There was one victory the neo-Confederate Republicans can claim that even the old Confederacy could not: the ability to shutdown the federal government, a symbol of their supreme distaste for both union and democracy.
Way over a million workers are immediately affected by the shutdown. Will they get back pay once the government starts up again? With this Congress, who knows?
Republican obstructionists have prevented any agreement, so cuts are in effect and have already damaged health, nutrition, education, public safety and many other programs.
Of those receiving government help in the form of food stamps or the SNAP program, 76 percent are children, disabled, or elderly.
If it were my decision, first I would try to talk Ben Bernanke out of leaving, since he is the closest thing to a "Depression scientist" that has ever been in the job.
The priority of a billionaire mayor is to protect the interest of billionaires. That is why the people of New York City want a mayor who will move the city in another direction.
How do we accelerate this transition from a movement with transformative potential to a movement with transformative power and capacity?
High unemployment, the paycheck-to-paycheck population of the area, and the increasing incidence of spousal abuse, teen pregnancy and drug use still dominate daily life.
Republicans are committed to the belief that the only way out of the economic crisis is through austerity for the people. Clearly many Democrats as well buy into this profits-before-people policy.