LA Progressive: August 8 to 15, 2010 — Articles

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Economic “Recovery?” Not for You and Me. The essential hidden fact of economics in 21st century America: What we have is exactly what the tiny economic elite, the one or two percent of richest Americans, wants us to have. -Jim Fuller

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs .But lest the healthy anger of progressives during the Bush years curdle into full-blown, hide-under-the-covers depression, it’s worth asking: When did Washington work, anyway? -Michael Sigman

Why People Hate Politics. Rather than engage in discussion and debate, many politicians find it easier to demonize their opponents, rather than debate the issues. -Gautam Dutta

Meg Whitman: A New Era in California or Just Opportunistic Politics. Whitman’s Spanish-language makeover in the general election is a major shift from the tone that she struck in the GOP primary, when the challenge from conservative Steve Poizner pushed her to the right on the issue. -Wais Hassan

Supreme Court Will Hear JPL – Homeland Security Case. The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled October 5, 2010 to hear argument on the matter of open-ended background investigations of federal contractors arising from Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 (Nelson et al. vs NASA, No. 09-530).

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Beyond the Grim Sleeper: Cut Death Penalty to Fund Criminal Investigations. Why do we continue to waste hundreds of millions of dollars on the death penalty even though it has never been proven to deter murderers and even though 1,000 killers get away with murder each year? -Aqeela Sherrills

Chamber Of Commerce Speaks Up on Immigration. Labor and business appear to agree on one thing: on its own, the $600 million border bill won’t solve any of these issues and will do little to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. -Andrea Nill

America’s Biggest Jobs Program: The U.S. Military. Having a giant undercover military jobs program is an insane way to keep Americans employed. It creates jobs we don’t need but we keep anyway because there’s no honest alternative. –Robert Reich

Overturning Prop 8: No Matter how You Feel About Gay Marriage, The Gay Marriage Ban Was Always a Constitutional Question. Regardless of what you feel about the politics of sex-same marriage, the reality is that the gay marriage ban was always a constitutional question. We just never had a constitutional answer for gay marriage, before now. –Anthony Samad

‘No Drama Obama’ Needs a Strong Second Act. The Obama administration is a welcome change from the Bush–Cheney years. However, much of what President Obama is doing appears to be an extension of Bush–Cheney values. –Walter M. Basch

Checks and Balances, Part II. Here I reveal how a coalition of sub-populations cutting in an entirely different direction (connecting selected people with powerful segments of government) can become destabilizing — possibly even undemocratic (dare I say dictatorial?). –Ron Wolff

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Cowards vs. Hypocrites: Why Democratic Politicians Despise the “Professional Left”. But progressives believe the public supports more progressive stands (e.g. polls showed strong support for the public option that Obama abandoned), leaving Democrats to fend off charges that they talk about serving the public good but instead serve corporate interests inimical to the public welfare. –Randy Shaw

President John McCain’s First 18 Months in Office. President McCain has urged that the United Nations move its headquarters out of the U.S., and he has proposed that the U.S. leave the UN, which he calls “useless and corrupt”. He also has refused to meet with most foreign leaders in the White House, or to travel abroad, except for heavily guarded and secret trips to Iraq and Afghanistan. –Ted Vaill

Watch “Deficit Hawks” Rush to Defend Pentagon Bloat. The Republican Party and Democratic so-called “deficit hawks” attack any proposed defense cuts as “job killers.” Yet this alliance refused to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers, and have backed tax and spending policies that have cost the nation millions of jobs in recent years. –Randy Shaw:

Saving the Earth for Our Grandchildren. Until recently, nobody knew that the unprecedented wealth of American society carried extreme dangers for our own future. Our modern lifestyles of consumption are slowly killing the planet. -Steve Hochstadt

Something’s Wrong Somewhere: Pimps, Whores and the Glitterati Who Game The Global Empire. Moscow is choking, Pakistan is drowning, Gaza is withering, war clouds gather over Iran, Venezuela, and Korea…dead zones in the oceans…but, rejoice! Chelsea has married her investment banker! -Gary Corseri

Mortgage Foreclosures, Housing, and the Current Economic Crisis. So far, here in the U.S., over 4 million homes have been foreclosed on since mid-2006. Because consumer spending drops drastically whenever housing values decline, the entire U.S. economy has been in a tail-spin throughout this period. Over 10 million jobs have been totally eliminated due to a dramatic drop in consumer sales and the resultant decline in production.

