Why No Right To A Job

Note: See also Isaiah Poole’s We Need An Unemployed People’s Campaign Why don’t we all have a right to a job? Who is our country and our economy for? The […]

Big Bank Bailout Redux

Central to the Tea Party revolt was a fierce reaction against the bailout of the big banks. Will the Republican Congress now spit that sentiment in the eye and push […]
Robert Borosage

What Does Wikileaks have on Bank of America

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is promising to unleash a cache of secret documents from the hard drive of a U.S. megabank executive. In 2009, he told Computer World that the […]
Mary Bottari

Trade Deficit Lower But

Good news: Trade Deficit in U.S. Unexpectedly Narrows to 10-Month Low The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly shrank in November as growing global demand and a weaker dollar help boost overseas […]

I Believe We Can Be Better

Everyone either wondered what the President would say, or knew what he should say at the memorial for the victims of the shooting in Tucson. Now we know what he […]
Terrance Heath

A Moment of Silence

It begins with a moment of silence. “Poetry is about the grief,” said Robert Frost. “Politics is about the grievance.” This is a time of grief, not grievance. This morning […]
Richard Eskow

The State of the Union is Uneasy

President Obama delivered just the right speech in Tucson. Can he replicate that performance for his State of the Union address on January 25? For the sake of our nation’s […]

Its Not Just Inflammatory Rhetoric

In the aftermath of the tragic Tucson, AZ, shooting that left six dead, and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D, AZ-8) hospitalized, much has been said and written about the degree to […]
Terrance Heath

A Great Healing Speech

Thank you, Mr. President.. You can watch the President’s speech at the memorial in Tuscon here: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Harry Reid Social Securitys Last Line of Defense

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s appearance on Meet the Press this Sunday was a rare positive moment in a very bad couple of months for Social Security advocates. Reid, who […]

Conservatives Admit Debt Ceiling Threat Is A Bluff

It’s increasingly clear that Republican leaders are bluffing when they threaten to destroy the full faith and credit of the American government by allowing the debt ceiling to be shattered […]
Bill Scher

Rights Come with Responsibilities; the Right Shirks Theirs

Five years ago, a 47-year-old Missouri woman began a duplicitous on-line courtship through MySpace with a 13-year-old neighbor who once had been friends with the woman’s daughter. The adult, Lori […]
Leo Gerard

FDR The Second Bill of Rights

How does America dig out of the hole we are in? Surely the focus must be on first principles: how do we recreate an economy that works for working people? […]
Robert Borosage

Pension Envy

Since the 80s many employers have stopped offering health care, pensions and other benefits to their employees. Many are also cutting pay and hours, while increasing the workload. So more […]

The Six Most Dangerous Government Sponsored Enterprises

Simon Johnson, the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is a principled conservative who understands how financial oligopolies can loot a nation. He’s been warning about the inadequacy […]
Robert Borosage

Americans for Constitutional Citizenship

Congratulations! You’re expecting a baby. There are a million things to do, from getting the nursery in order to buying a car seat and finding a pediatrician. Also, start documenting […]
Alan Jenkins

Zero Hour for Social Security

As I have previously warned–and I hope I’m wrong–President Obama seems on the verge of needlessly cutting America’s most valued social program and the one that best differentiates Republicans from […]

Issa the Inquisitor

What’s the worst thing about Darrell Issa’s debut as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee? It could be his relentless, Gloria Swansonish, “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille” […]
Richard Eskow

Its Simple Reform the Filibuster Shame the Hypocrites

There are a lot of complicated issues out there, ones that require detailed analysis and serious number-crunching. The Senate will be debating its own filibuster procedures over the next three […]
Richard Eskow

The Undo Everything Congress Begins With Health Care

Did you think that, having regained control of the House, the GOP will stop being the "party of No" and start governing, or at least doing something about the challenges […]
Terrance Heath

Tea Party Betrayed On Spending Cuts

The Tea Party membership is being set up for yet another huge betrayal by the DC Republican establishment. The members had very clear expectations that specific spending cuts would fix […]
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