Richard Eskow: Inequality interferes with economic growth, robs people of opportunity (and with it, hope), dooms millions to poverty or near-impoverished conditions, and offends that part of the human spirit that constantly searches for fairness and equality.
Richard Wolff: Capitalists’ incomes and wealth are determined by their particular, unique and superior contributions to production. In mainstream economic theory, capitalists are not just ripping off their employees.
Debra A. Varnado: Allowing Nurse Practitioners to have full practice authority could help meet the demand for primary care services under the newly enacted Affordable Care Act and Covered California.
Ellen Brown: Brexit could trigger a $500 trillion derivatives meltdown, by forcing the EU to allow insolvent member governments and banks to write down debt. Italy is in financial crisis and is already petitioning for that concession. How to avoid collapse of the massive derivatives house of cards? Alternatives are considered.
RJ Eskow: Although Tony Blair laments the failure of the “political center,” this didn’t happen because he and his colleagues failed. It happened because they succeeded.
Hannah Petrie: Affordable housing is so unsexy there isn’t even a catchy phrase for what I’m trying to describe, but here’s an attempt: Land development for affordable housing. Too bad I can’t throw a bikini on that.
Frank Fear: Neoliberalism is so pervasive that prominent interpretations of what it means “to be a good leader,” “to exercise good leadership,” and “to be a success” are defined in neoliberal terms.
Robert Borosage: The Sanders critique of Clinton still holds. The actual programs are less bold than the goals. The public investment agenda is grander in rhetoric than in financial commitment.
Larry Wines: Now that Brexit has happened, it’s definitely scaring the hell out of the banksters on both sides of the Atlantic. By Tuesday, we’ll know to what extent that applies to Japan and China, as well.
Richard Eskow: As members of the House Financial Services Committee, the “Hedge Fund 13″ all voted for a Wall Street-backed bill with an Orwellian name: the “Investment Advisers Modernization Act.”
Judith Lewis Mernit: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that taxing carried interest at ordinary rates would net $18 billion over 10 years.
Randy Shaw: Reagan’s drastic housing cuts in 1981 turned a worsening urban affordability crisis into the nation’s worst mass homelessness since the Great Depression.
Richard Eskow: It’s true that he’s popular among media and political elites, but that sad fact only serves to remind us that some memories are short – and that, for some people, the ties of social status outweigh those of morality and decency.