David opens up his column by saying that he has never seen New York as vibrant as it is now. Expanding to other American cities, and then the world, there has never been so much diversity and tolerance before, never before has there been so little warfare and civil strife and poverty. Despite all of the hyper threatening language the media employs, we have moved past all of the debilitating crises of the past - World Wars, industrialization, etc. - and our enemies now are old relics of things we’ve beat before.
However, this is not to say that there is widespread cynicism among the people. It isn’t that our government is being abusive, it’s that it isn’t doing anything. Laws aren’t being created at all, despite those who are crying foul over the constant “overwatch” the government has over the American people. Maybe the problem is that the elites are forgetting about the rest of their lower classes? The media making it okay to frame everything through partisan lenses? Enough exaggeration of our problems and let’s get to work.
Inequality Starts With Your Employer - Peter R. Orszag
Why has there been such low worker mobility? It can help contextualize our rising inequality even more. Many studies have been showing that even before the 2008 recession hit, workers have stopped moving from company to company, from state to state. This is not just exclusive to one place in the country either, it is endemic across the entire United States. With less people exploring their option, and more people just staying where they are, productivity ceases to increase. Peter leaves us with two questions:
"Regardless of how tightly the new data are connected, they highlight two questions that should now be of central importance to policy makers: Why are earnings at different companies growing more unequal? And why are job turnover rates plummeting? Both problems appear to be playing large and unexpected roles in our economy."
Obama still struggles to address issues through a progressive scope. Whether it be climate change, immigration reform, poverty, etc., Obama has been going at a snail’s pace. Yet Gary argues that it isn’t all Obama’s fault. It is the fault of a non-existing social movement that can get rid of gerrymandering and the evil use of money in politics. Yet, Americans do not see this. Obama’s approval ratings remain below water, and Democrats running tight races in the midterms are running away from the President. Instead of waking up their constituents to the fact that we’re not in a recession anymore, they see it more welcoming to act like the conservatives they might not feel like at the bottom of their hearts.
Of course, the President does not have time to keep going at things he’s wanted to finish. Everything he could’ve done, he has done, and he can no longer point to Republican obstructionism because you’re not going to end the ballgame that way. The media conglomerates have been feasting on a 2016 Presidency frenzy, and (honestly the only Democratic candidate out there) Hillary Clinton attacks Obama as if he has already left the Oval Office. The midterms increasingly look like the Republicans will gain more seats, if not an outright control of the Senate. Yet, Obama has left a ‘legacy’ according to Younge. There are less uninsured, which has made Republicans stay away from complaining about the ACA as a campaign issue. This is not to mention gay marriage and abortion, which has made conservatives make excuses for their constituents.
It’s not that Obama doesn’t know this is happening to him. He looks like he is more frustrated every day. His hair can not get any whiter than it already has. If anything the American people do not exclusively hate Obama, remember his approval numbers are much better than Congress’.
CORRECTION: 194 airstrikes by U.S. in Iraq.
Before any airstrikes in Syria were authorized by the President, the U.S. had already conducted 174 airstrikes within Iraq at IS targets.
“A devastating attack by the Islamic State Sunday on an Iraqi army base in Anbar province revealed the military’s weaknesses. The WaPo’s Loveday Morris: “On Monday, a day after the attack, five survivors - including three officers - said that between 300 and 500 soldiers were missing and believed to be dead, kidnapped or in hiding. Army officials said the numbers were far lower, leading to accusations that they were concealing the true toll.
"If the survivors’ accounts are correct, it would make Sunday the most disastrous day for the Iraqi army since several divisions collapsed in the wake of the Islamic State’s capture of the northern city of Mosul amid its cross-country sweep in June.
“In any case, the chaotic incident has highlighted shortcomings in an army that the United States has spent billions of dollars training and equipping, and it has further undermined the force’s reliability as a partner as President Obama expands airstrikes into provinces including Anbar.”
From Foreign Policy Situation Report.
A combined map of Syria and Iraq, showing positions of IS-led Sunni militants. A bit outdated, there are more contested regions now near the Turkish border with Syria, and areas such as Mosul have seen coalition gains against IS.
Suruc, Turkey, a border town between Turkey and Syria where many Syrian Kurds are trying to escape the clutches of ISIS.