Economy & Budget
Like the clear results on a pH test strip, the vote in the U.S. Senate this week on the Creating American Jobs and Ending Off-Shoring Act showed Republicans’ true color: Red. Red for China.
Or Mexico. Or Indonesia. Or anywhere multi-national corporations get tax breaks for exporting American jobs. In this test of loyalty, every Republican in the Senate voted for corporate greed over American workers.
Generations have passed since America’s first women’s summit produced the Declaration of Sentiments at Seneca Falls, New York. This document listed an array of “injuries and usurpations” directed towards women, chiefly: “He has monopolized nearly all the profitable employments, and from those she is permitted to follow, she receives but a scanty remuneration.”
Congress adjourned this week, leaving behind a lot of important unfinished business – basic things like passing a budget and extending tax cuts that will hit working families and small businesses across the nation.
In Washington we have frozen aspects of domestic spending, while a bipartisan commission examines our deficits. Meanwhile, across the country campaign rhetoric has been ratcheted up, as the calls echo from across the political spectrum to reconcile our spending with our finite resources.
The public employee pension crisis is shifting political fault lines across the country. Elected officials are wrestling with a problem that threatens the ability of states and localities to provide essential services. The reality that pension payouts may impair public finances is as chilling to Democrats as it is to Republicans and has created momentum for desperately needed reform.
For the past year and a half, Americans have witnessed something truly remarkable here in Washington. They’ve watched a governing party that was more or less completely uninterested in what the governed had to say about the direction of our country.
Women face an eight percent unemployment rate, compared with 9.8 percent for men. They earn 58 percent of BA and MA degrees and are riding out the recession more easily. So what better time for Congress to help men displaced from construction and manufacturing?
At his town hall meeting last week, the most painful question put to President Obama was also one of the simplest: “Is the American Dream dead?”
Indeed, far too many Americans are worried that their children will inherit a diminished chance at success — that it is getting harder and harder to make it in America. And at a time when millions of Americans are out of work, it can be easy to feel that way.