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.
Milton Friedman, Unperson By PAUL KRUGMAN
Not only a great piece, but the comments marked NYT picks are also good.
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.
European Integration by Steven Rattner, NYT
Steven Rattner reports in the NYT that unemployment in Europe is now worse than in the US during the Great Depression.
Carbon Pollution goes over 400 PPM
Friends, this is seriously bad news from the New York Times. For a refresher, go to 350.org.
Mining for Influence in Montana, by Brian Schweitzer, NYT
“All this is in jeopardy, though, thanks to the Supreme Court and its infamous Citizens United ruling. In February the court notified the office of Montana’s commissioner of political practices, which oversees state campaigns, that until further notice, we may no longer enforce our anti-corruption statute, specifically our restriction on corporate money.
The court, which will make a formal ruling on the law soon, cited in the 2010 Citizens United case that corporations are people, too, and told us that our 110-year effort to prevent corruption in Montana had likely been unconstitutional. Who knew?”