On December 5, 2008, 250 laid-off workers occupied Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors factory, refusing to leave until paid for accrued vacation time and two months of federally-mandated severance. These demands, which might have been ignored by media in more stable economic times, thrust the unionized workers onto the national stage as the country's financial system and economy unraveled.
Perhaps most Americans deserve the federal government they have, a government that, contrary to the lofty rhetoric of Barack Obama, is just politics as usual, a government that is as corrupted by moneyed interests as ever. A government that is as dysfunctional and inefficient as ever.
Nearly 17,500 public comments were sent to the US Department of Agriculture opposing their recommendation for approval of an ArborGen proposal to plant over a quarter of a million genetically engineered (GE) eucalyptus trees. Only 39 favorable comments were received by the USDA. If allowed, the plantings would take place on 330 acres of land across seven states in the Southern U.S., to supposedly feed future cellulosic ethanol production.