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 […]

A Short Course in Journalism

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Journalism — which is supposed to involve accurate and perceptive reporting — is one of the keystones of a successful democracy. People who don’t know what’s really going on can’t make informed voting decisions, let alone tell their elected representatives how they want to be represented. I could make the argument […]

Help for Homeowners

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson President Obama announced on Wednesday a $75 billion program to help homeowners who have mortgage problems. Help will be available for people who are current with their mortgage payments but pay a high rate of interest and cannot refinance because their house has lost value. It will also be available for […]

On Class Warfare and the Auto Industry

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In late November, CEOs of the three major US automakers, accompanied by the president of the United Autoworkers, came to Congress to ask for $25 billion in aid. Two of the three said they faced bankruptcy if the aid didn’t come by the end of the year. Congress sent them home […]