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The Ides of November

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation, but the number of similarly-minded reports released this month is greater than we expected, the ad buys are larger, and the range of ideas is narrower.

Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young to Die Ruin Social Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Don't Fear the Boomers. Despite the scaremongers' attempts to incite generational war, people born between 1946 and 1964 are not going to destroy Social Security. But don't just take my word for it. Ask an actuary.

America Speaks on Long-Term Deficit Reduction

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

In just two hours, about half of the diverse table groups that took part in the America Speaks National Town Meeting were able to find enough common ground to reduce the deficit in 2025 by $1.2 trillion.

What Does It Take to Have a Civil Conversation These Days?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

There was plenty of disagreement at our June 26 National Town Meeting, but the disagreements tended to be civil and respectful.

Whose Voice Matters Most?

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

There seems to lurk a sense among progressives that The People can't be trusted to think for themselves about the priorities of our national budget, or the direction of our country.

Social Security Suicide Pact (or, the Folks Back Home on the Old Ant Farm)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Cutting benefits may seem clever in Washington, where policymakers sometimes toy with the economy as if it were an ant farm. But here in the ant tunnels where the rest of us live, it's terrible politics and worse policy.

Is John Boehner a Mole for Code Pink? A Democratic Plant, Maybe?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Conspiracy theorists may conclude that John Boehner is a closet peacenik. Why else would he confront the American people with an either/or choice between a popular social program and a war?

What I Saw at "AmericaSpeaks": A Mind Control Experiment Gone Horribly Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

After much hype and buildup, the AmericaSpeaks "national town meeting" on cutting the deficit was held on Saturday. I watched the proceedings via web...

Public Deliberation: The Left Should Learn to Trust Americans

Archon Fung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Archon Fung

It was distressing that many progressive intellectuals leveled withering scorn at the event AmericaSpeaks held this Saturday, simply because they viewed it as a vast right-wing conspiracy to manufacture public consent to slash public programs.

America "Speaks" on Saturday, but There's an Anti-Social Security Script

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The AmericaSpeaks agenda flies in the face of recommendations from Krugman, fellow Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz, and other economists who believe we need to stimulate the economy before moving aggressively on the deficit.

AmericaSpeaks: Town halls and more on the national budget

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

The online grassroots democracy thing is real, gathering momentum. Here's another example of a notable effort, focusing on the national budget.As I re...