How I became a union rep for a week
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (April 14, 2019)
My first experience of a union came early. I had finished my first year as a high school teacher and was hired for the summer by a national weekly newspaper as a proof reader. My status in the organization was quickly determined by my assignment to the night shift.
That timing worked out well for me since I was also back in college for some courses required to get my Colorado teaching certificate. Things were going well, and I was promoted after the first month to an exempt (salaried) position as copy editor. This put me in the company of the editors and reporters, which was an exciting development for a young guy.
One day, a senior editor dropped by my desk and quietly invited me to an after-hours “party” at his house. Flattered, I quickly agreed. It turned out that the “party” was actually a meeting of the entire newsroom for the purpose of activating a just granted Department of Labor mandate to management to arrange for a vote on whether or not to join a union. The right to have the vote on company time was not in dispute. The problem was, who was going to approach the publisher with the news that the government had approved the application?
The middle class share of American wealth has gone to the very rich
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (April 7, 2019)
For the past three weeks, The Dr. Larry Show (www.blogtalkradio.com/LA-Batchelor/ or at 646-929-0130; 7 -8 pm every Wednesday) has been discussing the “wealth gap” in 2019 America. Now, it’s time to get back to basics.
Q. What is the “wealth gap”?
A. This term refers to the present and growing concentration of financial assets (cash, stock, real estate, intellectual properties such as patents, copyrights, and royalties, etc.), and all forms of passive income to the control of fewer and fewer people (1% of the population) while the middle-class controls less and less of the nation’s wealth. The word, “wealth”, is used instead of “income”, because the value of assets is frequently allowed to appreciate untouched ( e.g. to avoid taxable income). Money comes and goes in the form of income; assets are for long-term welfare.
Q. Is there really a wealth gap in America? Surely there will always be differences in wealth.
A. The changes in the proportion of the nation’s wealth held by individuals over time are clearly traceable statistically. This trend can and has been analyzed by experts for decades. Currently, nearly 80% of America’s wealth is held by 1% of the U.S. population.
If we don’t close the wealth gap, capitalism will disappear
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (March 30, 2019)
“American capitalism is now in crisis because most financial assets, most ownership of stock, and most capital income from dividends and interest and capital gains are concentrated in the top 1%, 5%, and 10% of the population. As these levels of concentration approach 80%, our society could soon arrive at the level of ownership that English lords and ladies had of all English land before the American Revolution.” (Blast and Freeman, FORTUNE, April 17, 2014)
“You have achieved Russia’s greatest victory in the 21st century!”
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (March 25, 2019)
Texas Representative John Ratcliffe (R), former federal prosecutor and among the most impressive and careful members of Congress, made a case to Fox’s Maria Bartiromo yesterday morning that the enemies of President Trump have accomplished the goals of Russia’s interventions in the 2016 USA election far more successfully than the Russian spies could ever have hoped for.
Those goals have been revealed as the division of the American public in such a way as to discredit the new president, to sow deep mistrust of the electoral process, and to encourage contempt for the rule of law. Altogether to undermine America’s democracy in the eyes of her citizens. In addition, this continual distraction of the American government and media has precipitated a monumental effort to paralyze the Washington establishment with respect to foreign policy and performance – a goal shared with the entire Democrat Congress.
If partisanship blinds one to his/her obvious duty, that person does not deserve to hold office in this Republic.
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (March 17, 2019)
There comes a time when partisanship can blind politicians to their duties as patriotic Americans. Apparently the U.S. Congress has arrived at that time. Anyone who has been following events at our southern border for the past several months has seen an alarming situation grow worse and worse.
The caravans from Central America have been arriving with increasing frequency – to the extent that we are now expecting nearly one million illegal immigrants to cross from Mexico into our country this year. Under our current laws, “catch and release” has become again the order of the day. Everybody knows by now that we simply do not have enough capacity to house so many people at the border, so hundreds of thousands of unvetted, undocumented individuals are being shipped all over the country every day.
Yet our politicians cannot seem to do anything about it. First, the Democrats stubbornly refused to provide funds to build the barriers needed at the border crossings which are not protected by natural barriers. They had absolutely no basis for this opposition, since most had previously supported even larger budgets for such construction. Their only reason was naked partisan hatred of the President of the other party, Donald J. Trump. All the experts, from the Homeland Secretary on down through present and past heads of the Border Patrol and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) – even the reporters who are covering the stories — pleaded in vain for the support necessary to deal with a massive humanitarian and national security situation.
