The European Union's response to the economic chaos gripping the continent seems a combination of profound delusion, and what British a reporter called "sado-monetarism" -- endless cutbacks, savage austerity, and widespread layoffs.
"Contrary to the NY Times, residents of this community are not reconciled to life in the wilderness and we don't live in a forgotten wasteland."
On one level, April's hemispheric summit meeting was an old fashioned butt kicking for Washington's policies in the region.
House Republicans approved a budget that is far worse than any reasonable person could, up to now, have imagined would ever come out of a U.S. Congress.
Tens of millions of families are working regularly but have little savings and are on the brink of disaster.
The cashless society is almost at hand, some claim.
As the GOP lawmakers fled home for the holidays, the nightmares they have been causing for Americans turned into rock hard reality.
With the 2012 elections less than a year away, the entire right wing is amassing great sums of money in order to win. They want to take over the White House and the both houses of Congress.
A study of dozens of surveys regarding wealth and, the things we associate with the quality of life, seems to come to the surprising conclusion.
Indeed there is civil unrest! Workers cry out for justice, as workloads grow and wages stagnate while owners' profits soar, as jobs are sent overseas.