The ugly days of the 1950s witchhunts returned to the headlines this month, hitting me in a very personal way.
It's easy to become apocalyptic contemplating the vast sums of wealth being destroyed in the unfolding financial crisis gripping Wall Street. The economic tsunami unleashed there will soon reach every corner of the nation. Indeed globalization will insure that few in the world will escape suffering.
The world has watched with enormous admiration as storm-battered Cuba pulls itself together after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike.
The largest crisis in U.S. financial history shook the foundations of Wall Street this week. The aftershocks of the earthquake that toppled the 158-year-old Lehman Brothers investment bank, Merrill Lynch and the AIG insurance giant — all within a 24-hour span — shook capitalist markets around the globe.
The numbers are finally in! John McCain’s Double Talk Express has been hitting Barack Obama hard at every opportunity spreading all kinds of misinformation about his tax plan. According to McCain, Obama’s tax plan will mean more taxes for you. By “you,” either McCain is mistaking his audience for wealthy businessmen, or he is outright lying. Either way, the numbers are in, and the right-wing “maverick” has gone down hard over the facts.
Recently, at political events I attended, I came in contact with supporters of Ralph Nader and Green candidates. They held forth on how those candidates were “much better than Obama” because they took “much better positions.” What folks tried to explain to them was that it isn’t what you say but what you do that counts, that the huge people’s movement behind Obama could actually defeat the ultra-right and create conditions for real, progressive changes! Nader, Greens and others are just not in that position.
I arrived at the University of North Florida (UNF) in the fall of 1979 as an untenured faculty member with two contractual guarantees. The first was the bargaining agreement between the faculty union and the state Board of Regents, in effect a due process document that offered collective protection and a route for protest that could end in the final court of appeal for labor agreements — binding arbitration. The second was a four-year “letter of appointment,” in effect a separate employment contract. It was issued to protect me against the uncertainties of the special pot of money dedicated to supporting my new faculty line.
The seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States passed this week with Americans united in their terrible memories of the loss of life and destruction that resulted from the attack. We are united also in our determination to do whatever we can to prevent it from happening again.
The Bush administration seized control this week of the scandal-ridden mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as the drive for profits by the corporate executives running them threatened both the financial markets and the entire U.S. economy.
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