Monday, October 10, 2005

Robert Reich On Judges

When it comes to the judges, I've been most concerned with worker's rights, civil rights (pertaining to women and minorities), environmental deregulation and executive power. Robert Reich has an article in The American Prospect where he primarily discusses worker and property rights at stake. He brings up sobering facts as an introduction:
A central moral problem for the American economy today is that, although it has been growing at a good clip, with corporate profits rising nicely, most American paychecks have been going nowhere. Last year, the Census Bureau tells us, the U.S. economy grew a solid 3.8 percent. Yet median household income barely grew at all. That’s the fifth straight year of stagnant household earnings, the longest on record. Meanwhile, another 1.1 million Americans fell into poverty, bringing the ranks of the poor to 37 million. And an additional 800,000 workers found themselves without health insurance. Only the top 5 percent of households enjoyed real income gains. These trends are not new. They began 30 years ago, but are now reaching the point where they threaten the social fabric. Not since the Gilded Age of the 1890s has this nation experienced anything like the inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity we are witnessing today.
While everyone focuses on Roe, it's important to note that there are other important issues at stake on these judges.


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