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Dear Mr. Bill O’Reilly,
On election night, as it became increasingly clear that Mitt Romney was going to lose the election to Barack Obama, I watched Fox News host Megyn Kelly ask you, “How do you think we got to this point?”
So for a while the political placards will no longer litter our streets and lawns. The commercials on TV and radio will for awhile be devoid of political commercial lies. And we won't have to listen to often disingenuous banter between candidates, or watch them pander shamelessly to those they may not care a whit about but for their votes.
So what of value might we learn from the elections in America?
Washington, D.C. - Policy makers often claim that marriage is a way out of poverty for Americans striving for the middle-class. As Governor Mitt Romney said during the second presidential debate, “…to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone — that's a great idea because if there's a two-parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically.” A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research demonstrates that marriage alone does not ensure economic security and that most parents with below-poverty incomes who are raising children are, in fact, married.
Acts of terror that strikes fear in the hearts and minds of people, such as unexpected and secretive deadly drone strikes, are always wars against hope. But not only are they wars against hope, they are acts of aggression against domestic and international rules of law and the civilities of life.
Just hours after President Barack Obama learned that he had four more years as the executive leader of the United States of America, he ordered another drone strike against in Yemen and against the Yemenis. It was reported that three "suspected" terrorists were killed on the outskirts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa.
Americans Pressure Congress to Make Top 2% and Corporations Pay their Fair Share and Reject “Grand Bargains” that include Massive Across-the-Board Budget CutsBy Mary Moreno, National People's Action | Press Release
Starting today through November 14, everyday people across the country – families living in shelters since Hurricane Sandy, clergy, family farmers, people living with AIDS/HIV, and others – are organizing more than 25 prayer vigils, sit-ins, civil disobedience, and other home-district events to pressure Congress to refuse massive across-the-board budget cuts and fix the revenue crisis by requiring the top 2% and large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.
"With the elections behind us, it's time for Congress and the Administration to get to work for the American people, not a handful of CEOs. When the tax dodging ends, investments in jobs and an economy that works for everyone can begin," said George Goehl, executive director, National People's Action.
Election's over, the good guy won, so what now for working people? Labor's wish list for our re-elected president and the new Congress is long, but certainly the most basic item is raising the pay of our poorest workers by raising the minimum wage.
About four million workers have been living in poverty or near-poverty at the current minimum of $7.25 an hour ÐÊ$15,000 a year at most before taxes and other deductions. And that's assuming the workers manage to find full time, year-round jobs.
The Israel of Harvey Pekar's posthumously published Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is and is not the Israel in the news right now; is and is not the mythical homeland of the Jewish people; is and is not the emotional compass of a specific Jewish consciousness. Pekar, his life and thought animated by J.T. Waldman's transcendent artistry (which I first discovered in the amazing JPS graphic Megillat Esther provides a deeply personal, engagingly idiosyncratic entry to one of the most vexed geo-political issues of our time.
The bare facts of Temple Grandin's life are so awe-inspiring, the challenge of writing about her must be to convey how not inevitable it all was, how the very real march of triumph from autistic child to world-renowned designer of animal husbandry facilities and spokesperson for the neuro-diverse could have turned out so very differently. Sy Montgomery – of whose work I remain such an inextinguishable fan I devoured this biography for the age 9-14 set – makes sure her reader understands how hard-bought and not inevitable Grandin's achievements are: through regular references to the father who wanted to institutionalize Grandin, through the reminiscences from school mates, teachers and colleagues that punctuate the book.
It was always clear that Latino voters would be a crucial voting bloc in this year's campaign. Yet many pundits, analysts and Republican politicians continually downplayed and undersold the potential impact of Latino voters using a variety of excuses: turnout will be low; Latinos will come around to Republican ideas on job creation; Latinos weren't paying attention to the Republican primary debates; maybe right-wing social issues might somehow become appealing by November. While we're still poring over the election returns, it's clear that, if anything, the impact of Latino voters' support for progressive candidates exceeded almost everyone's expectations.