Creating Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Our Nation’s Children

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Mark Naison: The punitive, stress-filled environment that No Child Left Behind and Race to the Hop has created is good for no one’s children. But it is especially damaging to children who come to school hungry and fearful because their families are living on the edge.

Native and Rural Communities Face Devastating Post Office Closures

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Georgianne Nienaber: Rural and native communities do not have reliable access to the Internet or transportation, and grocery stores, kiosks and ATMs are in short supply or non-existent. Less than 10 percent of White Earth residents have access to the Internet.

Judge Sides with Portantino on Open Records Issue

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Dick Price: “I’m ecstatic that the judge gave a decisive ruling on behalf of transparency and accountability,” Portantino said.

Trigger Deficit Cuts When Unemployment Drops to 5 Percent

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Robert Reich: So the best of all worlds is to have a big jobs plan now, and also commit to automatic cuts triggered when unemployment falls to 5 percent.

Greece’s Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance?

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Robert Reich: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided in favor of democracy yesterday when he announced a national referendum on the draconian budget cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding from Greece in return for bailing it out.

Latinos Support Raising Taxes on Wealthy

Pilar Morrero

Pilar Marrero: According to our poll, Latino voters are also almost completely opposed to balancing the budget following the formula of the GOP and the Tea Party: only budget cuts.

Democrats Must Push Back

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Norman Solomon: Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in the vital lessons of the New Deal. Many millions of good jobs must be created — and that will require well-funded federal jobs programs on a large scale.

The Speaker’s Heavy Hand

Speaker John Perez

Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Speaker John Perez and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino have disagreed again. This time the disagreement could result in Portantino’s staff being furloughed.

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What “Shared Sacrifice” Means

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Carl Bloice: All across the country social services, which largely benefit lower income women, men and children are being cut back and people who made them function are being added to the ranks of the unemployed.

Another Democrat Acting Badly

Randy Shaw: He didn’t tweet a photo of his “package” to an unsuspecting woman, but California Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the state’s budget did much worse harm to Democrats and the public by setting the stage for massive education and public service cuts.

New Food Safety Threat Emerges

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Marian Wang: Also unclear is whether the federal agencies in charge of changing the food safety system will be adequately funded. Republican proposals to cut the FDA’s budget and the USDA’s inspection budget could cut into efforts to update the system.

Across-the-Board Spending Cut Proposals Go Mainstream

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Ivan Eland: Deep down, both Republican and Democratic politicians believe something needs to be done about the monstrous and dangerous deficit and debt, but they are scared to do anything because, unfortunately, the American people want their government handouts but are unwilling to pay for them.

Budget Cuts Obama’s Transparency Sites

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Marian Wang: Though the budget deal struck by lawmakers over the weekend averted a shutdown of the federal government, it still has open-government advocates worried about a shutdown of another sort: a shutdown in transparency.

Disaster Capitalism in the Budget Debate

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Adam Eran: Historic tax reductions on the wealthy, and the Wall-Street-Fraud recession, have reduced public revenues, and this reduction now makes otherwise too-popular-to-cut programs vulnerable. But are such cuts really necessary?

The Neo-Liberal “Final Solution” for Professional Teachers

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Leonard Isenberg: What part of the ultimate solution for a professional teacher corp to be replaced by short-term, no benefit instructors in a dumbed down anti-intellectual public education daycare system don’t you folks get about the neo-liberal agenda?

Across-the-Board Cuts Needed to Avoid Fiscal Armageddon

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Ivan Eland: To keep with the bipartisan spirit after the Gabrielle Giffords’ assassination attempt and also to avoid partisan fighting over spending priorities, which will bog down and probably eventually kill any significant budget cuts, all government programs should be cut by 15 percent from last year’s budget level, including heretofore sacred defense and entitlement programs.

Why the Republican Budget Plan Is a Hairball

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Robert Reich: What happened to John Boehner’s $100 billion budget-cutting commitment? What became of Paul Ryan’s big ideas? Where did all the roaring and raging on the right during the 2010 election go?

Redevelopment Defenders Ignore Budget Realities

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Randy Shaw: The big mystery is why Housing California and the many health and human services groups are not demanding bigger cuts in California’s massive prison industrial complex.

Why Won’t Cities Fight Real State Budget Cuts?

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Paul Hogarth: While some may see Jerry Brown’s proposal as a “power grab” by the state that tells local governments how to spend their money, the truth is that it can prevent some devastating budget cuts that have been afflicting localities for years.

The Party of “NO” Is About To Get Their Chance

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Anthony Samad: We know the Republicans will claim to support education, and jobs, and home ownership, and families but will dump them in a heartbeat for business tax credits and budget cuts.

The Attack on American Education

Robert Reich: Over the long term, the only way we’re going to raise wages, grow the economy, and improve American competitiveness is by investing in our people — especially their educations.

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Prop 25 Most Essential Part of November Ballot

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Paul Hogarth: Proposition 25 was put on by labor unions and the Democratic Party, and political consultant Roger Salazar has been retained. Liberal bloggers and other progressives are skeptical, with some going so far as to claim it doesn’t make sense to get a majority for the budget – if raising taxes we need would still require a two-thirds vote.

Budget Cuts Hurt Kids & Destroy Public Education

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Budget Cuts Destroy Public Education. How can we make people understand that underfunding is destroying our public school systems? And that the children who suffer because of education cuts will also be hurt by proposed social services cuts — a cruel double whammy unbefitting a civilized society? I’m a second-grade teacher at Esperanza Elementary School, [...]

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