The American Federation for Children is not for children it is for reactionaries in Wisconsin and beyond

From Larry Miller’s blog: The American Federation for Children (AFC), led by Betty DeVos, is spending money on Milwaukee’s present legislative races. The American Federation for Children spent $1.5 million helping Republicans during this year’s recall elections. That includes some $900,000 that it spent to help Scott Walker fend off Tom Barrett’s challenge. The American […]

The liberal center has collapsed: Appeasement by public sector unions in Oregon and California

The liberal center has folded.  Anyone who had any illusions about Democrats and a politics of resistance, you can forget it.  The issue that faced both Governor Jerry Brown of California and Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon was the same: whether to tax the rich of both states to offset the state deficits caused by the […]

Leading Veterans Groups Endorse Senator Webb’s Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

Abuses by some for-profit schools put landmark veterans’ education program at risk For-profit colleges and universities are part and parcel of the booming and increasingly accelerating private ownership of the educational means of production in the United States and abroad.  For-profit colleges and universities have managed to wrangle 12 percent of all college students in […]

Charles Lindbergh Sr. and 86% of Great Depression economists on monetary reform

This is my paper for The Center of Process Studies’ conference, Money-Creation in a Finite World (free and open to the public, April 10-12, 2012; Claremont Colleges, CA): Money and credit as public services for full-employment, optimal infrastructure, ending debt slavery: Epic proponents, related history of US government and corporate media, partnership for Occupy victory It’s divided into these […]

U.S. House votes to deregulate for-profit colleges

American Legislative Exchange Council member and wind-up politician and arch-conservative, Virginia Foxx on the congressional floor       A recently submitted House Bill, H.R. 2117, would repeal a regulation commonly known as the “state authorization rule.” This rule is a mechanism designed to ensure that colleges adhere to state laws that govern them if […]

Georgia & North Carolina for profit college deregulation tied to ALEC

In an article written for Truthout.org, entitled: How North Carolina’s Shock Doctrine Artists Are Resegregating Higher Education, I describe how in 2010, an alliance of conservative republicans took over the North Carolina legislature for the first time in 100 years and are now busy implementing legislation which can be traced back to the American Legislative […]

The One Kent Coalition, a secretive organization that includes the DeVos family, continues to push legislation promoted by ALEC, the Mackinac Center and Michigan Leaders for Business to consolidate local government in a new corporate metropolitan oligarchy

The legislation, ostensibly introduced to eliminate barriers to economic development, would consolidate and centralize all local governmental authority and powers, transfer ownership of all public assets and property, and abolish local representative government in the state of Michigan.  A proposal may be on the ballot as early as November 2011.  The draft legislation (see link below) lists the broad powers the CEO and commission will have in a new […]

AIDS and 9/11

AIDS and 9/11  By Terry Morrone I’ve learned from 9/11 that the US government and the news media lie and distort on a grand scale. The evidence that 9/11 was an inside job is overwhelming. Yet the media vilifies dissidents, labeling them conspiracy theorists. Here are some parallels between AIDS and 9/11. In each case […]

Private Prison Industry Had Heavy Hand in Drafting and Passing Arizona’s S.B. 1070

By Jesse Strecker An investigative report released this month by In These Times details how Arizona’s anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law not only promises dramatic financial benefits for the private prison industry, but that lobbyists and administrators working for private prison corporations such as Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and Geo Group, played substantial parts in […]