Midterms: Democratic Party didn’t give people a reason to vote

It’s absolutely true that Mitch McConnell and the Republicans obstructed every Democratic initiative. On the other hand, Democrats didn’t give people a reason to go to the polls. Why should Democrats bother to vote when its clear their party chooses the needs of banks and corporations over the needs of its constituents? Whatever you think…

10 reasons why school vouchers should be rejected

Republicans are for school vouchers because they want to privatize public education, turn education into a money making venture, and use taxpayer money to fund religious schools. Some Democrats support vouchers because of a genuine desire to improve education. They want vouchers for innovative schools with alternative curriculums, creative teachers, and enhanced learning environments. Yet, the truth is, this very small number of…

Will the protests at the University of Southern Maine spark a national student movement?

Like so many other institutions in this, our neoliberal land of opportunity, universities have become infested with rent extracting parasites. Were I to say “We call those parasites administrators,” that would be wrong; surely there are administrators who are caring, competent, necessary, and neither over-paid nor corrupt. That said, university administrators are not, by definition,…

Why insurance companies will undermine the Affordable Care Act

In a recent article at Truthdig, “The Public-Private Profiteers,” Barabara Garson is critical of President Obama’s reliance on public-private partnerships to solve major social problems. Such partnerships are entered into by the private sector, then deliberately undermined to prevent government from delivering services directly to constituents. Garson looks at Obama’s failed Home Affordable Modification Program…

Elizabeth Warren: The post office could become a bank, replace payday lenders

Senator Elizabeth Warren has another brilliant and truly progressive proposal. It would help the more than 68 million Americans (25% of all households) who use payday loan services because they have no checking or savings account, and also help shore up the struggling U.S. Postal Service. It’s not Warren’s idea, but one that she and…

Where President Obama’s actions seem to differ from his words

It may be one of those times when President Obama is not receiving the support that he wishes he could have from either liberals or conservatives. He certainly learned during the first two years of his presidency that Republicans were not going to support him, even if he went to the extent of adopting their…