I’ve been reading “The Progressive Populist” since the 1980’s when publishing of the paper started. Lots of people are now looking for alternative news they can rely on and opinion pieces that make sense. The Progressive Populist satisfies me on both counts. I’ve been an avid news reader since I was a teen-ager. If you are a news junkie, too, you know what I’m talking about. I’ll offer more recaps here as I have time.
I’m sharing with you a recap of one of this week’s (April 18, 2011) Daily Progressive Populist offerings. After reading the articles I’m encouraged to keep working for two of the issues most important to me; equality and justice in pay for every person. The second issue is to stop the attacks on civilians in Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Palestine. Whether or not the attacks are “mistakes” they are, after all, immoral.
* Daily Progressive POPULIST * WHEN ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS JUST ISN’T ENOUGH *
* Daily news and commentary to supplement our printed edition * Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Dave Zweifel, editor of The Capital Times (Madison’s progressive newspaper), alerts us of Bob Herbert’s intention to stop writing his column any longer in order to write a book and have time to take up more activism for workers and the vulnerable. I will miss him; he pulls no punches but swings with confidence. Here is a quote from Bob Herbert that Dave brought to our attention. “The current maldistribution of wealth is also scandalous. In 2009, the richest 5 percent claimed 63.5 percent of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80 percent, collectively held just 12.8 percent. This inequality, in which an enormous segment of the population struggles while the fortunate few ride the gravy train, is a world-class recipe for social unrest.” Bob Herbert
Alexander Cockburn, co-editor of CounterPunch, writes about NATO’s deplorable bombing of the Libyan rebel forces. The Libyan rebel forces and Libyan civilians are those NATO claims to be helping and protecting. “There’s no evidence that the missions flown by NATO planes have been anything other than a plus for Gadhafi.” Alexander Cockburn
John Nichols, associate editor of The Capital Times, gives credit for credit due and urges Obama to offer a plan for the non-wealthy. “Think about it. In the last decade, the average income of the bottom 90 percent of all working Americans actually declined. The top 1 percent saw their income rise by an average of more than a quarter of a million dollars each.” Barak Obama
Dean Baker, co -director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, points out that the Republican’s claim that they will hold down costs with their health care plan and that tax cuts will spur economic growth . . . is just more of the same blathering. “They redistribute money to the rich: end of story.” Dean Baker
And the cartoon talents of M. Wuerker “The D.C. Riders.”
Daily Progressive Populist, April 21, 2011, supplement of The Progressive Populist
Dave Zweifel, The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin
Alexander Cockburn, Counterpunch
John Nichols, The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
M. Wuerker, The Cartoonist Group