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Where’s the Oil? Here, There, and Everywhere. The world faces the difficult challenge of understanding exactly what has happened to the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico in the uncertainty of the aftermath of the April 20 explosion of the BP Macondo wellhead. -Georgianne Nienaber

GOP: Bring Back ‘Corruption of Blood’. Now, to drum up hysteria about this alleged rash of pregnant Mexican border hoppers, the GOP’s idea is to change the Constitution so that being without papers is treated more harshly than treason. -Tina Dupuy

Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel in the Spotlight or on the Hotseat. The spotlight this week is on congressional representatives Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel. Both, accused of ethics violations. Both choosing to have their day in court – so to speak. -Sharon Kyle

The Wrong Side of History: Immigration, the GOP and the Next Generation of Voters. Notwithstanding the fact that many GOP strategists and other leaders are arguing against using immigration as a wedge issue, politicians eager for votes gravitate toward each new anti-immigrant message like moths to a flame. -Seth Hoy

Despite Extra Help, Weakest Bailed-Out Bank Still Among Worst. At the center of the ethics controversy enveloping Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, is OneUnited, the nation’s largest African-American-owned bank. -Marian Wang

What to Do About the Wars. Most analysts believe that the U.S. government will renegotiate the status of forces agreement with any new Iraqi government—making the heroic assumption that there is a new Iraqi government by next year—to leave some forces permanently in that country. -Ivan Eland


Representing: The Future of Blacks in Law Enforcement and Fire Emergency Services in Los Angeles. A conversation with the President’s of the Black Employee Associations for the L.A.P.D., Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments -Jasmyne Cannick

Why Raising Taxes on the Wealthy Helps Everyone, Including the Rich. It does not make sense to tax that lower fifty percent of the population with 2.5 percent of the the total wealth, because practically all of their income is money already in circulation. You need to take the money from the top ten percent. -Howard Roth

The Jobs Emergency. We need a response proportional to the crisis. Obama, Pelosi, and Reed should summon Congress back to Washington for action on the jobs emergency. -Robert Reich

The Maxine Waters Investigation: What Is Iran Doing in This Picture? Fox News wasted no time exploiting the WikiLeaks documents to further vilify Iran, pointing out that the documents indicate the U.S. belief that Iran is arming the Taliban insurgency. This adds another layer to Fox’s steady stream of propaganda that has flowed over the years advocating for an attack on the country, and stands as a reason why some believe the leak was staged. But what does this have to do with Rep. Maxine Waters and the House Ethics Committee? -Katherine Smith

For You To Succeed, Must Someone Else Fail? Is this just human nature, or can we be happy about our achievements without causing an equal amount of suffering in someone else? -Michael Sigman

The Net Neutrality Spat Explained. At stake is the principle of net neutrality — the idea that Internet service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not privilege certain content by giving it more, or less, bandwidth — a principle that the FCC has been more aggressive about implementing under the Obama administration. -Marian Wang

Fly Away, Mockingbird. As the armies of tolerance celebrate To Kill a Mockingbird–it’s the 50 anniversary this month—one is put in mind of a maxim by W.H. Auden: “You do not read a book,” Auden said. “A book reads you.” -John Summers

Versus China, We’re Not Even in the Right Game. We are so screwed. We simply don’t get it in the USA and EU. After three weeks spent travelling around the globe, I see that the Chinese eat our lunch while we busy ourselves in silly ideological Left vs. Right fights over control of Washington, Westminster, and Brussels. -Denis Campbell

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We’re Even Deeper in the Hole. An extraordinary number of Americans are still hurting. It’s more important than ever for the US government to step in with a larger stimulus that puts more people to work and tax cuts for people who will spend them.  -Robert Reich:

Nuke U: How the University of California Is Helping to Blow Up the World. Sixty-five years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, the University of California imprimatur is an air freshener for the stench of preparations for global annihilation. -Norman Solomon

Voices from the Wetlands, In “Voices from the Wetlands,” veteran reporter Georgianne Nienaber gives a first-hand account of the damage wrecked by the BP oil well disaster on the Louisiana Delta and on the people whose families have lived there for centuries.

Gay Marriage: The Tide Is Turning. Although nobody believes that homophobia has disappeared, polls show that public support for gay rights – including marriage – has increased dramatically in the past decade, especially in the last few years. -Peter Dreier

Fast 4 Freedom. AB900 was a huge victory for the prison-industrial complex. “People are making a profit out of putting people in cages,” said Geri Silva. -Diane Lefer

Meg Whitman: Feds Shouldn’t Be Telling Arizona What To Do, Opposes Path To Legalization, It’s doubtful Whitman will start posting giant billboards in Spanish promoting her support for Arizona and her opposition to a path to legalization under any circumstances. -Andrea Nill

Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, and Herbert Hoover. Both Greenspan and Rubin are deficit hawks. So was Herbert Hoover and so was Hoover’s Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon. And look what Hoover and Mellon got us into. When we least need him, Hoover is being exhumed. -Robert Reich

University of Phoenix: Right Out of David Mamet. Any institution that calls itself a “university” yet tells its enrollment officers to “burrow” down deep into the “pain” of its students with the aim of hooking them into government-subsidized debt to rake in the profits not only doesn’t deserve to be accredited, but should be barred from having any access to federal student aid programs. -Joseph Palermo

Published by the LA Progressive on August 15, 2010
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