Friday, May 30, 2008
May 30, 2008 - Earlier this week, President Bush held a fundraiser for John McCain but McCain didn't want the press to take photos of the two of them together. MoveOn.org put an ad together to make sure voters see how close the two 'cousins' really stand together. Bush-McCainChallenge.com
Source: Noah, Peter, Nita, Michael, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team Friday, May 30th, 2008 MoveOn.org
Monday, May 05, 2008
SPENDING YOUR STIMULUS CHECK
The idea is that everyone will want to rush out and buy, buy, buy - thus stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and causing bluebirds of happiness to trill with delight. Wal-Mart is ready for you, offering to cash your government checks for free and tempting you with special price promotions. Indeed, every big retailer is running shopper specials in May.
But, wait - most of the stuff sold in those stores isn’t made in America. So those sounds of economic stimulation we’re hearing - from factory machinery to bluebirds - are coming from China, Singapore, and other low-wage nations where U.S. corporations have moved production. Spending at the Wal-Marts won’t create new production or new jobs in your town or mine.
Then, I’m going to donate the other $200 to public interest groups or progressive candidates who are pushing for real economic reform, not made-in-China consumerism. In particular, my small donations will support those working for a massive public investment in repairing and extending America’s deteriorating infrastructure - including water systems, bridges, schools, parks, public transportation, and a state-of-the-art internet system.
Instead of a shopping stimulus, we should be employing millions of Americans at good wages to do the good grassroots work that needs to be done.
"As tax rebates arrive, retailers hope to sway wary consumers," Austin American Statesman, April 29, 2008