Category Archives: Opinion/Editorial

Supreme Court: Enemy of Democracy


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The supreme court has shown, with it’s overturning of a 100 year old Montana law preventing corporate intervention in elections that it is systematically making elections in the US meaningless. When corporations can outbid the people in buying media coverage, when the richest candidate can buy his way into a primary, as Romney did, when foreign money can flood into elections,  the supreme court has become an enemy of democracy. 

H-1B Visas Flood U.S. Labor Markets


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Tim Hernholtz has an interesting blog post on Reuters titled “The NBA has America’s model migrant worker program”.

Mr. Hernholtz notes the number of foreign players in the NBA and notes that allowing the best players from around the world play in America improves the sport.

Friends In High Places


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The poor “job-creators.” They just can’t catch a break:

Without much fanfare, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is edging toward what could be its first “perfect” Term before the Supreme Court since at least 1994. With today’s decision in Southern Union Company v. United States, the Chamber has declared victory in all seven of its cases that have reached a clear outcome (two are additionally classified as “other” because the Court avoided addressing the issue at stake on procedural grounds, and in one the Chamber filed on behalf of neither party).

This string of seven straight victories brings the Chamber’s overall win/loss rate before the Roberts Court up to 68% (60 of 88 cases). As we have reported in prior studies, this is significantly higher than the Chamber’s success before the Rehnquist Court of 56% (45 of 80 cases), and dramatically higher than its success rate before the Burger Court, when the Chamber only won 43% (15 of 35) of its cases.

At the time of Roberts and Alitos’ confirmations there was quite a bit of talk about corporate minded this court was going to be. Of course that’s not likely to be a contentious issues since it’s a bipartisan disease. But still, it’s fairly amazing to see just how extreme they’ve been. The Chamber is hardcore, Randian wingnut at this point — the NRA of economic interest groups. And they are doing very, very, very well with this court.

I’m a little bit foggy on what can be done about this. Voodoo dolls? What?

Election Theft; An American Plague Spreading Around the World

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I have this theory that election theft is becoming more and more rampant throughout the world.
I blame the members of congress who have intentionally neglected to pass tight legislation banning un-recountable electronic voting. The US is now setting the standard for crooked elections around the world. Shame on the congress.

5 Great Things About America…That Aren’t True Any More


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Once a shining beacon of democracy, the United States of America has lost its way. To be sure, this country didn’t start out as a democracy. If you were white, over 21 and owned property, you could vote. If not, you were out of luck–and rights. When George Washington became our first president, only 6% of the population could vote. The voting base expanded considerably since then, and this country thrived as a democracy (or a republic, if you want to be technical) through the middle years  of the 20th Century.

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