Mark Naison: After five years, you look around and you are a stranger where you once felt at home. None of the people who worked to bring back the neighborhood from crime and violence and disinvestment are still there
Lawrence Wittner: The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’s description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history.
Ellen Brown: One good gimmick deserves another. The debt ceiling could be eliminated for good, by restoring to the government its constitutional authority to create money.
Steve Hochstadt: By obscuring these uncomfortable elements of Adam Smith’s theory, free market absolutists offer another myth: regulation has only costs, not benefits.
Our goal at Jobs to Move America is to keep these tax dollars in the U.S. in order to reinvest this money back into our workforce. We want to make sure our transportation economy is driving in the right direction.
Ellen Brown: The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks. Community banks are rapidly disappearing — except in North Dakota, where they are thriving.
John Peeler: Will (and the conservative majority who decided Citizens United) are utterly insensitive to the impact of extreme inequality on democracy.
Robert Reich: The only way to contain the Street’s excesses is with reforms so big, bold, and public they can’t be watered down – busting up the biggest banks and resurrecting Glass-Steagall.
Rosemary Jenkins: When you plan to travel, check ahead to determine if the hotel of choice is a fair-wage hotel. When you or your organization is planning a conference or similar meeting, ascertain if such sites treat their workers equitably.
Steve Hochstadt: The dishonesty of the top leadership at Volkswagen will be expensive for them – who wants to buy, or even drive, a Volkswagen now?
Tina Dupuy: In Washington, payday lenders are treated like a mistress you say you’ll leave your wife for – but won’t take out in public.
Robert Reich: Americans pay more for broadband Internet, food, airline tickets, and banking services than the citizens of any other advanced nation.
Ellen Brown: The problem today is not inflation but deflation. Adding money to the economy will not drive up prices until demand is saturated and production has hit full capacity; and we’re a long way from full capacity now.