I have felt for some time that the dubbing of National Public Radio as a bastion of liberalism is a misleading myth. This morning presented another example, and I am again shouting at the walls in outrage. The interviewer mildly notes the gas crisis in New York due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, states that usually, when there is a gas shortage, prices go up, and notes that gas stations are not doing so because that could put them in trouble with the state (presumably there are laws in place against gouging?–that was not clear). She then goes on blithely to posit that economists would take the view that raising prices a couple of dollars would prevent hoarding, and interviews an economist who starts out by saying that if they just raised the price a couple of dollars people wouldn’t try to fill up their tanks, that without that some people will fill up and others will be left without.
RIGHT! That’s the answer to an emergency. Require people who have lost just about everything–or even if not that, have lost enough that they need every cent they have to deal with the emergency and get back on their feet–to pay gouging rates for gas that is essential to their ability to get from one place to another to survive. THAT’S NPR’s promoted answer to this immense catastrophe? Not rationing? OH, NO. I suppose THAT would be “socialism?” Let’s do something that will allow corporations to profit off other people’s misery. THAT’s the American way. And apparently, NPR’s way too.
The District of Columbia has no senator and only one representative in Congress, and that representative cannot vote. Perhaps people around the nation know this, perhaps not. But of those who do, how many know that we also lack power over local matters? That although we pay two sets of taxes (federal and District) like anyone else, Congress determines whether the laws we pass to govern ourselves locally can take effect? For us, the issues of voting rights and statehood are not only about having a say concerning national matters, but about self-determination.
This week, the organization D.C. for Democracy, along with other D.C. citizens groups, is going to Charlotte to chat with delegates in and around the Democratic Convention, to further a process of educating other fair-minded citizens of our country concerning the full parameters of our situation. More on that in the days to come, but, as a beginning, I highly recommend this superb short video: Dreaming of Statehood: D.C. Democrats Share Their Feelings.
As political commentary goes, One Term More, a political parody of the Les Miserable song “One Day More,” is a must watch! So WATCH it! 🙂
HELLO WORLD. WELCOME TO THE HUNDRED YEAR CIRCLE. . .
“Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. Then everybody disagrees.” –Will Rogers, Ziegfeld’s Follies of 1917. Sound familiar? It sometimes seems that every generation must learn the same lessons anew, the hard way, go round and round, making the same mistakes, and ending up in the same place as the generations that preceded it. So here we are again–with corporations running rampant, as they did before passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890; with a new depression caused by the repeal of legislation and removal of regulations passed to protect us after the Wall Street crash of 1929; with governors of states like Maine advocating for the repeal of child labor laws; an obstructive Congress and too many gullible people still willing to “buy the Brooklyn Bridge.” We’ve got our work cut out for us. Let’s get started…..