The Budget Deal: A Dirge for the Unemployed
RJ Eskow: This deal is needlessly punitive. It's mean-spirited toward people who are struggling through no fault of their own, people who have chosen a life of public service, and the middle class in general.
Kerry and the Mideast
Brent Budowksy: To those who oppose the diplomacy of Obama and Kerry, I ask: What is your alternative? What happens if your policies are followed?
Claude Fischer: Maybe we care because able-bodied people who choose not to work and still take food stamps are ripping off the rest us. They are. Yet, what these relatively few Americans are costing us is surely a lot less than the cost to us of Americans who take benefits and do work.
WaPo “Fact Checker” Fails on Iran Nuclear Fatwa
Gareth Porter: For many years, news media have systematically failed to check the facts in regard to one claim after another about alleged Iranian ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons.
Undercover at ALEC
Lauren Windsor: There is nothing wrong with advocating certain outcomes to legislation. What is wrong is to maintain a nonpartisan ruse in order to obtain tax-exemption and easier corporate fundraising.
Another Missed TPP Deadline Calls Pact’s Agenda into Question
Lance Simmens: As negotiators for the TPP missed yet another deadline for completing the pact, labor, environmental, consumer and Congressional leaders held a media briefing that called the U.S. Trade Representative’s agenda for the pact into question.
Honor the River, Ban the Bag
Hector Huezo: Instead of dumping their trash in the Los Angeles River, Angelenos are running and cycling along its banks, and kayakers are riding its current.
How History Has Changed
Steve Hochstadt: Since 1970, much has changed. The unquestioned dominance of white men in America is long gone, in our national life as a whole and in the history profession in particular.
Geithner’s Magical Trip Through the Revolving Door
Jim Hightower: Yes, the guy who was responsible for rescuing and regulating Wall Street's too-big-to-fail, multibillion-dollar, financial casinos is now president of one.
This budget deal is needlessly punitive. It’s mean-spirited toward people who are struggling through no fault of their own.
Loafers and Food Stamps — Maybe we care because able-bodied people who choose not to work and take food stamps are ripping off the rest us.
African American College Statistics — Black boys are suspended and expelled at higher rates for lesser offenses than are white students.
Rudy Acuña: The goal of the current privatization is total control of society by the superrich. The strategy is to transfer all public property into the hands of the one percent.