Not missed by anyone in this majority African American city is the racist inference that Detroit's residents are the root of the problem.
Today 36% of public workers are union members which corresponds very closely to 37% of the total U.S. workforce unionized from the 1960s to 1980s.
Wisconsin, joined by other states, is ground zero of an irreconcilable conflict over the role of government.
As a massive winter storm pounds much of the country, the tea party/Republicans are pushing a disastrous narrative: strangle vital public services, like snowplowing, then blame public workers and their unions.
As we celebrate the life and historic contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, public workers are under fierce attack across the country.
Taking advantage of the economic crisis, the Republicans and Wall Street have placed public workers in the bull's-eye of their attack.
Obama announced his proposal for a two year wage freeze for all non-military government workers. The proposal is a terrible idea. It's bad for the economy and feeds into racist, anti-worker stereotypes of the "lazy" public worker.
Thanksgiving is a grand American holiday: secular, focused on family, food, friends, celebrating and giving.
Given the worst losses for the Democrats in Congress in the last 50 years, some serious rethinking seems called for.
And it's a choice that should have national impact, given California's prominence as a pace-setting state.