Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. But Walmart’s board rejiggered bonus criteria so executives could reap “performance” payouts, at taxpayer's expense.

Populism: The Democrats’ Great Divide

Democrats are remarkably unified behind the jobs and inequality agenda the president ticked off in his State of the Union address. But beneath this surface calm, there is a growing divide within the Democratic Party.
Robert Borosage
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“Inequality Doesn’t Just Happen. The 1% Make It Happen”

Elites believe that all that matters is that the possibility exists for someone to get rich. After all, that's their highest value, so it must be that for everyone. But acquiring great wealth isn't the holy grail for most people.
Digby
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Shame On Congress For Its Criminal Neglect Of The Jobless

Congress this week assaulted the jobless in two ways – by leaving Washington without reviving long-term jobless benefits that expired last month and by passing a budget that does virtually nothing to boost job creation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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It’s Time For Republicans To Do Some Real Work.

Congress is back, but that doesn't mean Republicans are ready to get to work. Senate Democrats have scheduled a test vote to restore unemployment insurance, but Republicans won't approve an extension without something in return.

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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Exposing The Scrooges

The fight to extend unemployment insurance may not be quite done yet. Even the misanthropic Republicans are subject to the pressure from normal people not to be cruel and ungenerous, especially at Christmas time.
Digby
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The Senate Is Abandoning The Unemployed.

Three days after Christmas, 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits.  And, another two million will stop receiving assistance if Congress doesn’t extend long-term benefits by June.  Our nation […]

Get Ready for the 2014 Trade Tsunami

Hard work, smart planning and perseverance made 2013 a year of inspiring fair-trade activism. This sets the stage for the most important fights on globalization and “trade” in decades, beginning in a few short weeks.

Elizabeth the Stalwart

... introduces a very useful piece of legislation. Now, employers may very well find ways to use this information anyway. But at least it's a consciousness raising exercise that could affect some corporations. This is good stuff.
Digby
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The Great American Class War: Plutocracy Versus Democracy

We are this close -- this close! -- to losing our democracy to the mercenary class. So close it’s as if we’re leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon waiting for a swift kick in the pants.
Bill Moyers
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The Modest Bargain

It's a tiny deal, which is always better than a big deal when you're dealing with these Republicans. But large spending cuts remain the bipartisan objective of the budget as far as the eye can see.
Digby
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“It’s Time For You To Leave”

A nasty little Google boy gets mad and says what he really thinks: "This is a city for the right people who can afford it. You can't afford it? ... It's time for you to leave."
Digby
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CBO Director To Budget Committee: Stop Making It Worse

The budget conference committee meets this week to hammer out a "bipartisan compromise," before kamikaze conservatives” pull the economy into another nosedive. CBO Director Doug Elmendorf has some advice:
Terrance Heath
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It’s Not Safe Out There

Underfunded OSHA can’t effectively shield workers or whistleblowers. It’s a soleless safety boot – fine on the surface but not serving its purpose. As a result, it’s not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.
Leo Gerard
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The Great American Ripoff: The High Cost of Low Taxes

The American people pay a similar amount for social services as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. But there are two significant differences.
Joshua Holland
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Stop The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership could have a dramatic impact on the American people, yet we're being kept in the dark about what it contains. Thankfully, some groups are standing up for our right to know the details of this trade deal.

Even When You Do Everything Right, Life Happens

It's nice to think that you can plan everything properly, make the right decisions, be smart, be successful. But you just don't know when life is going to toss you a curve ball that sets you off on a totally different course.
Digby
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Will The GOP Fade To White?

Can the GOP craft an economic message that keeps white working class voters in the fold, and attracts voters of color? It can be done. But can Republicans do it? The future of Republican party may depend upon it.
Terrance Heath
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The Rich Just Keep Getting Richer…

It's no longer just an expression – the rich are getting richer, and the rest of us are being shut out of the game. A new report says that the top 10% took home more than half of all the income in 2012. More than 20% went to the top 1%.

In Los Angeles, Labor Redefines Itself

In a watershed moment in labor history, the AFL-CIO has decided to expand its membership to include all groups working to organize workers. “It’s time to turn America right side up!” President Richard Trumka declared at the union's annual convention.

Another View Of The Capitol, Where Jobs Are Top Priority

Capitol Hill should adopt the prevailing perspective of Capitol View: Now isn’t the time to cut the supports the economy needs to grow again and working-class people need to get back on their feet.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Reversing the Tide that Swamped Small Boats

Barack Obama said in a speech last week that America should invest in itself and build out from the middle class. His ideas so frighten Republicans that they’re threatening to wreck the U.S. economy.
Leo Gerard
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Jobs Fix Economy, Cuts Cut Economy

The President is pushing a jobs agenda to grow the economy “from the midddle out.” Insider DC is mocking him because the ideas — infrastructure, American manufacturing, fund our schools […]

Obama: Revive the American Dream

In a speech delivered at Knox College in Illinois, President Obama launched his final campaign: a campaign to revive the American Dream.  The speech, less eloquent and windier than the best […]
Robert Borosage
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