Last September, employment in the United States fell off a cliff. It is still falling. The economy had been losing jobs since the beginning of 2008, and the pace has been accelerating since the summer. Over the last three months, 1.8 million jobs were lost. That's an annual rate of 5 percent, the worst since 1975. Just under 3 million jobs were lost in all of 2008, but we are on track to beat that before June of this year.
Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, has been much on our minds recently as Barack Obama moved into the White House. Exactly 200 years after Lincoln’s birth, Obama’s presidency is one fulfillment of the work Lincoln started.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and other commentators have been having a field day with John Thain.
Senate Republicans and their Chamber of Commerce friends have drawn a battle line on President Obama’s choice for secretary of labor, Rep. Hilda Solis, delaying her confirmation in an effort to start a fight over the Employee Free Choice Act.
African American History Month is celebrated every February. It is always an important time to not only look back at how a courageous people made great strides towards freedom but also think about how to advance that struggle to new heights.
On Nov. 3, 2004 – the day following George W. Bush’s re-election as president – I wrote a letter to some of my closest friends and comrades. The tone of that letter was quite somber, reflecting the great sadness that we all felt that our months of campaign efforts and years of struggle against the destructive policies of the Bush administration had not resulted in reversing the terrible course our nation was on.
It was a day to remember. The two million people, who showed up in Washington on Jan. 20, constituted a most important demonstration of the 21st century and symbolized the start of a new era in our country and perhaps the world.
The brazen corruption of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is deplorable. But some would ask: what’s the big deal? Corruption is rampant in U.S. politics and is “as American as apple pie.”
All through congressional hearings around the auto loan last month, not one public official or news reporter ever asked General Motors and Ford CEOs the most important question of all: “So how come you guys are so dumb here but so smart in Europe?”
Public education has long been considered a basic resource essential to our country’s well-being and its continued economic growth, as well as to its pledge of equal opportunity for all. While the concept of a free public education has been increasingly challenged in recent times, the fundamental reasoning remains intact.