Will Dems Tax Rich to Avoid Fiscal Cliff?

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*+-Shamus Cooke: Literally the day after the election a sudden “urgency” gripped the nation: the imminent danger of the so-called “fiscal cliff” — the national automatic tax increases and spending cuts due in January.

The Jobs Crisis, the “Unemployable,” and the Fiscal Cliff

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*+-Shamus Cooke: Aside from some sparse rhetoric, neither Democrats nor Republicans have offered a solution to job creation. Most politicians seem purposefully myopic about the jobs crisis, as if a healthy dose of denial might get them through the electoral season unscathed.

Make My Day, Mitt

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*+-Brent Budowsky: I understand, Mitt. You believe a politician should say anything to get elected. But you can bet your Swiss bank accounts we are better off than we were four years ago. I’ve got an idea:

Job Crisis Denial

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*+-Shamus Cooke: Both parties are not talking about the fiscal cliff because they share the exact same solution: austerity -cuts to social programs, government layoffs, and other measures to make working people pay for the nation’s debt instead of the rich and corporations.

Suddenly Homeless: A Kid’s Story

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*+-A reported 1.6-million American kids were homeless at some point last year, and half are under the age of six. That’s roughly the number of people in Philadelphia.