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Romney & Perry Doth Protest Too Much

They Can Run, But They Can’t Hide Their Stimulus-Loving Pasts

Progress Report, ThinkProgress

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Just as we were crawling out of bed this morning (Sep 28) , former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign eagerly blasted out a new video attacking President Obama on the stimulus. Shortly thereafter, however, Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry became engaged in a nasty fight over who had flip-flopped harder on their past support for the Obama stimulus plan.

Here’s a rundown of how the action unfolded today (Sep 28) and, more importantly, how both Romney and Perry are forever entangled with the Recovery Act, as much as they’d both like to pretend otherwise now.

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Education as Class Warfare

  • The whole privatization movement in education wants to smash the power of the teachers unions and to destroy decent public wages for workers, be they teachers...
  • An Interview with Scholar/Author Peter Mclaren

Socialist WebZine

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How is your work, broadly speaking, informed by Marxist theory?

As a Marxist I look to Marx’s writings and to contemporary Marxist scholars to help analyze the current crisis of capitalism. And within this context I try to understand the history of education, particularly in the United States and in my native Canada, but also educational trends worldwide, as part of the formation of the transnational capitalist class and the transnational capitalist state.

Since 1987,  I have had the opportunity to speak in approximately 30 countries  (many of which I continue to visit, and some which I visit on a regular basis, such as Mexico and Venezuela), to academics, teachers and social activists and in numerous cases to form active alliances.

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The Hidden Hands in Redistricting

  • Corporations and Other Powerful Interests
  • As old hands at redistricting like to say, it’s personal. Working at the state level, you can give lasting help, or demonstrate your loyalty, to not just one party or the other but to specific candidates, who may one day return the favor.

Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Lois Beckett, ProPublica

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Their names suggest selfless dedication to democracy. Fair Districts Mass. Protect Your Vote. The Center for a Better New Jersey. And their stated goals are unarguable: In the partisan fight to redraw congressional districts, states should stick to the principle of one person, one vote.

But a ProPublica investigation has found that these groups and others are being quietly bankrolled by corporations, unions and other special interests. Their main interest in the once-a-decade political fight over redistricting is not to help voters in the communities they claim to represent but mainly to improve the prospects of their political allies or to harm their enemies.

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Some Myths About Social Security and Medicare

As you listen to the political debates over the next fourteen months, do yourself and your family and friends a favor. When you hear something that seems inaccurate, google it. Or go to Politifact.org and check out the claims on your own. Sooner or later, someone will tell the truth, right?

Linda Bergthold , Huffington Post

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editors Jim Fuller & Lydia Howell

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It’s the season of political misinterpretations and outright lies. Websites like Politifact try to sort things out. But people still seem willing to believe the most negative things about two of our most durable social programs – Social Security and Medicare. Are they really in terrible trouble and will disappear soon?

If you are over 65, have a parent or friend who is, please read and pass along. I have written some of this before, but when we hear political candidates saying inflammatory things about these programs, it seems like a little truth-telling is never redundant.

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