Creating Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Our Nation’s Children

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*+-Mark Naison: The punitive, stress-filled environment that No Child Left Behind and Race to the Hop has created is good for no one’s children. But it is especially damaging to children who come to school hungry and fearful because their families are living on the edge.

Greece’s Choice — and Ours: Democracy or Finance?

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*+-Robert Reich: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided in favor of democracy yesterday when he announced a national referendum on the draconian budget cuts Europe and the IMF are demanding from Greece in return for bailing it out.

Latinos Support Raising Taxes on Wealthy

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*+-Pilar Marrero: According to our poll, Latino voters are also almost completely opposed to balancing the budget following the formula of the GOP and the Tea Party: only budget cuts.

Democrats Must Push Back

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*+-Norman Solomon: Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in the vital lessons of the New Deal. Many millions of good jobs must be created — and that will require well-funded federal jobs programs on a large scale.

The Speaker’s Heavy Hand

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*+-Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: Speaker John Perez and Assemblymember Anthony Portantino have disagreed again. This time the disagreement could result in Portantino’s staff being furloughed.

What “Shared Sacrifice” Means

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*+-Carl Bloice: All across the country social services, which largely benefit lower income women, men and children are being cut back and people who made them function are being added to the ranks of the unemployed.

Another Democrat Acting Badly

*+-Randy Shaw: He didn’t tweet a photo of his “package” to an unsuspecting woman, but California Governor Jerry Brown’s veto of the state’s budget did much worse harm to Democrats and the public by setting the stage for massive education and public service cuts.

New Food Safety Threat Emerges

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*+-Marian Wang: Also unclear is whether the federal agencies in charge of changing the food safety system will be adequately funded. Republican proposals to cut the FDA’s budget and the USDA’s inspection budget could cut into efforts to update the system.

Across-the-Board Spending Cut Proposals Go Mainstream

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*+-Ivan Eland: Deep down, both Republican and Democratic politicians believe something needs to be done about the monstrous and dangerous deficit and debt, but they are scared to do anything because, unfortunately, the American people want their government handouts but are unwilling to pay for them.