US Mid-Term Election 2002: The factors that led to the Republican victory

As the results of the mid-term elections come in - an apparent sweeping victory for President Bush's Republican Party - many questions must be answered.  How and why did this happen?  What will it mean for working people and activists on the left? Does this mean Americans actually like George Bush and his policies?

2002 - A Year of Betrayal by the Democrats

As we celebrate the holiday season and say goodbye to the year 2002, it is also a time when we look back on the preceding year and make our resolutions for the next. 2002 has been a tumultuous and crisis-ridden year, marked on the one hand by continuing economic stagnation and on the other by the looming war with Iraq. It has also been a very turbulent year politically.

Hands Off Our Pensions!

In the aftermath of the Enron scandal, Bush Jr. stated that, "One of the things we’re deeply concerned about is that there has been a wave of bankruptcies that have caused many workers to lose their pensions, and that’s deeply troubling me." Bush’s sorrow for the misfortune of workers hasn’t been enough of an inspiration to keep him from proposing measures which would eliminate the liability of employers in age-discrimination lawsuits brought on by the transition to "cash-balance" pension plans, a process which will affect far more working people than the collapse of Enron.

Power to the People!

The recent blackout on the East coast highlights the inability of the capitalist class to provide even the most basic services in the heart of imperialism.

The Death of a City

History has made it clear: the capitalist elite seems most happy while the masses suffer. Things that are detrimental to the lives of the working majority go to the financial benefit of the ruling few. Things such as war, pollution, price gouging, unemployment and natural disasters are beneficial to them; while slowly killing working people and the environment. The war in Iraq has made unbelievable profits for the oil and construction industries. Every dioxin molecule and greenhouse gas in the depleting atmosphere is a penny saved for the industrial capitalists. It is no surprise then, that the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina have become a beacon for capitalist greed and exploitation.