Extortion and the National Debt Ceiling

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Today Republicans in the House will bring up a bill to raise the limit on the national debt, a move required before the government can borrow any more money to finance its operations. Actually, we reached the debt limit a couple of weeks ago, but the Secretary of the Treasury authorized [...]

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Coming home from where I go Sunday mornings, I listen to a replay of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Yesterday he sang the Civil War song “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” by Walter Kittredge.  I sang along and, for the first time, I listened to the words I was [...]

Something Sweet, For a Change

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Rebekah used to live in the next town south of mine. I’ve never met her, but I know her mother, which probably is how Rebekah got to me in the first place. That was in 2008, when she set out to organize people around the world to stop and sing for [...]

Message from Bob Reich

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This comes from MoveOn.  The video runs 2 minutes and 12 seconds and is packed with information that’s important to everyone who cares about the future of health care for people under 55.  In case you don’t recognize the name: Robert Reich knows a thing or two about the economy, having [...]

Be Glad There’s No Climate Change

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The last time we saw the sun around here was on the morning of Friday, May 13. Rain started in the afternoon. Since then, we’ve had a succession of rain showers and deluges, with daytime skies ranging from silver to pewter to lead (the metal, I mean), but no sun. There’s [...]

Hey, GOP: How’s That Union-busting Thing Working Out for You?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The people who want to break the back of the labor movement call the legislation they’re pushing a “right-to-work” law. They’re so cute, those Right-wingicans. Stuff enough money in their campaign stash and they’ll call a turd an orchid – and try to pass a law to make you call it [...]

So Far, So Good

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The way the story goes, a man fell off the observation deck of a 50-story skyscraper. Each time he passed another floor he reassured himself, “So far, so good.” That would make a great campaign slogan for the national Republican Party, heading into the 2012 elections. If I were a Democrat [...]

Enough About Osama Bin Laden

Once in a while I come across a blog post so powerful that I can’t just condense and link to it. It has to be seen in full. This is one of those posts. Enough About Osama Bin Laden. When Will Wall Street Crooks Go To Jail? Where Are The Jobs? by: Hillbilly Sat May [...]

Don’t Start the Party Yet

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Clearly, members of the tone-deaf House Republican leadership got their ears unblocked by constituents during Congress’s Easter Recess. The evidence: Both Finance Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), previously self-appointed experts on what “The American People” want, discovered that said people are not nearly as enthusiastic [...]

Which Would You Flood?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Here we have a photo of some of the 130,000 acres the Army Corps of Engineers has flooded. The Corps blew up portions of a levee to protect the town of Cairo, Illinois, which sits at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The rivers were threatening to flood the [...]