Now that we're done chuckling at Democrats, let's really look at what the Republicans are doing here: The one-two punch of distraction and destruction, which is their signature move. This annual gathering brings 6,000 people to a town with a population of 17,000, which has enormous, positive economic impact on the city. Are Republicans against culture because it contributes economically?
-Justin Krebs on the ridiculed budget item that helps fund a Cowboy Poety festival in Nevada.
— Justin Krebs on the 'outlandish things' President Obama has promised yet not delivered
-Justin Krebs,on how the budget battle has reignited a culture war.
-- Justin Krebs, on the turning tide for the Tea Party
— Justin Krebs, on the appeal of sounding like an economic progressive.
If our "leaders" in Albany pass a budget that gives back $4.6 billion to the wealthiest residents of state - a state which already suffers extraordinary wealth disparity - it will say only a little about our governor, and much more about a weakened political culture in New York that has allowed our state to stray from its progressive past.
Governor Andrew Cuomo never pretended to like the income tax surcharge on New Yorker's wealthiest residents. During his campaign, he never claimed he'd extend it. Once elected, he made clear his intention to let it lapse. So it's no surprise that he worked out a budget deal that doesn't include it.
It's not a shock. But it is an outrage.
-- Justin Krebs, on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya
You don’t get people from all 50 states to agree very often, and getting all 50 state Attorneys General to agree would seem almost impossible. Yet that’s the goal of Iowa’s AG Tom Miller, who is spearheading the national effort to find a settlement with major banks and mortgage servicers over the recent foreclosure fraud crisis.
One cannot imagine Miller’s job is an easy one. New Yorkers, and all Americans concerned about the abuses in the mortgage industry, can thank our own Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for making this task a little tougher.
--Justin Krebs, on "America's Mayor" as 2012 presidential hopeful
"As we face the threat of a government shutdown, we remember that this isn’t just a political game. When there’s an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown or any one of a thousand everyday issues, we need a functioning government at the service of its people."
-- Justin Krebs
If you’ve recently felt a burst of joy in your heart, and a lighter mood in the air, it’s not just the coming of spring. It may be the sound of NYC airwaves free of Glenn Beck.
Ever since WOR dropped the conservative radio host at the start of the ...
I realized something. While workers are having their rights stripped away, while historic protests are gripping Madison and while Americans are showing solidarity across the country, I was about to argue protocol for a legislature in a state I’ve never lived in. And I’m not a lawyer.
When New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams visited a branch of Chase bank recently, it wasn’t business as usual. The bank locked its doors and refused to let him in. Then again, Council Member Williams did have a crowd of protesters with him and had just called JP Morgan Chase a group of "bloodsuckers."
In the face of popular protest, a vindictive leader scapegoats the protesters, blaming outside agitators for the very real frustrations of his citizens. He seeks to take away the rights of the opposition and continues a crusade on behalf of the oligarchs against the masses. Middle East or Midwest?
That this sometimes-Republican billionaire would assert a value to unions must have made the heads of countless Republicans explode and the hearts of certain fellow billionaires seethe. Mayor Bloomberg was clearly distancing himself from the Tea Party-fueled anti-union rhetoric sweeping across the country’s right wing.
However, in true Bloomberg fashion, this wasn’t just a move with one party or another: he was blazing his own trail. While he didn’t win many friends in the GOP, his op-ed didn’t win any friends among public sector employees and their supporters either.
While America has a valuable role to play in supporting the cause of democracy around the world, it would be foolish to take credit for the events of the past two months. The months ahead will show us where this trajectory leads, and we can’t predict the future. But it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see the past and know that George W. Bush wasn’t the inspiration for Tahrir Square any more than the Beastie Boys.
The surprising strength and stamina of the protests in Wisconsin are galvanizing Americans. People will rally in all 50 state capitals this Saturday, an amazing demonstration of support for those on the streets in Madison as well as for the importance of respecting working Americans across the country. This is the sort of energy many on the left haven’t felt since the election of 2008, when throngs of enthusiastic supporters poured across the land in support of the audaciously hopeful candidate Barack Obama.
Tens of thousands of Americans gather in the streets of Madison, prompting solidarity rallies around the country as they defend the rights of workers. Big banks, having received record bailouts, continue predatory practices on regular Americans while seeing their own profits increase. The ultra-rich horde more and more of our nation’s wealth while convincing public servants to help decrease their tax burden. Is this the "new normal"?
It is, according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Tens of thousands of regular folks have been clogging the Wisconsin statehouse and the plazas around it for days. The duration and force of the protests have been surprising to many Americans, who are accustomed to our rallying culture resembling outdoor concerts on the Washington Mall. The scene out of Wisconsin is more spontaneous, less produced, more authentic, and therefore, more captivating. It less resembles Glenn Beck’s revival or Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and looks akin to another set of images we’ve seen recently — those out of the Middle East.