Washington Pre-Occupied

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*+-Robert Reich: The Occupier movement is still in its infancy in the United States, but it cannot be stopped. Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game.

Jobs: A Grand Bargain

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*+-Brent Budowsky: Great presidents know the difference between empty public gimmicks and game-changing public policy. They demand creative ideas, not mediocrity or defeatism, from those who advise them.

Three Ideas to Fix the Economy

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*+-Judith Stein: The chances of immediate action on jobs are remote, but analyzing the causes of the crisis, devising and promoting a program that can restore growth and jobs, and constructing a politics that can effect change is crucial because there will be future political openings.

More Peace Corps, Less Pentagon

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Sherwood Ross: If the White House took an altruistic approach in foreign affairs — that is, if it rejected greed, exploitation, and war in favor of fair play, charity, and humanitarian assistance — It would find there is strength and dignity in serving others—in building infrastructure, in opening schools and educating, in ministering to the afflicted. That’s the way to win friends and influence people.

Don’t Be a Chicken: Go for the Defense Budget!

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*+-Steve Ybarra: Now that Boner blinked, all this talk about the budget got me to thinking, just how much money do we spend on military bases, where are they, and what difference do they make to the average American?

Obama Needs Demand-Side Solutions

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*+-Robert Reich: Businesses are reluctant to spend more and create more jobs because there aren’t enough consumers out there able and willing to buy what businesses have to sell.

Budget Jujitsu

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*+-Robert Reich: We can reduce the long-term budget deficit, keep everything Americans truly depend on, and also increase spending on education and infrastructure — by cutting unnecessary military expenditures, ending corporate welfare, and raising taxes on the rich.

The Fake Budget Debate

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*+-Shamus Cooke: This two-party big lie is not an accident, but an expression of a deeper held belief: that the U.S. government must be directed to meet the needs of the super wealthy who own U.S. corporations.

The Progressive Caucus Budget

What Do You Expect

*+-We hear a lot about Ryan’s budget and the President’s budget but we’re not hearing very much about the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget which appears to be more in line with what the average middle class American wants and needs. What’s up with that?