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Roger Hickey

Stop Garnishing Social Security Benefits to Pay Student Debt.

Mary Green Swig | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics
Mary Green Swig

Student debt many Americans took on in their youth is following them to the grave. Now many of these student debtors are seniors whose Social Security benefits are being garnished to continue to pay those loans they took out a lifetime ago.

Hillary Clinton Responds to Student Debt Voters--and to Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley

Roger Hickey | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

On Monday Hillary Clinton responded to the emerging Student Debt Voter movement with her own plan to reduce the cost of college education and reduce the burden of student debt. She calls it her New College Compact, presented at a forum in New Hampshire.

Haunted by Student Debt to the Grave

Mary Green Swig | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Mary Green Swig

Many people, including many student debt holders, may be surprised to learn that people can be pursued for student debt even into their elder years. In fact, the government is withholding Social Security payments for some retirees, because their student loans have not been fully repaid.

Sen. Warren Receives 240,000 Signatures Asking to Cancel All to Student Debt

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Senate's foremost advocate for lowering student debt and lowering the cost of college, received a petition signed by over 240,000 people. The petition called on Congress and the president to cancel all student debt.

As in 2010, Dems Lost in 2014 Without an Economic Message Worth Fighting For

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The 2014 election was just as disastrous as 2010. Many observers now agree that Democrats again lost big because they failed to offer a clear economic message to economically insecure voters -- and they once again failed to attack Republicans for sabotaging action to create jobs.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs Says NO to TPP and TAFTA Trade Deals

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Without touching on the unpopular Fast-Track mechanism necessary to pass these two treaties, Sachs laid out five reasons why, on the substance, they should not be passed or ratified.

Victory for Americans: Walgreen's Won't 'Invert' to Avoid U.S. Taxes.

Roger Hickey | Posted 10.05.2014 | Business
Roger Hickey

As conservatives have been telling us since the wave of inversions began, we can't expect corporations to be "moral" or "patriotic." If we write the rules that let them get away with immoral and unpatriotic betrayal of U.S. taxpayers, they will do it. So the next order of business is to get Congress to pass legislation.

Jobs Grow, But Highway Bill Shows Austerity Still Hurts

Roger Hickey | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

While it is good that 700,000 jobs were not destroyed last night, America needs to be investing to create millions of jobs, not just to prevent the worst.

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America.

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises.

Chained CPI Out of Obama Budget! Victory for the New Populists

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

We have truly reached a tipping point. Recurrently Americans have joined together in a populist movement to advance the interests of "the people" against "the elite." Today, after many years of struggle, that new populist movement is rising to defend and expand Social Security. And the politicians had better lead or get out of the way.

Moral March Rallies in Raleigh to Transform North Carolina

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday, February 8, as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.

To Fix the Problem of Inequality, Fight for Full-Employment

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservative populism becomes most powerful, as we saw in the last mid-term election in 2010, when liberal politicians ignore the fundamental nature of the economic crisis and leave the field to conservatives on the issue that voters care most about: jobs.

BLS Says Job Numbers... Are Not Available

Roger Hickey | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

On the first Friday of every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the unemployment numbers -- but not this month.

Apple: Bad Model for 'Tax Reform' -- California, New Tax Thinkers, Chart a Better Way

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A political mobilization by citizens is clearly necessary to prevent politicians in the Senate and House from embracing the corporate version of corporate tax reform.

Tell Dems: Vote for Back to Work Budget -- And Win in 2014

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Despite a presidential campaign that revolved a lot on who had the better jobs plan, the political debate in Washington, driven by the party that lost the presidency, is once again dominated by the question of which party has the best plan to cut deficits. But Democrats should not forget that voters still care most about jobs.

350 Economists Warn Sequester Cuts Could Kill Recovery

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

How many economists does it take -- to make the Congress and the president and the media pay attention? Paul Krugman has been warning of the dangers of austerity for a long time. But the media treats him as an outlier.

Yes to Obama's New Jobs Focus, But Defend Health and Retirement Benefits

Roger Hickey | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

We should encourage Obama and Congressional Democrats to stop talking about cutting essential programs -- and start talking, as the president tried to tonight, about investing in jobs and growth.

GOP Threat: Cut Social Security and Medicare or We'll Kill the Economy -- Americans Say No to Both

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Republicans can get their way only if Democrats fail to realize they have the American people on their side. And once Republicans are clear about their proposals, Americans turn against them.

Senators Listen to Voters, Oppose "Fiscal Swindle"

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The voters have just spoken. And election-day polls find big majorities -- even of Republican voters -- calling cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits unacceptable.

Obama, Yes... and Win the House, Too

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics
Roger Hickey

With large leads among women and people of color, and the stark contrast on economic issues building movement toward Obama even among white males in key states, the prospects for Obama winning a second term are starting to look pretty good. But what about the House?

No Super Committee Deal. Good. Now Let's Focus on Jobs -- the Best Way to Reduce Deficits

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The deal on the table, whose failure is much lamented by beltway pundits, would have seriously harmed the economy, without significantly reducing deficits. In fact, it might have made it worse.

To Appear Reasonable, Obama Unreasonably Offers to Cut Social Security and Medicare

Roger Hickey | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

It's being reported that President Obama will offer Republican negotiators major cuts to Social Security and Medicare when they meet today. Supporters of these essential programs are outraged -- and rightly so.

AARP Tells Members They Won't Fight Social Security Benefit Cuts

Roger Hickey | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

AARP, the group that promotes itself as the most powerful defender of seniors in America, should get their citizen's lobby in gear, and make sure Social Security doesn't become the sacrificial lamb of this season of budget-cutting blood on the floor.

10 Years Later, How Bush-Era Tax Cuts Changed America [CHARTS]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

A decade has now passed since the Bush-era tax cuts were signed into law, and the topic remains as divisive as ever. To mark the ten-year annivers...

Reject Bad Advice and Bad Policy -- Defend Medicare, Social Security.

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Here we go again. Democrats start to unite around a winning economic issue, but major leaders of their party warn them not to go there.