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Will Voters Punish GOP for Punishing the American People?

By Josh Marks, published on Jul 6, 2012

Republicans are the problem. That is the conclusion of the excellent new tome “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism” by congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. Mann is a liberal from the Brookings Institution and Ornstein is a conservative from the American Enterprise Institute, so they can hardly be accused of a partisan agenda.

“It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” labels today’s GOP as an “insurgent outlier” in American politics that “contributes disproportionately to its dysfunction.” The... (more)

Tags: obama, republicans, democrats, economy, jobs, it's even worse than it looks

Obama Stands Up For Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers

By Josh Marks, published on Jun 19, 2012

Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman’s new book “End This Depression Now!” has made him a popular progressive. His Keynesian ideas are as refreshing as mountain air after years of conservative deficit hawks punishing the American people and holding back the economic recovery with draconian cuts to the public sector. But while it is empowering to hear Krugman talk about how to really create jobs and grow the economy through government spending, many of us have been waiting for President Obama to go on the offensive and back the radical right-wing Republicans into a corner.

If his... (more)

Tags: obama, infrastructure, teachers, romney, firefighters, police officers, public spending

'Avengers' Delivers Powerful Clean Energy Message

By Josh Marks, published on Jun 12, 2012

Unemployment. Austerity. War. Terrorism. Climate Change. The world needs superheroes now more than ever. Along comes Marvel's "The Avengers" to rave reviews and boffo box office. In tough times, movie audiences crave escapist entertainment and larger than life superheroes, which could help explain why "The Avengers" set a box office record for the biggest opening weekend ever in North America, tied for the fastest film to reach $1 billion and is currently the third highest grossing film of all time with a worldwide haul of nearly $1.4 billion.That's a lot of people that are absorbing the film's... (more)

Tags: steven chu, clean energy, avengers, tesseract

Book Review: Paul Krugman’s ‘End This Depression Now!’

By Josh Marks, published on Jun 1, 2012

Right now the disconnect between Washington’s political and media class and the American people is astounding. Somehow in the midst of this economic catastrophe, the conversation steered away from fiscal stimulus and job creation to deficits and spending cuts. Meanwhile, millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans continue struggling to make ends meet.

Along comes Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman with his new book “End This Depression Now!”. Since 2008, Krugman (and a few other courageous individuals like former Obama economic adviser Christina... (more)

Tags: end this depression now, paul krugman, us depression, obama recession

Will GOP’S Solyndra Witch Hunt Backfire?

By Josh Marks, published on May 16, 2012

Solyndra was never about the facts. It was never meant to be. House Republicans put on a cynical show trial to attack the Obama Administration’s clean energy policies. They dragged Nobel Prize-winning physicist and Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to Capitol Hill in order to brow beat one of the most respected scientists in the world over the DOE Loan Guarantee Program.

Sadly, Republicans might have committed serious damage to American competitiveness in the global clean energy race. The United States is attempting to compete with China, Germany, Brazil and other nations whose... (more)

Tags: obama, energy, clean energy, solyndra, doe, chu, loan guarantee

Observations from Obama’s Richmond Rally

By Josh Marks, published on May 7, 2012

President Barack Obama officially kicked off his 2012 re-election campaign on Saturday, May 5th with stops at Ohio State University in Columbus and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. It was significant that college students in swing states were targeted as young voters in closely contested states such as Ohio and Virginia could mean the difference between winning and losing.

President Obama has repeatedly made the case for upgrading America's crumbling infrastructure, including the need for improved passenger train service such as high-speed rail, so it was fitting that I... (more)

Tags: obama, rally, richmond

Michael Mann: Climate Hero With a Hockey Stick

By Josh Marks, published on Feb 22, 2012

It is no secret the fossil fuel industry for years has been funding front groups denying the reality of human-caused climate change and working against clean energy technologies. These attacks on science and reason have amazingly come from the same dirty energy industry that is actually making contingency plans for the effects of man-made climate change. That's right, Big Oil is well aware that the millions of tons of carbon they carelessly pump into the atmosphere is contributing to global warming so they are planning for the consequences, while at the same time spending millions of dollars... (more)

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Victory: Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at White House

By Josh Marks, published on Nov 10, 2011

Last Sunday 12,000 demonstrators from all walks of life formed a human chain around the White House to call on President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. Today, in a major victory for pipeline opponents the State Department ordered a new route, effectively killing the controversial project, according to a TransCanada spokesperson who told the National Journal it would die "because the new route would require a new Environmental Impact Statement and a public review that would take months, if not years."

Demonstrators at the Lafayette Square rally and encircle... (more)

Tags: clean energy

Ground Zero and Occupy Wall Street: Hope Rises From Ashes

By Josh Marks, published on Nov 6, 2011

A sunny Sunday stroll through Lower Manhattan this past weekend revealed nothing less than an American awakening. And that is not an understatement after seeing the rapidly rebuilding Ground Zero site and the nearby Occupy Wall Street demonstrations at Zuccotti Park. It is appropriate that ground zero of the people-powered movement to reclaim the American dream following the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression is literally right across the street from the newly opened 9/11 Memorial that commemorates the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

There is an undeniable... (more)

Tags: occupy wall street, one world trade center, zuccotti park, 9/11 memorial

'Freedom' From Oil by Embracing Ethanol

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 28, 2011

Husband and wife filmmaking team Rebecca and Josh Tickell are winning over skeptical audiences across the country and sending a powerful message to decision makers in Washington about the urgent need to end America's destructive addiction to imported oil by embracing homegrown biofuels, especially ethanol.

Of course, it helps to have a retired four star general and former NATO commander on your side.

Last Wednesday the Sundance Award-winning producers of the movie "Fuel" rolled into Washington, D.C. on the final stop of their 40-city bus tour to promote their new film,"Freedom,"... (more)

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