So I spent a Saturday at the University of Michigan graduation in Ann Arbor listening to President Barack Obama deliver a commencement address. Now, I don't hate Obama. I never have. I don't particularly like his politics, and I don't like his friends, and I disagree almost unilaterally with his agenda, but you know what? I don't dislike him. I think he can be really inspirational, and to tell the truth, I was looking forward to hearing him give a soaring address about grasping the future, being the change you want to see in the world, unicorns pooping rainbows, etc.
Taking the phrase "if the mountain won't come to Mohammad" to heart, President Obama traveled to Wall Street today in order to meet with 700 of the largest financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and lawmakers and get them on board with financial reform. The purpose of this meeting, as Obama said in his speech was: "to urge you to join us, instead of fighting us in this effort," making reference to the lobbyists who are working to derail the passing of federal laws that would better regulate banks and financial institutions.
Imagine that you're graduating from college soon. With unemployment at 10 percent, do you have a chance of getting a job when competing with experienced workers? What are your options?
For many recent college graduates, they take internships. It's not ideal, but it often gives new workers experience and puts their foot in the door when openings do come up.
That option may not exist much longer.
What do you want most for our future? More childcare, cleaner water, climate change, an MLK Memorial or a community playground? Do you hate the war in Afghanistan or Sarah Palin or the health care bill?
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Regardless of what you think about the results of Sunday’s historic vote in America – to provide health care to all Americans, one thing is certain: most pundits agree that Obama and many in his party ‘put everything on the line’ -- their name, their party, their future - in order to form, what Obama loves to pronounce, “A more perfect union.” Democrats had been fighting for this cause for decades, with the now-Octogenarian Democratic Michigan Congressman John Dingell introducing a health care bill year after year, picking up where his ...more
Yesterday, I attended my son’s grade one school Passover Seder. For those of you who don’t know, a Seder is a Jewish ritual feast /meal that marks the beginning of Passover (our Easter, I guess you could say). Of course I was proud. Of course we were all there, with camera, and video camera, holding onto every word, every song with bated breath. And oh we were proud. The kids were over the top. Incredible....more
Over the past few years, I have noticed in my undergraduates -— and even in a few of my younger graduate students -— a shift away from critical and creative thought and a greater desire for black-and-white answers, for lectures instead of discussion and for assignments that feature short answers rather than sustained argument. There are undoubtedly many reasons for this shift, but one of them is likely the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) educational reforms implemented during the Bush administration.
Many GOPers have alluded to the popular March Madness basketball tournament to describe the shenanigans regarding health care on Capitol Hill this week. Rep. Candice Miller (MI) took on the analogy in speaking out against the Democrats' health care bill today. Here is what Congresswoman Miller has to say about it: ...more