Student loan debt, ‘financial forgiveness’ and the perils of ‘moral hazard’

Can you imagine a country where education is not a human right but a commodity to be bought and sold using debt?  Yes, well America is one such country; there are many, many others (http://sinche.uom.gr/sites/default/files/proj15_ziderman.pdf). With for profit prisons, for profit medical care and for profit, well, for-profit everything when it comes to declaring independence […]

The Obama 20/20 plan for education: ‘chump change’ you can’t believe in”

This is the first part of a two part series on ‘Obama’s 20/20 plan’ for higher education.  In this first part we will critically examine the initial ‘leg’ of the two part plan.  In the second part, we will examine the second ‘leg’ of the ‘trousered’, Obama plan.  In the second part, we will also […]

Global youth unemployment: The lost generation and surplus labor

(http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2013/05/global-youth-unemployment) May 1st 2013, 19:35 by Economist.com NEARLY a quarter of the world’s young people are economically inactive - not in employment, education or training. Failing to employ the young today damages growth now and in the future….. But the Economist misses the fact that rising surplus labor, those that do not work, is connected […]

Over 100,000 Local Teaching Jobs Have Been Lost In The Last Year and with Cyber distance learning and austerity, expect more and more

 From BusinessInsider reporter: Joe Weisenthal http://www.businessinsider.com/over-100000-local-teaching-jobs-have-been-lost-in-the-last-year-2012-7 Joe Weisenthal | Jul. 6, 2012, 8:59 AM One major cause of the unemployment crisis. Ongoing cuts at the state and local level. According to the latest BLS report (page 30 of this pdf), local education jobs dropped by 14 in the last month, and over the last year, […]

Upcoming Cuts

Someone at NPR finally noticed the connection between the 18,000 jobs/0.1% rise in unemployment and all of the government budget slashing that has been going on.  For a real heads-up, take a look at NASA.  Pretend that the government is shutting down the space program as part of the trillions of dollars of budget cuts […]

President Rick Santorum

By Saul Landau The media’s ability to confuse celebrity “news” with war and economic disaster grows stronger. “As North Korea ramped up its threats to attack South Korea, CNN reassured its viewers that a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula would have “no effect whatsoever” on its Whitney Houston coverage.  (The Borowitz Report) Whitney even […]

Tax Breaks and Heart Ache in America

by S. Paul Forrest AmericaRevealed.org ‎”Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as […]

a new one, WFU (Wake the F#ck Up)

Thanks to GW, the people making $250K a year have been paying lower taxes now for the last decade.  Meanwhile our unemployment rate has soared.  Boehner would have us believe that raising the taxes on the rich would kill job growth.  Really?  What job growth? When Clinton left office it appeared that we were near […]

Texas Miracle or Kabuki Theater?

Anytime I hear the word “miracle” I become suspicious. I know the word appeals to highly religious folks. However, as far as I can tell, behind every so called “miracle” there is a con man. Now that Texas Governor Rick Perry is the GOP frontrunner for the presidency, the media is flooding the airwaves with […]

RIOTS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND NEW AGENCIES OF CHANGE

By Saul Landau An angry demonstration virus spreads to country after country in response to negligent and callous political leaders who have ignored the basic needs of their citizens. Instead, they have bowed or eagerly catered to demands of multinational corporations and banks, thus deepening the already profound world’s income gap. In 2011, billions face […]