Posts Tagged ‘Public Policy’

The Corporate Court in Context

Posted in Curated Links on July 3rd, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Peter Montgomery from People for the American Way puts this week’s Supreme Court decisions in historical context.

Samuel Alito is the single most pro-corporate Justice on the most pro-business Court since the New Deal. Still, Alito’s one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver’s seat of American politics.

Many would suggest that the modern right-wing movement began with the failed presidential bid of Barry Goldwater. But there’s a strong case to be made that it begins in earnest with a 1971 memo by Lewis Powell, who argued that American businesses were losing public support and called for a massive, continuing campaign to wage war on leftist academics, progressive nonprofit groups, and politicians. The memo by Powell, who was later appointed to the Supreme Court via a nomination by Richard Nixon, inspired a few very wealthy men like Adolph Coors, John M. Olin, and Richard Mellon Scaife, who set about creating and funding a massive infrastructure of think tanks, endowed academic chairs, law schools and right-wing legal groups, including the Federalist Society, which has nurtured Alito’s career.

Read the full article: Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments | Peter Montgomery.

The Real Face of Welfare

Posted in Curated Links on May 30th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Just ran across this on the Book of Faces and had to share.

Breaking Brown notes that “blacks comprise 22 percent of the poor, but blacks only take in 14 percent of government benefits. Conversely, whites make up 42 percent of the poor, but take in a disproportionate 69 percent of government benefits.”

Read more: This One Fact About Welfare Makes White People Look Lazy |

Lies My Postmaster General Told Me

Posted in Curated Links on May 13th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The Postal Service has been reporting revenue increases for five straight quarters. So why is Postmaster General Donahoe minimizing that winning streak? Over the last few years, faced with falling revenue, postal management has closed post offices, slashed rural office hours, sold historic buildings, cut jobs, and consolidated processing plants. It continues to seek closings and service cuts, such as eliminating Saturday delivery; but some of these moves have been delayed or curtailed by pushback from the public, from employees, and from legislators.

Read More: Why is the Postmaster General Understating Postal Revenue Gains? | Talking Union.

New Study: Charter Schools Hurt Poor Kids

Posted in Curated Links on April 25th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Adopting a “school reform” agenda that encourages privatization actually makes the problems worse, according to a new study.

“In pushing these efforts, politicians, rightwing think tanks, chambers of commerce, and, most of all, the American Legislative Exchange Council are actually creating the very problem of failure in the school system they claim their privatization plans will help address.”

Read about it: Scathing Report Finds School Privatization Hurts Poor Kids – In These Times.

Understanding Education “Reform”

Posted in Curated Links on February 5th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Deborah Meier writes at Talking Union about the greed behind the “new reform” movement in Education.

“Having failed time after time with vouchers—direct public funding of private schools, the new reformers saw a way around it. Their instincts also suggested that history favors reforms that make repeal difficult, almost impossible. So the motto is: move fast and thoroughly.”

Read the full article: Follow the money to understand education reform | Talking Union.

10 NSA Myths Debunked

Posted in Curated Links on January 17th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Peter Van Buren unpacks ten myths about NSA surveillance that need debunking.

Read here: You Can’t Opt Out: 10 NSA Myths Debunked | The Dissenter.

Pure Savagery

Posted in Video on January 10th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment


Professor Chomsky speaks on American politics’ descent into madness.

Why the Middle Should Care About the Bottom

Posted in Curated Links on January 10th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The middle has to care about the bottom because it represents how far our society will let someone fall.

Read the article: A Real Movement of the 99%—Don’t Look Down | Talking Union.

Poverty Got You Down? Call in the Guard.

Posted in Commentary, Curated Links on July 12th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Gun violence in Chicago has gotten so bad this summer that members of Congress (including Bobby Rush) are convening a “summit on urban violence,” and Illinois State Representative Monique Davis is demanding that Governor Quinn send in the National Guard “to protect our children so they can go to the park and swim and play and have a childhood.”

For his part, Mayor Rahm Emaunuel wants to continue to focus on “the four P’s – policing, parenting, prevention and penalties” as solutions to the problem. Considering the probable effects of His Honor’s war on children and teachers, they’re likely to need a lot more of the policing and penalties part of that equation in the near future.

I would humbly suggest that someone ought to begin focusing on the most important “P-Factor” relating to violence in our cities: POVERTY.

Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor, Cedric Johnson, Martha Biondi and Barbara Ransby take a look at the true roots of urban violence in their panel discussion presented at the Socialism 2013 Conference: Poverty Pulls the Trigger.

Click here for the MP3 Download from We Are Many.

Poverty can be a prison in itself

The Fight to Save the People’s Post Office

Posted in Audio, Curated Links on July 9th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Jamie Partridge, Melissa Rakestraw and Frank Couget speak on The Fight to Save the Post Office at Socialism 2013. Audio courtesy of We Are Many.

Click here to download the MP3.

Visit Community and Postal Workers United for more information.