Poverty in America

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Kicks Off at the Washington Hilton

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The opening session of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference for 2014 kicked off Sunday night with a dynamic panel of speakers who are at the forefront of the national discussion about how to address the country’s crumbling infrastructure, while at the same time beginning to deal with…

The Crystal Ball for 2014 is Partly Cloudy

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Sitting here in the semi-dark looking out at a grey sky and into a blank screen, the modern equivalent of a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter, it’s a bit hard to see what’s in the crystal ball for 2014. According to a new AP poll,…

White House Says Repeal of Affordable Care Act Would Hurt People

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In States Like Alabama, Health Care Costs Would Rise, Families Would Be Hurt – Helping ordinary Americans and businesses take advantage of the benefits of America’s new health care law is a top priority for the President and Democrats in Congress, according to a White House press release sent out Thursday with facts for people…

America’s Support for Tea Party Continues to Tumble as Government Shutdown Looms

Most Democrats Oppose Tea Party – Republican Support DwindlesBy Glynn Wilson – As the nation braces for another budget showdown in Washington with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law and another government shutdown, the key political force pushing for conservative, anti-government policies continues losing popular support, according to the latest Gallup poll on…

Ennui and Anomie in the Deep South

“San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water…

A Cooling Off Period: The Democrats Did It

But Down in Alabamaland, A Budget Collapse is in the Offing The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Ahhh, finally a reprieve from the summer heat. The summer of 2012 has been the hottest and one of the dryest seasons on record in the U.S. But it was 60 degrees with low humidity when I woke…

There’s No Waking Up If You’re Dead

A female ruby-throated hummingbird (archilochus colubris) by the back yard feeder The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson – Waking up pissed off is not the best way to start a Sunday morning. But perhaps that’s inevitable sometimes when you are stuck in the suburbs of a broken down county in a state in denial and…

Obamacareless: Sickness Is the Health of the State

by David Underhill Guest Column The racket about getting medical care to those without it isn’t really about that. Keeping this in mind will make the shrillest weeks of the campaign season more bearable as elections approach. The coronation of Paul Ryan as veep on the Republican ticket made Medicare a loud topic because his…

What Would Woody Guthrie Do?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Imagine you are a singer-songwriter allowed free access to the Woody Guthrie archives of unrecorded lyrics, to explore at will and take what you want for the making of a record of songs from America’s great hobo prophet. That’s exactly what Jonatha Brooke is doing for a special concert…

Study Documents What We Knew About the South: The Region Lags Behind

The Trend Contributes to ‘Brain Drain’ by Glynn Wilson A new study out from Georgetown University documents what we have long known about the South. The region is at least a decade behind the rest of the country in just about everything, but especially in education and job training. By 2020, 65 percent of all…

Romney’s Veep Choice Makes November Election Choice Clear

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson The temperature dipped down into the 60s last night in Birmingham, the first time since May, it seems, giving us a breath of hope that the global warming summer of 2012 might be starting to wind down. It was still 73 on the porch at mid-morning, allowing us a…

New Report Outlines Plan for American Prosperity

There is a way to strengthen the U.S. economy and invest in the nation’s infrastructure and workers, contrary to what you hear in the mainstream media and from the mouths of politicians, according to a new report out from the Economic Policy Institute. “A long-term plan for growth is needed, and it certainly doesn’t involve…

Demonstrators Descend on the Alabama Capitol in Human Rights Rally

Marchers End Weeklong Protest on Dexter Avenue MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Demonstrators descended on the old Alabama Capitol Friday at the culmination of the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. This year held special significance, since the unions got involved and called it the March for America. Immigrant groups got involved due to…

Alabama Republicans Prefile Bill to Bring Back Convict-Lease System

by Glynn Wilson Sen. Arthur Orr Well, it’s official. Now that they think they have run all the Mexicans out of Alabama, the tea party Republicans are going to try to bring back the convict-lease system of slave labor to the state. The national and local backlash over the state’s draconian immigration law was apparently…

Will the Occupy Wall Street Movement Change the Course of History?

A Reflection on the Protests from Occupy Mobile Guest Column by David Underhill Perhaps it’s true that the people united will never be defeated. But they can be arrested. That was the local Alabama authorities’ instinctive reaction to the uprisings of the 1960s. And it worked really well — if rights and consequences are no…

So Much for the ‘Game of the Century’

Can We Focus on Public Policy Now? The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson So much for the “game of the century.” Maybe if the LSU-Alabama game had gone into four or five more excruciating overtimes it might deserve that distinction. No game without a single touchdown deserves the label, however, although it was an epic…