Archive for October, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership Pact: Trick or Treat?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

R. Rex Hussmann“After World War II, we hoped the world might be united for the sake of peacemaking. Now the world is being ‘globalized’ for the sake of trade and the so-called free market — for the sake, that is, of plundering the world for cheap labor, cheap energy, and cheap materials. How nations, let alone regions and communities, are to shape and protect themselves within this ‘global economy’ is far from clear.” Wendell Beriy, Citizenship Paper’s

President Obama loves it.

So does Jeb Bush. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders agree it’s a terrible deal. What is it that can bring together such strange bedfellows? (more…)

Teachers and schools under attack by governor, Legislature

Monday, October 19th, 2015

kenneth fullerToday and every day since the last legislative session, Gov. Nathan Deal and his self-appointed Education Reform Commission have plotted how to dismantle the public education system in our state.

As I recently reminded you, they have now advocated abolishing the teacher pay schedules, which provide salary increases to our teachers based upon their level of experience and education. What do they suggest as an alternative? The governor and these appointed “experts” — who are merely politicians, and not educators — favor a “base pay” system that would allow the local school boards to decide when their teachers are entitled to pay increases. (more…)

Typical American family’s largest asset? Social Security.

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Mike ReynoldsSocial Security is half of the net worth of middle class American families that are within 10 years of retirement. It is the sole disability and life insurance most Georgians have. For 80 years, the payroll tax on wages for Social Security has protected American working families from early death, disability, and poverty in old age.

Yet, the 30-year Republican crusade to end Social Security continues to spread disinformation about Social Security’s solvency, undermining confidence in its future. (more…)

Pope Francis believes in America

Monday, October 5th, 2015

R. Rex HussmannThe pope’s encyclical, “Laudato Si” does not beat around the bush. It is a no-holds-barred warning that if we human beings do not change our ways, climate change will wreak havoc on future generations. He says climate change is based on solid scientific evidence and is real. He also decries the short-term profit-taking by business interests at the expense of the earth and the poor. He says future generations will judge us harshly if we do not change our ways.

Small wonder his encyclical was met with howls of protest from political and business leaders when it was published last May. (more…)

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