Smashing the Austerity Idols

What European leaders don’t understand — nor do Republicans — is that in hard times, you can’t cut your way to prosperity. But when times are hard you need government to provide economic stimulus to grow your way to prosperity.
Donald Kaul
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Help Save Our Public Postal Service

A financial crisis is being engineered to get people complaining about the "slow, inefficient" Post Office. It's time for the public to demand that Congress act to end the crisis.

Tell Obama and Congress to Stop the Squeeze on Greece

A petition launched today calls on President Obama and Congress to urge the European Central Bank to support the Greek banking system while negotiations continue toward "a fair agreement" for the Greek people.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Greeks Say No

The Greeks have refused to accept the harsh punishment that Europe prescribed for them. Europe's effort to topple the Syriza government has failed. Now Europe must decide how it will react to the voice of democracy.
Robert Borosage
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Greece’s Agonies, Europe’s Shame

Greece is now on the brink. The referendum on July 5 offers Greek voters only a choice of calamities. The common narrative of this crisis is deeply misleading. Greece's failure is, in the end, Europe's shame.
Robert Borosage
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We Must Write A Different Ending To This Greek Tragedy

Three European leftist party leaders are appealing to lawmakers and activists in the United States to push the International Monetary Fund to stop the imposition of austerity policies in Greece.
Cormac Close
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Police Violence Against Blacks Has An Economic Context

Police violence against unarmed African Americans occurs against a too-often-ignored backdrop of economic disparity that both fuels and informs the resentments and racial tensions behind the events.
Terrance Heath
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Opportunity or Inequality? That’s No Choice At All.

We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
Richard Eskow
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Sorry, David Brooks. This Is No “Center-Right Moment.”

David Brooks argued that the re-election of British Prime Minister David Cameron proves that "The world has not turned left" and instead we are experiencing a "Center-Right Moment." This is demonstrably wrong.
Bill Scher
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How The Republican Budget Cons Conservatives

Republican leaders can't keep their promise to cut spending down to a level not seen since before the New Deal. Capitulation is inevitable. They can admit it now, or pay a price later.
Bill Scher
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Study Finds Right-Wing Tax Voodoo Doesn’t Work

"Our results are inconsistent with the view that cuts in top state income tax rates will automatically or necessarily generate growth," says a report from the Tax Policy Center.
Isaiah J. Poole
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After Baltimore: Soul Searching in Another America

Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Richard Eskow
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One More Time: Marriage Doesn’t Alleviate Poverty

The conservative argument that declining marriage rates contribute to high rates of poverty is a hardy perennial. Yet there are 15 million poor people in married households. Facts are stubborn things.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Words of Dead Workers

On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
Leo Gerard
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Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless

As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable.

The Unfinished Business of Financial Reform

We know what changes we need to make financial markets work better. The key steps aren’t hard. It just takes political courage and a strong demand from the public to complete the unfinished business of financial reform.

Fast Track: Ohio Gets It. But Will Clinton?

Ohio gets it about "NAFTA-style" trade deals. Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are coming for the rest of Ohio's jobs and Ohio is fighting back. Will Hillary Clinton join the fight?

The End of the U.S. Boom

Economic analysts now say the economy isn't as strong as they thought. There never was much basis for claiming a boom in the U.S. economy and the people claiming otherwise were relying on a very selective reading of the data.
Dean Baker
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America’s Billionaires Owe You a Thank You Note

This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. That’s because you’re the one picking up the tab for our nation’s ailing infrastructure of roads, bridges, and rail transport, among other things.
Chuck Collins
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The Terrible Twos: Central Bank Inflation Targets

The March job numbers came in somewhat worse than most analysts had expected. Many are warning that the economy is weaker than they thought. These warnings are in fact good news. They may slow down the Fed's rush to raise interest rates.
Dean Baker
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