The subject of this blog will be politics. Most of the politics discussed on this blog will be primarily disability politics. However, since I believe that all politics are in some way interrelated, so-called "regular" politics will also be a primary focus. I choose to do it this way because I have read other blogs about disability politics, and I have found them somewhat lacking.
"Who are the white supremacists? There has been no formal survey, for obvious reasons, but there are several noticeable patterns. Geographically, they come from America’s heartland—small towns, rural cities, swelling suburban sprawl outside larger Sunbelt cities. These aren’t the prosperous towns, but the single-story working-class exurbs that stretch for what feels like forever in the corridor between Long Beach and San Diego (not the San Fernando Valley), or along the southern tier of Pennsylvania, or spread all through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, across the vast high plains of eastern Washington and Oregon, through Idaho and Montana. There are plenty in the declining cities of the Rust Belt, in Dearborn and Flint, Buffalo and Milwaukee, in the bars that remain in the shadows of the hulking deserted factories that once were America’s manufacturing centers. And that doesn’t even touch the former states of the Confederacy, where flying the Confederate flag is a culturally approved symbol of “southern pride”—in the same way that wearing a swastika would be a symbol of German “heritage” (except it’s illegal in Germany to wear a swastika)."
"A US-led trade deal is currently being negotiated that could increase the price of prescription drugs, weaken financial regulations and even allow partner countries to challenge American laws. But few know its substance. The pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is deliberately shrouded in secrecy, a trade deal powerful people, including President Obama, don’t want you to know about. Over 130 Members of Congress have asked the White House for more transparency about the negotiations and were essentially told to go fly a kite. While most of us are in the dark about the contents of the deal, which Obama aims to seal by year end, corporate lobbyists are in the know about what it contains. And some vigilant independent watchdogs are tracking the negotiations with sources they trust, including Dean Baker and Yves Smith, who join Moyers & Company this week. Both have written extensively about the TPP and tell Bill the pact actually has very little to do with free trade. Instead, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, “This really is a deal that’s being negotiated by corporations for corporations and any benefit it provides to the bulk of the population of this country will be purely incidental.” Yves Smith, an investment banking expert who runs the Naked Capitalism blog adds: “There would be no reason to keep it so secret if it was in the interest of the public."
"To a hammer," the old saying says, "everything looks like a nail." And to the Beltway insiders who push corporate-friendly "bipartisanship," every election proves that voters really want to be governed by an amalgam of elites from both parties. For some reason they call that "centrism," even though it leads to policies which voters in both parties typically dislike. Forget it. Let’s anticipate their arguments and look past them — at the world as it is, not as they would have us believe it is. It’s Election Day 2013. Get ready for the spin."
"12-year-old voting rights activist lets NC Governor Pat McCrory have it. A poised Madison Kimrey, clad in a black coat and matching cloche hat, stepped up to the microphone and boldly declared, “The reason I’m here today is because we young people have a serious leadership problem here in north Carolina.” Referring to her state’s new voter ID law — widely thought of as the worst of its kind in America — the 12-year-old voting rights activist added: “We have leaders in our state who’ve shown that not only do they want to reduce the amount of participation by young people in our government, they also want to dismiss and belittle our voices.” Here, Kimrey refers to the voter ID law clause that took away voter pre-registration for 16 and 17 years olds, even though the law for early sign-ups through the DMV passed in 2010 with heavy support from both parties. The 12-year-old voting rights activist said she thinks that young people should feel very suspicious about why the GOP wants to keep them from voting, and should be asking some tough questions."