I’ll be speaking with Norman Solomon — who’s running for Congress — and Lisa Maldonado of the AFL-CIO. Details here — hope to see you!
I’m writing a series of posts as a blogging fellow for the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of more than 270 national and state organizations.
Republicans (and some Democrats) have started a full-scale assault on the social safety net that has made America the great country that it is. They are doing [...]
Here is the video of last night’s launch of Rebuild the Dream campaign, with Van Jones. (If you want to skip the music parts, start at 9:15.)
Watch Van Jones spell out “the three big lies” of the conservative narrative:
1) America is broke.
2) Asking the super rich to pay taxes [...]
We’ve been deferring maintenance of our infrastructure since the Reagan tax cuts – never mind modernizing to restore American competitiveness. It is something that has to be done anyway, and here we are with so many people needing work. It’s just nuts. Millions of jobs that need doing, and millions out of work, and we [...]
With so many Americans facing a summer characterized by “staycations” (if they’re lucky to even have homes in which to stay), job-hunting, and general belt-tightening, it’s understandable that they’d be more receptive to something–anything–that promised to keep gas prices from soaring again, even if it meant turning their heads for a while so as to [...]
Between House and Senate Republicans, and those gung-ho for defense and those for cost-cutting, Republicans are diverging on nuclear weapons.
This is one of those instances where even typing something out does little to make it more believable: Delta charges soldiers returning home from Afghanistan an additional luggage fee of $200 each (they are allowed three checked pieces, but as you’d imagine, members of our armed forces have [...]
Another bad jobless claims report… and this time Washington seems to have finally noticed that there are some unemployed people out here in the sticks. But instead of jobs programs the geniuses are proposing … what else? … even more tax cuts. (And after a few hours they’ll go back to complaining about [...]
As noted over at Blue Jersey, the lead Iowa Republican funder who Governor Christie met with during “CopterGate” was Koch business partner Bruce Rastetter. There is a very interesting history between Rastetter, the Koch brothers, their business interests and Chris Christie – and given Christie’s history of rewarding his cronies with lucrative [...]
It is 10 years since the Bush tax cuts passed. When Bush took office (and never forget the Supreme Court’s 5-4 role in that) The Onion famously declared, “Our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over.” They had no way to know how prescient they were. Now we [...]
Polls show that the American Majority is much more concerned about jobs than deficits. So why is DC talking only about deficits instead of jobs, when jobs are the medicine for deficits? And why is DC only talking about budget cuts as a path to fixing the deficits, when the deficits [...]
Most people don’t know that there is a huge loophole in the Social Security tax. Believe it or not, after $107K income you don’t pay the Social Security tax at all. This loophole is called the “cap.” The “cap” loophole is bigger than the looholes that let big corporations get out of paying their taxes [...]
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Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone: “Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world’s largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.”
On winning and values
So, right-wingers, you want a society where families are stable, where everybody looks like you and shares your Christian faith, and where the government pretty much stays out of your business? It’s not in some Randian fantasy, it’s right here in the USA.
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