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.
Carl Bloice: While some of us have been sleeping (metaphorically speaking) Republican senators have been slipping into the White House and over repasts possibly working with Administration staffers on a new version of “Simpson-Bowles.”
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.
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.
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.
Tina Dupuy: Instead of debating how we can possibly lift people out of poverty we have a swarm of hissing cockroaches in neckties debating how to punish poor people for being too decadent with their $4.50 a day eating habits.
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.
Ellen Brown: Five years after the financial collapse precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, the risk of another full-blown financial panic is still looming large, despite the Dodd Frank legislation designed to contain it.
RJ Eskow: There was a time in the not-so-distant past when working people were able to consider retirement at the age of 60 or 62. But households that saw their net worth gutted by the financial collapse can no longer consider that option.
Brent Budowsky: The pain of workers is excruciating, and nobody in Washington cares. Congress prepares to return from a ridiculous five-week vacation with no attempt to pass a major jobs bill in four years.
Randy Shaw: Even its critics thought the Occupy movement raised important questions about dramatically rising income inequality in the United States. And that’s why I doubt Obama would be considering Summers if the Occupy movement were still dominating the public debate.
Richard Eskow: I takes a special kind of magic to bring together groups as diverse as progressive Democrats, Californians, conservative Republicans, feminists, a number of prominent economists, and a large chunk of the global investment community.
Robert Reich: The percent of Americans living below the poverty line has been increasing even as the economy has started to recover — from 12.3 percent in 2006 to around 14 percent this year. More than 35 million Americans now live below the poverty line.
Ellen Brown: Giant bank holding companies now own airports, toll roads, and ports; control power plants; and store and hoard vast quantities of commodities of all sorts. How have they pulled this off, and where have they gotten the money?
Jim Rhodes: As for stealing bank accounts for “inactivity,” that has to be a new moral low-even for Washington. Apparently robbing unsuspecting elderly is not enough, now the banking industry wants children’s college funds as well?
Ellen Brown: Before Eliot Spitzer’s infamous resignation as governor of New York, he was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption, in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks.
Jim Hightower: This Mother Teresa of Global Retailing is now wailing that its generosity has been spurned by an impudent city council that says it’s not interested in corporate pretensions of “charity,” but in tangible fairness.