We got a little behind schedule this week, but next week – as he has every Monday for more than a year now – Mark Trahant will be back in his usual spot. He’s completed his Kaiser Media Fellowship that enabled him to write about Indian Country and health care, but he’s still writing, in a somewhat new format. For starters, he describes himself as a “Twitter poet” – reason alone to pay attention! Here’s his new description:
Mark Trahant is a writer, speaker and Twitter poet. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and lives in Fort Hall, Idaho. Trahant’s new book, “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars,” is the story of Sen. Henry Jackson and Forrest Gerard.
“The idea was that if we just had blind faith in the market, if we let corporations play by their own rules, if we left everyone else to fend for themselves that America would grow and America would prosper,” the president said in Parma, Ohio. “And for a time this idea gave us the illusion of prosperity. We saw financial firms and CEOs take in record profits and record bonuses. We saw a housing boom that led to new homeowners and new jobs in construction. Consumers bought more condos and bigger cars and better TVs.”
He continued: “I ran for President because I believed that this kind of economy was unsustainable –- for the middle class and for the future of our nation.”
This is what this country needs to talk about, how do we go about building a sustainable economy?