Insurance Companies Remind Public Why We Hate Them

Just as the Senate Finance Committee is about to pass a health care bill without a public option, the insurance lobby’s last-minute hissy fit exposed the weakness of its argument […]
Bill Scher

Mending America’s Torn Social Fabric

In closely knit communities, people care about each other and help each other, too. But healthy “social fabrics,” as the expression goes, can tear. Inequality can tear them. The wider […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham Crosses The Climate Rubicon

Last week, I struck a hopeful note after GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham expressed interest in a climate bill compromise that included a carbon cap in exchange for support for some […]
Bill Scher

Moyers Tonight: Why Wall Street Always Wins

Don’t miss the Bill Moyers show tonight. He’s got Simon Johnson, the former IMF economist and Rep. Marcy Kaptur looking at how Wall Street dominates Washington — from the White […]
Robert Borosage

Spatula Alert: Obama Wins Nobel Prize

Wow. Break out the spatulas, and get ready to scrape the exploded brains of right-wingers off the ceiling, walls, etc. Apparently, President Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. US […]
Terrance Heath

Glenn Beck Isn’t Blocking Health Care Reform

Glenn Beck has captured national attention with his caustic poison. The aging right-wing troubadours — Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly—still rouse the wingnuts and enforce discipline among Republican legislators. They’ve […]
Robert Borosage

Defunding The Real Criminal Enterprises

A few weeks ago I wrote about the brazen hypocrisy with which conservatives in Congress met the revelation that a handful of ACORN employees gave stupid advice to two conservative […]
Brian Dockstader

Calling Out The Private Equity Vultures

For a stunning look at the heart of the dysfunction of our Wall Street-centric economy, consider today’s article in The New York Times on the impending Chapter 11 bankruptcy of […]
Isaiah J. Poole

What “Capitalism” Is Not

If I were to summarize message Michael Moore’s new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story in one sentence, it would be this: Capitalism is not a form of government. That’s the […]
Terrance Heath

How The Climate Change Bill Can Help Save 4 Million Jobs

Taken out of context, this argument sounds almost like a right-wing or corporatist knock against the climate change bill that’s pending in the Senate: The bill that was introduced this […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Why Aren’t We Sick Of It Yet?

When are we going to get sick of stories like this happening over and over again? Stacie Ritter stood outside health insurer Cigna Corp’s Philadelphia headquarters clutching photocopied pictures of […]
Terrance Heath

John Boehner Admits He Is Completely Out Of Touch

We have long known that conservatives in Congress are hopelessly out of touch with both reality and the American people. So while it represented nothing new, House Minority Leader John […]
Brian Dockstader

Taking the Fight to Them

With only eight months in office, Rep. Alan Grayson is showing Democrats how to respond to the manufactured outrage from the right-wing. Rep. Grayson took to the floor of the […]
Alex Lawson

Deficit reduction: DOs and DON’Ts

The forum on American debt and deficit had it right. First, don’t panic. Don’t stop the stimulus spending or raise taxes with the economy still near the bottom. The Center […]

A New Economy from Old Roots?

How do we build a new economy out of the collapse of the old economy? How do we start fresh to begin creating jobs again, while building in economic and […]

Boxer-Kerry Climate Bill: A Second Chance For Progressives

The new Boxer-Kerry Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act gives progressives a second chance to influence climate legislation, if we learn the right lessons from both the legislative process […]
Bill Scher

Obama and China: Vandalism or Vision?

"Vandalism" screams the cover of The Economist, depicting President Obama leaving an ice pick in the tire of free trade. (No racial overtones there; after all, as the president explained, […]
Robert Borosage

Capitalists On Flim

Tonight, I’m going to the Washington, DC premiere of Micheal Moore’s new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story. I know there are people who can’t stand Moore, but I’ve seen just […]
Terrance Heath

Right-Wing Plan To “Take Back America”: Obama Is Hitler!!

For six years the Campaign for America’s Future organized the annual Take Back America conference, the largest annual gathering of progressives in the country. At the conference progressives came together […]
Brian Dockstader

GDP: Taking Aim at the Stat that Bamboozles

A conservative world leader and two world-famous economists who challenge conservative world leaders have joined up to call for a totally new global economic yardstick. And they want that yardstick […]

The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 5

“The fundamental truth about health care in every country is that national values, national character, determine how each system works.” Prof. Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton Professor & Health Care Economist “I […]
Terrance Heath

The Big G20 Demonstration

The big “Bail Out The People” demonstration marched through Pittsburgh. There were somewhere between 3-5,000 people. They were peaceful. There was a contingent of anarchists, wearing masks of various types, […]

The Only Alternative is the Status Quo

Senator Rockefeller summed up the state of health reform when he said, “There is no alternative to the public health insurance option, the only alternative is the status quo.” But, […]
Alex Lawson

Enforcing the Rule of Trade Law on Illegal Paper Imports

My union, the United Steelworkers (USW), and three paper manufacturers will have free traders and editorial boards across the nation sputtering, spitting and name calling again this week. They started […]
Leo Gerard

The Failure To End “Too Big To Fail”

The facts, as Wall Street insider-turned-investigative journalist Nomi Prins laid them out Thursday in her talk at the Economic Policy Institute, are a damning indictment of the performance of our […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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