Monday, March 28, 2011

Goodbye, Bob Herbert...

So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home. 
That was the beginning of Bob Herbert’s final column for the New York Times and who could disagree with him?  Even the Brothers Koch would agree because that’s exactly what they hoped would happen and their pursuit of creating an American plutocracy.
Herbert went on to write: [Here]
The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.
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Overwhelming imbalances in wealth and income inevitably result in enormous imbalances of political power. So the corporations and the very wealthy continue to do well. The employment crisis never gets addressed. The wars never end. And nation-building never gets a foothold here at home.
New ideas and new leadership have seldom been more urgently needed.
This is a voice that all liberals will miss.  
I wonder if the Times’s management will notice...

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