I live in downtown Manhattan, within a few blocks of the new Goldman Sachs World Headquarters and the (still) aching hole that was once the World Trade Center. The latter is a site where time stopped and the world gasped, where the unthinkable happened and heroes laid down their lives; the former is the site of unthinkable greed.
What does it say that the toil and sweat of the first responders who willingly streamed into the burning towers is used to enrich people who "earn" more in a week than a nurse or teacher makes in a year? What does it say that Iranians can march by the millions, put life and limb on the line, while Americans sit meekly by as a financial colossus with tentacles deep into the federal government enriches itself beyond our imagination on the backs of the poor and struggling? What does it say that the media and online commentariat, the crafters of conventional wisdom, spend a hundred times the focus on Michael Jackson and Sarah Palin? What does it say that Democrats, handed the reins of power, are allowing this to happen under their watch?
Daou, who worked for Obama after he won the Democratic primary, now tells us: “Count me as a Democrat deeply troubled by my own Party. Here's why:”
He goes on to cite comments from Matt Taibi, Zandar, Arianna Huffington, Jerome Armstrong, Ian Welsh, dday, Les Leopold, Robert Reich, the NY Times, and Paul Krugman, and he also includes a couple of relevant videos.