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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Misfiring on Arianna and AOL

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Media


The past few days a number of people have asked me the same question: Are you going to start billing the Huffington Post for your columns? A few others have asked why would you keep posting for free on a site that presumably has just scored a financial windfall. The...

Bob Cesca

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The Republican War Against Women

Bob Cesca | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


To paraphrase the eminently quotable Barney Frank: the Republicans want smaller government -- small enough to fit into your uterus.

When the Republicans gained a majority with a 48-seat margin in the House of Representatives, they did so with the promise that they were planning to shrink the size of...

Zachary Stockill

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Hope in the Era of Obama: A Lesson From Egypt

Zachary Stockill | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


This past Thursday afternoon, as the television screen boasted stunning images of a people claiming -- nay, seizing -- agency in their political destiny, an equally stunning headline overtook the lower portion of the screen:

White House says situation in Egypt is "fluid."

One can only assume that the same...

Cecile Richards

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Don't Let Them Kill Family Planning!

Cecile Richards | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Richard Nixon may not be the first name most people associate with women's health and reproductive rights. But as House Republicans ramp up their unprecedented assault on women this week, I'm starting to think of the Nixon era as an age of enlightenment. The Title X Family Planning -program, which...

Alex Becker

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Conservatives Push Unity and Show Cracks at CPAC

Alex Becker | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


If there was a defining theme on the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) it was the delicate and not always controlled balance between expected shows of political unity and the divisions that criss-cross even this group of core conservative activists.

While the debate,...

Leah Anthony Libresco

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Planned Parenthood Slammed for Telling the Truth

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Lila Rose's pro-choice group, Live Action, continues to release videos from their 'sting operations against Planned Parenthood. They're trying to position the videos as exposés, and the allegedly damning material has turned out to be a revelation... about the tactics and anti-rule of law mindset behind many pro-life groups.

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Frances Beinecke

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House Budget Proposal Cuts Environmental Protections and Clean Energy Investments

Frances Beinecke | Posted May 25, 2011 | Green


House Republicans yesterday unveiled key pieces of their proposed budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and their deep and targeted cuts reveal the party leaders are more concerned with anti-government rhetoric than with safeguarding Americans’ health and economic competitiveness.

Drafting a budget is about choices, not arithmetic, and...

Paul Szep

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The Daily Szep - Boehner and Cantor, GOP Holy Men

Paul Szep | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


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Mark Britton

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Who Really Sees the Medical Bill?

Mark Britton | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


When it comes to healthcare billing, we all could use a little "cost education." Trying to understand the nuances of medical billings in today's modern health system is nothing short of daunting - for anyone who "touches" the numbers, including care recipients and care givers.

.... Daunting for practitioners...

David O. Stewart

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Civility: Not a Traditional American Value

David O. Stewart | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


President Obama's call for greater civility in our political discourse has great surface appeal. If only we could all reason together quietly and respectfully, the complaint goes, we could make so much more progress on critical challenges like energy policy, climate change, economic recovery, and immigration.

It sounds good, but...

The Sunlight Foundation

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Lobbyists Contribution Reports Should Be Filed in Real Time

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Up and down K Street today, lobbyists are filing contribution reports detailing campaign contributions they made to Members of Congress. It's a good idea with a major flaw. The reports should be filed in real time -- as soon as a lobbyist makes a contribution. Instead, they are filed semi-annually,...

David Kimelberg

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The Last Acceptable Racism: Native Americans

David Kimelberg | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Two disturbing developments recently hit my radar. The first was an announcement from Washington's NFL team that it's planning to change its name and logo. Okay, that seems innocuous enough. Washington Politicos? Nope. The new name is the Washington Jews. The re-worked logo is equally alarming: it consists of a...

Billy Hallowell

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Common Sense Conservatism?

Billy Hallowell | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Read More: Conservatives, Cpac, Goproud

This will be, perhaps, my shortest entry ever (I emphasize “perhaps”). Over the past few weeks, I’ve been perplexed by and discouraged over calls from the right to exclude factions of the conservative movement from this year’s CPAC conference.

Conservatives are walking a dangerous tightrope if they (we) begin cutting...

Afton Branche

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(Re)calculating the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Afton Branche | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Last week, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) made a compelling case for comprehensive immigration reform in Politico, pointing out the various economic benefits of a legalization program. In response, Heritage Foundation analyst Jena McNeill fired off a sharp rebuttal which advanced several common immigration myths.

