A two-part response is needed to Eric Cantor and his fellow Republicans.
It is now 99 percent certain that the private economy is NOT going to cause the bad jobs numbers to change direction.
Major sections of capital believe the debt crisis gives them a golden opportunity to completely shift the costs of the "reproduction of labor power" to working people and break their fighting spirit.
Facts: the country is not broke and Social Security is not the cause of the deficit.
Sanders has sent an open letter to President Obama, and invited the public to sign it, asking the president to protect the middle and working classes from the Republicans' "savage cuts."
Calls for austerity fill the media and the political corridors of power, but it's akin to pouring gasoline on a fire.
When I heard this past week that no new jobs stimulus, WPA-type program or mortgage relief is on the table at the White House, I felt stunned.
Passage of the Fairness in Taxation Act would be an excellent way to observe the 10th anniversary of the disastrous Bush tax cuts.
Republicans call redistributing wealth un-American, but they have turned the government into a mechanism to ruthlessly redistribute wealth to the upper crust.
These cuts target our most vulnerable citizens and are being sold as a way to balance Illinois' estimated $13 billion deficit. The truth is, these cuts are short sighted and will send us on a path of destruction.