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We Must Protect Taxpayers in Public-Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Public-private partnerships use private capital from investors to finance public infrastructure projects. But using P3s has proven to be difficult and even counterproductive when adequate care isn't taken to protect the public interest and include equity considerations and standards.

The Public School Counterinsurgency Field Manual

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Their means may not be military, but across this great land, insurgent extremists are at work attacking public institutions and undermining the citizenry's confidence in the same. Our public schools are on the front lines.

Raising Wages: States and Cities Can Follow Obama's Lead on Tackling Inequality

Donald Cohen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Donald Cohen

Recent research shows that private corporations have sought to cash in on the services and infrastructure that working Americans rely on every day, while slashing wages and benefits in the process.

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

John Boehner Still Thinks Privatizing Veterans' Health Care Is A Good Idea

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner called for the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs decades ago, and he still thinks it's a good idea today....

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?

To Save the Internet We Need to Own the Means of Distribution

David Morris | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
David Morris

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains th...

Dave Jamieson

How The Postal Service Could Give Its Jobs Away To Staples

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business

ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. -- On a recent Saturday morning, 500 protesters poured out of a parade of school buses, signs and megaphones in hand, and tried the...

'Privatization' Is Not 'Privacy'

Peter M. Shane | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

America's cultural turn toward a glorification of the private and a denigration of the public has coexisted with what quite obviously is a deterioration in privacy. As individuals, we have dramatically less capacity than in earlier decades to control information about even the most personal aspects of our lives.

An Open Letter to Public School Teachers: We Apologize

Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Your profession has been vilified, scapegoated, mined for profit, and deprofessionalized. On behalf of graduates of public schools, parents of children in public schools, those who value public education and teachers unions, we apologize.

In Defense of Public Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Given the pervasiveness of privatization, we need to ask some difficult questions about its human costs.

The Evidence Is in: Taxpayers Need Protections

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

As cities and states look for creative ways to solve budget shortfalls, predatory private companies always seem to pop up claiming to have the perfect answer.

Richard M. Daley, Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

During his tenure as mayor, Daley consistently failed to make the required contribution to the city's pension funds. As a result, according to his successor Rahm Emanuel, the city is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Gerrymandering, ALEC and the Red Tide That Is Stealing Your Vote

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

How many times a day do you catch yourself thinking, "What the hell is happening here?" We have gone from the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Br...

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Keeping the Commons Common

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell March 4, 2014 Today, as on every Mardi Gras Day, New Orleans is in the midst of full-on mayhem. Depending on when on Fat Tuesday you ...

Graft Was the Least of Their Crimes: Review of Kids for Cash

Dan Persons | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Kids for Cash neatly balances the specific details of this one scandal against the broader dilemma the nation has yet to fully confront.

Meet America's Highest Paid Government Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As the nation seeks to understand the causes and solutions of income inequality, the recent trend of outsourcing public services to for-profit corporations should be a focus of study. We've allowed huge corporations to assume control of our schools, roads, prisons and libraries.

The Czech Culture of Corruption

John Feffer | Posted 04.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Havel became president of Czechoslovakia at the end of 1989 -- and later, the president of the Czech Republic -- he became a powerful symbol of a new era of politics. Surely the country would "live in truth" as long as it had a president of unimpeachable character. On the practical, day-to-day matters of politics and economics, however, Havel was not as influential.

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Building a New Economy in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Especially after the financial crisis in 2008 and the Eurozone crisis of the following year, many people in East-Central Europe are again looking for alternative economic strategies.

The Privatization Dilemma: Regulatory Crisis in the Philippines and Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

To privatize, or not to privatize -- this is a fundamental question facing the Philippines, and many other similarly-situated emerging markets, which face increasingly unaffordable public services after decades of aggressive privatization.

ALEC's Half-Century Contract on the Boulder Highway, US 36

Anne Butterfield | Posted 03.31.2014 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

The long term contract is the fruit of a trend around the nation, decried by many, to invent "public private partnerships," also known as P3's, following a grand design crafted by former Colorado State Rep. Glenn Vaad, in the eagle nest of committee meetings he chaired with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The Glitches of Outsourcing IT Services

Donald Cohen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The healthcare.gov launch is a debacle for those who believe that we should outsource public services to for-profit companies without adequate planning and oversight. Sadly, when it comes to outsourcing government IT services, the healthcare.gov example is par for the course.

It's Been a Very Bad Month for the Private Sector

David Morris | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
David Morris

The private sector has had a very bad month. Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown.