Gustavo Arellano: At the beginning of this year, Orange County announced the simplest of solutions to its homeless problem: It would make living along the Santa Ana riverbed illegal and let the homeless figure out where to go.
Mark Dempsey: The next time you hear a national politician say “Oh we can’t have [blank]” where blank is anything from free college tuition to single-payer healthcare, “because we’d have to raise taxes too much to afford it.” … you know they are not telling the truth. Taxes make the money valuable; they do not fund programs.
Randy Shaw: The big scam that has been played for over 35 years is the shift of a federal housing responsibility to cities. Cities that never had the resources to replace federal housing programs, and never will.
Robert Reich: Global capital doesn’t care how it gets a high return. If it can get it by slashing wages, outsourcing to contract workers, polluting air and water, defrauding investors, or destroying communities, it will.
John Peeler: Rents in poor areas are, paradoxically, high, because the poor population are largely captives: they are prevented by means legal and illegal from moving out.
Charles Davis: Nearly 58,000 people are homeless in Los Angeles County, according to a 2017 count — up 20 percent from the year before.
RJ Eskow: A child born in the U.S. is 76 percent more likely to die before reaching adulthood than a child born elsewhere in the developed world.
Ellen Brown: A number of proposed federal changes will make it harder, not easier, for students to escape their debts, including wiping out some existing income-based repayment plans, harsher terms for graduate student loans, ending a program to cancel the debt of students defrauded by ripoff diploma mills, and strengthening “loan rehabilitation.”
Eve Garrow: The report puts the blame squarely on public officials who engage in a “dual narrative” about American society in which “the rich are industrious, entrepreneurial, patriotic and the drivers of economic success. The poor are wasters, losers and scammers.”
Berry Craig: Most reporters are choosing not to ask the president or his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, about the returns. Their reticence baffles me.
Richard Wolff: The truths of younger generations, now spoken ever louder to power, are also wakening to the need for an alliance with a socially effective power to contest against both the GOP and the Dems.
Ellen Brown: Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans insistently repeat that tax structure determines economic behavior: people will alter their behavior depending on how their money is taxed, including moving to states with lower taxes.