As the number of veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan grows, vets and members of Congress are stepping up demands that the long wait many endure before disability claims are accepted must be drastically shortened.
CHICAGO — First, it was the shock. Then it began to sink in. Then came the anger. In a little over a week the American people first heard of, then digested and are now grappling with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and with the Bush administration’s demand that they hand over $700 billion of their hard-earned tax dollars to bail out Wall Street.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Auto parts maker Lear Corp. shipped its plant from here to Mexico, laying off hundreds of workers. Robin Golden, president of UAW Local 2344 and one of the laid-off workers, spoke about it at the Democratic National Convention in August.
The shockwaves from the financial crisis have left working class families in every part of the country in a state of great worry and fear. Over $100 billion of public money has been spent to bail out huge financial corporations while millions of people are losing their homes, losing their health care, losing their pensions, losing their jobs and losing college loans. Those who have been paid the least, African American, Latino and women workers, are losing the most.
The Republican attack machine has launched a multifaceted offensive to falsely accuse Democrat Barak Obama of being anti-immigrant. In Spanish-language ads directed at Latino voters in the battleground states of Florida, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada, John McCain wrongly claims Obama blocked the path to legalization. At the same time McCain and the GOP are saying to their far-right base (in English) that Obama and the Democrats in general are “soft” on “illegal immigration.”
The most serious financial crisis since the 1930s exploded this week, plunging global markets into a meltdown, pushing credit card rates up, threatening life savings and pensions, hiking the jobless rate, and sending John McCain and the Republicans scurrying for cover.
The historic Nov. 4th presidential election is less than two months away, and a monumental battle is heating up in a few crucial swing states, as some nine million Latino voters prepare to cast their ballot, which could be the deciding factor for an Obama win.
The Obama campaign filed a lawsuit Sept. 16 to block an apparent Republican Party effort in Michigan to use home foreclosure lists to exclude registered voters in the Detroit area from casting ballots this November.
The idea that the Bush administration is in bed with the oil companies took on new meaning with revelations that Interior Department officials engaged in sex, drugs and partying with oil and gas company representatives. A report from the Interior Department’s own inspector general released Sept. 10 described a 'culture of substance abuse and promiscuity' involving energy company representatives and staff at the department’s Minerals Management Service, which issues offshore drilling leases and handles billions of dollars in oil royalties.