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Hillary Clinton's Paid Speeches Were Totally At Odds With Her 2016 Platform

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics

In private, paid speeches to Wall Street elites, Hillary Clinton endorsed an austerity program and trade agenda that she has repudiated in her 2016 pr...

Social Security Reversal in Maryland Senate Race: Six Key Lessons for Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Voters are likely to remain dubious about candidates who offer only vague platitudes about key issues like jobs, wages, and trade without making firm commitments or offering specific proposals. The Maryland race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate "centrism" -- and the promise of economic populism.

Don't Throw Social Security Under the Bus!

Terry O'Neill | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The choice isn't between the wrong-headed austerity of sequestration and the failed austerity plan of Simpson-Bowles. Congress must choose to be on the side of women and their families, and against cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Zach Carter

Austerity Fetishists Are Finally Giving Up | Zach Carter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- American deficit hawks gathered in the nation's capital on Wednesday to commiserate over the collapse of the U.S. austerity movement, so...

Social Security Turns 78 Today! Will It Make It To 80?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Some in Washington are still obsessed with undermining this essential foundation of retirement security in America.

Pete Peterson's Fix the Debt CEOs Promote Austerity for the Masses, Expanding Wealth for the 1 Percent

Michele Swenson | Posted 07.21.2013 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Fix the Debt is the most recent incarnation of the Pete Peterson machine seeking imposition of austerity on the masses, ostensibly to address economic downturn.

Simpson-Bowles Austerity Gang: Go Home

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Simpson and Bowles and austerity's other sales people aren't really economic thinkers. They're paid to pitch a product. They didn't invent austerity any more than Alex Rodriguez invented Pepsi. But what they're peddling isn't a soft drink. It's a lot worse for you than that.

Study Debunks Popular Misconception About Tax Reform

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

Raising taxes on the rich doesn't make them less productive -- except when it comes to avoiding taxes, according to a new paper. The study, by the...

Senate Budget Puts Results First

Michele Jolin | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

The adoption of this amendment by the Senate continues this trend, and moves forward an agenda that can significantly improve outcomes for young people and their families even in the constrained budget reality that our leaders at all levels face today.

Don't Be Fooled by Misleading Report Calling for Chained CPI

Ben Veghte | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Our Social Security system is vital to the economic security of our elderly, people with disabilities, children of deceased workers, and others. Whatever we do, we should disregard Wall-street funded reports urging us, under false pretenses of accuracy, to cut Social Security benefits.

A Wrong Purple Moment for Obama and Boehner

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I can only think of this metaphor, which I believe is apt: There's a ticking time bomb in your living room, you know the bomb will certainly explode in 10 to 15 years, and you choose only to reassure your family, "There is no 'immediate' danger." That is pretty much the situation we face today.

Ed Rendell Is Not Really a Democrat, He Just Plays One on TV

Jonathan Valania | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Valania

In addition to his current duties as professional-liberal-even-Joe-Sixpack-can-love on MSNBC, Ballard Spahr court jester, Rendell is currently co-chairing the steering committee of something called The CEO Campaign To Fix The Debt.

Will Half a Billion Bucks Buy a New Recession?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The "sequester" -- mindless, across-the-board spending cuts designed purposefully to be abhorrent to both political parties -- now seems likely to go into effect on March 1. The sequester cuts added to spending cuts and tax increases already scheduled will slow growth and cost jobs. Government austerity has already contributed to the worst recovery in post-World War II history. Why would the U.S. repeat this folly, despite warnings from the IMF and Federal Reserve officials? Every calamity has many authors -- Obama's premature turn to deficit reduction in 2009, the Tea Party zealots, a hapless and clueless Republican congressional leadership and more. One major contribution comes from the money and monomania of Pete Peterson, a Wall Street billionaire who has committed about half a billion bucks rousing hysteria about deficits and debt.

Krugman: 'A Grand Bargain Right Now Is A Terrible Idea'

Posted 02.19.2013 | Business

This is no time for compromise, according to Paul Krugman. The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist wrote a blog post Tuesda...

Jason Linkins

Just In Time To Wreck The Chances Of A Sensible Budget Deal | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

In the coming weeks, legislators in Washington will take up two looming matters: the debate over the sequester and a debate over the budget. Everythin...

Austerity Isn't the Solution, Economic Growth Is

Janis Bowdler | Posted 04.03.2013 | Latino Voices
Janis Bowdler

This is good news for Latino families. However, like all compromises, the deal leaves something to be desired. The fight to protect the interest of Hispanic workers, students, and households is not over.

Time for an American Spring?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Okay, it's clear they don't get it. After several elections, the Great Recession and lots of moaning and groaning about the stalemate in Washington, o...

Tyranny of Plutocracy: Holding People Hostage Over a Fiscal & Climate Cliff

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The common good continues to be subordinated to the corporate bottom line in Washington, where dialogue has been almost exclusively reduced to forms of extortion of the working class by the monied class, at the expense of the planet and democracy.

Jason Linkins

Deficit Hacks Urge People To Call Congressmen And Yell Vague Fiscal Cliff Nonsense At Their Interns | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

According to an email I just received, a major player in the deficit-hack industry would like Americans of all ages to contact their Congressional rep...

Jason Linkins

Erskine Bowles Blames Both Sides In Fiscal Cliff Talks Like A Good 'Bipartisanship Cult' Member | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics

Over at Daily Intel, Jonathan Chait dings Erskine Bowles, correctly, for succumbing to the same Beltway dyskinesia that you often see in famous column...

Social Security Sustainable: Productivity Improvements Enlarge the Pie, Facilitate Funding Boomer Benefits and Beyond

Nancy Altman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The latest bumper-sticker slogan that "Social Security is unsustainable" doesn't stand up under scrutiny.

Jason Linkins

'Simpson-Bowles' Nominated For 'Time Magazine Person Of The Year' In The Most 'Washington Insider' Move, Ever | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

If you had asked me this morning, "Hey, what is the most grotesquely 'Washington' thing that will happen this week," I definitely would have said, "Th...

Christina Wilkie

Bloomberg Joins Controversial Lobbying Group | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he has joined Campaign to Fix the Debt, a controversial debt-reduction group f...

Selling Out America's Youth: An Open Letter to Alan Simpson

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

I've seen you on television chatting up your debt reduction proposal. And while you come across as a likable guy, your claim to be working on behalf of the next generation of young Americans is bogus. Here's why.

What the Stones, Bond and Simpson-Bowles Teach Us About Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

It seems that the industry of suntans and Botox is on the real front-lines of saving national entitlement programs.