Hall & Oates on the radio, 1973:
Thursday, Oct 27 | Double Header
8 pm eastern | 5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism. | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd| continue the search for deeper understanding and meaningful expressions of Movement liberalism. Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.
9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd | Jay visits with Les Leopold, co-founder and director of The Labor Institute and the Public Health Institute, designs research and educations programs on occupational safety and health, the environment and economics. The author of The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It, Les is a strategic consultant to the Blue-Green Alliance, which brings together trade unions and environmental organizations. Follow @Les_Leopold @JayAckroyd Listen live and later on BTR.
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The pious Mitt Romney lied about where he stands on workers’ bargaining rights? Say it ain’t so…! On the other hand, what do you expect from a guy who made a fortune helping to put thousands of people out of work? More here.
…or “words have meanings”.
Ry Cooder covers a song set in another era when class war raged:
Frank Rich’s recent article in New York magazine included an excellent capsule history of the Depression-era Bonus Army and a good summary of how corporate welfare boosted G.E., but the headline on the story — “The class war has begun” — is misleading. More here.
The only things we really know about the so-called Super Committee are that it is super-secret and super-likely to make life more miserable for the 99 percent of us who aren’t super-rich.
The more I read the Gospels, the more they seem to confront the very patterns of the world we live in. At one point Mary, pregnant with Jesus cries out: “God casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly… God fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty…” You can’t help but think if she were alive in contemporary America some folks would try to accuse the Virgin Mother of being Marxist or promoting class warfare. But all through Scripture we see this – over 2000 verses about how God cares for the poor and most vulnerable.
What would Jesus say about Wall Street?
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New data on what it means to be part of the 99 percent who aren’t in with the in crowd:
The top 1 percent of earners in the United States saw their average household incomes grow a whopping 279 percent from 1979 to 2007, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study (PDF) published this week.
For the lowest earners, what the CBO described as the poorest fifth of America, average incomes grew just 18 percent in that same period. The middle class — comprised of about three-fifths of Americans — saw incomes grow about 40 percent.
Those figures should be enough to enrage virtually all of the 99 Percent protesters demonstrating in nearly every major U.S. city for the last month, who see themselves as being the forgotten segment of society and wish to highlight the nation’s growing income disparity.
All told, the gap between rich and poor in America more than tripled in just under 30 years, marching in line with government policies that have increasingly tended to rely on regressive taxes on the poor and working classes, and less on taxing the top earners.