Local Fights Against Austerity Growing

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Mark Vorpahl: Between sequestration and the billions of cuts to social programs that Obama is pushing, it is evident that the economic policies of both major parties are not intended to promote a recovery for working people.

More Money But a Sicker Planet?

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Walter Moss: We tend to forget or marginalize environmental problems while putting to the forefront more immediate concerns like money or whatever stories our media tells us are most important

Opposition Grows Fierce to Austerity Cuts

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Mark Vorpahl: This latest budget crisis poses the question of “who do Portland’s elected leaders serve, the city’s majority of working class communities or big business and the wealthy?” So far, while the 99% have been suffering with all the belt tightening, Portland’s 1% have been left to grow fat.

Fixing the Economy’s Real Problem

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Robert Reich: The President needs to deliver the same message to the public, loudly and clearly. The biggest problems we face are unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth, and widening inequality — not deficits. The major goal must be to get jobs and wages back, not balance the budget.

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.

Fiscal Chicken

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Walter Brasch: The obstructionists in Congress need to realize this isn’t a deserted two-lane highway, and Americans don’t want the Republicans playing chicken with our nest eggs.

Cliff Notes

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John Peeler: Speaker Boehner’s debacle in failing to get his own caucus to support his “Plan B” is not only his failure, it shows the complete disarray of the congressional Republican Party.

Will Dems Tax Rich to Avoid Fiscal Cliff?

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Shamus Cooke: Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January.

Make My Day, Mitt

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Brent Budowsky: I understand, Mitt. You believe a politician should say anything to get elected. But you can bet your Swiss bank accounts we are better off than we were four years ago. I’ve got an idea:

Job Crisis Denial

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Shamus Cooke: Both parties are not talking about the fiscal cliff because they share the exact same solution: austerity -cuts to social programs, government layoffs, and other measures to make working people pay for the nation’s debt instead of the rich and corporations.

Herds on the Street

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Charley James: For the first time in well over 15,000 consecutive nights, I will not have a roof over my head this evening. I don’t know where I will sleep, how I will eat tonight

The Stall Has Arrived

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Robert Reich: @idening inequality is the underlying culprit. As long as almost all the gains from economic growth continue to go to the top, the vast middle class doesn’t have the purchasing power to boost the economy on its own.

West Coast Unions Cave to Democrats

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Shamus Cooke: In California, the unions agreed to a rotten compromise, which taxes the rich at a lower rate while including an increase in the state sales tax that disproportionally affects working and poor people.

What Today’s Job Numbers Mean

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Robert Reich: We’ll avoid a double-dip, but the most likely scenario in coming months is a continuation of the same – an anemic jobs recovery.

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