Roger Bybee

Posted: April 23, 2011
By: Clay Cerny

“Courageous” Representative Paul Ryan suggests gutting Medicare while giving the ultra-rich and corporations even bigger tax breaks.  This plan is outrageous.  However, it’s just a plan.  When we look back at the past 30 years, American workers have lost more and more while the rich have gotten richer through social insecurity.

American are sick of this Screw Deal.  Roger Bybee from In These Times notes that so many jobs were offshored between 1999-2009 that no new jobs were created.  At the same time. 2/3 of the country’s biggest corporations paid no federal income taxes.  In his article, Bybee cites polling data to show that all Americans, including a majority of Republicans, think the rich should pay more in taxes.  Multinational corporation cut 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. while hiring 2.4 million people outside of the country.  I guess that's why conservatives claim big corporations are “job creators” who should not be taxed.  Bybee ends his article by talking about the spirit of the Wisconsin protestors:  “Workers are increasingly moving from outrage to action.”  That’s good.  Enough of being screwed.

Posted: November 2, 2010
By: Clay Cerny

Writing in In These Times magazine, Roger Bybee explores why working people have turned against Democrats.  Unemployment fuels much of the dissatisfaction.  But Bybee also indicts a media and money partnership that drives negative ad after negative ad.

While I lean left in my own politics, what we have seen in this election is good for no one of either party.  Negative ad followed negative ad.  Insult piled on insult.  Promises have been made that cannot be kept.  Government will be cut on the Federal and State level.  Guess what that means?  More job cuts.  To some degree, I blame voters for not looking at what is best for them.  On a larger scale, money rules politics, and politicians pick the votes.  It’s a game – and the game is fixed.

All hail the top 5%.  They rule.  We work for their future, not ours.

Posted: September 19, 2010
By: Clay Cerny

Roger Bybee, writing in In These Times magazine, explores the root causes holding back students in many public school systems.  Conservatives, their media allies, and – at times – President Obama and Arne Duncan blame poor teachers.  Bybee looks at poor students and their families and considers the social and economic factors that affect learning, which all start with poverty, not bad teachers.  This article is a fine antidote to much of what is accepted as conventional wisdom about public education.

Are there bad teachers?  Yes.  Are their back school administratiors, business excutives, and political leaders?  Yes.  Let's look at people who have more power to influence change.