Feb 13, 2010

Changed America

Sarah Palin's squawking [and let's pray to the Almighty that she becomes the Republican 2012 nominee] aside, writers like Paul Craig Roberts at CounterPunch have been warning for years the offshore-the-jobs, screw-the-workers' policies are devastating.

Dingbats like Sarah Palin screech U.S.A., but do not think the sentiment ought include the American working class.

A couple of not-altogether pleasant reads explain why the jobless future in the offing is not a good thing. See by Don Peck' How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America and Ismael Hossein-Zadeh's The Retrogression: New Phase, Not Just Another Recession.

Put aside the free market nostrums that Palin spouts without comprehension, we need a government committed to the great majority of its citizens, an economic democracy.

Faced with joblessness, a lame jobs bill now being batted about to unanimous Republican opposition is not close to a step in the right direction. But it's not too late to help Americans.

Though Palin will pick up on traditional GOP racial and class resentments, she is a poor, political vehicle. The question is will President Obama step up to offer a challenge, he has not to this point.

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