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A Pathway to Nowhere: Why Paul Ryan's Plan Will Not Reduce Poverty Now or Ever

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

The biggest problem with Ryan's plan, besides its potential to become a bureaucratic nightmare, is that it was tried once before under President Bill Clinton in 1996 with welfare reform and was met with mixed results.

Medicaid: The Forgotten Issue

Max Richtman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Max Richtman

People should be asking -- what will happen to those 30 million or more Americans who will likely lose their Medicaid coverage during a Romney/Ryan administration? Where will they go for health care coverage?

Congress Returns To Face Education Funding Issues And ESEA

Education Week | Alyson Klein | Posted 11.06.2011 | Education

Congress returns from its summer recess this week with a full plate of unfinished business on the future of K-12 spending and policy--a tall order in ...

GOP "Fanatically Determined To Protect The Interests Of The Wealthy"

The Huffington Post | Alex Becker | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted the deficit-cutting frenzy sparked by the need to raise the nation's borrowing limit by Aug. 2 in a ...

Not Grover: Who's the Progressive Counterpart to Norquist?

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Norquist's unparalleled influence stems from his role as enforcer. Armed with his (in)famous anti-tax pledge, he's the undisputed master of political arm-twisting. No one on the left plays that sort of role.

It's Basic Economics, Stupid -- Curing the Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

What is holding up agreement of a debt ceiling increase is obvious. Republicans want to continue to shrink the middle class when they won't allow repeal of the Bush tax breaks. They do not understand the most basic economic Law of Supply and Demand.

Corporate Tax Revenues Are At Historic Lows, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as the federal deficit has ballooned, U.S. corporations are paying lower tax bills than ever before, according to one measure. That's the take...

State Workers Are Retiring In Droves

Daily Finance | Jonathan Berr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many employees of cash-strapped states, such as New Jersey, California and New York, appear headed for the exits -- trying to get out while they still...

The End of Social Security

Nancy Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The fact that the Republican idea of scrapping the payroll tax is being touted as a concession made to the Democrats by the Republicans, shows just how hapless and clueless President Obama and his advisers are.

A Public Response to Public Sector Woes

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Over the past thirty years, Republicans have led a relentless assault on government, arguing that we needed to "starve the beast." Now we're in exactly the position they wanted us to be in.

Cut the Deficit -- Cut Military Spending

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

To reduce a $1.6 trillion shortfall in the 2011 budget, we should cut the contracts of private defense contractors who serve their own profits.