Slash and Burn: The War Against California Pensions

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Gary Cohn: “Pension reform” has become the latest battle cry in a seemingly endless war that has ostensibly been declared against tax-dollar waste, but whose single-minded purpose has been to slash the job protections and benefits enjoyed by California’s working middle class.

Will Feds Bail Out Detroit Pensions?

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RJ Eskow: If Detroit fails it will hurt our nation as a whole. It will send a message to minority and urban youth that their futures are as hopeless as they seem and the country doesn’t care.

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.

Trickle Down Economics a Pyramid Scheme

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Tina Dupuy: We’re fatter, sicker, further in debt and using the most illegal drugs in the world—all signs Americans have become overspent from bad economic policies.

A Union Buster Strikes Out

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Francisco Cendejas: Union busters have become a standard feature of contemporary union organizing, trading on intimidation, false promises and even illegal firings.

Retirement: Sitting on a One-Legged Stool

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Vivian Rothstein: According to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), a frightening 35 percent of Americans over 65 currently rely only on Social Security (an average person gets benefits of $14,000/year) to survive.

Wisconsin: Overwhelming Ironies

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Jim Fuller: It’s impossible to think of another situation so utterly bathed in irony as the battle in and about the attack on unions by Wisconsin’s Tea Party millionaire governor, Scott Walker, and other Republicans of his ilk.

Friday Feedback: Whither Sustainability?

Friday Feedback: “How do we take seriously his advice to deemphasize material consumption?” ANSWER: By personally taking seriously his advice -getting kicks from living life, not collecting or wasting goods. In some cases new technology is already massively helping: instead of humongous material resources to move people or goods, we can much more readily move information.

Will Congress Ban States from Providing Healthcare?

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio)

If Kucinich’s amendment fails, the fault will not be the media’s or political calculations or party discipline. The fault will be the extreme degree to which the health insurance companies own our federal government.

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