Licia Ronzulli, an MEP from Italy, took her seven-week old daughter Victoria to work at the European parliament this week at Strasbourg. And this wasn’t even Take-Your-Child-to-Work day. She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a sling and occasionally leant to kiss her on the forehead. Photographs of Ronzulli cradling her daughter in a sling as she voted on proposals to improve women’s employment rights were broadcast around the world and published in newspapers from the US to Vietnam.
New data from the Boston Federal Reserve Bank show that social mobility is slowly decreasing. The rich are more likely to stay rich and the poor are more likely to stay poor than 40 years ago. Jared Bernstein makes the obvious connection to the rise in income inequality over the same time:
There are various links to this chain—and this is just a hypothesis at this point (but I’ll bet I’m right). The relationship between income concentration and political power is one important link. The austerity measures we are now contemplating, the regressive changes to the tax code, the sharp cuts in discretionary spending (a part of the budget that pays for, among other things, various investments in human capital targeted at less advantaged populations)—the general and pervasive view that we a) can’t afford the investments and social insurance we need, and b) can’t raise taxes to pay for them—is not an objective fact based on analysis. It’s a political call based on power.
This is a fascinating read and it’s not at all surprising that Michelle Obama didn’t get along with Rahm Emanuel. It’s also not surprising she was right about those in Obama’s staff who were hell bent on compromising progressive legislation time and time again. I said it even before Barack Obama was elected: I like Michelle 10 times more than I do Barack.
It’s nice knowing there’s a voice for the people in the White House. Mr. Obama, please, start listening to your wife more.
President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, a decision being defended by some partisan Democrats. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down specifics in the bill to refute the claims made by the defenders of Obama and the NDAA.
If it makes any difference, Cenk graduated from Columbia Law School and worked for Drinker Biddle & Reath in D.C. and Hayes & Liebman in NYC.
Today I have signed into law H.R. 1540, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.” I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad,…
Here are a few Scumbag Paul memes I’ve made since the internet seems to have an irony boner for capitalists who want unrestrained private control over everything. There’s still plenty that can be said about Ron Paul being anti-environment, anti-education, pro-life, etc so here’s the template if you’d like to make your own.
US should realize that if it loses Pakistan in its so-called War on Terror and its mission to “purge the world of terrorism” (by, ironically enough, terrorizing others and creating more fundamentalists through occupying their resources and lives), it is going to pay a very, very heavy price.
By losing an ally like Pakistan, America is deprived of a highly considerable amount of influence and control over South Asia. In laymen’s terms, America’s constant demands, ingratitude to Pakistani services and loss of thousands of Pakistani lives along with its hypocritical declaration of aid supply is only creating an extremely volatile atmosphere in Pakistan. Its victim will inevitably be America.
What our leaders and their intellectual lackeys seem incapable of understanding is that history cannot be swept clean like a blackboard, clean so that “we” might inscribe our own future there and impose our own forms of life for these lesser people to follow. It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.