Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
Paul Waldman says that like all raucous celebrations, the Tea Party will eventually wind down:
The central divide within the right now, as it has been for some time, is between economic conservatives and social conservatives. The former are essentially libertarian, believing that government action is harmful almost by definition. The latter are quite happy to have government making decisions in people's lives, so long as it makes the right ones -- about whom you can marry, whether you can get an abortion, and what public schools will teach about things like evolution. Most of the time, they're able to work together, because they're concerned about different things.
Ann O'Leary says there is well-established legal authority for much stronger presidential action to promote good jobs:
The authority for presidential executive orders was addressed by the courts only in 1952 when the Supreme Court struck down President Harry Truman's executive order in which he seized the country's steel mills to avoid a threatened strike in the midst of the Korean War. In Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, the Court held that Truman had no authority to seize the mills and instructed that the president's authority to issue an order "must stem from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself."
David Moberg asks why the Pentagon uses low-road companies to feed and clothe our troops:
Every year the federal government spends half a trillion dollars on contracts for goods and services from private companies like Wornick. The total workforce of those companies -- including workers not on federal contracts -- accounts for 22 percent of American workers. And according to David Madland, director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress, the military spends 69 percent of those contract dollars.
Peter Dreiersays the explosion of low-wage jobs is due, for the most part, to the declining bargaining power of America's employees:
A good job means one that pays enough to allow a family to buy or rent a decent home, put food on the table and clothes on their backs, afford health insurance and child care, send the kids to college, take a yearly vacation, and retire with dignity. A good job means that two parents don't have to juggle three jobs to stay afloat, and that they still have time to spend with their kids.