Here’s a Tip–Tips Not Always Tips

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Sylvia Allegretto: As a former waiter and bartender of seven years, I’m always a bit miffed that the sub-minimum wage paid to tipped workers has been all but forgotten.

Review: E.J. Dionne’s Our Divided Political Heart

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John Peeler: Our present plight is rooted in the loss of consensus about social justice, management of the economy, and most fundamentally, about who we are as a people.

A Capitalism for the People

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John Peeler: We need a capitalism in which no firm is too big to fail, in which corporations serve the public interest, and in which every person has a solid foundation for living a productive life..

“Our Disgrace”

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Charley James: One out of six Americans or 17% of us who think we live in the bread basket of the world don’t have enough to eat. More than 16 million of these people are children who go to bed hungry.

Eat on the Street: Battling Daily Hunger

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Charley James: This is how America treats people on the bottom rung; I see and live it every day. As Jake Landow put it, “That ain’t the America I grew up in.”

Romney’s Plan to Eliminate Affordable Housing Ignites … Silence

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Randy Shaw: The United States has the most homeless persons, and the most families living in unaffordable and/or unsuitable housing in the industrialized world, and yet their plight –even when linked to a major political news hook – is not deemed newsworthy.

The White Working Class Was Bamboozled

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David Love: If Stockholm Syndrome relates to the feeling of empathy that kidnap victims have with their captors, then certainly what we are witnessing today is a Stockholm Syndrome of those on the losing end of American capitalism.

Jobs: A Grand Bargain

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Brent Budowsky: Great presidents know the difference between empty public gimmicks and game-changing public policy. They demand creative ideas, not mediocrity or defeatism, from those who advise them.

Effects of Agent Orange

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James Rhodes: As President John Kennedy said in the 1960s, regarding the inhumane treatment of the people of Berlin, “We are all Berliners.” Today, the world should say, “We are all Vietnamese.”

Fight to End the Most Base Form of Exploitation

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Brian McAfee: The men and the occasional women who participate in the abuse and victimization of children are unconscionable people whether serving as their rapists, pimps or enablers.

The Debt-Ceiling Deal Disaster

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Brent Budowsky: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could not deliver enough Republican votes. He was some 40 votes short. At the very moment when Democrats had leverage, they still caved and asked for and received nothing in return.

The Egyptian Middle Class Is Disgruntled. Again.

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Guy Laron: Though protesters in Cairo are clamoring for democracy, the underlying cause of the demonstrations may be the economic plight of the Egyptian middle class, according to historian Guy Laron. In this essay, Laron traces the roots of that economic plight back to the 1952 coup that brought the current military regime to power.

The Plight of the Roma Minority: Signs of Hope Amidst This Challenge to Rainbow Europe

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Steven Hill: Ironically, the overblown stridency over new Muslim immigrants only has served to obscure the failure of Europe to integrate its longstanding ethnic minorities, most of whom are the children or grandchildren of immigrants and have resided there for years.

Is Obama Avoiding Responsibly for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”?

Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo

Rev. Irene Monroe: The posturing last week from Congress was great theater. All the thespians performed their parts well, especially Obama. Why? If DADT is not repealed it gives the President an easy out. It allows the President to distance himself politically by shifting the responsibility and blame for DADT’s outcome from himself to some one else.

Blacks Prison and Unemployment

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Sherwood Ross: Slumlords charge exorbitant rents. “Convenience” stores charge higher prices. Military recruiters have their pick of jobless youth desperate for work. And the for-profit, private prisons increase their head count (and income) as the judicial system hands off the young drug peddlers caught in the legal web. As the Kaiser Family Foundation reported, African-Americans fill 40 percent of the nation’s prison cells. Yet they make up just 13 percent of the nation’s population.

Napolitano Says ‘Our Hands Are Tied’ When It Comes to Dealing with Undocumented Youth

The College Board estimates that approximately 65,000 undocumented students who have lived in the U.S. for five years or more will graduated from high school this past spring and face overwhelming barriers to higher education and continued development.

So Is Health Care for All Really Un-American?

John Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

Whatever the merits of recent objections to the public option, it is simply untrue that the plan is un-American. We have only to turn to our founding generations to see that government provision for the sick is health care in the American grain.

Today We Vote: Tomorrow We March

“When we elect Barack, knock on wood, we will have someone who responds to labor, to people’s needs, the plight of immigrants, but he can’t win change alone it will take a larger movement,” said Maria Elena Durazo, leader of the 840,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. One of the most successful and dynamic [...]

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