A Tax Holiday Has Begun For the 1 Percent

The top one percent of working Americans only pay Social Security tax on the wages they earn during the first six weeks of the year. The rest of the year is a tax holiday. Is that fair?
Diane Archer
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A Tiny Step Toward Ending a CEO Scam

Sometimes, CEOs don’t fight failure. They bet on it. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is finally moving, ever so slightly, against wagers that reward CEOs when their companies fail.

Demanding Respect for Worker Safety

More than 5,000 USW members nationwide are on unfair labor practice strikes demanding corporations respect their bargaining rights and the rights of workers and communities to safety.
Leo Gerard
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We Must Not Let Greece Go It Alone

Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to explain her inaction and the Fed’s silence on Greece’s stand against austerity. The stakes are too high for the U.S. to let Greece go it alone.
Terrance Heath
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More Evidence ‘Centrist’ Solutions Can’t Save Us

The Institute for New Economic Thinking shows how without a dramatic shift in policy, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects.
Richard Eskow
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Wingnut Week In Review: No Vaccine For Stupid

This week, conservatives’ anti-science agenda blew up in their faces, Republican Aaron Schock landed in hot water for his interior design choices, and Bobby Jindal got an enlightening makeover.
Terrance Heath
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Is This The End Of Education Austerity?

Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the unmentionable: Spend more money on public education.
Jeff Bryant
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Jeb Really Is a Bush

Jeb Bush's speech to the Detroit Economic Club pledging to close the "opportunity gap" is strikingly similar to George W. Bush's 1999 stump speech touting "compassionate conservatism."
Bill Scher
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13 Questions: About Greece, Europe, Austerity – and Us

Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
Richard Eskow
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Needed: A Bold Left to Challenge Government Downsizing

We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
Richard Eskow
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Austerity for the Other Guy

Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
Leo Gerard
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Four Bogus Attacks On The Obama Budget, Debunked

Are congressional Republicans ready to have an honest debate between to competing budgetary visions for America? Nope. Just bogus attacks that try to kick up enough sand so we can't have an honest debate.
Bill Scher
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Budget Wars: Europe Has the Germans; We Have the GOP

This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.
Richard Eskow
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The Science of Political Persuasion – Part One

When deciding whether to agree with you, people rely on emotion and ingrained beliefs far more than facts. Let us explore why people’s brains work this way and use the information to restructure our arguments to make them more effective.

Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting

The president's budget will trigger a new battle over America's direction. It contains many sensible proposals. But hidden in it is the next corporate sting: a massive tax break for multinationals. Here is how the rules get rigged.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: From Rogue to Reject

This week, we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives’ love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and almost said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to a regular on “Wingnut Week In Review.”
Terrance Heath
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Senator Warren Clarifies The Money Matter In Revising NCLB

Where can Democrats find clarity in the current debate over how to rewrite No Child Left Behind legislation? Senator Warren has provided a powerful corrective message that Democrats everywhere should heed
Jeff Bryant
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The Mainstream Meets Occupy

The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
Robert Borosage
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Not Lovin’ It

McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
Jim Hightower
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The Federal Reserve Board and Social Security Disability

The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
Dean Baker
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