This video footage is from a speech that Diane Ravitch delivered at a Save Our Schools rally in Washington DC in 2011. In it, she expertly points out the current status and abysmal failings of the US education policy.
She points out that Bush’s disastrous No Child Left Behind policy is essentially the same policy that the Obama administration is proposing, only re-branded as “Race to the Top.”
Why is it that so many women clearly see the problems that face our country while so few men in power do? Are women just inherently smarter or are men just so absorbed with their privileged position that they actually believe the crap they put forward?
I don’t know. What I do know is that based on the performance of women like Diane Ravitch, Elizabeth Warren, Marcy Kaptur and many others, I think it might be time to consider removing and replacing any man in power with their clear, intellectual superiors. Imagine: no more insane politicians, greedy corporate raiders or ghoulish war mongers.
Nick Hanauer explains supply and demand about as clearly as anyone ever has. He rightly attributes the most powerful force in the business cycle as consumer demand, not lowered taxes.
For real-life examples you’ll only need to look at Europe during the 2011-2012 austerity crisis to see this truth. As a result of austerity measures, average Europeans have seen their wages drop and the buying power it represents disappear along with it.
Not surprisingly, businesses are finding fewer and fewer customers capable of making a purchase. The result: more business failures, which leads to fewer jobs, less circulating buying power, more business failures, etc.
Clearly, money in the pockets of ordinary citizens is what is needed.
I’d say that is a good argument to rename the concept of “Supply & Demand” to the more appropriate “Demand & Supply” since the “demand” portion of the equation is the more necessary element.
It’s time to stop this “no taxes on job creators” nonsense and time to shift power back to the commons where it should have been in the first place.
This video was created by a small group of college students interested in documenting the birth and life of a modern activist. Their subject, Mary Lindsay of Kansas City Move to Amend, discusses the forces that compelled her to stand up to corporate America and the hurdles she faces.
Mary is the quintessential activist. Perhaps you’ll see a little of yourself in her story and offer to lend a hand while there’s still chance to make a difference.