GOP Overlords Rule with Handcuffs

GOP hardliners believe the North Carolina House Speaker speaks, and everybody else shuts up and listens. They are overlords self-empowered to muzzle and handcuff those who disagree.
Leo Gerard
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What Frightens The Right Should Empower Progressives

The "Young Gun" authors of the new conservative manifesto "Room to Grow" never mention the progressive labors and popular struggles that created the first-ever middle-class nation. But the Populist Majority must.
Harvey J Kaye
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The May Jobs Report: The Unexceptional and Unacceptable Normal

Jobs were up 217,000, as predicted, a rate that won't reduce the nearly 20 million Americans in need of full-time work, and won't boost wages to meet the rising prices of necessities. It's a snapshot. But it isn't sunny.
Robert Borosage
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The Risk For Republicans In Fighting The Cap On Carbon

With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
Bill Scher
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Income Growth is Not Quite What Robert Samuelson Implies

Robert Samuelson is correct that income inequality in the US today is nothing like it was in the 1920s, because of the social welfare state. However his column is somewhat misleading on the income gains for middle- and low-income families.
Dean Baker
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The Real Piketty Scandal (Is Right-Wing Deception)

The Right wasted no time seizing the opportunity the Financial Times gave them to discredit Thomas Piketty's book on wealth inequality, but felt no responsibility to amend their words when new information came to light.
Richard Eskow
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The Lousy Economy: Washington’s Partisan Failure

The economy's decline during the first three months of the year is the product of Republican obstruction of any measure that might put people to work, aided and abetted by Democratic absence from the battlefield.
Robert Borosage
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Education Accountability We Can Believe In

For years, education policy has been obsessed with outcomes like scores on standardized tests while focusing less on the inputs into our children’s schooling. It’s time for alternatives to this mindless direction.
Jeff Bryant
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Pollster Celinda Lake’s New Populism Warning

There are Republican candidates and pollsters "who get this new populism," Celinda Lake told The New Populism Conference last week. If Democrats don't effectively align themselves with the populist mood, Republicans will.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Elizabeth Warren and The New Populist Challenge

Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a new populist challenge is emerging that is already influencing the national debate in 2014, and will have a major impact in 2016, whether or not the senator is ultimately drafted to run.
Robert Borosage
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