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Center of Concern | Wed, Oct 29, 2008

A True Story

In the first years of the founding of the Center of Concern, our office was located on a well-kept residential street in northeast Washington, DC.  The staff was busy establishing the Center as a voice for social justice in the U.S. and across the world.  No small task for three or four people.

On Hard Times & Dust

Center of Concern | Fri, Oct 24, 2008

On Hard Times & Dust

Much like the current crisis, the Depression wasn’t an event isolated to the world of finance. In fact, it was magnified by, and in turn magnified the impacts of, a corresponding ecological crisis. Much like we face today.
WAIT!  Do We Really Want Those Who Got Us Into the Financial Crisis to Plan Our Way Out?

Center of Concern | Tue, Oct 21, 2008

WAIT! Do We Really Want Those Who Got Us Into the Financial Crisis to Plan Our Way Out?

The latest word out of U.S. and European capitals is a call for a series of Economic Summits beginning in late November to look deeply into reforms of the international financial system.  Some speak of a "Bretton Woods II" after the conference in the mid-1940s that created the global financial architecture we have today.

Presidential Politics:  Time for a new vision for the economy

Center of Concern | Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Presidential Politics: Time for a new vision for the economy

In last night's presidential debates, Senator McCain and Senator Obama offered competing vsions for the economy.  Both attempted to address the concerns and aspirations of middle class Americans in the midst of the dual housing and financial crises driven by Wall Street.  This got me thinking back to the root causes of the crises.  I’ve followed the technical discussions on bundled mortgage securities and over-leveraged firms, and no doubt many people made reckless decisions, but the problem lies even deeper with the economic philosophy that has reigned for over 30 years.
For Senators McCain and Obama:  Lessons on Iraq You Missed

Center of Concern | Tue, Oct 14, 2008

For Senators McCain and Obama: Lessons on Iraq You Missed

When the lead question on Iraq in the first presidential candidates’ debate was posed, What are the lessons learned from Iraq? I waited expectantly for what seemed to be the only possible answer: “violence begets violence.” While Barack Obama asserts that the war in Iraq was wrong and must be ended, I fear that neither candidate has learned lessons necessary to reverse course in Iraq and beyond, and repair the damaged U.S. reputation abroad.
Crossing the Threshold of Hope:  Seeing the U.S. Elections and Financial Crisis Globally

Center of Concern | Thu, Oct 9, 2008

Crossing the Threshold of Hope: Seeing the U.S. Elections and Financial Crisis Globally

As the unraveling financial crisis has shown this week, for all the walls we may attempt to build, our borders are far more porous than we ever could have imagined. What happens here reverberates far beyond, not only from Wall Street to the proverbial Main Street, but to Italy and Germany and India and Peru.
Jesus was an illegal alien!

Center of Concern | Mon, Oct 6, 2008

Jesus was an illegal alien!

Millions of individuals and families are living here in the U.S. in violation of U.S. immigration laws. But as a Christian, I firmly believe we have to take a more penetrating look at the situation because we believe we are all subject to a Higher Law.
Economic Hemorrhage vs. Bailout Band-aid

Center of Concern | Tue, Sep 30, 2008

Economic Hemorrhage vs. Bailout Band-aid

I’m having a difficult time deciding how I feel about the “bailout package.” I thought about what I would have done yesterday if I were a member of Congress. I decided I probably wouldn’t have voted for the bailout package either. To me it seems like a band-aid made for a paper cut that is trying to fit over a gaping wound that is a hundred times the size of a paper cut. Maybe this band-aid is the wrong shape and size. Maybe it's not even a band-aid that we need.

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