Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
America has a political problem, but we've seen this coming for some time, haven't we? A party increasingly contemptuous of knowledge and science, built on a voter base beholden to superstition and a quasi-relgious ideology, is one of our two main parties. It serves the purposes of billionaires, and the capital class, but trades on its proletarian appeal to masses of anti-government idiots with their racist anti-Mexican talk, their obsession with guns and abortion, and jibberish about cutting taxes.
Which wouldn't be so awful if the Democrats weren't philosophically adrift. This is Obama's great failure. He is a good man, but perhaps not as great as the man we need.
Monday, August 8, 2011
In 1972 you could buy a new car for $4,500. Today that same car would cost over $22,000.
A loaf of bread $.25, a gallon of gas $.36, and so on. The purchasing power of one 1972 dollar equals $5.21 in 2010 dollars.
If my math is correct, in 39 years inflation has increased by over 500%, yet a laborer’s wages have only increased by 63%.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
In Saginaw County, where I live, one in five people (20%) are now on food stamps. More than 1/3 of children here (37%) are now being fed with food stamps.