Skip Tenczar our deadline poet:
There’s a leader named Kevin MacCarthy,
Who’s prone to be rather snarky.
He says we’re all to blame
For what the riot became,
But even he knows that is malarkey.
rethink the week
Professor Stephen Pimpare Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy.Prior to joining UNH in 2015, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy for the Public Service & Nonprofit Leadership Program and is a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy, he served as a senior-level administrator for anti-hunger organizations in New York City, and taught at the City University of New York, NYU, and Columbia University. His second book, A People's History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association “for demonstrating how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” His most recent book is Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford University Press 2017), a history of poverty and homelessness in the movies. Professor Pimpare is host of the New Books Network’s Public Policy Channel, a Consulting Editor for the journal Social Work, and founding director of the UNHM Center for Community Engagement and Experiential Learning. He is currently at work on Politics for Social Workers: A Practical Guide to Effecting Change for Columbia University Press.
Professor Robert Hockett Hockett is an American lawyer, law professor, and policy advocate. He holds two positions at Cornell University (the Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and a Professor of Public Affairs), is senior counsel at investment firm Westwood Capital, LLC, and was a Fellow at The Century Foundation think tank. HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_C._Hockett#cite_note-3" HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_C._Hockett#cite_note-4" As of 2019, he is advising Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal.
Professor Dean Spiliotes Dean Spiliotes has been Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University since 2007. He is also founder of the political blog, NHPoliticalCapital.com. Spiliotes' teaching focus is presidential politics and policy, campaigns and elections, and New Hampshire politics and its presidential primary.Spiliotes is author of the book, Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy, and has published in a variety of professional journals including, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Society.
Journalist Robert Hennelly Bob is an award-winning investigative journalist. He has reported on a broad spectrum of major public policy questions, ranging from homeland security to the economy, environmental contamination to corruption.
Bob was on-air as a senior reporter for WNYC-New York Public Radio for more than 12 years. (Bob's work with WNYC can be found here.) Before WNYC, he was national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Network News. He continues to be an on-air investigative reporter with WBGO-Newark Public Radio. (Bob's work with WBGO can be found here.)His current investigative work, focusing on the New York civil service, ispublished in The Chief-Leader, a weekly newspaper covering government and the civil service in New York since 1897. He is also a regular contributor to Insider NJ, Salon, and also writes for City HYPERLINK "https://www.cityandstateny.com/"& HYPERLINK "https://www.cityandstateny.com/" State and Who.What.Why. His written work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Chrisitian Science Monitor, the Miami Herald, the Detroit Free Press, New Jersey Monthly and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Bob has acted as a consultant/reporter for “60 Minutes” and for WPIX-11 News in New York City. He has also been featured on C-Span's “America and the Courts,” the "PBS NewsHour" and on C-Span's “Washington Roundtable.” In addition to his investigative reporting and analysis, Bob has written poetry for more than 40 years (although he has not published his work in more than 20 years).
We discuss several topics:
The Justice Department is considering NOT charging all rioters. The remaining charges would only include tresspass. But our opinions are that it is too early for the DOJ to surrender. Many civil service seemed to be part of the mob. And there appears to be bias from the police, some of whom were sympathetic to the rioters.
Republicans are now talking about "unity" as a way of avoiding Trump's conviction. But many Democrats feel that they have been deceived before. "Politics is not about unity, but about conflict." For the Democrats, it would be best if they passed all laws and bills to deal with the pandemic situation and the economic situation. And, they should take credit for improvements. It is time to deliver competence.