McNeill starts by saying...

Dan Agin

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Ship of State or Ship of Fools? Barack Obama and Social Justice

Dan Agin | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


There's always a great deal of loud quacking about "political philosophy" in Congress and on the op-ed pages, but the most important question in political philosophy -- although simple -- is rarely stated: Who will live and who will die?

The Wall Street money manager lives -- but the janitor...

Alan Dershowitz

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The Turmoil in Egypt May Present an Opportunity For Peace

Alan Dershowitz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


You never know when a crisis may unexpectedly open doors. The current turmoil in Egypt may present three national leaders with a unique opportunity to take bold steps to help stabilize the Middle East. President Obama should announce that he would like to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah in a month...

Morris Davis

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Caesar's Wife, Meet Ginni Thomas

Morris Davis | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Pompeia, the wife of Julius Caesar, had to be above suspicion. Ginni, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has to be at the center of it.

"The government has no right to tell me who I can do business with" was something I heard when I was an...

Irvin G. Schorsch III

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Tax Cut Package Provides Relief for Investors

Irvin G. Schorsch III | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 on December 17, it averted a situation in which tax rates would have increased on January 1 for all income brackets and the estate tax would have been reinstated at a rate of 55%...

Michael L. Millenson

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Why Aren't the Uninsured in the Streets Protesting, Like the Egyptians?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Maybe the uninsured could learn something from Egyptians and the Arab street. At a time when landmark health reform granting most of the uninsured access to medical care for the first time in their lives is being seriously threatened, protests by the uninsured themselves are nowhere to be...

Jim Wallis

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What Would Jesus Cut?

Jim Wallis | Posted May 26, 2011 | Religion


House Republicans announced a plan yesterday to cut $43 billion in domestic spending and international aid, while increasing spending for military and defense by another $8 billion. This proposal comes just months after billions of dollars were added to the deficit with an extension of tax...

Ben Rosen

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Finally: The Second Amendment Explained

Ben Rosen | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Reading about the plight of (former) Rep. Chris Lee yesterday, it was hard to miss the photo that he posted to his would-be doxie. There was the handsome representative from western New York posing with no shirt on and showing off his reasonably well-defined pecs. Seeing a legislator dressed (or...

Peter Schwartz

Complexity Theory and the Failure of Financial Reform: Part One

Peter Schwartz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


This is a two-part essay about the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a 2,300-page piece of legislation now making its way through the federal rulemaking mill in 21 different federal agencies, via nearly 250 rulemaking initiatives and 70 special reports....

Haggai Carmon

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Egypt's Power Transition: Changing Rooms On the Titanic?

Haggai Carmon | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


When President Mubarak of Egypt was still clinging to power, many started writing his political eulogy. First and foremost was President Obama. By talking to the protesting people of Egypt in support of their cause, Obama may have doomed Mubarak's political future. Today, when the world is trying to digest...

Robert Naiman

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Egypt Protesters on Verge of Victory? Watch for the Demands

Robert Naiman | Posted May 25, 2011 | World


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to address Egyptians within hours, and statements by some government officials suggest that Mubarak intends to announce his resignation, although other official statements suggest otherwise.

If Mubarak resigns, have the protesters won?

If Mubarak resigns, then in one sense the protesters have won, because the...

Joe The Nerd Ferraro

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Rich Guy Discounts -- 2011

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Last year John Boehner was running his mouth saying that younger American workers are going to need to work longer and harder to get to Social Security.

This year Senator Richard Shelby is running with the same theme.

These guys are wrong!

Congress is setting up a battle between generations,...

Dave Helfert

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Getting the Message on Health Care

Dave Helfert | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Democrats have announced plans to develop a message that will convince the public that health care reform is a good thing. Not a bad idea. But who on God's green earth decided that now was the time to build support for health care reform? The Affordable Health Care Act was...

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

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Mubarek Stepping Down Soon?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


I sincerely hope that the crisis in Egypt ends quickly and peacefully. This is, fundamentally, a human rights issue.

With the latest news that President Mubarek is refusing to step down, it is apparent that it is "too little, too late" for the crowds of protesters. This is...

Erica Payne

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Old Man Winter and the Nile

Erica Payne | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Watching John McCain and his Cold Warriors parry on the crisis in Egypt has been telling -- they spent the last few weeks awkwardly dithering over how to respond to a new era emerging in the streets of Cairo. Their ambivalence illustrates both how fast the world is changing and...

