JANE MEYER – On a leaked conference call, leaders of dark-money groups and an aide to Mitch McConnell expressed frustration with the popularity of the legislationâ€”even among Republican voters.
ROBERT KOEHLER – The Green New Deal needs to go further than it does. Since itâ€™s already being pilloried as the most radical piece of legislation in modern history, it might as well open itself up to become just that: the cornerstone of a truly sustainable national and global future. The Deal should take on militarism and war as well as climate change and poverty; they are all linked.
KATE ARONOFF – Democratic socialism will be defined by what its most public adherentsâ€”people like Sanders, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortezâ€”are able to accomplish once they have the opportunity. At least in the short term, turning their ambitious bills into law will mean prying open the Overton window in policy debates to accommodate what might elsewhere be considered fairly basic social-democratic demands. But with just 12 years left to prevent a total climate catastrophe, time is a luxury that progressives simply donâ€™t have.
LAWRENCE WITTNER – Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about Americaâ€™s â€œbooming economy,â€ the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all.
DON MCINTOSH – Thereâ€™s a top-down class war under way, but unlike the 1930s, when thugs shot workers on strike picket lines, todayâ€™s business organizations are using â€œhired gunâ€ lobbyists in state capitols, to rewrite the laws â€” all of them â€” in their favor. Thatâ€™s the basic argument made by political scientist Gordon Lafer in his new book The One Percent Solution:â€ˆHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.
HARVEY WASSERMAN – Donald Trumpâ€™s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clearâ€”and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer.
NORMAN SOLOMON – For months now, our country has endured the tacit denigration of American ingenuity. Countless statements — from elected officials, activist groups, journalists and many others — have ignored our nationâ€™s superb blend of dazzling high-tech capacities and statecraft mendacities. Fortunately, this week the news about release of illuminating CIA documents by WikiLeaks has begun to give adequate credit where due. And not a moment too soon. For way too long, Russia has been credited with prodigious hacking and undermining of democracy in the United States.
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER – In the supposedly classless society of the United States, the wealthiest Americans are doing remarkably well. According to Forbes, a leading business magazine, the combined wealth of the 400 richest Americans has now reached the staggering total of $2.3 trillion. This gives them an average net worth of $5.7 billion–an increase of 14 percent over the previous year.
DON HAZEN – We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here’s what we need to do.
HARVEY WASSERMAN – High above the Bowling Green town dump, a green energy revolution is being won. It’s being helped along by the legalization of marijuana and its bioÂfueled cousin, industrial hemp. But it’s under extreme attack from the billionaire Koch Brothers, utilities like First Energy (FE), and a fossil/nuke industry that threatens our existence on this planet. Robber Baron resistance to renewable energy has never been more fierce.
MICHAEL KEEGAN – Despite the national headlines, last nightâ€™s results from Wisconsin were a mixed bag. It appears that by just a few hundred votes, our efforts in the Racine State Senate district were successful, meaning we flipped the Senate to Democratic control and the new majority will be able to block [Gov. Scott] Walkerâ€™s aggressive ideological agenda moving forward.