Valerie Vande Panne: Poor People’s Campaign and Institute for Policy Studies release a “Moral Budget,” ask 2020 candidates to end poverty.
Frank Fear: Does it make sense, for example, to support public policies that address climate change but then invest public funds in industries that contribute to climate change?
Thom Hartmann: The entire “supply side” scam that if the rich people get richer it’ll help us all is totally discredited, but, in deference to their billionaire donors, the GOP still clings to it.
Randy Shaw: As workers priced out of Santa Monica and desirable LA neighborhoods turned to Culver City, housing prices predictably shot up. And like nearly all high-housing cost cities, it was not “luxury development” that gentrified Culver City.
Michael T. Hertz: If 2020 becomes something like 1912 or 1932, it’s possible that we shall see a reversal of income inequality through a strengthening of anti-monopoly laws and the addition of a strong wealth tax.
Randy Shaw: It’s now clear that California’s Democratic leadership paid lip service to the need to build more housing. It utterly failed to pass essential housing production and tenant protection legislation.
Ellen Brown: Home ownership has been called “the quintessential American dream.” Yet today less than 65% of American homes are owner occupied, and more than 50% of the equity in those homes is owned by the banks.
Johnny Townsend: In any conflict with the rich and powerful, the suffering is all on our side. Reams of evidence prove that empathy and compassion aren’t motivating factors for oligarchs.
Bruce Lerro: Blaming the Idiot King for the state of the political economy in Yankeedom is like blaming Hitler alone for fascism or blaming only the leader for problems in group dynamics.
Richard W. Behan: A campaign industry has emerged in the U.S., turning a serious public function into a media circus of suspenseful entertainment, a lurid spectator sport.
Justin Chapman: The city’s strategies to address homelessness include funding and working with partners that provide basic homeless services, rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing and targeted homeless prevention.
Valerie Vande Panne: Who knew a community currency could last this long—or bring so much exported business back home?
Nancy J. Altman: If he succeeds, the impact will be that over time, fewer people will meet the government’s definition of poverty—even though in reality, they will not be any less poor.