Brendan Nyhan

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Early Primary/Straw Polls Don't Matter

Brendan Nyhan | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


The political press is eagerly awaiting the results of the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is supposed to serve as a barometer of the presidential candidate preferences of conservative elites. Unfortunately, if you look at CPAC's track record, the straw poll is not a meaningful predictor...

Randall Amster

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Despite Harassment, Peace Activists Vow to Continue Work

Randall Amster | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


On January 25, 2011, people gathered in cities across America to demonstrate against the ongoing harassment of peace organizations and individual activists by law enforcement agencies. In particular, these "solidarity actions" were focused on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who had served subpoenas and raided the homes of people involved...

Rep. Anthony Weiner

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Conflicted Clarence Thomas

Rep. Anthony Weiner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas must recuse himself immediately from any cases regarding the constitutionality of the health care reform law.

The Thomas household has profited from opposition to health care reform. His wife has already taken nearly $700,000 from health care opponents and now...

Robert Lenzner

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Harvard's Kenneth Rogoff Predicts Serious Social Unrest Due to Income Disparities In The U.S

Robert Lenzner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business


Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff, co-author of a best-selling book on financial crises, This Time It's Different, told Forbes today in an exclusive interview that the high unemployment rate and high levels of debt in the U.S. will sooner or later trigger serious "social unrest from the income disparities in the...

Rizwan Ladha

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If the Egyptians Were In America, They Would Be Protesting Obama

Rizwan Ladha | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Breaking news: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak just stepped down and transferred power to Vice President Omar Suleiman and the armed forces.

As an interested observer who has watched the protests continue for the past few weeks, I have been struck most by what I understand to be...

Richard Attias

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What the Middle East Needs Now: "Don't Leave"

Richard Attias | Posted May 25, 2011 | World


I am looking at a picture snapped this week in Tahrir Square, the now-famous stretch of land in central Cairo where so many hopes and dreams of a new Egypt have been voiced over the last 12 days. In the picture, a young man, maybe 20-years-old, is holding a simple...

David Sirota

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Idiocracy By the Numbers: New Data Show Many Americans Have No Idea They Receive Government Benefits

David Sirota | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


How aggressively stupid is America when it comes to our debates over taxes, budgets and the size of government? That's been difficult to answer with any precision, beyond simply citing the Tea Partier who famously told his congressman to "keep your government hands off my Medicare." But now we...

Burns Strider

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Republicans Are in Schism!

Burns Strider | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


The Republican house isn't built on a strong foundation of rock, but rather shifting sands. And the foundations are settling noticeably as the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) holds its yearly conference in Washington. Make no mistake, schism is official within the world of conservative politics.

CPAC has...

Jonathan Tasini

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"Free Trade": The Capitulation Continues, Middle Class Weeps

Jonathan Tasini | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


If you share the belief that the greatest economic challenge we face is stopping the stupefying global class warfare underway, then, we have to be quite clear about the tools that support the attack against decent living standards for people and a fair sharing of the wealth. So-called "free trade"...

Chase Madar

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Why Bradley Manning Is a Patriot, Not a Criminal: An Opening Statement for the Defense of Private Manning

Chase Madar | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old from Crescent, Oklahoma, enlisted in the U.S. military in 2007 to give something back to his country and, he hoped, the world.

For the past seven months, Army Private First Class Manning has been held in solitary confinement in the Marine...

Derrick Crowe

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Young Filmmakers Decry the Trillion-Dollar Cost of Two Dumb Wars

Derrick Crowe | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


What would you do with $1 trillion? Unfortunately, one of Washington, D.C.'s answers over the last decade has been, "waste it on two wars that make us less safe and cause deep suffering at home and abroad." The true costs of those bad decisions will be paid by today's youth,...

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

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Crisis Diplomacy In Egypt

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted May 25, 2011 | World


Ever since I first studied the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, my career-long investigation into the best practices of crisis diplomacy has consistently led me to a singular and understated fact -- perception forms reality.

Consider the recent diplomatic flap in which the former American Ambassador to Egypt,...

Brent Budowsky

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Democrats Must Not Cut Energy Assistance for the Poor

Brent Budowsky | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


I never thought I would see a Democratic president fight to cut low income energy assistance for the poor. But I never thought I would see Democrats claim credit for extending all of the Bush tax cuts, while telling those who have been jobless for 99 weeks to drop dead.

