Monday, February 21, 2011

"Cairo has moved to Madison"

Krugman's got a great op-ed piece today on the importance of unions.

On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.

Given this reality, it’s important to have institutions that can act as counterweights to the power of big money. And unions are among the most important of these institutions.

It's easy to forget why unions are relevant and necessary. But they are, and the efforts to render them powerless in Wisconsin are cynical and devious and would be a harsh blow to the working man.

You don’t have to love unions, you don’t have to believe that their policy positions are always right, to recognize that they’re among the few influential players in our political system representing the interests of middle- and working-class Americans, as opposed to the wealthy. Indeed, if America has become more oligarchic and less democratic over the last 30 years — which it has — that’s to an important extent due to the decline of private-sector unions.
Before the people of Wisconsin let their governor pull this off, they should know that it's not just about budget crunches and concessions for austerity. That's what it's not about.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hiking with Theo

Cathy, Theo and I spent a long weekend in Ketchum. No skiing or fishing this time, but we did go for a few really lovely hikes, and I got one pretty long snowshoe trudge in, too.

No new snow up there, but Baldy still had good coverage and there were actually a bunch of people there skiing.

The highlight of the weekend (besides Valentine's dinner at Globus, which Theo slept through) had to be how T would probe the cold air with his tongue, poking it out every time we set off oustide. Hilarious.

Monday, February 07, 2011