Frankly, I'm bored and wearied by the ongoing efforts of zealous "progressives" to demonize the "one percent". The parade drummers on the left monotonously beat out their dubious government-based solution to problems in our society: tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich... I think "progressives" would be a lot more progressive if they applauded the achievements of high-income workers, and studied how to help the rest of us achieve at a higher level too.
So it is with some relief that a new-ish message has been heard from the left. Robert Reich wrote a short essay here: www.alternet.org/robert-reich-our-horrifying-future-very-few-people-will-have-or-make-money. You may recall Robert Reich from his days as Labor Secretary in the administration of President Clinton. He is a well-spoken and usually well-reasoned voice for the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party. (I call his message new-ish, because other jeremiahs have sprouted up in history with similar messages during times of technological transition.)
The welcome part of the new story is that Reich recognizes that high-income people have (usually) earned their high incomes. They do something that society chooses to reward handsomely. That alone is a refreshing change from the demonizing mantra (you didn't build that) heard from some "progressive" neighborhoods in American politics. Reich makes the argument that technology has enabled a few highly skilled people to become so productive that they can provide goods and services to the masses cheaply and abundantly and still get rich in the process. That sounds great, but Reich bemoans the fate of the masses that have lost jobs that have been made obsolete by these super-productive people. He points out that Kodak (now bankrupt) in 1988 had 145,000 employees, while today Instagram has only dozens of employees. Yet, thanks to technology, those dozens of Instagram employees have freed the masses from expensive film processing, and mediocre pictures that arrive days or weeks after the event. more >>
Almost seven months after the fateful, fatal encounter between Michael Brown and former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder officially announced a truth he had been holding close for months – that the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" mantra that had been used since August was based on a lie. The lie was widely embraced by the media, public officials, and some with celebrity status. We witnessed not only protesters in the streets, but Rams players, members of Congress, and CNN 'journalists' in 'hands up' poses.
The lie of 'hands up, don't shoot' concealed deeper truths, truths all too common in America – that Michael Brown was yet another young black male engaged in serious crime and who invited a deadly encounter with a police officer who was merely doing his job. The vastly disproportionate involvement of young men of color as both victims of crime and as offenders had yet again materialized as a deadly specter, opening the door to the harder conversation on race and policing that the superficial 'hands up' chant did nothing to resolve.
As some commentators questioned use of the mantra while facts of the fatal encounter were yet unknown to the media and public, a few protesters recognized the risks of the lie being exposed and by late fall the phrase, "Black lives matter," found its way into the protesters' messaging. Their assertion begins with an assumption, of course, that law enforcement, or worse, the public at large, don't believe they do. more >>
After five terms in the United States Senate and two terms in the House of Representatives, staunchly partisan Democrat Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will finally relinquish his hold on the public trough. He will retire at the end of this term, which means he has 22 months left in office to aggravate Republicans. Nonetheless, the announcement is still a big blow for Democrats, who will be losing their Senate leader.
Among Senate members, Reid was Obama's strongest supporter. He was constantly looking for ways to fast track the most radical pieces of the President's agenda. Not surprisingly, the President praised Reid as "one of my best partners and best friends" Obama shares Reid's distaste for working with Republicans and trying to find ways to compromise. Since his party's defeat in the mid-term elections, the President has moved aggressively to the left and refused to collaborate with Republicans on a variety of issues. Sadly, Reid has encouraged the President's obstinacy every step of the way.
Since the massive Democratic Party losses in the mid-term elections, Reid was demoted to Minority Leader. It must have been quite a change for Reid, who was accustomed to getting his way as Majority Leader. Reid ended the filibuster for judicial nominations and prevented multiple House bills from being debated on the Senate floor. He ran the Senate as his personal fiefdom and did little to share power with Republicans. more >>
I could rattle off economic facts about tourism trends, underwater mortgages and unemployment numbers, but Nevadans don't need statistics to tell them what they see with their own eyes.
Washington is out of control. President Barack Obama's divisive politics and destructive policies are tearing our nation apart. Worst of all, America's workers are getting punched in the gut.
Nevadans have seen first-hand what happens when Washington recklessness, personal greed and irresponsibility collide — bubbles burst, businesses go bust and families suffer. more >>
In 1979, the year before Republicans nominated Ronald Reagan as their presidential candidate, the Rev. Jerry Falwell and conservative activist Paul Weyrich founded the Moral Majority.
It was at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University, founded by Rev. Falwell, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination.
Although Cruz made no reference to the Moral Majority in his remarks, his thinking clearly is where Falwell's and Weyrich's was when they founded that organization. That getting a widely politically inactive universe of church going evangelical Christians politically engaged can change America. more >>
A religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence Thursday is being characterized by major media outlets as a codification of anti-gay discrimination. They are wrong. Here is why.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a state-level version of the federal RFRA. To understand what RFRA does, it helps to first understand how the law came about.
History of RFRA more >>