The Deficit Debate and Our Broken Medical Care System

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Richard “RJ” Eskow: Our health care system — guess we’ll need to call it that for lack of an alternative — is the worst in the developed world. It costs far more, provides much less, and has worse outcomes than any system that’s even remotely comparable.

The Other NRA

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JP Sottile: Unlike the NRA, the Military-Idustrial Complex isn’t limited to just spending money on lobbyists and advertisements and voting guides.

The Grand Bargain Betrayal

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Shamus Cooke: Corporations are on a public-sector union mopping up mission, using the city, state, and federal budget deficits as an excuse to target public sector unions.

Stalking the Last Swing Voter

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John Peeler: A middle-aged, middle-income white voter from a town that is not quite urban but really not rural either, Squishy is unemployed since being laid off two years ago when his employer, Central Squeegee Co., Inc., moved its manufacturing operations to Squalidia.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

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Lawrence Wittner: Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.

Government “Debt” Isn’t What You Think

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Worrying about government debt is like worrying about the monster under the bed. The issue isn’t debt, it’s power.

Foreclosures 101 – Part 2

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Kwazi Nkrumah: After U.S. housing prices peaked in mid-2006 and began a sharp decline thereafter, refinancing became more difficult.

Ron Paul, Ross Perot

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Brent Budowsky: Whether the 2012 champion of patriotic capitalism against crony capitalism is Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Obama or someone else, that candidate will win a standing ovation from a grateful nation rebelling against corruption, whether that leader is Democratic, Republican or Independent.

Heart Attack Iraq

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Tom Hayden: Obama, the black candidate, the liberal candidate, the anti-war candidate, the candidate with not a moment of military experience, certainly saw a strategic opportunity to focus laser-like on bin Laden, from the 2008 primaries right through the first two years of his presidency.

If Al Gore Had Won

Brent Budowsky: Stay tuned. I predict the day will come when we will know for sure what President Gore would do, when President Gore does it.

Deficit Reduction Versus Democracy

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Shamus Cooke: Listening to Congress debate deficit deduction is like listening to a den of lions discuss the welfare of zebras. In both cases the debate is very one-sided.

Stronger Words from the White House? Hold the Euphoria

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Carl Bloice: The country really does need a deal right now; that’s as in ‘New Deal.” There are a lot of people, groups and new movements out there proposing that we come up with one.

Budget Jujitsu

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Robert Reich: We can reduce the long-term budget deficit, keep everything Americans truly depend on, and also increase spending on education and infrastructure — by cutting unnecessary military expenditures, ending corporate welfare, and raising taxes on the rich.

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The Death of Bin Laden

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Tom Hayden: While a triumph, the death of Bin Ladin is not likely to end the Long War on Terror, now spreading from Iraq to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and a dozen other theaters of counterterrorism.

Inside Job

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Tom Degan: What is incredible about this very important film is that a few of the perpetrators of this incalculable theft arrogantly sat down with the makers of the film for interviews that are as jaw-dropping as they are outrageous.

Deficit Debate Ignores War, Labor Leaders Speak Out

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Tom Hayden: It’s ridiculous to claim to be a deficit hawk and a war hawk at the same time.

Greenspan, Summers, and Why the Economy Is So Out of Whack

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Robert Reich: If any three people are most responsible for the failure of financial regulation, they are Greenspan, Larry Summers, and my former colleague, Bob Rubin. In 1999 they advised Congress to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act, which since 1933 had separated commercial from investment banking. By 1999, Wall Street was salivating over such a repeal because it wanted to create financial supermarkets that could use commercial deposits to place bets in the financial casino. That would yield the Street trillions.

Stimulus Plan: The Need and the Size

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The core problem we face is not access to capital. The Treasury has already flooded Wall Street and the banking system with money, committing nearly $350 billion; the Federal Reserve Board has exchanged Treasury bills for some $2.2 trillion of troubled assets; other agencies, such as the FDIC, have guaranteed trillions more. But there has [...]

How I Intend to Spend My $600 Stimulus Package Allowance

Later this week, each taxpayer in this country will be receiving their portion of the economic stimulus package that was passed by what can only be described as the combined stupidity, irresponsibility, and corruption of our executive and legislative branches. Granted there were those who tried valiantly to craft a just and effective package but [...]

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