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Blow on MLK

Charles Blow praises Martin Luther King, and wonders where the new leaders are?

I thought Barack Obama was going to get far more done than he has so far accomplished. I don’t really blame him though. The right wing of the the Republican party has decided to stop any progress from the President if they can, at the expense of the country. I believe that their opposition is primarily racist. Paul Krugman has already pointed out how vacuous is their argument about the threat of deficit spending to our immediate future.
They are against enough stimulus to get our economy going, reforms of lifestyle to combat climate change, and reforms of taxes and regulation of wall street, to reduce growing income inequality, and reckless gambling with tax payers dollars.
Bill McKibbon, of 350.org, calls for more protest, even civil disobedience. He suggested in Hamden, CT, that the young can’t afford to get arrested as much as retired folks can. He challenges us old couch potatoes to get active again.

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Eric Holder tries to reduce prison sentences

Justice Dept. Seeks to Curtail Stiff Drug Sentences
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will announce new steps intended to curb soaring taxpayer spending on prisons and help correct what he regards as unfairness in the justice system.