Cartoon: Fear
Oct20

Cartoon: Fear

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Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)
Oct14

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? by Fig Letters on car mirrors sometimes says “Objects may be closer than they appear.” Some emails circulated on the Internet should have the advisory “Some emails circulated on the Internet may not be as accurate as they appear.” For instance, this one: Current European Tax Rates United Kingdom Income Tax: 50% VAT: 17.5% TOTAL: 67.5% France Income Tax: 40% VAT: 19.6%...

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The Highly Successful Presidency Of Barack Obama
Oct13

The Highly Successful Presidency Of Barack Obama

Paul Krugman has been defending Barack Obama much more recently, such as in a recent article in Rolling Stone and on ABC’s This Week. Krugman’s views on Obama have evolved over the years. I think that early on he was critical of Obama based upon disagreements on policy matters. Two things have altered how he discusses Obama. First there are all the off the wall attacks on Obama from both the right and many mainstream commentators....

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Fox Shocked That Obama Would Point Out Their Misinformation On Affordable Care Act
Oct03

Fox Shocked That Obama Would Point Out Their Misinformation On Affordable Care Act

Obama is pushing back against the misinformation spread by Fox about the Affordable Care Act in a speech at Northwestern: There’s a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits — because the deficits have come down at almost a record pace, and they’re now manageable. There’s a reason fewer Republicans are running against Obamacare – because while good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to...

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Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations
Sep30

Taxes and Revenues in Democratic Nations

All nations require revenue in order to buy armaments and pay for defense, maintain and expand their infrastructure, keep the health care system and social security intact, support the justice system, pay employees, and so forth. A dilemma in democratic states is how to raise these revenues in a fair and equitable fashion, though no matter what is ultimately decided by the governments, there are always individuals and groups who are...

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Obamacare: The Shameful Politics
Sep24

Obamacare: The Shameful Politics

Our own Dr. Ron Chusid has been doing a superb job of covering the good things about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the problems and shortcomings where they occur and have occurred and, perhaps most important in this dog-eat-dog climate, he has doggedly been exposing and rebutting the shameful right-wing lies, villainous distortions and brazen slander about this hugely important program. There are so many lies, distortions and so much...

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ALEC (Updated)
Sep23

ALEC (Updated)

Update: Add Facebook to the list. The American Legislative Exchange Council has been around for over 4 decades but it really became powerful after the 2010 elections when Republicans gained control of state legislators.  ALEC represents everything that that populists like Theodore and Franklin  Roosevelt opposed.  Just yesterday Google announced it was leaving the organization: “The facts of climate change are not in question...

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Generational Inequality
Sep16

Generational Inequality

A small number of individuals currently control a disproportionate amount of the wealth in most democracies. In America, the ultra-rich .01% of the populace has 11.1% of the nation’s wealth, with the top 1% owning 39.8% of the wealth, an astounding $32.6 trillion. These numbers do not consider assets held in offshore accounts which would skew the percentages even further. The richest .01% has quadrupled their share of America’s wealth...

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Hubris Is Alive and Well
Sep15

Hubris Is Alive and Well

Some economists saw the Great Recession coming. Certainly Robert Reich did. But, as Paul Krugman writes in this morning’s New York Times, an army of economists missed the boat. They did so for a number of reasons: Clearly, economics as a discipline went badly astray in the years — actually decades — leading up to the crisis. But the failings of economics were greatly aggravated by the sins of economists, who far too often let...

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Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform (Sortof) [by Slamfu, Guest Voice]
Sep05

Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform (Sortof) [by Slamfu, Guest Voice]

image: wikimedia Senate actually holding a vote for Campaign Finance Reform by slamfu Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that after all the whining from people like myself about how campaign finance laws have handed this country over to the wealthiest elites, the corporations, and anyone with deep pockets and an axe to grind, it turns out the Senateis actually taking some steps in the right direction. On Monday, the Senate...

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Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide
Sep05

Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide

Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide by Miriam Raftery September 4, 2014 (San Diego)–Fast food workers across America on Thursday put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs. Workers went out on strike at an estimated 150 fast food restaurants nationwide. The workers want wages raised to $15 an hour . They point out that it’s not just kids working at fast food chains nowadays; the economy has forced many adults...

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Cartoon: Labor Day Parade For Job
Sep01

Cartoon: Labor Day Parade For Job

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Paul Ryan, Party Above Everything
Aug24

Paul Ryan, Party Above Everything

Paul Ryan appeared on Face the Nation this morning and among other things said that even though he disagreed with the GOP strategy he said nothing for the sake of party unity. Here is his justification. “I don’t think it was constructive for conservatives to be carping at each other. At the same time, the purpose of that passage is to try and unify our party. I don’t think we can succeed if all we do is criticize and...

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Why The Economy Does Better Under Democratic Than Under Republican Presidents
Aug09

Why The Economy Does Better Under Democratic Than Under Republican Presidents

We’ve known for a long time that if you want to live like a Republican you should vote Democratic. The economy has consistently been stronger under Democratic presidents than Republican presidents. Even under Obama, despite all the Republican efforts to block recovery, we have seen record increases in corporate profits and the stock market, which should make Republican love him if they ever turn off Fox and look at the real...

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Is “Trickle Up” Back?
Aug09

Is “Trickle Up” Back?

On Thursday, Paul Krugman wrote that evidence is mounting to support the notion that inequality can sabotage a market economy. There will always be some inequality in market economies. But gross inequality is a drag on economic growth: It’s true that market economies need a certain amount of inequality to function. But American inequality has become so extreme that it’s inflicting a lot of economic damage. And this, in turn, implies...

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‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)
Aug07

‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)

This column by Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt, while providing an unassailable argument for why Western sanctions on Russia are doomed to fail, also serves as a powerful indictment of the Putin years. Beyond his explanation of why there is no likelihood of sanctions working, or of an opposition emerging that is capable of challenging the Putin regime, Bovt lays out why, if sanctions were to bite to the point where Putin were toppled,...

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West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Aug02

West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

In some way, of all the MH17 content we’ve posted from the Netherlands, this column by Imre Wessels, an election coordinator for the Libertarian Party, is the most ‘Dutch’ – in the sense that he expresses that unstinting belief in free markets that made the Netherlands into the dominant trading power of the 1700s. So then, rather than bringing Vladimir Putin to heel, will Western sanctions serve only to harden...

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Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)
Aug01

Washington and Jerusalem: Forces Beyond their Control (La Stampa, Italy)

Why are there so many seemingly intractable conflicts in the world today, and what’s behind the unprecedented deterioration of U.S.-Israeli relations? For Italy’s La Stampa, columnist Gianni Riotta writes that it isn’t Barack Obama’s fault that the American people don’t want to police the world, or that a world without two diametrically-opposed poles lacks the leadership it needs. The best Italian...

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MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)
Jul31

MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)

What would happen if it were proven that pro-Russia rebels shot down MH17, that the Kremlin was complicit, and sanctions began to bring down the Russian economy? Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt forecasts that the situation would be far worse than anything encountered in 1983, when the USSR admitted to downing Korean Airlines Flight 007. Bovt warns that in defense of Russia’s economy and ‘Russian civilization,’ and to...

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Americans Are Still In Debt
Jul30

Americans Are Still In Debt

Even years after the great recession 35 percent of Americans are still deep in debt.http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nhregister/obituary.aspx?pid=171867717 According to a new report by the Urban Institute, more than 35 percent of Americans owe non-mortgage debt that’s been turned over to a collection agency—including anything from credit card balances to student loans to medical bills and parking tickets. If that sounds especially...

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