The reason that this issue had not been resolved by the Republican Congress which preceded this one is the stubborn refusal of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to change the “60-vote” rule to break cloture when it became obvious that the Democrats were united against anything and everything that appeared on the new president’s agenda. McConnell allowed the exception for Supreme Court nominees but acquiesced in most other cases. With a majority of only 51 votes, the Republicans squandered their two-year advantage on many key issues. And this situation continues even now.
The Congress continues to thwart the only politician in Washington who is sincerely trying to perform the foremost duty of the national government, namely, defending the American people from foreign intrusion. Today, that intrusion is not military, but cultural, medical, criminal and economic. It should not be necessary to point out that protection of the American people is the foremost obligation not only on the President, but also of the entire federal government, including the Congress. Flimsy excuses of abrogation of the separation of powers as stipulated in the Constitution are no justification for allowing the tragedies at the Mexican border to continue and increase every day, including the unabated flow of illegal drugs, gang members and criminals into the USA.
Elected representatives of the federal government take an oath to defend and uphold the laws of the United States of America against all foes, foreign and domestic. If they can’t or won’t live up to that oath, they should be branded as traitors and removed from office. Rumors of impeachment are targeting the wrong victim. If partisanship blinds one to his/her obvious duty, that person does not deserve to hold office in this Republic.
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A Lenten Meditation
|Hi everybody –
Every once in a while we should raise our eyes from the daily issues of life and contemplate our higher calling. Such is the season of Lent, the Christian preparation for Easter. My contribution is a meditation on sin and forgiveness, death and resurrection. I am attaching some comments on the YouTube version.
As always, feel free to let me know your questions and opinions.
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Written and narrated by Dr. Larry Fedewa
Truly an epic poem shared with passion. Where the pace is rapid, I couldn’t help reflecting on the similarly hypnotic cadence of The Hound of Heaven, a poem that has been my companion and consolation for many decades. The message also reflects the wisdom and gratitude in Amazing Grace: “I once was lost but now am found …” Great Lenten meditation. Hard to imagine Dr. Fedewa could cover so much — and convey so much more — in just 4 minutes and 19 seconds. Time well spent, especially now during Lent. Thank you!
I just attended the stations of the cross @ St. Katharine Drexel Church here in Frederick, Maryland. Thank you!
So much passion … and so much depth. So much insight … so much to contemplate … and so much with which to ultimately identify. Thank you!
This was a very inspiring poem for the Easter season. It should make all of us who believe in Christ to do some deep soul searching as to our true devotion to him. Thank you, Dr. Fedewa!
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IEP’s (Individual Education Plans) for everybody!
Bill gates and the truck driver
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (February 23, 2019)
The first Americans were workers. They cut down the trees, plowed the fields, built the buildings, milked the cows, prepared the food, sewed the clothes, and spent most of their time doing the tasks that were necessary for survival in a hostile land. Thus the main thrust of American technology has always remained labor-saving devices.
The effort to replace the drudgery and difficulties of human labor has produced unheard-of efficiencies — from Eli Whitney’s cotton gin and gun assembly lines to the invention of tin cans and sewing machines to the succession of ever-increasing machines and techniques in America’s march through time. These technologies have also provided an extension of human powers. They have made it possible for humans to lift huge weights, see new sights faraway as well as infinitesimally tiny, travel at astonishing speeds to astonishing places, and think thoughts never before conceived.
Future looking prophets have long wondered what would happen to all the people whose labor has been saved when they were no longer needed. We now have an answer to that question. They have simply stayed in place but without the work that had sustained them and their families. There are still 3.5 million American workers in their prime who are not working even in this booming economy. (see Jeffery Bartosh, Baron’s Market Watch, March 3, 2018)
“Blessed are the peacemakers. . . . “
By Dr. Larry Fedewa (February 16, 2019)
It is a wholesome and uplifting exercise to dream occasionally about what an ideal world might look like. Clearly, such ideas are far from the messy realities of the world as we know it today but lifting our gaze to the clouds can give us courage as well as direction.
So, what would a world look like if democratic capitalism were universally practiced instead of restricted to our own country and a few of our friends? First, we have to describe what we mean by “democratic capitalism”.