Bail out the auto industry

by Ellen Ratner -- When I was growing up my mother belonged to an investment club. Every week the ladies would gather and invest $10. In between meetings they would do their more…

My week in Dubai

by Ellen Ratner -- I just returned from a week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a microcosm of the world with 85 percent of the population coming from more than more…

Does the winner lose?

by Ellen Ratner -- For the past year Americans have been losing friends, making enemies and in general, being their old partisan selves over the question of who is best qualified to more…

Stopping the arms trade

by Ellen Ratner -- With our economy a mess and the world economy messy as well, it is easy to forget about other problems. One of those "other problems" is the proliferation more…

Robo calls will cost McCain

by Ellen Ratner -- If you are a registered Republican or Independent voter in a swing state you most likely have received a robo call during the last couple of weeks. Robo more…

Voters react to culture of greed

by Ellen Ratner -- All you have to do is to look at blogs and listener/viewer e-mail to know how angry Americans are right now. It is not just your usual every-four-years, more…

Fat cat welfare and pork for dorks

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week was a truly Washington week to remember. First up was the bailout package: failed the House on Monday, stuffed with pork and then passed by the more…

The party is over

by Ellen Ratner -- Party is over – our elected officials need to be cut off. I had the privilege of attending the first presidential race debate in Oxford, Miss., last week. more…

Where's a real leader when you need one?

by Ellen Ratner -- After more than a year of campaigning, contentious primaries, two conventions, a couple of hurricanes, Russia's invasion of the Republic of Georgia and a historic financial meltdown and more…

Government spying at its worst

by Ellen Ratner -- Just when you thought George Bush's abuse of the Constitution was ending, civil rights were clobbered one more time under this administration. If you thought your rights to more…