Happy New Year!
I will be ramping up the blogging in the next few days, but I thought that I would share some articles that I have been reading and pondering the last few days before delving into more detail and commentary in the coming weeks:
- Everyone should read this article in today’s Washington Post about how there has zero net job creation in the last decade. This part is particularly worth highlighting:
“There has been zero net job creation since December 1999. No previous decade going back to the 1940s had job growth of less than 20 percent. Economic output rose at its slowest rate of any decade since the 1930s as well.
Middle-income households made less in 2008, when adjusted for inflation, than they did in 1999 — and the number is sure to have declined further during a difficult 2009. The Aughts were the first decade of falling median incomes since figures were first compiled in the 1960s.”
Part of this problem involves the exportation of manufacturing and the reality that the United States has transitioned into more of a service economy, while capital was funneled into the housing industry that went bust.
2. The Pew Hispanic Center came out with a report a few weeks ago revealing that more Latinos are using the internet, so the digital divide is lessening. This will have implications for blogs like this and the dissemination of content online and how Latinos use it. I’m hoping that more of our people will start reading news from different sources and digesting information from different blogs from all ends of the political spectrum.
3. Drug violence in Mexico kills an up and coming community leader from El Monte, California. Right now people are saying that this was a random act of violence, but it will be interesting to see what the investigations reveal in coming days. I do believe that as violence escalates and is perpetuated that there will be more serious consideration of legalizing certain “drugs” like we are seeing in California with marijuana right now, as a case can be made for reducing violence and increasing tax revenue.
If you have any other blog post ideas or articles you would like to explore, please post links and share your thoughts.