By the end of 2013, Latinos will make up 40% of California's population. By the end of 2050, that number will rise to 48%. The growing Latino and immigrant communities in California are changing the way Californians view immigration reform, New York Times' Jennifer Medina writes. In a state where, a generation ago, voters passed what is considered one of the most anti-immigrant ballot initiatives, recent polls show a dramatic shift in perception of aspiring Americans. Californians now say that "immigrants are a benefit to the state, according to public opinion polls from the Public Policy Institute of California."
The New York Times posted an editorial today highlighting the need for high-paying American jobs, a shift from austerity to investments in our infrastructure and economy and strengthening workers' rights to collectively bargain for a voice on the job. The Times is publishing a series of editorials "on what President Obama and Congress should tackle in the next four years.” Other editorials can be found here.
How did we end up with all these low-wage, no-benefit temporary jobs in our economy?
Erin Hatton, of State University of New York at Buffalo, had a fascinating read in the New York Times this weekend, The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy, tracing the rise in America of the temp industry, and how it forged "new cultural consensus about work and workers."
Want a peek into the dirty tricks of the right-wing activists who stitch together phony “exposés” and doctored videos like the one the late Andrew Brietbart used to attack former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod? Michael Powell offers “an anatomy of a political sting” at an East Harlem community organizing group that included an elaborate website and fake Facebook page with a detailed, but phony, biography.
Pink slime may be disgusting but, unlike Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget that House Republicans passed last week, at least it has some nutritional value, writes The New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.
The “empty promises,” in what Krugman calls the “most fraudulent budget in American history,” don’t.
When we talk about letting the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire, or asking the wealthy to pay more, it’s often described in terms of “tax fairness” and “paying their fair share.” And indeed that's a big part of it. But there is more to it than that. As Eduardo Porter writes in The New York Times today, the math works, too.
The nation’s economy added 227,000 jobs in February, but the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3 percent, according to the latest figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobless rate has dropped by 0.8 percentage points since August and remains at its lowest point since February 2009
The editorial staff at the nonprofit news website The Bay Citizen voted to affiliate with the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild-CWA (TNG-CWA). This is the first start-up news website to form a union.
In state capitols like Madison, Wis., Columbus, Ohio and elsewhere, Republican governors and legislatures—under the guise of fixing broken state budgets—are pushing a myriad of bills that do far more than shore up states’ finances. As The New York Times points out in an editorial this morning:
In each case, Republican talk of balancing budgets is cover for the real purpose of gutting the political force of middle-class state workers.