If U.S. President Barack Obama wins re-election, let him thank his lucky stars that entitlements are out of control. If Medicare was capped and couldn’t shoot up automatically, unemployment would probably be in double digits
Should you be interested… LWV Jurisdictional Statement
LSC v. Chicago Board of Education
From the Chicago Tribune: With an assist from the Chicago Teachers Union, local school council members from nine city schools are asking a Cook County judge to block Chicago Public Schools from closing or “turning around” 17 underperforming schools this year. Union attorneys, working on behalf of the community members, filed for injunctive relief Thursday, [...]
From In These Times… “This week renowned labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the workers laid off from Rolf’s in December 2010 and December 2011, arguing that the company violated the WARN Act both times by failing to give 60 days notice or 60 days severance pay. The suit [...]
We set up the incentives to keep our best and brightest out of Detroit … (They) went off to work at AIG.
Opposition to the motion to dismiss.
From the New Press… Tired of working ’til you drop and not going anywhere? Try to imagine your life in a full-blown European social democracy—especially the German version. In an idiosyncratic, entertaining travelogue written in a “chatty, anecdotal style [that’s] appealingly digressive and winning” (Publishers Weekly), Thomas Geoghegan explains the appeal of “boring” Germany, where workers sit as [...]
No country, ever, should run up any kind of trade deficit, much less the trade deficit on steroids we are running.
On Tom’s Bookshelf
Barbara Ehrenreich - Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
Jefferson Cowie - Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
Simon Johnson and James Kwak - Thirteen Bankers
Richard Rorty - Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Olivia Manning - Fortunes of War: the Balkan Trilogy