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Mississippi Cuts $1.3 Billion From Schools, Gives $1.3 Billion to Nissan

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Mississippi has proved to us all that austerity, or the political ideology of "government living within its means," is a farce. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and the GOP-led legislature illustrated that perfectly in two ways.

Austerity Is Poisoning The Economy, In 2 Charts

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.17.2014 | Business

Austerity is like a bad tattoo: It's going to be with us, causing misery, for years to come. The broad spending cuts that were the fruits of the Re...

How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The Paul Ryans of America have lost the bet fair and square. The tax cuts experiment has had plenty of time to show results, but the only people whose economic situations have improved since the Bush tax cuts are the wealthiest 1 percent of society.

Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. They claim they have an alternative, but their program has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.

Jason Linkins

Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I d...

5 Years After the Great Recession, Our Economy Still Far from Recovered

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

Five years after the end of the Great Recession, the economy is far from healthy. A tragic mix of budgetary blunders and congressional inaction deserve the lion's share of the blame for this.

Homeless Proofing or Christ Proofing?

Mark Sandlin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

They will still be there, even if you no longer have to lay your eyes on them.

An Educator's Lament: Part III -- Stakes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

Inadequately educated citizens see the world in black and white, settle for sound bites rather than discourse, fail to distinguish information from disinformation, and succumb to manipulation by clever attack ads and faux news.

An Educator's Lament: Part II -- Causes of Our Educational Demise

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Dave Pruett

The primary culprits against education include neglect, austerity, anti-intellectual/anti-science attitudes, good intentions gone awry, and malevolence aforethought.

Europe: The Sky's Not Falling

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The neo-Nazis and immigrant bashers will make a lot of noise, but they offer nothing but hate as an economic solution. The left has a better one, and they are back.

Toulouse This Summer?

Frank Browning | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Think of San Francisco in 1963, but replace the steep hills and the chilling fog with bright sun, a winding river and an ancient barge canal. That is Toulouse, possibly the friendliest town in southern France and the host to one of the country's most interesting and wide-ranging international art festivals.

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.

How The Government Killed The Middle Class, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business

Politicians at all levels of government claim they want to help the middle class, but few things lately have hurt the middle class more than governmen...

Inside Paul Ryan, Inside the GOP

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Ryan/Republican budget puts the 2014 midterm election in perspective. Americans will choose between a new congress that caters to the 1 percent or one that protects the 99 percent. We will choose between plutocracy or democracy.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Jobs Proposals in the President's Sure-To-Be-Obstructed Budget

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The president's 2015 budget proposal "pivots" away from the 2010 "pivot" to austerity, pushes modestly for jobs and prioritizes infrastructure repair. Republicans will obstruct this -- just like they have obstructed every jobs plan since the stimulus. But the public fully supports what the president is trying to do.

The President Says the 'Era of Austerity' Is Over -- Is It?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What is most conspicuous about these early glimpses of the budget is what we don't see in it. A true "post-austerity" budget would pivot to bold action on the crises that are still gripping so many millions of Americans.

Greece Will Likely Begin Recovery This Year: Is Austerity Working?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

The Greek economy is going to grow next year because of a significant policy reversal. The fiscal tightening is basically coming to an end. Why is this so important? Because the people who supported the policy of the last four years will, when the Greek economy begins to recover, claim that the "austerity worked." But even the IMF's own analysis refutes this claim.

Here's What Europe's Business Leaders Could Teach America

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

European corporate titans are calling on policy makers to do more to boost the region’s struggling economy. And unlike their counterparts in the U.S...

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Budget Proves That Earmarks Will Never Die

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The practice of earmarking -- that is, steering federal dollars to specific projects or companies -- might be officially banned in Congr...

Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing: Not With a Bang, But With a Thud

John Patrick Leary | Posted 03.17.2014 | Detroit
John Patrick Leary

When a federal bankruptcy judge ruled that municipal pensions are vulnerable under federal bankruptcy law, no one was surprised. Little about life in 21st-century America prepares anyone to expect a judge to stand up for public pensions.

Fiscal Drag and Less Thereof

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In much recent writing on fiscal policy, I've faced the hard fact that while it's hard to imagine Congress doing much to help the economy, perhaps it's not too crazy an ask to get them to do less to hurt it.

The Costs of Austerity: Squandering $2.3 Trillion Yearly of our Productive Resources

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Jakob von Uexkull

We are failing to use all the productive resources available to us and, as a result, over 200 million people are unemployed around the world. On the other hand, we live beyond our natural limits because we use more natural and finite resources than is sustainable. A huge opportunity thus presents itself.

ALEC Wants Your Legislator's Loyalty -- And You Get to Foot the Bill

Dan Montgomery | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Dan Montgomery

The Guardian uncovered an internal ALEC document that proposed a "loyalty oath" that ALEC state chairs must take that states: "I will act with care and loyalty and put the interests of the organization first." That's right. They aren't supposed to put the interests of the taxpayers who elected them first.