MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

November 5, 2010

Obama: Get Tough!

Filed under: economics, elections — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:22 am

There are plenty of things Obama can do in the next two years to advance the progressive agenda and get this country going again, and they don’t need congressional help or votes or blessings.  The first thing to do is clean house.  Get rid of people like Tim Geithner who are more concerned with Wall Street than Main Street.  Then use the regulatory powers you already have.  Enforce the new rules for banks.  Make sure the new health law gets going to help sick people. Crack down on oil and coal companies that are wrecking our environment.  Get all the old government agencies ticking again – FEC, FTC, FCC, ICC, EPA .  Be the Commander-in-chief who gets our troops and our treasure out of Iraq and Afghanistan and a thousand bases around the world.  In other words, act more  like the head of the executive branch and less like a prime minister.  Yes you can.

October 21, 2010

Let’s Talk About Jobs

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:53 am

What the White House would like us to know about jobs and the economy.

October 20, 2010

What Are Local Companies Doing To Us?

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:58 am

This website – Jobtracker – is maintained by the AFL-CIO.  It will give you names of companies in SE Pennsylvania that are firing, getting ready to fire, endangering workers, etc.  You can also look up your own ZIP code.  This is amazing stuff.

September 22, 2010

Medicaid Ranks Swell As Jobs Disappear

Filed under: 25% solution, economics, Medicare — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:41 am

Requests for help from Medicaid have grown 56% in the last ten years as more and more families and seniors reach out for help.  It makes a good case for the 25% solution – funding our communities by cutting military spending – and Medicare For All – a health system free of the profit motive.

August 13, 2010

National Defense Full Employment Act

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 4:38 am

Robert Reich thinks calling a massive new jobs program NDFEA would be a good idea, as was the spending on training high school math and science teachers and the building of the interstate system years ago under “Defense” justifications.  Let’s spend money on high speed rail, not missile submarines.

August 3, 2010

Where Will People Work If Not For The Military-Industrial Complex?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 1:56 pm

Many people today make their living in the MIC – as soldiers or sailors or airmen or as employees of companies that manufacture weapons or provide outsourced services to the military.  What will happen to them if we cut war spending by 25%?  It’s easy enough to talk about retraining, but too many people, many with advanced degrees, have undergone retraining and find themselves at the end of a long line of job-seekers.  This is an important article to read.