This video from the USA says about itself:
2 April 2011
In this video, students and teachers who attended Wednesday’s demonstration against budget cuts in Albany, New York, speak on the governor’s plan to cut $1.2 billion from the State University of New York (SUNY) and the public schools.
The US economy added 216,000 jobs in March. To return to the pre-recession jobless rate in three years, about twice as many jobs would have to be added every month: here.
Tula Connell: Jobs Rise in March; Black Unemployment Increases: here.
Unemployment for African-Americans Rises, Despite Job Growth. Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research: “The economy added 216,000 jobs in March, pushing the overall unemployment rate down to 8.8 percent. The growth was driven entirely by a 230,000 gain in the private sector, as the government sector lost jobs for the fifth consecutive month. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) also edged up to 58.5 percent – the highest ratio since September – although this is still 4.4 percentage points below the pre-recession peak”: here.
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: “There’s a new article in the March/April edition of the Washington Monthly making the point that the United States needs federal bureaucrats to manage spending, including spending on private contractors, and that understaffing the government – which we’re doing already, and will do more of if the right gets its way – actually increases the deficit. I agree. ‘In practice, cutting civil servants often means either adding private contractors or … resorting to the belief that industries have a deep capacity to police themselves,’ John Gravois writes”: here.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “While hard working Americans fill out their income tax returns this tax season, General Electric and other giant profitable corporations are avoiding U.S. taxes altogether. With Congress returning to Capitol Hill on Monday to debate steep spending cuts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations must do their share to help bring down our record-breaking deficit”: here.
NBC Doesn’t Report That Long-Time Parent Company, General Electric, Did Not Pay US Corporate Income Taxes: here.
Ford CEO Alan Mulally received over $83 million in compensation in 2010. This display of greed is not an aberration, but rather the rule for the US corporate elite: here.
USA: San Francisco Bay Area labour history: here.
Teachers and their unions are under assault throughout the country. Unfortunately, their ability to resist has been weakened by a series of actions over the past decade by the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), one of the largest and most influential teachers’ unions. These actions have seriously damaged AFT’s credibility among its membership and progressive allies when they are needed the most. Of particular concern has been the AFT’s support for the Bush administration’s militaristic agenda in the Middle East, including the US war on Iraq and Israel’s war on Lebanon, as well as the current leadership’s apparent opposition to pro-democracy struggles in the region: here.