DeAnn McEwen: Proposition 32 was written to limit the voice of nurses and other working people in Sacramento, while giving free reign for corporate interests and the wealthiest Californians to exert limitless influence over public policy.
Allison Mannos: Activists in L.A. can take heart from the recent turn of events in Brooklyn, New York, where a fight raged for two years against Walmart.
Ellen Brown: The economy could use a good dose of “aggregate demand”—new spending money in the pockets of consumers—but QE3 won’t do it. Neither will it trigger the dreaded hyperinflation. In fact, it won’t do much at all. There are better alternatives.
John Peeler: We need a capitalism in which no firm is too big to fail, in which corporations serve the public interest, and in which every person has a solid foundation for living a productive life..
Brad Parker: Does it not follow then that Grover Norquist, at his core; is actually the Manchurian Taxman sent to rend America asunder in the name of Chaos and not the flag bearer of Conservative piousness and the entrenched Plutocracy?
Vivian Rothstein: Most Long Beach hotel workers live, work and shop in the city. And if the hotel living wage passes, they’ll have more money to put into the Long Beach economy.
Carl Bloice: The words of a party’s platform and the declarations of its candidate don’t mean much in the real world of political wheeling and dealing.
Sylvia Allegretto: In recent expansions post-recession income gains have taken longer to materialize and given the enormity of the Great Recession it may be years before we see any improvement.
Robert Reich: Middle-class consumers won’t and can’t spend because their savings are depleted, their homes are worth a fraction of what they were five years ago, their wages are dropping, and they’re worried about keeping their jobs.
Dan Farber: Conservatives are now spreading the myth that, if the country fails to elect Mitt Romney, the aftermath will be a deluge of federal regulations.
Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: President Romney will usher in an America where only our tiny minority gets to thrive while the rest of you succumb to debt peonage. And being Billionaires will feel extra special once again!
Ellen Brown: The Japanese government’s debt is the people’s money. They own each other, and they collectively reap the benefits.
Jerome Horton: The Republican presidential candidate wants to eliminate the estate tax, which currently applies a top rate of 35% as well as a $10.24 million exemption on a married couple’s combined assets.