, President Obama said, “We’ve all got to pull together and take our share of responsibility. That’s true here in Washington. That’s true on Wall Street. The American people are carrying a huge burden as a result of this […]

Obama Could Offer A Progressive Perspective

Paul Waldman says it well.

McCain Tax Plan Gives To Wealthy While 101,000,000 American Households Get Nothing

DuPage Blue Fest This Saturday – Bring The Family!

DuPage Democratic Party Blue Fest, “A Family Day of Fun,” is being held at the Arabian Knights Farm in Willowbrook, Illinois [Click For Directions], this Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The event will feature four bands, ranging from a Beatles cover band to “Agents of Change,” a progressive rock / […]

One Of The More Powerful Critical Pieces On America I’ve Read In A Long Time

Charlie Pierce has written an extremely powerful piece, “The Cynic and Senator Obama,” in this month’s Esquire. Whatever you may think of it – it’s an important criticism, made more moving by Pierce’s love for an America lost (and feared forever lost). I got there via Ezra Klein’s post, which is also well worth a […]

Naperville Republican Offering Public Vision – Voting Like “Weed Killer”

Republicans have a real problem. The GOP has ruled the United States for the last seven years with President Bush, a Republican majority congress (or a minority practicing unprecedented legislative obstructionism (and here)) and a majority [in the] Supreme Court (not to mention lower courts). But despite Republicans holding the reins of power in all […]

Poverty And Economic Thought – Charles Karelis

[Hat tip to Matt Yglesias] I haven’t read Charles Karelis’ recent book (nor had I heard of him for that matter) but what struck me about his argument that poverty traps people because they have too many “problems to be alleviated” was that it sounds reasonable, compelling and not that surprising. The first thing I […]