Victoria Defranceso Soto: Latinos aren’t the first group that comes to mind in a discussion about unions, especially with regards to a rust-belt state such as Michigan. But it turns out that Latinos are disproportionately affected, and not in a good way, by the diminishing strength of unions.
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.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Why did Latinos not only support, but support in such overwhelming numbers a candidate who has overseen such a troubling time for Latinos?
Shamus Cooke: Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January.
John Peeler: Obama, if he could free himself of the Wall Street crowd, is the likelier buyer of Will’s prescription of breaking up financial institutions that are “too big to fail”.
Nomiki Knost: This is when those highly sought -fter swing voters will be influenced and decided. This is when Romney and Obama need to be on their A games.
Shamus Cooke: Aside from some sparse rhetoric, neither Democrats nor Republicans have offered a solution to job creation. Most politicians seem purposefully myopic about the jobs crisis, as if a healthy dose of denial might get them through the electoral season unscathed.
Brent Budowsky: I understand, Mitt. You believe a politician should say anything to get elected. But you can bet your Swiss bank accounts we are better off than we were four years ago. I’ve got an idea:
Dotty LeMieux: Either the Mittster was up to his eyeballs in Bain management and had an active role in decision-making during that period, or he is a clueless wonder who can’t keep track of the boards he sits on and shouldn’t be trusted with a child’s piggy bank, let alone the finances of a major company or the United States Treasury.
Anthony Samad: Damn near every street in the southland is torn up from construction, as is damn near every freeway. I purposely look for BMWs (Black Men Working). I rarely see any and I’m not the only one who notices this. It’s often a point of conversation in the circles I run in.
Shamus Cooke: Both parties are not talking about the fiscal cliff because they share the exact same solution: austerity -cuts to social programs, government layoffs, and other measures to make working people pay for the nation’s debt instead of the rich and corporations.
A reported 1.6-million American kids were homeless at some point last year, and half are under the age of six. That’s roughly the number of people in Philadelphia.
Mark Ruffalo: A Robin Hood Tax would raise revenue from Wall Street while reigning in their worst excesses — helping to rebalance the American economy.