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Congress and Obama Protect Monsanto

“The biotech industry, with the help of Congress, is attempting an end-run of the judicial system. Since judges can’t get be bought off, just go to your friends in Congress instead.” Food Safety News

Obama’s choice of campaign director does not bode well for the humans on the planet

It does not seem that the spirit and hope which brought Obama into the White House in 2008 is anything more than a memory, moving in the shadows of the corporate plutocracy. Oh sweet Obama spirit, we hardly knew ye.

Rep. Kucinich on the Attack on the Public Sphere

On the rightwing Republican attack on collective negotiating rights of public employees and on the attempt to privatize public property.

U.S. States Get Down and Miserly While U.S. Corps Pay Little or No Taxes

Several discussions of states reducing unemployment benefits and low corporate tax contributions leading into a conclusion by David Cay Johnston that in a year or two, given the political struggles present in the land today, we will know if we will be living in a completely corporatized society or if there will be pushback.

Struggle in Wisconsin

Krugman on the struggle in Wisconsin as seen in the light of Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine” – using a constructed crisis as a smoke screen to implement right wing dreams of privatization and other means to rob citizens of their wealth on behalf of the rich.

Updates – North Africa, Middle East, U.S.A.

Status regarding Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Jemen, Bahrain, Jordan, and uprising of the U.S. corporate right wing against labor unions middle class living conditions and attack on the schools.

Wisconsin – facts about claims that Wisconsin public workers don’t pay enough for their health care

Perspectives on Wisconsin Governor Walker and his claims that public employees don’t pay enough for health care and should be stripped of the right to negotiate salaries.

Wisconsin Gov. Supported by Koch Brothers

Wisconsin governor’s ties to the billionaire Koch brothers and his desire to lead the Republican assault on public service unions.

New page on U.S. media

New page about U.S. media. FCC proposals concerning net neutrality and approval of the merger of Comcast and NBC.Universal are topics.

Obama’s Federal Spending Freeze, Cut in Corp. Taxes and Inevitable Bailouts

Possible effects on financial and health reform of Obama’s spending freeze, the effects on governance of the need to raise one billion dollars to run for President in 2012 and the inevitability of bailouts.

Juan Cole on ‘Horrible Things Done to Us by Lieberman’

Lieberman’s rap sheet.

Accountability for the financial crisis: Status

No one to be held accountable for trashing the economy (U.S. and global) and essentially the theft/transfer of billions/trillions of public money into the pockets of the super rich?

Baseline Scenario on what is wrong with cutting taxes

Cut taxes on the rich. Why? Baseline Scenario on the mistaken notion that such tax cuts will help anyone or anything other than the bank accounts of the rich, where the money will stay put, unused to any good effect.

Merry Christmas to the Unemployed – No More Unemployment Benefits

Republicans and wealthy Democrats don’t want the unemployed to be able to eat and pay the rent but wnat to give the filthy rich billions in tax cuts. Is everybody asleep out there?

Frank Rich on Favorite LSW Topic – The Inability of the U.S. to Maintain a Democracy So Long Money is in Politics

Frank Rich on the role of giant money in a steadily dminishing political sphere in the U.S.

Great Explanation of ‘Quantitative Easing’ and the Feb and Goldman Sachs

Is this an episode of the twilight zone? Is this a nightmare?

U.S. 2010 Mid-term Elections II (less rant, more sober summary)

Before delving into the details at the national level, it should be clearly noted that the capture of so many Governorships and so many state legislative seats by the Republicans will no doubt play a major role in the 2011 redrawing of Congressional districts. Politico explains: “But, despite the importance of these elections, it is […]

Excellent Frank Rich column

Rich’s column, “What Happened to Change We Can Believe In?” in the NY Times, Sunday 210.24.10, is well worth reading for its insight and information. To wit: “But the most relentless drag on a chief executive who promised change we can believe in is even more ominous. It’s the country’s fatalistic sense that the stacked […]

U.S.A. Campaign Finance update

Here are background and updates on the flood of money overwhelming what is left of American democracy, which might be renamed corporate democracy or corporate kleptocracy

The Tea Party Express, Billionaires and Obama

Here is a slim summary of the Tea Party Express’ financial backers (and controllers one assumes): The billionaire oil brothers David and Charles Koch (whose father, Fred, was an early member of the John Birch society): “The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to “educate,” […]

New post about climate change

Based on a Paul Krugman article.

Where does W. stop and O. start?

One wonders sometimes if regime change in Washington is just an illusion. The BP Gulf of Mexico catastrophe is a case in point. As Obama was making ready to be ‘mad’ at BP it is revealed that the White House colluded with BP to keep the full extent of the disaster from the public by […]

The workings of the Democratic party

This article provides a clear explanation of the Democratic Party’s conservative behavior.

Financial reform status – May 9, 2010

Failed vote to break up the big banks

Baseline Scenario on the status of financial reform measures in the Senate

Does the Senate handling of financial reform legislation reflect the lack of a functioning democracy in the U.S.?

Supreme Court decision makes democracy in the U.S. an even more distant dream

President Obama called the ruling a “major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.””

Excellent introduction to aspects of regulating campaign financing

Linda Greenhouse writing in the NY Times provides a concise presentation of the Supreme Court’s treatment of campaign finance regulation. In the opinion of LSW (admittedly an amateur) the result from this case could spell the final demise of the view of the U.S. as a democracy not controlled by the rich and their corporations.