On Labor Day, oppose job-killing legislation

America first celebrated Labor Day in 1882 as a sign of good will toward unions in New York City.  Shortly thereafter, Congress signed a bill making Labor Day a national holiday.
Our nation’s actions concerning Labor Day are still welcomed by many as an extra day off work and an excuse to light up barbeques one last time before summer is out.  Politicians take it as their cue to start campaigning in earnest, making sure to hit local parades and picnics.  Union bosses view Labor Day as the start of the spending season as they try to buy favor with as many politicians as possible.


Energy proposals risk Hispanic support in midterms

In the 2008 Texas primary ad, Viva Obama, a handsome mariachi assures Tejanos that Barack Obama is the best candidate for the nation and for all Tejanos. As trumpets and guitars blare in the background, the mariachi sings that Obama is the one to “proteger la gente trabajadora” (protect the hard working people). Two years later, this promise is not being met. The Latino community has been especially hard hit in this recession with unemployment rates consistently above that of the national average. Even in the midst of the immigration debate, jobs still remain the top concern for Latinos as shown in a recent AP-Univision poll.


How Democrats can save themselves

Congressional Democrats, and the Democratic Party as a whole, are at a real turning point. The stakes are not only control of the public agenda over the next two years but also the possibility of a national political realignment in 2012.

Democrats appear not to recognize what brought them to their present perilous state or to have thought through their tactics for survival in November's off-year elections.


Giving the US nonprofit sector a seat at the federal table (Rep. Betty McCollum)

Nonprofit organizations play an important but little understood role in the U.S. economy.   Almost 10 percent of the U.S. workforce is employed by the nonprofit sector, according to the Congressional Research Service.  That's roughly the same number of Americans who work in the manufacturing sector.  According to the Government Accountability Office, as much as 5 percent of the U.S. GDP was produced by the nonprofit sector.