5 Ways American Policies Make Us Lonely, Anxious, and Antisocial

Our society is designed by politicians indebted to the 1 percent for the purpose of enhancing and maintaining their power. The rest of us lead rocky, competitive lives that leave us isolated and exhausted. Inequality is stunting our growth.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much

Republicans’ fear of paying too much is terrible. Not because of GOP angst. No, because it causes underpaid workers to suffer. Because it means Republicans will continue to blockade efforts to resolve growing, corrosive income inequality.
Leo Gerard
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The Gulf – Four Years Later.

This past Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil isn't gone. The environment isn't restored. Residents' lives aren't back to so-called “normal.” Yet, BP claims that they fixed the Gulf.

Can Democracy Tame Plutocracy?

We are headed into a reckoning. We know that the rules are rigged in Washington, as the powerful protect their interests from the many. The question is can the people take back their democracy?
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week in Review: None Dare Call It Terrorism

What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.
Terrance Heath
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The Populist Wave: Politics And Pitchforks

Populist sentiments are on the rise. But the stunted economic recovery — and big GOP money — makes it hard for Democrats to exploit them. That helps conservative candidates confuse voters with their own populist poses.
Robert Borosage
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The Middle Class is not “Normal”

There’s nothing “normal” about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it’s a choice we need to make again in this generation.

Are Teacher Evaluations Education ‘Reform’s’ Biggest Bust?

This week, a key underpinning to the whole teacher evaluation program pushed by the Obama administration was cast into doubt. These new schemes are doing great harm to teachers and, consequentially, the students in their charge.
Jeff Bryant
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CEO Pay Soars As Worker Pay Stagnates

The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”

Stop Tax Day Giveaways

It's Tax Day! And right now Congress is working on Tax Day giveaways for the big corporations. When corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes, the rest of us end up picking up the tab. So Happy Tax Day!

Thomas Piketty: Wealth Inequality Corrupts Our Politics

The author of "Capital in the 21st Century" says the capturing of our political institutions by the ultra-wealthy is the single most serious concern stemming from today's worsening wealth inequality.
Isaiah J. Poole
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GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
Leo Gerard
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Call (661)-BOEHNER and Demand a House Vote On Jobless Aid

Call Speaker Boehner at (661)-BOEHNER (661-263-4637) to reach one of his three Ohio offices. Tell him you want an up-or-down House vote on the unemployment insurance bill already passed by the Senate.
Robert Borosage
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Measuring What Matters

We measure a lot of stuff in our society. But it’s rare that we try to measure our progress in achieving the American ideal of opportunity, especially when it comes to our nation’s young people.
Alan Jenkins
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I Remember The Day FDR Died

It was never apparent that FDR’s New Deal materially made a difference in my father’s life, but this I know, and I know it for certain: he believed President Roosevelt was on his side, fighting for common people like him.
Bill Moyers
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Wingnut Week In Review: Return of the Late Night TV Wars

More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after Leno and O'Brien feuded, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.
Terrance Heath
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Citi to Help Unemployed Youth? Oh, The Irony!

If Citi and its peers hadn’t committed their fraud, America’s young people – along with millions of other Americans – wouldn’t need employment assistance today.
Richard Eskow
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Even As Jobs Numbers Seem Better…

Pay is really low, and employment practices make companies "look awesome on paper" even as they "wreak havoc on the lives and incomes of workers" as well as the overall economy.

The Ryan Budget Shows What Republicans Want To Do To America

With the passage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest austerian budget, the GOP has spelled out very clearly what they want to do to America. It’s not a threat, but a promise that Americans must make sure Republicans never have the power to fulfill.
Terrance Heath
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Test Season Reveals America’s Biggest Failures

It’s testing season in America, and despite of how students do, it’s clear who is already flunking the exams: Major media outlets and an entrenched education regime that’s prevailed in policy making for over 30 years.
Jeff Bryant
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Wage Theft Is Much More Common Than You Think

A recent poll found that nine out of ten fast-food workers report having wages stolen from them. Keep in mind that these are people already paid only at or near the way-too-low minimum wage. Here's what we can do.

Behind the GOP’s Unhealthy Attack

The “nattering nabobs of negativism” haven't a hope of rolling back the Affordable Care Act. So why are they beating this dead horse? Could those taxes on the richest Americans that are helping to pay for it be fueling this madness?

Republican Resistance To Jobless Aid Starts To Crack

Republicans are suddenly talking about compromises in order to pass the Senate's extended unemployment insurance bill. They are feeling the pressure. Give them some more by calling Boehner at (513) 285-9008.
Bill Scher
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