Intellectualism in public office gets us phrases like "jobs created or saved" as a benchmark for measuring economic success. Any uneducated person, with a little bit of street smarts, knows there's no way to measure that we spent X amount of money to "save" Y amount of jobs.
Meghan McCain is not the first person to become famous because of her name. Paris Hilton isn't exactly a fair comparison, blond and vacant though they both may be. At least Paris became famous in her own way, through sex tapes and reality shows, and not by becoming a faux expert on hotels, writing a nonsensical book about that time in the boardroom where like, omg, someone said something mean to her and she like, totally flipped out.
USA Today had a troubling piece this week reporting that the outcome of the 2010 midterms could lead to the biggest reduction of female representation in Congress in over three decades.
Dear Mr. President,
I heard that Wednesday evening you are coming to a fundraiser in Cresskill, New Jersey. I know you have been working overtime to get our economy unstuck, but I just wanted to outline some local conditions for you about how jammed up we are in these parts.
Last week New Jersey could be proud when its pugnacious Republican Governor Chris Christie sat down with the Democratic Mayor Cory Booker on Oprah to thank Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg for his $100 million dollar gift to Newark's schools. The challenge grant could ultimately leverge as much as $250 million dollars to help Newark's students, or roughly 25 percent of the Newark's districts current annual budget.
But money is not at the root of the Newark problem. Targeting is. Already the state is spending $24,000 per student, quite a bit more than the $16,000 state per student average and more than double the national average.
Two years after the start of the Great Recession, the collateral damage continues to mount. Formerly middle class families continue to fall into the abyss of dispossesion and poverty, with their children in tow. Through no fault of their own, they will be handicapped by this economic chaos as they try to take their place in the world. It's a story I know well, going back to my family's own foreclosure when I was growing up.
Congress returns to Washington this week as "Recovery Summer" withers to "Flatline Fall.” Both parties have their scripts for the off-year election campaign well-rehearsed. Stage left, there is President Obama with a hastily assembled $50 billion dollar infrastructure bill. And stage right, the Republicans fight to keep Bush era tax cuts ...
As voters size up their picks this midterm election, they might wonder just where is "the change we can believe in?" If the reordering of national priorities that President Obama and the Democrats promised in 2008 has occurred, there is little sign of it in the lives of the middle class households they promised to champion.