Is This The End Of Education Austerity?

Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the unmentionable: Spend more money on public education.
Jeff Bryant
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We Need A Pro-Worker, Anti-Austerity Agenda

If we want to grow the overall economy, if we want to create jobs, we have to put money into the hands of working people. We do not do that by imposing more austerity on people who already desperately are hurting.

Jeb Really Is a Bush

Jeb Bush's speech to the Detroit Economic Club pledging to close the "opportunity gap" is strikingly similar to George W. Bush's 1999 stump speech touting "compassionate conservatism."
Bill Scher
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13 Questions: About Greece, Europe, Austerity – and Us

Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
Richard Eskow
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Needed: A Bold Left to Challenge Government Downsizing

We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
Richard Eskow
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Anti-Science, Anti-Social Conservatism Makes Us Sick

America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. That anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism’s rejection of responsibility to the greater community.
Terrance Heath
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Austerity for the Other Guy

Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
Leo Gerard
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Four Bogus Attacks On The Obama Budget, Debunked

Are congressional Republicans ready to have an honest debate between to competing budgetary visions for America? Nope. Just bogus attacks that try to kick up enough sand so we can't have an honest debate.
Bill Scher
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Budget Wars: Europe Has the Germans; We Have the GOP

This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.
Richard Eskow
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The Science of Political Persuasion – Part One

When deciding whether to agree with you, people rely on emotion and ingrained beliefs far more than facts. Let us explore why people’s brains work this way and use the information to restructure our arguments to make them more effective.

Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting

The president's budget will trigger a new battle over America's direction. It contains many sensible proposals. But hidden in it is the next corporate sting: a massive tax break for multinationals. Here is how the rules get rigged.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: From Rogue to Reject

This week, we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives’ love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and almost said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to a regular on “Wingnut Week In Review.”
Terrance Heath
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Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul Create A Tax Monster

A former Campaign for America's Future "Progressive Champion" and a libertarian Republican have jointly created a Frankenstein of a plan that pardons corporations for their past tax avoidance.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Labor Relations Board Under Renewed Attack

A Senate Republican bill would cripple the National Labor Relations Board, an agency that is instrumental in solving labor disputes and helping workers who have been treated unfairly by their employers.
Meghan Byrd
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Senator Warren Clarifies The Money Matter In Revising NCLB

Where can Democrats find clarity in the current debate over how to rewrite No Child Left Behind legislation? Senator Warren has provided a powerful corrective message that Democrats everywhere should heed
Jeff Bryant
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The Mainstream Meets Occupy

The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
Robert Borosage
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Not Lovin’ It

McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
Jim Hightower
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The Federal Reserve Board and Social Security Disability

The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
Dean Baker
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Grassroots Push Needed For Sanders’ Infrastructure Bill

Flooded streets, broken bridges and overcrowded public transportation make the case for Sen. Bernie Sanders' $1 trillion spending plan. So do the 13 million jobs that the bill would create.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Greece Proves Populist Movements Can Fight And Win

After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
Terrance Heath
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