“Feeble hiring by U.S. employers in May roiled markets and dimmed the already-cloudy outlook for an economy that appears to be following Europe and Asia into a slowdown.” - Wall Street Journal, 6/2/12
Has this become the modern campaign platform? In many ways, yes; when you consider how much money is funneled by PACs and Super PACs by a limited number of people and the success rate of candidates who raise more money than their competitors.
But why can’t individuals and small donors collectively disrupt this evolution of the modern campaign platform? We think they can.
“Opponents of a U.S. law they claim may subject them to indefinite military detention for activities including news reporting and political activism persuaded a federal judge to temporarily block the measure.” - Bloomberg, 5/17/12
We’ve posted this image on the blog before, but it never hurts to reinforce the larger point. The power of citizens is what skimmerhat, and many of the initiatives within the Gov 2.0 and open government movement, is predicated upon; it’s the backbone.
Americans and their government can work together for a better country, but collectively as individuals, we man the controls for the direction America will move. That should never be lost on us as citizens. We all can strongly and thoughtfully wield this power.
“Employers in the U.S. added fewer workers than forecast in April and the jobless rate unexpectedly declined as people left the labor force, underscoring concern the world’s largest economy may be losing speed.” - Bloomberg, 5/4/12
Here is a cartoon for your amusement/fury, to continue the trend of political cartoons we have been posting periodically.
At skimmerhat, we want to place that pencil — the one held by lobbyists, special interests and Super PACs — into your hands, the citizens. Americans should write the agenda for our Congressmen.
We are working on a series of original skimmerhat political cartoons, and we will obviously be posting those here on the blog. But also check out our political cartoon boards on Pinterest — one for general cartoons we run across and the other for our future original cartoons.
“Even as the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said in a new report that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.” - New York Times, 2/25/12
Andrew included this picture in a very good post from a couple weeks ago, but we wanted to re-post it because the message it conveys is the message we want to capture and share with skimmerhat. It’s about us, the American people.