Daily Archives: April 2, 2011

Truthout: Return to Wisconsin: The Beginning or the End?

It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends.
— Joan Didion

April 1, 2011- In the February weeks I spent in snowy Madison, Wisconsin, that line of Didion's, the opening of her 1967 essay "Goodbye to All That," ricocheted through my mind as I tried to make sense of the massive protests unfolding around me. What was I witnessing? The beginning of a new movement in this country — or the end of an existing one, the last stand of organized labor? Or could it have been both?

None of us on the ground could really say. We were too close to the action, too absorbed by what was directly in front of us.

Crooks & Liars: It’s On Like Donkey Kong!: Wisconsin Has The Signatures For Recall Of Republican State Sen. Kapanke

April 1, 2011- I hope Scott Walker is quaking a little in his Koch-funded boots right now, because the snowball effect is heading straight towards him in January 2012.

La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers. If approved, it would be just the fifth recall election of a Wisconsin legislator.

Recall organizer Pat Scheller said volunteers have gathered more than the 15,588 signatures needed and that they plan to take them to Madison after a noon rally today at La Crosse City Hall.

It is expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between Feb. 24 and March 2 against 16 senators.

Kapanke did not return messages Thursday, but has said the recall is “part of the process.”

“I love campaigns. I just didn’t think I’d do one every year,” Kapanke said Saturday at the opening of a La Crosse County GOP headquarters.

Yahoo News: Future jobs won’t support decent living standard: Report

April 1, 2011- It's most welcome news that job growth seems to be picking up again–even if we'll need a whole lot more of it to get back to where we were before the Great Recession.

Still, as we've reported, there's growing evidence that the new jobs, many of which are in sectors like retail, food services, and health care, simply aren't as good–in terms of wages, hours, and seniority–as the ones they're replacing. And a report released today only adds to the concern.

The study, commissioned by the nonprofit group Wider Opportunities for Women, looks at how much income it takes to support a basic standard of living for an American family–and finds that many of the jobs of the future won't pay enough to provide that.

Vanity Fair: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

April 2, 2011- Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.

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