Build a 21st Century Economy? GOP Stalls Even the Highway Bill.

Conservatives have blocked every significant plan for investing in jobs and growth since the stimulus. Their program – conservative austerity – has so damaged the recovery it deserves to be called what it is: economic sabotage.
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The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians’ broken promises.
Roger Hickey
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Victory! Chained CPI Out Of The Obama Budget

Great news! The AP just reported that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama’s budget. This is a victory for populists who want politicians to fight for the majority of real Americans facing tough economic realities.
Roger Hickey
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Join The Stand For Justice Feb. 8 In Raleigh, N.C.

On February 8, tens of thousands of people of conscience will answer Rev. Barber's call and join in a "Moral March" on the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Here's why you should join them – and how.
Roger Hickey
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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits

If Congress doesn't act now, 3.6 million more people will lose what little income they have. Today the Senate is expected to vote on extending unemployment benefits. With your encouragement, it can pass.
Roger Hickey
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If You Care About Inequality, Fight for Full Employment

Democrats now sound like populists. President Obama calls economic inequality our "defining challenge." De Blasio won in New York City on a populist program. But a warning: Without a jobs message, conservative populism can win.
Roger Hickey
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Dear Congress – Stop This Manufactured Crisis

Forty-one organizations, representing millions of Americans, are united in asking Congress to stand against those who would "hold our economy hostage in order to dictate the terms of the debate."
Roger Hickey
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Only Two Days Left: Tell Congress To Repeal The Sequester

Our month-long campaign to “disarm the austerity bomb” and repeal the sequester is gaining traction in Washington. On Monday, leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined our call, saying if […]
Roger Hickey
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350 Economists Warn Sequester Cuts Could Kill Recovery

How many economists does it take to make the Congress, President Obama and the media pay attention?  Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has been warning of the dangers of austerity in […]
Roger Hickey
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Say It Ain’t So, Chuck: Don’t Back Down On Social Security

A report in The Hill newspaper last night suggested that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) may be floating a proposal that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. If Sen. Schumer's proposal was accurately reported, the senator could not be more wrong.
Roger Hickey
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Growing Group of Senators Opposes “Fiscal Swindle”

For years now, various gangs of Senators - the Gang of 8, or 6, or 14 - have declared dire deficit emergencies and called for austerity: Cut public spending and cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits, they tell us.
Roger Hickey
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Stop The Grand Swindle

Election Day was a smashing victory for progressives and middle-class populism. But the deficit hysterics, budget slashers and Social Security haters refuse to heed our voices. Within hours of the […]
Roger Hickey
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Jobs and Growth, Not Austerity

In addressing the deficit today, President Obama opened his remarks with the crucial truth: “at a time when our economy’s still recovering from the great recession, our top priority has […]
Roger Hickey
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Obama, Yes. And Win the House Too.

President Obama is enjoying a post-convention bump in job approval (Gallup says 7 percentage points – from 45 to 52 percent) after the negative and divisive Republican convention, followed by the energetic populism of the Democrats in Charlotte.
Roger Hickey
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A New Strategy for Prosperity

The following is a short version of the visionary report "Prosperity Economics" by Jacob S.
Roger Hickey
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Go Joe! Get Biden’s Back on Social Security.

At a campaign stop in south central Virginia this past Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said to a relieved coffee shop patron that, "Number one, I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security. I flat guarantee you."
Roger Hickey
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After Victory On Health Reform, Fight To Defend Medicare

The Supreme Court's narrow decision today that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional is a victory for all of us who defend the right of Americans to join together to impose new rules on the private health insurance industry—to require that they cover all applicants and not disqualify people wi...
Roger Hickey
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They Bought Wisconsin Dont Let Them Buy America

Democracy lost in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker kept his job only after outspending the recall movement 8 to 1. And that doesn’t even count the millions spent by secretive third-party groups.
Roger Hickey
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Show Peter Peterson We Reject His Elite Austerity Consensus

On Tuesday, May 15, one of America's wealthiest men, Peter G. Peterson, will use his foundation's money to lecture the rest of us about why the federal deficit is the most serious problem facing our country.
Roger Hickey
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Ryan GOP Unveil Suicide Pact Today Rejecting American Majority

On Tuesday House Republicans, led by Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan, will unveil a suicide pact in the form of a new budget that ignores the clear views of the majority of Americans – and which, if they embrace it almost unanimously, as they did last year’s similar Ryan Budget, will put a gun ...
Roger Hickey
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