Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Outsider Issue! What Ever Happened to the Middle Class?

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are almost exclusively concerned with one issue.  They have developed stands and talking points on many issues, and Bernie Sanders has a long history of insight and service to the government and the American people, but when allowed to talk in an unbridled manner, they both return to one issue and it is the same issue.

What ever happened to the American middle class?  That is it.

The main goal of Bernie Sanders’ decades-long career in politics has been to address the root causes of economic inequality because, as he has stated, “The middle class of this country, over the last forty years, has been disappearing.”

In order to address this, Bernie advocates policies that get at the root causes of these inequities. He calls for expanding the social safety net, creating more well-paying jobs, and reforming systems that perpetuate inequality such as our broken criminal justice system.

The super-rich and multinational corporations have not been paying their fair share in taxes. Bernie proposes removing tax loopholes and tax breaks that only benefit the rich and multinational corporations, as well as raising the rates for the wealthiest Americans. With a tax system reformed in these ways, the financial burden for expanded social safety net programs would be placed on those with extraordinary means.*

The main goal of the Donald Trump campaign is to lodge the blame for the loss of the middle class squarely upon the shoulders of immigrants who have come to the United States to purportedly steal the wealth of America's workers.

Trump believes that the influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working class Americans to earn a middle class wage.*  So obviously, to Trump, it is the fault of underpaid bottom rung workers that the middle class is shrinking.  

That from a man in the upper one percent who brags that he doesn't pay taxes if he can "play" the system to avoid it. That from a man who uses his power and wealth to use eminent domain to seize private property from middle class and lower middle class people without the wherewithal to fight him in court. That from a man who employs 200,000 people and believes that “Having a low minimum wage is not a bad thing for this country,” he said.  

It is apparent to me that both Sanders and Trump are right about one thing.  The loss of the middle class is destructive to the health of this country.  Sanders is right about the cause. The middle class is shrinking because the upper 1% is greedy and has positioned themselves to destroy the middle class for the sake of their short term personal gain.

Trump is "playing" the American people, attempting to gain more power and wealth for himself and his corporations, pushing the blame that should fall upon him and those like him upon the poor and unentitled.  He is interested in serving only himself and certainly not the American middle class.

*From candidate's website

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Books 2016

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Friday, January 15, 2016

Community Engagement Incentive Grant Final Report

Elizabeth DeGeorge, director of communication for the College of Social Work, received a Community Engagement Incentive Grant for her project, Learning Management System Marketing and Training for Online Continuing Education.

DeGeorge worked with the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) to create a supportive help system to assist the over 1,700 registered users of the College of Social Work Learning Management System. The system engages people from across the state and nation in their Learning Management System, which is used for continuing education for social workers and related professions.

See the full report at this URL.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Jane Bald: A Ghost Story

Deb is doing a little play in New York City. Attendance is welcome but not mandatory, but I do expect all of my friends to applaud!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Books 2015

Books read in 2015

Coming of the Storm - W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein

King Solomon's Mines - Henry Rider Haggard

Ruth - Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Memory:  How to Develop, Train, and Use It - William Walker Atkinson

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy - David Sheff

A Million Little Pieces - James Frey

Ancient Feminine Wisdom: Inspired by Biblical Women - Judith Jungman Saadon

Heretics and Heroes: Ego in the Renaissance and the Reformation - Thomas Cahill

Crazy Creek - Sarah Simpson Bivens 

Home - Toni Morrison 

Origins of Life Part 1 - Robert M. Hazen 

On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

44 Scotland Street -  Alexander McCall Smith 

King and Maxwell - David Baldacci 

Origins of Life Part 2 - Robert M. Hazen

The Joy of Science Part 1 - Robert M Hazen

The Joy of Science Part 2 - Robert M Hazen

The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now - Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Blithedale Romance - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Joy of Science Part 3 - Robert M Hazen

Wise Blood - Flannery O'Conner

The Joy of Science Part 4 - Robert M Hazen

Everything that Rises Must Converge - Flannery O'Conner

The Joy of Science Part 5 - Robert M Hazen

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Books 2014

Here is the list for this year.

I wish I had time to comment on these.  Perhaps, I will do that this year.

The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat by Bob Woodward

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog

The Man with the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeons Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter

Concert Masterworks Part 1 with Robert Greenberg

Concert Masterworks Part 2 with Robert Greenberg

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield

Concert Masterworks Part 3 with Robert Greenberg

Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac

Concert Masterworks Part 4 with Robert Greenberg

Burmese Days by George Orwell

What Maisie Knew by Henry James

Understanding Movies:The Art and History of Films by Raphael Shargel

The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

Maurice: A Novel by E.M. Forster

Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind : Literature's Most Fantastic Works with Eric S. Rabkin.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pictures of the Boys

Dear Stevio, Caleb, and Jack, Oh how I love being with you. Nana