admin on October 31st, 2008

The last entry on issues stated that some fixes to our economic system require fixes to our political system.  The next entry will discuss some of these political fixes.  The entry today serves the dual purpose of providing the empirical basis for my recommendations to fix the political system and to provide some type of […]

Continue reading about Campaign Trends – Incumbency

admin on October 30th, 2008

I have an extremely simple but effective solution to fixing our economic system.  Bombard the public with economic data important to the middle class as frequently as we are bombarded with stock market indicators. The stock market will rebound precisely because of the feedback presented to the public and authorities alike on a continual basis.  […]

Continue reading about 2008 Issue #4 – Fixing our Economic System

admin on October 29th, 2008

Energy policy is the most far-reaching economic issue, save for fixing the overall economic system.  Even before the seventies government had extensive involvement with this industrial sector, perhaps more than with any other.  But my main concern has been the economic trends that occurred since the seventies, and the energy sector has factored in heavily […]

Continue reading about 2008 Issue #3 – Energy Policy

admin on October 28th, 2008

Health care is another issue with multiple ramifications.  Proponents of privatized insurance for health care allege that this provides us the free market advantages of a better product, greater choice and greater cost efficiencies.  The product is allegedly better by virtue of less wait time and greater technological advances. Less wait time is the strongest […]

Continue reading about 2008 Issue #2 – Health Care

admin on October 27th, 2008

This is issue week on The Middle Class Forum.  Here are two caveats before I dive in.  First, I think the most important issues facing this country are cultural and political, dealing with our system of beliefs and our system for making and implementing decisions.  Yet the laissez faire forces out there work overtime to […]

Continue reading about 2008 Issue #1 – Housing Costs/Median Income

admin on October 25th, 2008

A few weeks ago I included the following excerpt from Systems out of Balance. “Granted, there are some slight distinctions that can be made between Democrats and Republicans.  Republicans attempt to exploit the link between power and wealth by pandering more to corporations.  Democrats attempt to exploit the link between power and special interests by […]

Continue reading about Corporations versus Special Interests

admin on October 24th, 2008

One problem with doing a web log is the time crunch in delivering a “product” on almost a daily basis.  When I began this series on corporate media news I had the basic outline of messages I wanted to convey and I delivered those messages.  Yet a few details get lost in the “push.”  This […]

Continue reading about The Larger Context of Corporate Media News

admin on October 23rd, 2008

We are a nation governed by laws. There are many smart folks serving as lawyers that make sure of that. Any societal trend or established phenomenon ultimately is allowed by law, if not outright encouraged or required. There are deregulation laws responsible for the media consolidation that has occurred since the seventies. This has centralized […]

Continue reading about Free v. False Speech

admin on October 22nd, 2008

“Only select news items are featured in the echo chamber.  A nice illustration of what “makes the cut” happened during the 2004 election.  In August of that election year two separate but related news releases occurred on the same day:  one stating that the percentage in poverty had increased and the other that the percentage […]

Continue reading about Echo Chambers and News Talk Hosts

admin on October 21st, 2008

“Since the fifties communication rules and legislation have served to undermine the public good of diversity, localism and competition.  In 1953 the caps for the number of radio stations the same corporation could own were set at seven AM and seven FM.  In 1984 these caps were raised to twelve and twelve; in 1992 they […]

Continue reading about Media Consolidation and 24-Hour News