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Don't 'Let Them Eat Cake!'

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Olga Bonfiglio

A small group of Kalamazoo food activists and professionals have begun studying the Food and Farm Bill so that they can talk to and influence policymakers, two of whom will play a key role in this year's [Congressional] appropriations.

Super Committee Members Agree to Freeze Time Before November 23 Deadline

Spencer Green | Posted 01.14.2012 | Comedy
Spencer Green

With less than two weeks to go before its November 23 deadline for $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts, the twelve members of the bipartisan "Super Committee" have agreed to freeze time on November 22, so November 23 never happens.

If the Super Committee Doesn't Cut Your Medicare, Santa Claus Will Die!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Well-intentioned staffers in Washington need good information to do their jobs well. Instead they're being inundated with confusing pseudo-facts and empty fear-mongering. This week's case in point? The Congressional "super committee."

The Superfluous Super Committee

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Super Committee needs to die of its own weight and its perverse policy assumptions. Its collapse will leave the Republicans exposed as a party with no plan for economic recovery other than more tax cuts for the rich and cuts in social insurance that most Americans value -- leaving the whole question of what programs to cut and what taxes to raise as the proper subject of a 2012 election that Democrats could actually win. Here's a better program: raise taxes on the wealthy and on corporations; use the proceeds for jobs and public infrastructure investment; get some budget cuts out of military spending by ending two wars.

Sam Stein

Obama Warns Super Committee Co-Chairs Not To Change Triggers In Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the deadline fast approaching for the congressional super committee to make its deficit reduction recommendations, President Barack...

'There's Not Going To Be A Tax Increase'

The Hill | Bernie Becker | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Grover Norquist isn't worried about a GOP supercomittee proposal on taxes because he thinks Democrats want the panel to fail to reach a deal....

One In Four Americans Would Be Poor Without Government Help: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

As rampant as poverty is in America, it would be much worse without government aid. The Census Bureau estimates that last year a record 46 million ...

Pentagon Sounds Dire Warning On Cuts

AOL Defense | Carlo Munoz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Pentagon: It's official: the Pentagon will get roughly halfway to the Obama administration's goal of cutting up to $500 billion in defense spending ov...

Open Letter: Saving Medicare Is About Being Super

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

What is the human cost to what you may be proposing? How does your decision help to promote job creation; hold true to valuing our seniors and disabled; move us closer to our goal of a healthier society?

Don't Buy Into Generational Warfare: Keep the Super Committee Accountable to the 99%

Scott Hochberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Hochberg

We need to remind the Super Committee that in the end, they are accountable to the 99%, who overwhelmingly want no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Defense Spending and the Deficit Debate

Jonathan Masters | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Masters

Most experts believe reducing the defense budget is sensible fiscal policy, but they disagree over the extent of the cuts, and how they should fit into a comprehensive deficit-reduction package.

Dave Jamieson

Senators Set To Slash Benefits For Disabled Civil Servants | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking to cut benefits for federal workers disabled on the job, a budget-trimming move that critics warn ...

Arin Greenwood

Protesters Occupy 'Super Committee' Hearing In Freedom Plaza | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy Washington DC, the movement formerly known as Stop the Machine that has been camping and protesting in Freedom Plaza since Oct. 6...

'I Did Not Promise Him To Oppose Tax Increases Until Death Do Us Part'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

A growing number of House lawmakers want out of an Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist's pledge in which they vowed to never raise taxe...

Democracy -- Washington Post Style

Max Richtman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Media
Max Richtman

It's hard to understand why a group representing millions of seniors, which expresses a viewpoint held by the vast majority of Americans of all ages, would face character assassination in the opinion pages of the Washington Post.

Bill Clinton: 'I Was Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton backed off a claim he made in his new book, Back To Work, to an audience at the New York Historical Society Tuesday. ...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Contend Obama Wants Super Committee To Fail | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sign of just how unlikely Congress' deficit-cutting super committee is to succeed, Republicans took the blame game to another level...

A Way-Out for the Super Committee... and the Country

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Each side wants the most it can get, but it must consider that the other side may decide to relinquish some of what it wants to get closer to what it estimates the American people want.

A Super Committee "Failure" Wouldn't Hurt the Economy -But a "Success" Sure Would

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The committee's members are being warned that all of them will suffer in any future bids for leadership if the committee "fails" to put forward a plan. The economic and polling data make the answer to that clear: Not if they "fail" like leaders.

Sam Stein

Super Committee Dems Decide Against Extending Deadline | Sam Stein | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats on the super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction have ruled out supporting a measur...

Traditional Voting Fails; Alternative Works

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday was "move your money" day. Wall Street banks won't tell how many customers they lost. But depositors, more than 78,000 of whom pledged to make the move, made their point. They voted differently. They voted with their feet and their wallets. And they won.

Corporate Loopholes: The Tip of the Iceberg

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Some days it feels like America may be speeding towards a proverbial iceberg. The tip of the iceberg is the budget deficit; and the failure to invest in our human capital is the rest of the iceberg that will sink America's ship of state. But as the super committee struggles to make difficult decisions in the coming weeks to reduce the budget deficit, one of the proposals it is considering is reducing the corporate tax rate. This would be a step away from investing in human capital, and a step towards balancing the budget on the backs of our youth, who need health care and nutrition, quality education and good jobs to build a strong America. Children did not cause the budget deficit and they must not be sacrificed to help solve it.

For the Super Committee, an Option to Save Medicare

Grace-Marie Turner | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Grace-Marie Turner

The key to real reform is building in changes to Medicare and Medicaid that rely on consumer choice and competition, not price controls and crushing government regulations.

Vetoing Democracy: In Athens or Washington, Elites Still Call the Shots

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Plato's aversion to democracy is shared by a lot of powerful people these days. But politicians, especially those whose party derives its name from the democratic principle, would be better off remembering another Greek philosopher: Aristotle.

With People In Streets, Mubarak Congress Focused On Taking Money Out Of Economy

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This situation of crony government protecting the connected rich while people are in the streets demanding change is more and more reminiscent of Egyp...