Similar to the premature media push for Christmas that started in October of this year, I am extremely frustrated with the same media telling me that major decisions have already been made in the November 2008 Presidential Election.
We are shown each day that the race is on between the 3 "major candidates" in each party and, via corporate-owned media, we are spoon-fed who these "major candidates" are before a single vote has been cast.
It's 2007. The playing field is even right now, and I am looking beyond the "major candidates" in this election since each of them seem to be the same creepy, lackluster candidate at a time when our society is in need of tremendous honest, positive change.
There is something seriously wrong when billions of dollars are earmarked for defense while there isn't funding for enough books, heat, or extracurricular activities in our public schools. Our two-income home feels the pinch of necessary expenses and school loans. Maternity leave is limited and unpaid (seriously, check out that link!), and most people I know have found it more affordable to stay home from work rather than pay for day care. Private and even public college tuitions are rising at exponential, unaffordable rates. The homes, job security (with pensions!), and social security that were a given for the previous generation are non-existent or difficult to obtain for young American families. Certainly, day-to-day living is much more challenging for one- or no-income families, and I am grateful for all I do have. My hope is for more support and stability. Something needs to change. Here's something I cut out a while ago from a summer issue of Redbook (click for a larger, readable version):
I believe that Dennis Kucinich stands out among the Democratic candidates for the 2008 Election, and I thought it was important to post and discuss this idea lest he be pushed too far to the sidelines before 2008 even arrives.
Do check out Boston Channel 5's Compare the Candidates.
In Boston's Metro newspaper yesterday was an article about Harvard's plan to charge tuition on a sliding scale based upon the student's family income. This really struck me as a revolutionary idea (here in the US, anyway), especially coming from an institution such as Harvard that can essentially "get away" with high tuition based upon the reputation of the college. It made me feel hopeful!