Views for 2011-09-05

Monday, September 5, 2011
Clancy Sigal
Labor Day and the Spirit of Joe Hill
l eat, bye and bye, In that glorious land above the sky; Work and pray, live on hay, You'll get pie in the sky when you die – "The Preacher and the Slave" , a parody hymn written by rebel singer and...
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Joseph Stiglitz
The Price of 9/11
NEW YORK – The September 11, 2001, terror attacks by Al Qaeda were meant to harm the United States, and they did, but in ways that Osama bin Laden probably never imagined. President George W. Bush’s...
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Rose Ann DeMoro
Let's Call It Un-Labor Day
In honor of the latest dreary news that exactly zero net jobs were created in August, the corporate CEOs who ship our jobs overseas, and the budget cutters in Washington whose priorities lie...
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Michael Winship
Eric Cantor: Mean, Ornery and Just Plain Wrong
For Manhattan at least, last week was the weather week that wasn't. But the minor earthquake and weakened Hurricane Irene served as reminders of the caprice of nature and -- only a couple of weeks...
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John Nichols
Guitars, Bagpipes, and Solidarity: A Tour for Justice
When the members of Fire Fighters Local 311 learned Tom Morello was returning to Madison, Wisconsin, for a Labor Day show, the union men and women asked if they could welcome the veteran Rage Against...
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Phil Rockstroh
A Labor Day Tale Of Three Cities: Pittsburgh, Birmingham and New Orleans
As Hurricane Irene made her way up the Eastern Seaboard, my wife and I packed a few changes of clothes and trundled westward out of her path to spend the storm's duration in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Brian Moench
Obama: Drinking the Tea Party's Environmental Meltdown
The name of the 1979 movie China Syndrome has ever since been attached to a catastrophic nuclear reactor meltdown. But the name is better suited for what is evolving now in China, a new version of...
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Tom Gallagher
End Labor Day, says Profit Council
The American Council on Profit today called upon federal and state governments to remove Labor Day from the nation’s list of official holidays.
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Jim Goodman
More of The Same Won't Save The Economy
Labor Day has always been a day of celebration, of appreciation for the hard won achievements of previous generations of workers. The eight hour work day, the five day work week, ending of child...
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Mary Bottari
Nurses to Obama: Heal America, Tax Wall Street!
As President Obama gets ready for his big jobs speech Thursday, America’s nurses have a message for him. "Heal America, Tax Wall Street!" the signs read as nurses rallied in front of 61 Congressional...
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Lucinda Marshall
Labor Pains: ­What Obama Won't Say In His Jobs Speech
A friend of mine called recently to tell me that her daughter was about to give birth. “She’s going into labor!” my friend said with much excitement.
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Donna Smith
Worker’s Ode to Labor Day 2011
Work ‘till you drop. Stop. Drop. Get up. Do it again. Work. Be grateful to be working. Work harder. Work ‘till you drop. Stop. Drop. Get up. Do it again. Give up time with growing children. Work...
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Chris Hedges
Libya: Here We Go Again
Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior. You would think we would have learned in Afghanistan or Iraq. But I...
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