What Donald Trump doesn’t know about the Mexican farm workers who make his 5-star dinner possible

Donald Trump’s sneers about Latino rapists, criminals, and druggies coming-to-harm-your-property-and-your-kids have real-life consequences. His all-too-familiar ethnic scapegoating intentionally obscures the truth about a community that’s made up for the most part of hard-working, well-intentioned, and law-abiding people just trying to support their families by working jobs that would otherwise go unfilled. For some, Trump is…

Some wins for Obama are better than others

June 2015 was a remarkable month for President Obama. In particular. the last week of the month was a real “winner” for the president. Among the topic victories or accomplishments for the president are: U. S. Supreme Court once again upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) U. S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex…

Trying to look sympathetically at Trans-Pacific Partnership

In the 19th Century, the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle coined the phrase “dismal science” for the field of economics. With the help of new insights and the world of computing power, it has become more accurate, like a physical science. However, there are still vast realms of uncertainty, and that certainly is true as we…

Wisconsin shows how difficult it is to hold on to progressive gains

Robert Lafollette, Jr. and Joseph McCarthy. Russ Feingold and Scott Walker. How could one state–Wisconsin–elect politicians with such divergent views? No state east of New York has had such a strong tradition of progressive views in both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Despite the strength that Senator Robert Lafollette, Jr. and his father…

Why is the stock market soaring when the real economy is on its knees?

The short answer is the Fed has been propping up the stock market. And, high stock prices are not always tethered to traditional methods of stock valuation, like productivity, price, earnings, growth—all those “fundamentals” you learn about in the “Investing for Dummies” book. The market has become a highly manipulated gambling casino for the elite, where bank…

Jackson, Mississippi rising

Six years after the 2008 economic meltdown, the overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. and the E.U are still struggling. Most people know the system is rigged against them, and there’s no relief on the horizon. Disenchantment with “free-market” capitalism—and the global corporate/banking model that caused the Western economies to tank—is growing. The anti-globalization…