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Carla Seaquist

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The Dignity Revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia -- and America?

Carla Seaquist | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Dignity.

This is the bedrock theme, the master chord echoing in the revolutions unfolding in Egypt and Tunisia in these historic weeks, as stated eloquently and pridefully -- and with earthquake force -- by their people out in the streets.

While other revolutions of late might be color-coded (Ukraine's...

Josh Ruebner

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U.S. Veto on Israeli Settlements Resolution Would Be Nadir for Obama

Josh Ruebner | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Illustration: Israelis at UN headquarters

The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote, possibly this month, on a resolution reaffirming that Israel's 150 settlements in the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem "are illegal and constitute a major obstacle...

Jeff Norman

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Why the Individual Mandate Is Doomed

Jeff Norman | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


The Supreme Court has never ruled Congress has authority under the Commerce Clause to impose an economic mandate on the general population, and until it passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) last year, Congress had never claimed it is so authorized. But a majority of American...

Chris Birk

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Time Winding Down for Service Members To Use $8,000 Tax Credit

Chris Birk | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


The $8,000 tax credit program for first-time home buyers helped prop up the sagging real estate market in 2010.

While the landmark initiative finally expired last fall, there's still one group of Americans who can still capitalize on the opportunity: Active duty military members who were serving our nation...

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

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Super Winners Have No Score to Settle

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Historically, the first Sunday in February has been set aside by more than 100 million Americans who spend the day ensconced in front of their television sets to watch a confrontation between two groups of people. That was the case once again on February 6 during Super Bowl XLV; an...

Preeti Vissa

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Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Wants to Hear From You

Preeti Vissa | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Every once in a while, government gets something really, really right, and it looks like one of those instances is happening right now. One of the best provisions of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed last year, created the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). This new agency...

L. Scott Frantz

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Can America Afford Democracy?

L. Scott Frantz | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


While most of us would agree that, almost by definition, democracy as a form of government is very expensive over the long run, I think we are all shocked at how it has so rapidly become unaffordable in recent years. Our cherished system of a government for, by and of...

Lisa Schirch

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A 3D Approach to US Foreign Policy

Lisa Schirch | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Do we use development funds and diplomacy to bend hearts and minds toward political leaders abroad, giving the U.S. short-term access to natural resources or protecting geopolitical interests related to global power dynamics? Or are development and diplomacy fundamentally about building a shared vision of freedom, participatory governance, and human...

Pat Waak

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New Colorado Poll Shows Obama Strong

Pat Waak | Posted May 25, 2011 | Denver


Last week Public Policy Polling surveyed Colorado voters and came to the conclusion that "Colorado is still Obama territory." President Obama's approval rating is at 51%. While this is an early test of the President's popularity, it points to continued strength among Democrats and unaffiliated voters in Colorado.

The poll...

Eric K. Clemons

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The American Role in the Revolution in Egypt: First and Foremost, Do No Harm

Eric K. Clemons | Posted May 25, 2011 | World


Update below.

This situation in Egypt remains fluid and is not fully understood in America, and yet American politicians obviously need both to set U.S. policy and to take concrete actions, and they need to do both quickly. Probably the most important question to address is what the US can...

William K. Black

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Freddie Mac: Tone Deaf at the Top

William K. Black | Posted May 25, 2011 | Business


Freddie Mac made a terse announcement Wednesday in a securities filing about the resignation of its chief operating officer, Bruce Witherell. Freddie said that Witherell resigned "for personal reasons." His departure was effective immediately and he received no termination benefits. He had been receiving several millions of dollars in annual...

Jeff Danziger

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Mubarak Falconry

Jeff Danziger | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


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Richard (RJ) Eskow

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Cold-Blooded: Grandma Souljah, Felon-Friendly Cuts, and Other Austerity Horrors

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


Slasher-Movie Economics

A vicious, savage, axe-wielding killer stalks the political landscape, yearning to draw blood, slash victims, and amputate limbs. That's not my description of austerity economics -- that's how its fans talk about it.

"Austerity" is defined as "the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)."...

Dave Johnson

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Discover The Network Out To Crush Our Public Workers

Dave Johnson | Posted May 25, 2011 | Politics


This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

It is difficult to read, watch or listen to the news without hearing that public employees are paid too much and get "lucrative" pensions and this is...