Valerie Vande Panne: What if tax breaks promised to Amazon were instead given to you and your community?
Randy Shaw: What happens to those who refuse to go to shelters? Will they be criminally prosecuted? If so, get ready for counties to hire a whole lot of new public defenders to represent those charged with such crimes.
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Julianne Malveaux: As long as some see poverty as a personal, not structural failure, it is easy (and acceptable) to demonize the poor, and even to criminalize them for their poverty.
Robert Reich: You almost never hear Trump and Republicans in Congress complaining about another form of welfare that lines the pockets of wealthy corporations. We must end corporate welfare. Now.
Ellen Brown: If robbing Peter to pay Paul is the only alternative, the proposals will go the way of Trump’s trillion-dollar infrastructure bill for lack of funding.
Ellen Brown: To the crypto-anarchist community, usurping the power of central banks and governments may sound like a good thing. But handing global power to the corporate-controlled Libra Association could be a greater nightmare.
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.