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

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 […]

The American Dream Deferred Pt 1

Langston Hughes once asked, "What happens to a dream deferred?"; a rhetorical question answered with still more questions. The current economic crisis raises a similar question: What’s happened to the […]
Terrance Heath

State Legislators Continue Holding The Unemployed Hostage

The following was originally published at UnemployedWorkers.org Legislators in several states have recently displayed a shameful eagerness to hold unemployment benefits hostage as a means of enacting measures to advance […]

Why Trump Gets Traction From Trade

Donald Trump is getting traction. He is talking about trade, jobs, China, manufacturing, China, jobs, China and China — and it is resonating with a public sick of being told […]

The American Dream Deferred Pt 2

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? … ~ Langton Hughes, "Harlem" Whose […]
Terrance Heath

Sarah Palin The Koch Brother’s Union Maid

Tax Day was approaching and the righties were out to denigrate government workers and government spending. Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, who quit her job in 2009, headlined a […]
Mary Bottari

Conservative Silliness On Tax Day

Conservatives sure do get silly when they talk about taxes. I don’t just mean the expressions they get on their faces, or how red their faces get, or the way […]

Executive Pay Excess A New Battlefront

Taxpayers, once again this year, are subsidizing over-the-top CEO pay by the billions. But now on the table: a promising new proposal that encourages corporations to share that excess — […]
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