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"Free Trade": The Capitulation Continues, Middle Class Weeps

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 12:21 PM

If you share the belief that the greatest economic challenge we face is stopping the stupefying global class warfare underway, then, we have to be quite clear about the tools that support the attack against decent living standards for people and a fair sharing of the wealth. So-called "free trade"...

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The White House Hoists White Flag of Surrender

(26) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 12:30 PM

It's official. The president's stroll to the Chamber of Commerce marks the handing over of the keys to the future of the middle class to the business world (not to mention the complete airbrushing out of the entire economic picture anyone considered poor). And it really has happened with...

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Wall Street Pay 'Vaults to Record Altitude'

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Sometimes, I wonder whether we all live in a grand farce. But, actually, it's a real-life story about a robbery of the people that continues every day -- and today is no different. The robbers grow richer.

From the Wall Street Journal, a story headlined: "On...

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Our Demand: Increase Social Security Benefits

(33) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 3:25 PM

I think we are making a mistake, both economically and politically, by confining our defense of Social Security to an argument about simply preserving current benefits. We should be pushing for an increase in Social Security benefits as both a social and economic necessity.

Let me start with the hardest...

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Wal-Mart Whitewashing

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 5:17 PM

We have an affliction that really undermines a decent society. It's a tendency to want to ignore inconvenient facts, either explicitly or because we are encouraged to look quite narrowly and myopically at a problem. Which brings me to Wal-Mart's new attempt to whitewash its practices, using the First Lady...

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Richard Trumka v. Goldman Sachs: Different Visions of America

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 4:48 PM

You can't find a better contrast between the vision for our country than those offered by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Goldman Sachs. One vision sees America as the land of equality and fairness. The other vision sees an America where greed is good.

Here is some of what...

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Bernie Madoff To Replace Elizabeth Warren (Snark Alert)

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 5:12 PM

I just got off the phone with a reporter who wanted my thoughts on the appointment of Bruce Reed as Joe Biden's chief of staff. My first though, sarcastically, was that I wondered whether Bernie Madoff would now be brought in to oversee Consumer Protection... of course, an exaggerated observation...

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Scalia et al Make Up Corporate Constitutional Rights

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 10:35 AM

It is has been pointed out by others that when the Republicans chose to organize the reading of the Constitution on the House floor, they conveniently left out parts they didn't like. But, they have intellectual -- and I use "intellectual" loosely -- support for this from Justice...

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New York Times Fuels War Against The Middle Class

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2011 | 1:25 PM

When you cut through the chase about the economic debate of the future, it really boils down to this: What is the standard we should use in setting the standard for a decent living? Apparently, the New York Times has decided: don't count on decent pensions, don't count on health...

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Class Warfare and Korea "Free Trade": An Open Letter to UAW, My Union

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 1:19 PM

So-called "free trade" is part of the relentless class warfare under way in America. And the so-called "free trade" deal with South Korea is no exception. That said, a lot of the shallow criticism of the UAW's support for the deal is -- well, shallow. Here's my view about how...

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Catfood Commission Dead: Thank God

(7) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 1:05 PM

What a waste of time. They can now drift into obscurity. But, after listening to the self-congratulations of many of the members of the Catfood Commission, all I can say is: we have a long task ahead to turn around the country to get back to reality.

Here was...

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It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (4): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 10:01 AM

Over the past three days, we've looked at the phony deficit crisis withe excerpts from my new book, "It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On: The Scam of the Deficit Crisis", here (from the introduction), here (a taste of the the very Stupid...

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It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (3): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 10:52 AM

In the last two days, I've written about the phony deficit/debt "crisis" here and here, using excerpts from my new e-book, It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On: The Scam of the Deficit Crisis. Today, as the Catfood Commission unveiled its

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It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed on (II): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 9:17 AM

Yesterday, I kicked off a series of posts about the phony deficit/debt "crisis" with an excerpt from the introduction to my new book, It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On: The Scam of the Deficit Crisis. Today, I'll continue with a part from the first...

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It's Not Raining, We're Getting Peed On (1): The Scam of the Deficit Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 10:19 AM

The government's deficit and debt are not a big crisis. It's not even a little crisis. It's not a crisis at all. What is most disturbing is how many liberals/progressives have thrown in the towel and are basically taking the line "there is a crisis but we have a...

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Melissa Bean, Corporate Voice, Instead of Elizabeth Warren? No Way.

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 9:46 AM

War is peace. Lies are truth. And, now, Melissa Bean is like Elizabeth Warren. That is the instant thought I had when reading about the rumors that the White House might consider appointing Melissa Bean to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau if she ends up on the short end...

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Kiss The Jobs and Wages Goodbye: Hello "Free Trade" Again

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 11:33 AM

Yesterday, I wrote about the disastrous state of labor in the wake of the elections. Suffering from either a lack of sleep or simple brain lock, I neglected to include one of the most dangerous coming debacles: we have lost much of the ground built opposing so-called...

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The State of Labor -- Now Take to the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 4:20 PM

There isn't any other way of putting it: Last night was a disaster for the labor movement and for its members and all working people. When the working class "hero" John Boehner choked up in recounting his humble roots, I said aloud, "will you remember that when you unleash Big...

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A Lack of Seriousness

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 10:56 AM

I voted early this morning. And now I can reflect on the disaster looming ahead. Not what happens today. But what happens over the next few years, and the next decade.

In the midst of the greatest crisis on the planet in half a century, there was such...

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"The rich guys don't want to pay the tax"

(5) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 3:39 PM

Karl Marx? Nancy Pelosi? Bernie Sanders? Nope--Bill Gates Sr. Not that this is surprising that rich people don't want to pay taxes but it's worth listening to Gates' views on the fight over the attempt to put in place a tax on the richest people in Washington State.

Last...

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