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Culture Government

A Planned Economy to Benefit Workers

Workers are Being Manipulated By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana Blog – I’ve spent the last seven years in research and writing mode. My first goal was to research the media landscape – media critic. More specifically, why doesn’t the free press operate like a free press? Why isn’t the Gannett newspaper which predominates Indiana towns […]

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Government

Donald Trump Jr. Teaches Us “Socialism”

BY: Todd Smekens Blog – The old story about taking candy from a kid who went trick or treating and giving it the kid who stayed home as a symbolic representation of “socialism” has always been flawed. When a privileged 1%’er uses the faulty logic openly on Twitter, it fails epically. Donald J. Trump Jr. […]

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Government

Identity Politics Blurs Our Real Issues

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – What in the world is “identity politics” and why does it matter? For the Grand Ole Party, it doesn’t mean a whole lot. For Trump, he apparently wants to be identified as a racist, sexist, xenophobic nationalist. For the Democratic Party, it’s been everything. It’s also why they’ve […]

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Government

Who’s Preventing Single Payer Insurance?

Big Money Against Single Payer Insurance By: Todd Smekens Muncie, IndianaBlog– Lots of interesting news floating around on the internet about the G20 Summit, Russia, Trump, #FakeNews, etc., but none of these distractions are as important as our health care crisis in America made worse by income and wealth inequality. As Warren Buffet recently lamented, […]

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Community

Fear and Greed Are Privatizing the Public Good

Watching the Privatization of Public Goods By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – I ran across two interesting articles this weekend deserving separate attention because they explain what is taking place in Muncie and the United States. The first article titled the “The Soil of American Decline” is very insightful for the general public. I’ve been writing […]

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Community Education

Muncie Community Schools Needs Community Approach

Todd Smekens February 11, 2017 Muncie Community Schools in Peril Muncie, Indiana – I’ve spent the past two months assisting the federal government with administering assessments in schools across Indiana. This has given me an opportunity to speak with administrators in both rural and urban schools. They are all very much aware of local, state […]

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Government

Barack Obama’s Legacy by Younge, Farrakhan and West

By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana Blog – He hasn’t left office, but President Barack Obama’s legacy is already being debated by pundits and experts from all backgrounds. If you look back to 2007-08, when America learned about Barack Obama, a young senator from Chicago, we didn’t give him a chance. We had an economy on […]

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Government

Indiana’s Road Fix is About the Working Class Struggle

Hoosier’s Working Class Will Fund Crumbling Infrastructure By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana NEWS – The coming legislative session will feature a biennial budget and a fix for our crumbling infrastructure. The political posturing and rhetoric is already flying in the newspaper. Our incoming governor says he will be driven by data, not politics. As we’ve […]

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Culture Government

Globalization Is Not the Problem

Trumpism Isn’t The Solution for the Rust Belt By: Todd Smekens Muncie, Indiana BLOG – My immediate goal at Muncie Voice back in 2011 was to hold our local press accountable for yellow journalism (muckraking). Researching globalization and learning about neoliberalism was not even on the radar, but one thing led to another. They are […]

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Culture Government

Democratic Party Oppression Cost Elites the Election

Muncie, IN NEWS – Lot’s of whining and complaining coming from Hillary Clinton fans and supporters of corporate owned dynastic politics. I’ve written countless times why the DNC should have tapped into the energy of the Bernie Sanders’, “Political Revolution”. I even slammed Bernie and Elizabeth Warren for selling out progressives when they endorsed Hillary […]