Mitt was no wimp, and Obama was no progressive, but Obama had the better plans, the better attacks, and the better handle on the truth.
Areas of Expertise:
Progressive movement, policymakers
Poverty, economic hardship
Cost of war and militarism at home
Karen joined IPS in 1996. Her public scholarship and activism at IPS has linked community-led organizations with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The focus of her work is on anti-poverty issues, local democracy and empowerment, and peace. Karen currently coordinates the Economic Hardship Reporting Project with New York Times Best-Selling Author Barbara Ehrenreich. The project focuses on telling the stories of widespread economic hardship in the United States.
Some of Karen’s publications include: Battered By The Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix it; Our Communities are Not for Sale; Paying the Price: the Mounting Costs of War in Iraq; Foreign Policy Goes Local; and she was a contributor for Mandate for Change. Karen blogs for Huffington Post and regularly appears in other media outlets. Karen serves on the boards of The Participatory Budgeting Project and Jobs With Justice Worker Rights Board.
The first presidential debate of 2012 was an exercise in ridiculousness that produced no insight, no plan, no inspiration, no leadership, and no truth.
Sadly, those who "occupied" Wall Street and city squares across the country in 2011, were right: All of the income gains have concentrated at the top, while the rest of us saw a deterioration or stagnation in our wages and income.
The individual mandate won't get the axe; the Court just affirmed that the key is the tax.
We'll carry on with Barack and Mitt, but we lament that you called it quits.
Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly from a budget proposal where Obama is letting the 1 percent off rather easy, while the rest of us, especially the poor, shoulder the pain.