Archive for March 2012

“We Watch. We Remember. We Vote.”

March 21, 2012

There will be a “Save Texas Schools” rally in Austin, Texas this coming Saturday, March 25. The purpose of the rally is to express our committment to the education of our children and the children of Texas.

We say “No!” to the under-funding of our public schools and “No!” to the over-testing of our children.

Find information about Saturday’s rally here.

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Statement On Jobs – Emergency Labor Network

March 19, 2012

I enjoyed reading the article Statement On Jobs that I found on the Emergency Labor Network webpage. The statement was published earlier this year.

“The hype is on again in the press that recovery is around the corner. Last month’s jobs numbers are cited as the latest proof of recovery. The economic data puffery will no doubt prove intense in this election year, but a closer look at the facts should temper the false confidence.

After more than four years following the start of the recession in December 2007, and three years after President Obama assumed office, the crisis in jobs in the United States continues as the number one problem of the U.S. economy.

Based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s more accurate latest “U-6” unemployment rate, at the official end of the recession in June 2009 there were 25.4 million jobless; today, more than 30 months later, there still remain 23.4 million without work. That’s a total of only about 67,200 jobs created a month over two and a half years — a monthly number barely half of what is needed to even absorb new entrants into the labor force each month.”

Read the rest of the Statement here.

Recovery And Inequality At The Same Time?

March 16, 2012

I have read a couple of articles recently that have proven informative and beneficial to me. They pertain to the economy in the United States and address “recovery,” jobs, and income inequality.

The first article is entitled “Economic Recovery For Whom?” It was written by economist Richard Wolff. Dr. Wolff says that,

 “‘Recovery,’ in this capitalist economy, refers to profits, not to people.”

Read the article here.

The second article is “The Precarious Job Recovery”  and was written by Robert Reich. In it Reich says,

“Corporate profits are up but the money isn’t flowing to American workers.”

You can read the article here.

The third and final article was also written by Robert Reich. It is entitled “The Widening Divide of Wealth, and Why We Need a Surtax on the Super-Rich.”

“America’s wealth gap – already wider than the nation’s income gap – has become even wider. The 400 richest Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together.”

Reich’s article can be read here.