Time: Friend or Foe for Immigration Reform?

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Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The most rational response to the domestic terror attack is to push forward immigration reform—policy that makes us safer by better tracking those immigrants who are here and who are seeking to enter.

The Paul Ryan Magical Mystery Chop, Dice, and Slice Budget

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Walter Brasch: The American people broadly rejected Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in 2010. They need to now reject Ryan’s so-called new budget that proves the Republicans are nothing more than the lackeys of corporate greed at the expense of the rest of us.

A Conspiracy Fact

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Tina Dupuy: The real middle-class—the actual human beings—are not getting help from the politicians they voted for. Instead, the politicians they voted for are helping the companies that the middle-class, in turn, is forced to subsidize. It’s not a theory, it’s a conspiracy fact.

When Profits Rise but Wages Stagnate

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Mark Naison: The last time we had an extended period of profits rising while wages stagnated was the 1920′s – many historians view this as the most significant underlying cause of the Great Depression.

Don’t Cut Social Security: Double It

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Steven Hill: An expansion of the Social Security retirement system — one of the most successful and popular social programs in American history — that converts it into a more robust retirement system would build upon the most stable component of the current system.

The GOP’s Crippling Fascination with Neo-Hooverism

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Charley James: Democrats generally, and the President specifically, must forget trying to do deals with a party that has no interest in making one and shout from the rooftops that it’s time to spend money and put America back to work.

Rest in Power, Marvin Miller

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Dave Zirin: Mr. Miller never played the game, but he may have had more influence on baseball than anyone else in this half of the century.

Occupy Sandy Builds on Longstanding Progressive Tradition

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Mark Naison: The Occupy Movement is making a turn to communal action and mutual aid that the most effective radical organizations in American history all employed at key points in their history.

Mitt and Paul’s Ponzi Pizza Recipe

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Jerry Drucker: Mitt apparently now wishes to HARVEST THE UNITED STATES, as he would for a food crop. So in the spirit of Romney’s interests in cooked books, here are some recipes:

The False Lure of Third Parties

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Tom Hall: Third parties offer, once every four years, the pretense that their presidential candidates, with no supporting body of local, state or Congressional allies, will make major changes in “the system”. This is balderdash.

Why the Democrats Will Win This Election

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the continuing economic disaster, despite lingering racism across white America, despite the daily uncertainties of the world outside our borders, Barack Obama wins again. His victory in 2012 means that Republican ideology is a failure.

Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?

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Peter Dreier: These contradictory views of Obama reflect not only the nation’s ideological chasm but also a country whose stances on economic and social issues are constantly in flux.

The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012

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Robert Reich: The worst economy since the Great Depression and you might think at least one of the candidates would come up with a few big ideas for how to get us out of it. But you’d be wrong.

California State University: The Coming For-Profit Train Wreck

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Joseph Palermo: Why should CSU administrators be paid more than the Governor of California, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and even the President of the United States? Why isn’t the Chancellor termed out like California legislators and most other public officials?

Mine Strikes and Commie Songs

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John Hennen: Eastern Kentucky union fighters like Sam and Florence Reece, and the radical leftists of the NMU, laid the foundation for the American middle class.

Holiday Pall: Joblessness Crisis Intensifies

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Carl Bloice: The average period of unemployment now exceeds 26 weeks, well above the previous peak in July 1983 of just 21.2 weeks. This is critical because the longer that people of any age are out of work, the less likely they are to find another job.

Useful Examples for Occupy from the Great Depression

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Mark Naison: The “grunt work” of organizing Depression Era protests — at least until 1936 — was done by radicals who for the most part eschewed, or de emphasized electoral politics.

Restore the Basic Bargain

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Robert Reich: New data from the Commerce Department shows employee pay is now down to the smallest share of the economy since the government began collecting wage and salary data in 1929.

Looking Beyond Election Day

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Robert Reich: Political elites are worried about thunder on the right and the left, but they show scant understanding of what these growing anti-establishment forces signify. Meanwhile, the nation drifts.

The Corporate Pledge of Allegiance

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Robert Reich: The Court thinks corporations have First Amendment rights to spend as much as they want on politics, and Romney (and most of his fellow Regressives) think they need lower taxes and fewer regulations in order to be competitive. These positions are absurd on their face.

Billionaire Bagger Bamboozles L.A. Downtown Dems

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Brad Parker: With no plan in hand, the city leaders of Los Angeles are chortling about how a new Football Stadium for an imaginary NFL Team will usher in an era of jobs, jobs, jobs for all Angelenos.

History and Double-Dip Recessions

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Iwan Morgan: If America does manage to avoid a new recession and achieve stronger growth, it will be a testimony to the underlying strength of its economy. At present its political leadership in both the executive and legislative branches does not appear to have the same reserves.

Sheared by the Shorts: How Speculators Fleece Investors

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Ellen Brown: When done on a large enough scale, short selling can force prices down, allowing assets to be picked up very cheaply.

War: Fiscal Stimulus of Last Resort

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Ellen Brown: Diverting a portion of our massive war spending to peaceful use could add jobs, improve living standards, and add infrastructure, while reducing the national debt and balancing the government’s budget by increasing the tax base and government revenues.

Race and Anti-Obama ‘Hysteria’

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Berry Craig: The hysteria about Obama, although some of it may be related to philosophical objections to central authority, is largely rooted in race.

When Else Have Poor People Been So Disenfranchised?

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Jerome Braun: Lincoln didn’t fear the rich and powerful as much as he wanted to help the poor and helpless. Some have compared Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln. Would that it be so.

Inequality: The Real Cause of America’s Economic Woes

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Robert Reich: During periods when the very rich took home a much smaller proportion of total income — as in the Great Prosperity between 1947 and 1977 — the nation as a whole grew faster and median wages surged.

Protests, Not Parades, This Labor Day

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Robert Reich: Labor Day is traditionally a time for picnics and parades. But this year is no picnic for American workers, and a protest march would be more appropriate than a parade.

Stock Tip: Be Worried. Workers are Consumers.

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Robert Reich: Every CEO of every company that continues to squeeze payrolls (Verizon, are you listening? Ford?) needs to understand they’re shooting themselves in the feet. Where do they expect demand for their products and services to come from?

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