Birth of the Deathers

So I see that Fox and the talk radio wingnuts are already on the latest conspiracy theory:   Evidently, it’s an article of faith that the administration might have faked […]

The Osama Fallout Be Careful What You Wish For

President Obama is receiving the well-deserved gratitude of the nation for success in taking out Osama bin Laden. The nation applauds, with less exaltation than exhaling, as if we were […]
Robert Borosage

The Myth About Myth Busting

So I’m trying to convince my wife that we should raise chickens in our back yard—it’s a suburban Green Acres thing, you might not understand. She has been, shall we […]
Alan Jenkins

Deficits Are the New Iraq

Before President Obama announced Bin Laden’s death the big topic in Washington was the deficit. Pundits and politicians alike eagerly anticipated a possible “bi-partisan” budget-cutting deal forged by “selfless” Republicans […]
Richard Eskow

Gang Violence Popping A Cap In The Middle Class

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said on Sunday that the so-called "Gang of Six"—three Democratic and three Republican senators trying to forge a deficit-reduction deal—has made "enormous […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Hold On Alabama Your Countrys Here For You

The President’s plane touched down at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport at 10 am this morning, local time. That’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. These are the moments that bring us together as a […]
Richard Eskow

Canaries in the Economic Coalmine

Race & Reality, Pt. 2 When the jobs-focused plenary panel at America’s Future Now convenes— with Angela Glover-Blackwell, Rich Trumka, Jared Bernstein, and Bob Herbert — it’s likely they will […]
Terrance Heath

Fix the Hazards; Don’t Blame the Workers

The Clearwater Paper Corp. in Lewistown, Idaho chose the king cobra to symbolize its workplace safety program. A cobra. One of the deadliest snakes on the planet. Every day on […]
Leo Gerard

Whats Behind the War on Class Size

To all those out there who are clamoring for “market-based” approaches to education reform, please tell me this: What kind of a business slashes inventory in the face of increasing […]
Jeff Bryant

The GOPs Birther Blues

OK. I think I understand why he did it. At first I didn’t think Obama’s release of his long form birth certificate would do him much good. But now I’m […]
Terrance Heath

Fire Fighters Turn off the Spigot

Remember when the fight broke out in Wisconsin over the right to collectively bargain and President Obama and a phalanx of national democratic leaders spread out across the country fighting […]
Mary Bottari

Why We Regulate – and Why John Walsh Must Resign

Regulatory agencies exist to protect the public, not the corporations they regulate. The head of the Office of Comptroller of the Currency doesn’t seem to understand that. But that’s not […]
Richard Eskow

Does Government Know Who The Boss Is

In Washington state workers are allowed to organize and form unions so they can win good wages and benefits. In “right-to-work” states like South Carolina, though, the government sides with […]

Rot At The Top John Galt is an Amoral Idiot

To Dodger fans like me and mine, this has been an embarrassing and horrifying season, and it has nothing to do with what’s going on on the field. The horrifying […]

The Benton Harbor Uprising Why It Matters

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Benton Harbor, Mich., is a small community of about 10,000 people that has had big problems for decades. […]
Isaiah J. Poole

13 Things We Know About Taxes

"What do we think? What do we know? What can we prove?" That’s a quote from "And the Band Played On," HBO’s adaptation of Randy Shilts’ book about the beginnings […]
Terrance Heath

Wanted An Opposition Party Not a CenterRight Coalition

Only two budget proposals are being ‘taken seriously’ in Washington right now. One adopts the rhetoric of “austerity economics,” that grab-bag of right-wing misconceptions that’s weakened the British economy and […]
Richard Eskow

On Whose Back

Ever since Social Security became the law over 75 years ago, there have been conservatives who wanted to kill it, finding the very notion that elderly or disabled people should […]

The Hazards in Our Fairytale Marketplace

A consumer alert for soccer moms and doting granddads: Outrageous compensation rewards give corporate executives an incentive to behave outrageously — against you! The story behind the sad demise of […]

Atlas Shrugged Jesus Didnt

Just in time for Easter, the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is poised to be shown in an expanding number of theaters. And, as Ayn Rand would be the first […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The American Dream Deferred Pt 3

What happens to a dream deferred? …Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode? ~ Langston Hughes, "Harlem" Dreams figure prominently in the poetry of Langston […]
Terrance Heath
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Trigger Happy

Suddenly Washington is filled with proposals for ‘debt triggers,’ policy devices that would force spending cuts if arbitrary targets aren’t met in the future. Everybody’s either got one or wants […]
Richard Eskow

Dont Make Us Work Till We Die

There was a time on this country when We, the People were in charge, and our government worked for us. Through our government we did things for each other and […]
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