Charley James: When a five year old in America is 5.8 times more likely to die because of a gun than in all other high income nations combined, the country has a serious problem that could be easily fixed.
Charley James: Newspapers and cable are filled with counter GOP demands for massive spending cuts that would almost entirely hurt the poor, the working poor, the tattered remains of the middle class and the elderly.
Charley James: Democrats generally, and the President specifically, must forget trying to do deals with a party that has no interest in making one and shout from the rooftops that it’s time to spend money and put America back to work.
Charley James: Not counting those still left homeless because of Sandy, there remain close to one million Americans who won’t sleep tonight under their own roof, and 10 to 12 million will be homeless at least one night this year.
Charley James: Some days I wake up feeling alright, that things will get better; then, within hours, something happens to leave me feeling like my life will never turn around.
Charley James: There are days when I waste hours assessing every bad decision I ever made, hoping that by understanding the route that got me out here might lead me back inside again.
Charley James: More than a week after Sandy ended tens of thousands of families and individuals remain without their own roof over their head. For many, it may be months before they have a place to live.
Charley James: Romney created his own problem with the media by flouting the truth and using falsehoods as a campaign strategy, figuring the media wouldn’t call him on it and the public wouldn’t notice.
Charley James: In a little-noticed piece of legislation he is trying to move through his Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs a bill that would effectively strip independent regulatory agencies of their power to effectively regulate just about anything.
Charley James: People heading to work outside Fox’s building on Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan the morning after the election found themselves sidestepping bits of flesh and bone.
Charley James: Voters are not becoming better informed and candidates get away with saying almost anything that pops into their heads. It was especially bad this year when Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan simply lied at every chance.
Charley James: We are losing democracy because the GOP and movement conservatives believe, “We’re rich enough. We’re clever enough. And, doggone it, people may not like us but we can do it anyway.”
Charley James: The nonsense Romney spouts as factual would be breathtaking if it was not so scary and he weren’t running for president.