Back to the Future

Seventy-six years ago, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt fought for re-election in a time of crisis. The question has been raised in today in moneylife magazine, Can Obama do a FDR? Click on FDR to hear what President Roosevelt had to say about the forces behind inequity for hard-working Americans in 1936. I think you’ll agree [...]

Five Minutes With Bob Reich

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Bob Reich was secretary of labor in Bill Clinton’s administration.  Do you remember anything about the Clinton Administration beyond the scandals? Perhaps you remember that the world was largely at peace then, and that for most Americans it was the last time we experienced something like prosperity. For all his moral [...]

Time to Kick Ass

by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Every time I hear the bleating heads on cable news and NPR say the Massachusetts special election to fill Teddy Kennedy’s seat resulted in the Democrats losing their super majority in the Senate, I want to throw up. Or throw something. The Democrats never had a super majority, the 60 votes [...]

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Period.

By Debra Kozikowski Just two days ago at 6:22 p.m., the U.S. Senate sent a message to the U.S. House that the Senate had passed H.R 3548 amended. The bill extends unemployment compensation benefits to help our nation’s jobless — at least for the folks officially on the rolls.  Putting Americans back to work is the key to our [...]

The Upside to the Present Recession

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s hard, and it may seem cruel, to dare talk about the possibility that anything good can come out of the economic situation in which we — and the rest of the world — find ourselves. The Obama administration says things are looking up.  They have to say that, and it [...]

Another Must Read

by Debra Kozikowski Just in case you missed it in yesterday’s New York Times, Paul Krugman hits the nail on the head yet again.

Gullible’s Travels

by Debra Kozikowski         Two weeks ago, buried on page A4 of my local Sunday newspaper was a story about President Obama pushing for a credit card bill that would save American consumers from a small piece of the greed exhibited by our bailout grabbing, money grubbing banking credit card industry. This week, change [...]

Interesting Times

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Wikipedia, the online user-created encyclopedia, says it ain’t necessarily so, but it makes a good lead to this essay, so I’ll say it anyway: An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” So sure was I that the attribution to the Chinese was accurate, that I went to [...]

How It Happened

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson When I’m not writing blog essays like this one, or magazine articles, or books, I write short stories (which is what I’d do all the time if I didn’t mind being hungry and living on the street and so forth.) I have a pretty active imagination, so when I see something [...]

This, Too, Is What Democracy Looks Like

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Protest demonstrations are planned for April 11 to demand real structural change in the financial services industry.  “If it’s too big to fail, it’s too big to exist. Dismantle the power of the financial elite and make policies that keep a new crop from springing up, ” says a petition to [...]