Today's Ideas & Actions
May 21, 2013
TAKE ACTION While college students struggle under an unprecedented debt burden, big banks are now enjoying interest rates of almost zero. Join Sen. Elizabeth Warren, CAF and Daily Kos in telling Congress to pass her bill that would give students the same rock-bottom interest rates as the big banks. Click here to tell your senators: Co-sponsor Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.
With millions out of work and the economy in trouble, the federal budget sequester is not just dumb, but dangerous. So we launched a campaign to build political pressure to repeal the sequester, including an online petition drive, public education effort and media appearances.
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A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Campaign for America's Future shows how the corporate CEOs leading Fix the Debt, an organization that has helped fuel the austerity agenda in Washington, are themselves contributing to the debt as their corporations deduct their outsized compensation packages from their tax bills. Read the report »
We're working to put the plight of minimum wage workers back on the agenda. They need a raise, and the economy won't grow until they and other low-wage workers see their incomes rise.
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On the menu this morning MORNING MESSAGE: The Latest Lie – IRS Targeted Conservatives The Bite of Apple: Worming Through Tax Loopholes Homeowners Arrested; Say Bankers Should Have Been Good Deficit News Bad News for Right Latest Immigration Bill Twists Breakfast Sides MORNING MESSAGE: The Latest Lie – IRS Targeted Conservatives “The corporate media [.
The Latest Lie: IRS Targeted Conservatives
Remember the video of the guy in the “pimp costume” who got advice from ACORN employees on how to run his prostitution ring? Turns out the whole story was just a lie, a doctored-video smear job on an important organization.
Pushing Back Against Austerity: Hickey and Eskow on Pivot Point with Maya Rockeymoore
OurFuture. Org’s Roger Hickey and Richard Eskow explain during their appearance Sunday on “Pivot Point with Maya Rockeymoore” what it will take for progressives to win the fight against conservative austerity economic policies that are holding down the economy and preventing the job growth that we need.
Homeowners Get Arrested To Show Why Bankers Should Be Instead
Police in Washington made numerous arrests today in connection with the ongoing mortgage foreclosure crisis, in which millions of homeowners lost billions of dollars due to the fraudulent actions of bank executives.
May 19, 2013: A Day Of Extreme Federal Budget Shame
Sunday, May 19, 2013, was one of the saddest and most notorious moments in the sordid history of the federal budget.
February’s unemployment numbers were better than the average job creation for the previous three months. The new jobs figures -- an additional 236,000 jobs in February with unemployment edging down to 7.7 percent -- reveal an economy that keeps chugging along against rising headwinds. But don’t break out the bubbly. We are still in a debilitating jobs recession. There are still more than 20 million people in need of full-time work.