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 [...]

Revolution: A History Lesson

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson There’s a marvelous essay by Robert Freeman comparing the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with those that began in Europe in 1848.  It begins In 1848, a series of revolutions convulsed Europe.  From Berlin to Budapest, Venice to Vienna, Paris to Prague, people rose up and overthrew the authoritarian monarchies that [...]

From William Rivers Pitt: A Small Fraction of a Man

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I can think of no better way to thank William Rivers Pitt for this piece he wrote for Truthout than to post it in its entirety here.  He’s said what many of us have thought, but didn’t have the verbal skill or the courage to say. If you don’t know [...]

What’s Next?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Yesterday’s election results left no doubt that  economic recovery is #1 on the voters’ agenda.  Here’s a rule politicians would do well to memorize: When people aren’t thinking with their hormones, they’re thinking with their wallets. Now we have a House of Representatives that thinks the way to recovery consists of [...]

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 [...]

Descent Into Madness? Updated 3/30 11:30a ET

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’ve been thinking, and hinting here from time to time, that I fear America’s descent into madness, what with last summer’s near-violent town hall meetings, politicians and reality-show wannabees using words like “reload” and crosshair gunsights to indicate legislators who should be defeated in November, with rocks through windows and veiled [...]

Temporarily Down, but Not Out

by Daphne Bishop Anyone who thinks that collecting an unemployment check is a “disincentive” to looking for work is so far out of touch with reality as to be lost in the ethers. But to have yours cut off, as tens of thousands of struggling Americans did recently, is a disaster. I am one of [...]

Public Jobs Option: Put It on the Table

By Peter B. Klejna Going into the December 3 Jobs Summit, President Obama declared that he was ready to consider all available options. But his administration has not placed an emergency public jobs program on the table. This imperils the millions of able American workers facing years of unemployment. Economists say that the nation is [...]

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 [...]