Sense and Nonsense: The Budget Battle In The House

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Republican-Ryan budget and the Progressive Caucus "Better off Budget." The former is nonsense; the latter common sense. One of them is likely to pass.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Obamacare Truthers

This was a make or break week for Obamacare, with the enrollment deadline looming and a major goal hanging in the balance. Obamacare made good on the goal of 7 million sign-ups, and broke right-wingers tenuous grip with reality.
Terrance Heath
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The March Jobs Report: Nothing Moving

The March jobs report is more of the same. Slow growth, not nearly enough to make a dent in mass unemployment. Congress continues to dig potholes that slow growth. Americans are paying a harsh price for folly.
Robert Borosage
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Is Charles Koch “Un-American”? Let Thomas Jefferson Decide

What one of the Koch brothers calls "character assassination" in a Wall Street Journal editorial, others would describe as a simple recounting of the facts. So let's turn the question over to an unimpeachable authority.
Richard Eskow
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Why We Need A 10.4 Million Jobs Plan

Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.

House Democrats Attack “Fantasy Land” Ryan Budget

“This budget chooses to protect tax breaks and special interests at the expense of education, kids, the social safety net, and seniors,” said ranking Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen.
Derek Pugh
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A ‘Fair Shot’ Agenda For Education

Democrats left K-12 education out of its "Fair Shot" agenda. But if they want a fair shot at economic success for all workers, Democrats need to press for a fair shot at education for all students.
Jeff Bryant
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McCutcheon, the Majority and the Challenge of Our Time

This latest Supreme Court ruling is a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will. And the people will continue to lose  – until the rules of engagement are changed.
Richard Eskow
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Time To Tell Paul Ryan To Stop His April Foolishness

The latest proposal from the House Budget Committee chairman is less April Fool's joke and more cruel hoax. This budget – and more importantly, the values and priorities that it enshrines – must be challenged.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Ted Kaufman is Angry About Wall Street Injustice. Are You?

Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, one of the great heroes in the fight for financial reform, doesn’t pull any punches in reacting to a report highlighting a lack of zeal in prosecuting Wall Street foreclosure fraud.
Richard Eskow
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“Universal” Is Not An American Value. Never Has Been.

We are generally quite content to live in a country with vast disparities in rights, health, wealth and security out of some outdated fealty to "states' rights." And that lies at the root of so many of our problems.
Digby
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A Fair Shot: The Democrats’ Populist Message

As Senate Democrats rolled out their "Fair Shot for Everyone" agenda, Republicans were arguing that Obama's populist message had failed with swing voters. But populism hasn't failed; it just hasn't been tried yet.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Obamacare Derangement Syndrome

This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Americans For Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano, who clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. There was enough good news for Obamacare to drive right-wingers around the bend. Stephano didn't hold back.
Terrance Heath
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How Education ‘Reform’ Perpetuates Racial Disparity

The media noticed new data showing that a child’s education destiny is strongly determined by race. But few people bothered to ask how and why overt racial disparity came about – and what to do to change it.
Jeff Bryant
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