2010: The Futurist Weighs In (Part 1)

It’s the New Year, and I’m celebrating by coming back to work after a three-month sabbatical from CAF. After four years of pretty consistent blogging, I needed some distance, some […]
Sara Robinson

Special – Today Only! Call To Stop the Health Tax

The AFL-CIO has announced that it is coordinating a “National Call-In Blitz” today.. If you call this toll free number – 1-877-3-AFLCIO (1-877-323-5246) – you can “urge your representative to […]
Richard Eskow

Jonathan Chait’s Endless Love

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait has penned an ode to the excise tax on health benefits. He says his “faith in the Cadillac tax remains ardent,” even after being led […]
Richard Eskow

The Importance of Progressive Primary Challenges

When Sen. Arlen Specter switched from the GOP to the Democratic Party early last year, citing the Republican Party’s extreme shift to the far-right in recent years, many progressives found […]
Brian Dockstader

Negroes Against Apartheid

So who even uses the word “Negro” anymore, much less the phrase “Negro dialect”? Apparently Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a conversation with reporters before Barack Obama became president. […]
Alan Jenkins

A Tax Even Its Defenders Can’t Love

People are saying that the so-called Cadillac tax “might fall flat” and “has real problems.”  And those are its defenders.  I can’t remember any new policy in recent history whose […]
Richard Eskow

In Trade, Too Often, the Victim is Blamed

A screwy thing happened after the United Steelworkers and eight domestic steel producers won their trade case late in December against Chinese manufacturers of the steel pipe used for oil […]
Leo Gerard

The 15% Solution

A blogger contact has told me of a new argument in favor of the health excise tax: Since the tax will be imposed on insurers, the Senate’s limit of 15% […]
Richard Eskow

When Will the White House Wake Up?

Congress may be gridlocked, but the Obama administration has the power, even without congressional action, to take on the CEO set — and the windfalls that are so enraging average […]

NYT’s David Leonhardt Keeps Clinging to Disproved Ideas

The beat goes on: David Leonhardt, the Times economics blogger and tax supporter, had this exchange regarding the Senate’s health excise tax on NPR’s “Marketplace” program: Leonhardt: (It’s) a tax […]
Richard Eskow

Video Shows Obama Denouncing the ‘Cadillac Tax’

Blogger and video producer Lee Stranahan has produced a video that includes footage of Barack Obama denouncing the so-called ‘Cadillac tax’ during last year’s Presidential campaign. Stranahan, who is an […]
Richard Eskow

In a Lost Decade, We Had Big Winners

By nearly every measure, average Americans lost ground in the “Aughts.” They’ve been losing ground — to the rich — for three full decades now. Will the ‘Teens’ make that […]

The Morality of Health Care Reform, Pt. 7 of 7

i The fury and dialogue catalyzed by Joe Lieberman’s unsurprising treachery on health care reform — along with futile efforts to court Olympia Snowe, and the dealmaking with Ben Nelson […]
Terrance Heath

Pete Peterson Is An Ideologue, Not An Oracle

The New York Times reported today on The Fiscal Times scandal that has the Washington Post on the defensive. And the NYT framed the controversy in the exact right way […]
Bill Scher

People Who Matter

Note: This is an extended version of a “Letter to the Editor” I emailed to Newsweek upon seeing their December 19th issue. I know what was meant by it, but […]
Terrance Heath

Maggie Mahar Fact-Checks the Tax

Respected health writer Maggie Mahar (“Money-Driven Medicine”) got curious and decided to fact-check the excise tax. Wisely, she follows the money – which in the world of health care follows […]
Richard Eskow

True Confessions

In a new piece at The Huffington Post, your humble correspondent begins the New Year in a time-honored fashion: with an act of confession for past sins. The piece is […]
Richard Eskow

Smith Bagley: A Champion Lost

Smith Bagley passed away on Saturday, felled by a stroke on Christmas Eve. I was honored to count him a supporter and a friend. Smith is celebrated for his remarkable […]
Robert Borosage

Learning From The Frustrations Of 2009

Just before the end of the year, Campaign for America’s Future co-directors Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey shared what they learned after an action-packed 2009 in the battle for progressive […]
Bill Scher

Bipartisan Blight

Health care reform suffered the torments of partisan obstruction. Now gird yourself for financial reform and the perils of bipartisan blight. In health care, lockstep Republican opposition caused months of […]
Robert Borosage

Ten New Years Resolutions for the Obama Administration

Ten New Year’s Resolutions for The Obama Administration In 2010: 1. I will inspire. I am one of the most charismatic orators of our generation, but as president, I’ve moved […]
Alan Jenkins
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