Friends In Russian Places: Your Letters
Not Quite Equal
Re: Sir Elton Gets Equality by E.J. Graff
E.J Graff says that Elton finally achieves equality. Not quite! As she also notes his union with David Furnish isn't gay marriage, but civil partnership. Civil partnerships are a new institution (for same-sex couples only) while marriage remains reserved for different sex couples. Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson are a British lesbian couple who legally married in
Editors' Note: The editors of TomPaine.com titled E.J. Graff's article. Graff would never have never call civil partnerships, civil unions, etc. "equal."
To Catch A Spy?
Re: The Freewheeling Executive by Aziz Huq
We can make a very good guess why Bush has ignored FISA—he wants to spy on his enemies here, such as those against the
Thoughts On The Game
Re: Iraq: Game Over by Robert Dreyfuss
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Measuring Domestic Prosperity
Re: Our Worrisome MDP by Robert Reich
Thank you for always clarifying the economic situation with clear and reasonable analysis. What concerns me, however, is that at least half of the great
I had to end the conversation, when I realized that their position stemmed from their economic point of view. He might be middle class, but he wanted all benefits due to the rich which included not "throwing money" at programs that "don't work." Sadly, they too preferred to close the deficit gap with tax cuts for themselves and destroying "social" programs which benefited "those people." I think MDP might impress even them. I believe that it should be a campaign issue for 2006.
Isn't it also interesting that the Labor Dept. tracks average wages instead of median wages? There's a BIG difference and only the median wage represents how the vast majority of Americans are doing.
Robert Reich is wrong. My husband and I are in our 50s, and our incomes only keep growing, through hard work, savings and planning for the future. The tax relief we got from the Bush Tax Cut has spurred more small businesses to get started, and has reduced unemployment to record low levels (even lower than during the
Robert Reich's proposal to measure prosperity by measuring changes in middle class prosperity is very appropriate. I had long believed in the trickle-down theory and therefore supported programs and practices that benefited business generally. It is clear the trickle is no longer making it down to the middle class. It is clear we're not all in this together. The middle class is not better off today than it was four or six years ago. It is difficult to see—given the offshoring of jobs, oceans of debt held by other nations, the growing competitiveness of other nations, and our decimated
Friends In Russian Places
Re: To Russia, Love Tom DeLay by Russ Baker
Russ Baker's article was astounding. I consider myself well-read and try to keep up with all the latest, but this was the first I had heard of this segment of The Hammer's lucrative career. Man, how I'd love to live long enough to see this hypocritical, lying, warmongering bunch of thieves brought down. I have a dream!
I've been blasting Abramoff and DeLay on my blog for months. Their style of corruption is arrogant and smarmy. A goody-two-shoes criminal? Did God order them to steal money and smear their opponents? The hypocrisy of it all is out of this world. Will Rush, Ann Coulter, Hannity ad nauseum express their outrage? Will they be tried by a jury of true believers? Remember, the Republicans have the power and the support of millions, regardless off their acts. Can you say "jury nullification?"
The Immigration Imbroglio
Re: Beyond Guest Workers by Amy Traub
If the press allows Mexican immigration to be turned into a wedge issue, the Dems will again lose the elections. Period. End of discussion. Don't do it.
Amy's piece isn't quite as bleeding heart as most so-called "progressive" critiques of the illegal alien mess, but it still fails to note that we already have an immigration mechanism, and that we already do allow a quarter of a million people to legally settle in this country every year. The problem has developed because of the foie gras forced-feeding approach, which creates a rate of immigration that can't be smoothly economically accommodated, and that has long-term and serious negative consequences for the environment. She failed to mention www.numbersusa.com's founder, Roy Beck, who became a committed immigration reductionist after studying the problem as an environmental journalist. Hardly a protégé of George Lincoln Rockwell, his organization numbered approximately 3,000 or 4,000 members two years ago, 40,000 this past March, and more than 130,000 now. These people aren't racist xenophobes. They're people whose livelihoods are threatened by the wage thieves flooding in from abroad. Amy may have a good heart; she should try expanding it to include native-born Americans.
Amy Traub misses the mark. We do have a means to assimilate foreigners into our nation. It is called legal immigration. Illegal aliens have chosen of free will to enter the country in violation of our laws. They should depart and apply for legal entry like everyone else.
Is that too progressive for some of you? For the effects of illegal immigration on an overpopulated labor environment, look at
Carlos M. Rodriguez