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The Two Parties Have Gone Far Enough PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Saturday, 28 February 2009 18:07
It’s time to lift the fog of denial and party pride to restore our patriotic footing and all that it requires of each of us. We have strayed so far from the core founding principles that distinguished our country and made it great. We must acknowledge our errors and correct them on several critical levels—politically, economically, and in no small measure, morally. Americans have to embrace that it is with this generation that the fix must begin in earnest or we will lose our freedom forever.

 
Neither Federal Nor Reserve PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Editorials
Written by Todd McGreevy   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 02:03

The Federal ReserveFebruary 4, 2009's  cover story - The Future of Money?: With the Economy a Wreck, Alternative Currencies Could Gain Traction - explores local and national currency systems that have emerged as alternatives to Federal Reserve Notes - commonly known as U.S. dollar bills. It is my firm belief that the Federal Reserve system - with its fractional reserve lending, lack of accountability to the people (via Congress) and the market (via price fixing of interest rates) - is going lead to the total devaluation our currency and the destruction of our nation's economy. What will fill that vacuum, without these alternative currencies, is subject for another column.


[June 5, 2009: Since this was published the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 has been introduced by Congressman Ron Paul and co-sponsored by over 180 House members from both sides of the duopoly, Republicans and Democrats. Even if the bill passes the house it faces a royal battle from the Senate, who is even more so in the pockets of the banksters on Wall Street,with such senate luminaries in finance as Chris Dodd and Chuck Grassely.]

 
The River Cities' Reader Shifts to Bi-Weekly Publication PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 11:04

Reader issue #717 The River Cities' Reader is shifting to publishing bi-weekly. Our next print edition will be distributed on Wednesday, January 21, and a new Reader will hit the streets every two weeks after that.

It's critical to understand that bi-weekly publication of the physical Reader does not mean that we're eliminating content.

All of the features you expect will be available weekly online: an in-depth "cover story," Mike Schulz's movie and theatre reviews, feature articles on musicians and other artists, previews of upcoming events, Joe Collins' City Shorts column, John M. James' Music News column, Amy Alkon's Ask the Advice Goddess, Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology, Max Cannon's Red Meat, and a crossword. Those last four features will be debuting online this week.

 
Say No to McBama and Incumbents PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 02:23

The two major contenders for the 2008 election are experience (McCain) versus inexperience (Obama). Obama's inexperience is disturbing in that he appears to have disregarded the elected seats he occupied to continue climbing the political ladder. Once elected, he effected little, if any, change. Obama's political career is one of meteoric trajectory from an obscure Illinois legislator to a short-lived U.S. Senator (only two years into his six-year term before he hit the presidential campaign trail) to the Democratic nominee for president with a very good chance of winning the highest office in the land - all with nothing backing his eligibility except good communication skills and nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.

 
111th Congress Should Be Complete Overhaul PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen McCarthy   
Wednesday, 22 October 2008 02:29

The crushing lack of leadership, underscored by the absence of even a rudimentary understanding of the factors that contributed to the current economic crisis, begins to unfold in the wake of a demoralizing vote by the U.S. legislature for a $700-billion bailout. The House of Representatives originally voted it down, obviously holding out for earmarks from the Senate. Incredibly, the Senate obliged, attaching an additional $125 billion worth of such bribes to ensure the House majority vote in favor of bailing out Wall Street, and indefinitely indenturing future generations with impossible debt.

 
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