Greece Proves Populist Movements Can Fight And Win

After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
Terrance Heath
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Voodoo Trickle-Down Be Damned

President Obama's middle-class economics will be a hard sell. That’s because Americans have been force-fed that voodoo, greed-is-good, grovel-before-the-rich, trickle-down financial philosophy for so very long.
Leo Gerard
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Liberate 41 Million Americans From Student Loan Debt

A student debt “jubilee” would reflect both the values upon which this nation was founded and the economic principles that have sustained it through its greatest periods of growth and prosperity.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Richard Eskow
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You Think Sarah Palin Is Incoherent? Listen To Jeb Bush.

Jeb Bush's address to the National Automobile Dealers Association attracted much positive press. He sounded like an adult. He was willing to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Just one problem: it didn't make any sense.
Bill Scher
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Progressive Wedge Issues for Cities and States

For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.

Republicans Feeling The Climate Squeeze

It is becoming increasingly unacceptable, even among Republicans, to defend the "hoax" line. We are moving toward a climate debate over how to solve the problem, not whether there is a problem.
Bill Scher
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Wingnuts And The State of the Union

President Obama’s State of the Union Address, complete with a “mic drop” moment," couldn’t have annoyed Republicans more if he’d entered to the theme from Rocky, and exited to “How Ya Like Me Now.”
Terrance Heath
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Call, Write Congress To Oppose Fast Track Today

Today is the national Call-in Day against fast track trade authority. Call Congress at (888) 804-8311 to say that we need better trade policies that will raise wages, protect our environment and keep corporations in check.

Democrats Take on Wall Street with Financial Transactions Tax

The House Democratic Party leadership made a remarkable step forward last week in putting out a proposal for a financial transactions tax. There should be no mistake; this is a really big deal for the financial industry.
Dean Baker
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Not So Fast, Congress

Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade.
Leo Gerard
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The State of the States and Localities

Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.

Needed: The Case For Public Investment In Public Infrastructure

The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: Benghazi To Beyoncé

From Benghazi and Beyoncé, from former CIA Director David Petraeus to the terrorist attack in Paris, and beyond, this week was a smorgasbord of wingnuttery.
Terrance Heath
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Why The Test Debate Is About Politics, Not Education

As Republicans present alternatives to the currently untenable situation posed by the current public school testocracy, Democrats aren't going to get footholds simply by saying the tests will get better.
Jeff Bryant
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This Weekend: #ReclaimMLK

National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The High Cost of Tom Price’s Radical Agenda

Like his predecessor, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Tom Price, the new chair of the House Budget Committee, has a conservative ideology that will undermine a recovery that hasn’t even reached many Americans.
Terrance Heath
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Pipeline to Nowhere

There are many good arguments against the $8-billion pipeline on environmental and labor grounds. Here’s another reason why the pipeline shouldn’t be built: It’s a waste of money.

What You Need To Know When Obama Talks Trade

To sell a new trade pact, President Obama's State of the Union address is expected to feature a small business that increased its exports after we signed the South Korea free trade agreement. What is the real record?
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