Main Street, Wall Street and Side Streets

Good old Robert Reich, the not-listened-to labor secretary of Clinton, has a piece on why Obama’s new-found anti-Wallstreet populism is better late than never….

Looking up Juneau’s Franklin Avenue, in the afternoon…

 Wall Street (photo by Rupert Ganzer on Flickr)

One of our neighborhood streets in the valley, Julep Avenue…

The People’s Warf vs. The Supreme Court

So the supreme court says that corporations are free to spend as much as they want to influence elections. Maybe if congress now passed a law requiring that every person be considered a corporation–personal corporatehood–we can start over. Or something.

Greg Palast points out that this allows foreign corporations to spend freely on elections too, not that they are necessarily worse than our own. He also wonders if Walmart can run for president now…but I’d vote for McDonalds over Walmart.

The Third Rail

I try to keep things level, but my brain tilts way to the left, and today with the news that a pick-up driving corporate conservative beat the less inspiring corporate democrat, less than a year after the disaster that was Bush, I couldn’t help but think that it’s time for what remains of any kind of working class movement in this country to push its supposed party hard. When Cokie Roberts got on television after the so-called Republican Revolution of 1992 she said point blank into the camera that what Clinton needed to do was “move to the center.” Clinton, of course, had long been a corporate kissing triangulating centercrat. What she really meant was, Clinton shouldn’t even pretend to represent the people who voted for him. And he listened.

The “third rail” means instant death, or at least feared instant political death. But it’s often an illusion meant to keep your from doing anything effective and brave. Stay away from actual third rails, and actual low ones, but grab all the political ones you want.