Democracy as we know it is at stake in the Wisconsin protests, not just budgets and unions.
Progressives are organizing rallies to “Save The American Dream.” They are understating the case.
That is the obvious half of what the Wisconsin protests are about. The other half concerns the rights of ordinary people in a democracy — rights conservatives want to deny, whether gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, retirement rights, or the right to the best health a nation can provide to all its citizens. Unions, through their political contributions, support the basic freedoms, protections, and resources we all require to have a decent life and live in a civilized society. If those unions are destroyed, American life will become unrecognizable in a remarkably short time.
If Democrats are not talking out loud about these deeper issues, then they are, by their reticence and silence, helping conservatives destroy unions, defund the Democratic party, and take over the country.
Rahm Emanuel has won the election for Mayor of Chicago. If you thought the election was difficult, managing the city of Chicago at this time of shrinking revenue has got to be an extraordinary challenge. I’m sure Mr. Emanuel knows this and he may even have a plan ready. But when I think about his motivation to tackle all these big challenges it come down to one point, Rahm Emanuel Loves Chicago. I wish him well, good luck, and all possible success.
Wisconsin Tea Party Republican Walker and his allies pushed through $140 million in new spending for special-interest groups in January. If the Legislature were simply to rescind Walker’s new spending schemes — or delay their implementation until they are offset by fresh revenues — the “crisis” would not exist.
I don’t hold much hope that Huffington Post (HP) will be able to withstand the AOLization that is destined to come at it. In two years Arianna and the key members will have moved on to something else. Community and energy will decline as the editorial class intervenes by “doing their job”. I’m sad to see HP go but I’m optimistic that perhaps a thousand flowers may bloom as a result of lessons learned from the birth and growth of HP.