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Fatal Flaws of Any Post-ACA Republican Replacement Plan

John Geyman | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
John Geyman

The recent first step by the Republicans for repeal of the ACA (by a vote of 51-48 in the Senate and 227-198 in the House) (1) opens up an intense deb...

Paying for Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.28.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

A recent New York Times story reported on the complexity of privatizing a city's water system, describing costs along with the benefits. Their story b...

How Hedge Funds Will Profit from School Privatization

Alan Singer | Posted 12.26.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In the News: A number of news items in recent weeks show how powerful money-brokers work inside and outside the law in their war on public education i...

In The Fight To Save Retirement Security For The Working Class

Max Richtman | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics
Max Richtman

After his re-election in 2004, President George W. Bush declared he would spend his political capital to realize a long-held conservative goal: end ...

The Movement To Privatize And Profit On Education Isn't Exclusive To The U.S.

Alan Singer | Posted 12.15.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Global companies are targeting public education as an area for privatization and profit.

Trump to Compete on "Dancing With The Stars"

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.09.2016 | Comedy
Miles Mogulescu

New York: Now that President-elect Trump will continue to executive produce "Celebrity Apprentice" with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, after becomi...

How Privatization Is Fueling Historic Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As public money has dwindled, privatization in its many forms has often appeared as a solution. A charter school here, a privately operated public bus system there.

'Donald Trump Before Donald Trump Became Popular' Wants To Privatize Maine's Welfare

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

LePage sees the resemblance. He's called himself ''Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular," and "Baby Donald."

Nearly Three Years After Chemical Spill, West Virginia Wants Its Water Back

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

When corporations buy or operate water utilities, the public loses control over water and the decisions that go into providing it.

America's Richest Politician Is Putting Thousands of Jobs at Risk

Donald Cohen | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

It wouldn't matter so much if Haslam were your run-of-the-mill governor. But he's the country's richest politician, with a net worth of $2 billion. It matters because Haslam has a plan that could plunge thousands of state workers into poverty.

Aramco's IPO: A Pandora's Box for Saudi Arabia

Hossein Askari | Posted 10.09.2016 | Home
Hossein Askari

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, has reportedly embraced a report from the management-consulting firm of McKinsey and Company,...

Guns And Butter

David Morris | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
David Morris

In October 2015, when he was a very, very long shot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump the businessman promised to make the military "much st...

Privatizing TSA Places Profits Over Passengers

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

In response to the most tragic day in American history, we as a country turned to TSA to protect us as we traveled. And every day since, they've kept ...

Privatization of public education is a failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Dale Hansen

This election cycle has been heavy on rhetoric and light on policy. Given that nearly 50% of Americans consider themselves angrier than a year ago - w...

Cashing in On Charter School Failure

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.06.2016 | Education
Donald Cohen

Allowing more charters schools -- online or not -- without planning and oversight robs communities of stable, safe schools where children can learn from great teachers. All children deserve a quality education.

Do Charter Schools Really Do Better? Let's Look at Los Angeles

Alan Singer | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Advocates for charters schools like to talk about their unwavering commitment to student success, parental choice and the benefits of privatization, b...

Scamming the Country's Veterans: Efforts to Privatize VA Health System

Dean Baker | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Dean Baker

If there was a real reason to believe that the current system is badly hurting our veterans, and that they would be better cared for under a privatized system, then it would be reasonable to support the transition. But this is the opposite of the reality.

A Toll Road That Harms Taxpayers and the Environment

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Not only is North Carolina giving up the right to control an important public asset for the next five decades, they've made it harder on themselves to make changes to address one of the biggest challenges of our time, climate change.

K-12 Education for Sale - Buying and Selling Kids' Futures

David A. Pickler | Posted 03.05.2017 | Education
David A. Pickler

The for-profit assault on public education is real - and growing. It's a deft turn of phrase, "school choice" - until you scratch the surface and...

When Government 'Saves Money' and Gets 'Smaller' We All Lose

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Many say we should "run government like a business" and "save money" by "cutting spending" and "making government smaller." Does this work? Do We the People really save money by doing these things?

Congress's 270 Pages of Fantasy for FAA Funding

Andrew Schmertz | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Andrew Schmertz

The U.S House of Representatives has introduced a FAA reauthorization bill that has more fantasy in it than a George RR Martin novel. The bill, known ...

Swearing an Oath -- Part 2: The Kristallnacht of American Public Education

Frank Breslin | Posted 02.09.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?

Swearing an Oath -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.

Is the Tragedy in Flint an Opening for Privatization?

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Many are familiar with the tragic details of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. But a key chapter in the story is being overlooked. In February 2015, almost a year before the news of lead poisoning gained headlines, the world's largest private water corporation deemed Flint's water safe.

The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The tragedy of Flint should never have happened, but at this point, the evidence is undeniable and the suffering is real. Fixing Flint is an urgent priority. Fortunately, (although far too late) the truth has finally sidelined the spin-masters who spent years denying the problem.