LA Progressive: This Week’s Articles — April 11 to 17, 2010

Articles by Jim Fuller, Tom Hall, Ed Rampell, Mario Solis-Marich, Craig Williams, David Swanson, Andrea Christina Nill, Marcy Winograd, Berry Craig, Rev. Irene Monroe, Bob Barber, Tina Dupuy, Tracy Emblem, John Peeler, Paul Loeb, Robert Reich, Robert Reich, William J. Astore, Randy Shaw, Ivan Eland, Robert Letcher, Emily Spence, Robert Reich, Bob Letcher, Lydia Howell, Steven Conn

Getting a Liberal on the Supreme Court

Tom Deegan: Fasten your seat belts and brace yourselves for the latest poop storm that is about to fall on Washington DC, folks. With the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens imminent, President Barack Obama is about to get his second appointee to the United States Supreme Court in a less than a year. And like last year’s Sonia Sotomayor confirmation travesty, you can expect the Republicans (and even some Democrats) to have a positive hissy fit. These people have moved so far to the extreme right in recent years, the wishiest washiest moderate is going to be perceived as too much of a radical, left wing ideologue for these nincompoops.

Life-Saving Government?

Cigarette addiction

Ron Wolff: I can’t tell you that my life has been saved by the efforts of government to reduce air pollution. But living in an area highly susceptible to the accumulation of dangerous particulates and ozone, I can tell you that I notice a distinct improvement in air quality over the last 15 years. And that has probably added several years to my life expectancy. Yes, government has saved my life. Maybe it has saved yours too. Is this worth paying for? I guess that depends on whether you want to pay your fair share of taxes to support these worthwhile endeavors.

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