Voices Raised Against Secret Trade Deal

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Lance Simmens: Mr. President this is not the way to conduct the people’s business. You ran saying that you opposed fast track authority and yet here it is. You ran on the platform of transparency in policy making and yet here it isn’t.

What Walmart Could Learn from Henry Ford

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Robert Reich: Walmart is so huge that a wage boost at Walmart would ripple through the entire economy, putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. This would help boost the entire economy — including Walmart’s own sales.

Raise the Minimum Wage

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Lawrence Wittner: The richest nation on earth has millions of full-time employees earning poverty-level wages while giant corporations and the wealthy amass trillions of dollars at these workers’ expense.

How the Right Won Another Round

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onservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won’t get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget. But they’re winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest domestic problem. They say the biggest problem is the size of government and the budget deficit. In [...]

GE Too Big To Jail

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Lawrence Wittner: Can the world’s biggest corporations act with impunity? When it comes to General Electric (GE) — the eighth-largest U.S. corporation, with $146.9 billion in sales and $13.6 billion in profits in 2012 — the answer appears to be “yes.”

Slapping the Poor Just for the Hell of It

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Jim Hightower: In a gratuitous act of callousness, the GOP slashed $4 billion-a-year out of the food stamp program, complaining that even though our economy is recovering, more and more people are getting food assistance.

Trickle Down Poverty

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Steve Hochstadt: Republicans are trying to slash the programs which have allowed most people who fell into poverty during the recession to get out of it.

Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Us All

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The assault on food stamps is misdirected.  Aside from the fact that the overwhelming majority of recipients are families with children, the elderly, or disabled, the cuts won’t fix our economy. 

New Bracero Program Would Hurt Farm Workers

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David Bacon: Agribusiness wants a new guest worker program, and complaints of a labor shortage are their justification for it. But a little investigation of the actual unemployment rate in farm worker communities leads to a different picture.

Loss of Economic Exceptionalism

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Claude Fischer: Today, the U.S. does not provide more upward mobility than other nations do; if anything, young Americans’ economic fortunes are more tied to those of their parents than is true in other western nations.

Francis’s Message to Ryan

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Brent Budowsky: The world has been blessed with a powerful, loving, compassionate, humble, faithful, wise and transcendent voice for the poor and downtrodden in Francis.

A Touch of Class: Knowing Our Place on the Social Ladder

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Steven Mikulan: The heady optimism that has traditionally led many Americans to believe we’re doing better than we actually are – a mirage consensus fed by television shows and movies featuring families who never seem to worry about money or employment – is eroding.

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