Steve Hochstadt: The differences between the policies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama are enormous, but both the conservative Reagan and the liberal Obama allowed the giant banks to run the American economy in their own interests.
RJ Eskow: They’ve cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government which rescued them.
Robert Reich: Today’s workers are less economically secure than workers have been since World War II. Nearly one out of every five is in a part-time job.
Robert Reich: Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.
Robert Reich: The Democrats’ unwillingness to close the carried-interest loophole when they could also goes some way to explaining why, almost six years after Wall Street’s near meltdown, the Obama administration has done so little to rein in the Street.
Ellen Brown: Postal banking systems are ubiquitous in other countries, where their long record of safe and profitable public banking has proved the viability of the model.
Ellen Brown: Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.
Ellen Brown: Before Eliot Spitzer’s infamous resignation as governor of New York, he was one of our fiercest champions against Wall Street corruption, in a state that had some of the toughest legislation for controlling the banks.
Joseph Palermo: Even before we’ve had a chance to recover from the Great Recession caused by their earlier malfeasance, the usual suspects among Wall Street’s “too big to fail” banks continue to plunder our society by artificially driving up commodity prices.
Robert Reich: Who needs Republicans when Wall Street has the Democrats? With the help of congressional Democrats, the Street is rolling back financial reforms enacted after its near meltdown.
Norman Solomon: Whether or not Obama’s vicious assault on Social Security is successful, it has already jolted an unprecedented number of longtime supporters. It should be the last straw, suffused with illumination.
Robert Reich: Friday’s jobs report shows an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and growth must come first.
RJ Eskow: The CEOs of America’s largest corporations have banded together to lecture us on the importance of debt reduction. And despite their lack of qualifications and their very obvious self-interest, the media can’t get enough of them.