As if written for today's headlines, William Stafford's poem "Allegiances" reflects that we will have to take care of each other; we will be our own protection.
Jobs with Justice enters its 25th year facing incredible challenges. In the wake of the just agreed to debt ceiling fight the whole working class faces even greater attack and pain.
The debt deal is a bad deal for the American people and the economy.
The debt ceiling crisis is the latest in a series of hostage crises instigated by the extreme right wing.
The threat of default may have beeb averted, but working people will lose MORE ground.
John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics, was quoted as saying, "The word for this report is 'shocking.'" Sorry, Mr. Ryding, why are you shocked?
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently opined, "The current welfare state is simply unsustainable and anybody who is serious, on left or right, has to have a new vision of the social contract."
Wealth gaps have always been much greater than income gaps, but the changes have never seen the magnitude in the past few years.
Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.
The problem is not so much a "gang of six" now making deals, but the gang that took over the House of Representatives and statehouses and governorships across the country last fall.