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Inversion: Viagra for Tax Dodgers

Mike Lux | Posted 04.19.2017 | Politics
Mike Lux

Today our groups are urging supporters to tell the Treasury Department and Congress to close the inversion loophole permanently, and to require all American corporations to pay the taxes they owe.

Castro Controversy: Why Aren't All the Defenders Defending Him on the Substance?

Mike Lux | Posted 04.16.2017 | Politics
Mike Lux

This was never an attack on Julián Castro personally. It is about the Department of Housing and Urban Development's track record of playing footsie with Wall Street in terms of distressed housing. And however great Secretary Castro is on other issues, this track record sure isn't great.

Martin O'Malley to President Obama: I'd Sign It If I Could

Lauren Windsor | Posted 01.20.2017 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Congressional gridlock is preventing campaign finance reform, but President Obama can take executive action to address this problem now -- he can sign an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending.

Homeland Security Showdown Is an 'American Snafu'

Lauren Windsor | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

AFV and I agree with former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge -- the debate over immigration should not be held on the backs of DHS employees, and Congress should not be playing political games with national security. The employees of DHS deserve better, Americans deserve better.

President Snow and Mitch McConnell: The Power Hunger Games

Mike Lux | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

This country needs a movement that will challenge the agenda of McConnell and his closest allies, the Koch brothers and Wall Street.

Dancing in the Dark

Mike Lux | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The endless money of our opposition, the Supreme Court battering us at every turn, the nasty extremism of the right wing, and the immense size of the problems we face are all daunting, but we stand on the shoulders of those who faced much worst. We shouldn't forget that.

Student Loan Sharking?

Mike Lux | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The GI Bill and Pell Grants were among the best investments our country ever made economically. This country would be far better off if we made college easily affordable for everyone who wants to go.

The Rich Are Being Held Hostage?

Mike Lux | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Big things are shaking, but one thing is very important to understand in this highly charged political environment: The 0.1 percent wealthy elites and their supporters in the media are going to continue to insist that any attempt to rein in their power and wealth is outrageous and immoral.

Going Out of Our Way to Uniquely Screw People With Student Debt

Mike Lux | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

America is exceptional in some remarkably bad ways. The power of greedy special interests over our government is as big here as anywhere in the world. One big example: our uniquely messed up way of financing student debt.

Taxpocalypse Now

Mike Lux | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The modern conservative movement has become obsessed with eliminating all taxes all the time on anyone who isn't poor. They think people too poor to pay income taxes should pay a lot more, but apparently anyone who has been successful in any way should not be forced to pay.

The Underdogma of Elizabeth Warren

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At American Family Voices, we are doing a series to feature the speeches of bold progressive leaders, but with a twist. I add graphics like stylized portraits, charts and animations -- if you are familiar with VH1′s "Pop-Up Video," it is essentially pop-up video for politicos.

The Trade-y Bunch

Mike Lux | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The actual performance of NAFTA versus the promises made shows its abject failure. Further worsening the case for the TPP is that the process in negotiating the trade deal is highly secretive, and the public doesn't like what little it is hearing.

Elizabeth Warren: 'It Hurts... It Just Makes Me Madder Than Hell'

Mike Lux | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Some political leaders turn from talking about "me" and instead talk about "we." They believe in building a movement that will change things rather than just bragging about themselves and furthering their own careers, and because of that they do actually start changing things. That's what Elizabeth Warren does; that is who she is.

Mark Warner's DC Centrism: Hurting the Middle Class

Mike Lux | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

It is a classic DC politician ploy: carry the water for a powerful lobby and call it centrism, while warning advocates of low and middle income people to "not let the perfect be the enemy of the good".

Thanksgiving, With an Edge

Mike Lux | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

So many people this Thanksgiving are living on the edge. The middle class in this country is no longer just being squeezed -- it is being crushed. And the poor are indeed getting poorer while the rich are certainly getting richer.

Issa Hit With Ethics Complaint, Accused Of Using Position To Add To Fortune

The Hill | By Alexander Bolton | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

A liberal advocacy group is filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa, alleging that the California Republican has repeatedly used his publ...

Democrats and Wall Street

Mike Lux | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Republicans in the Senate have thrown down the gauntlet: 44 Republican senators have signed a letter saying they won't confirm anyone to be the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the new agency is made toothless.

Simon Johnson: Big Banks Have a Powerful New Opponent | SIMON JOHNSON | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

As a lobbying group, the largest American banks have been dominant throughout the latest boom-bust-bailout cycle -- capturing the hearts and minds of ...

Babies and Glenn Beck

Mike Lux | Posted 06.01.2011 | Media
Mike Lux

Political battles are made easier when at least some of your opponents are clueless, careless, and, well, frankly creepy. So this morning my thanks go out to Glenn Beck.

Wall Street Banks: Making Enemies Everywhere

Mike Lux | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Mike Lux

In a post a few days back, I observed that the big Wall Street banks were in for a fall because they had become so arrogant in their power and wealth....

Life and Death Policies

Mike Lux | Posted 05.26.2011 | Green
Mike Lux

2011-03-26-babypoison.jpgNow I don't know about you, but I really like babies.