Republican Presidents Are a Disaster for the Economy...

Sep 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Labor Democratic presidents presided over higher stock market returns and corporate profits, greater compensation growth and productivity increases. By Leo Gerard / AlterNet US president Ronald Reagan personally apologized to then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher after US troops in 1983 secretly invaded Grenada, a Commonwealth island state in the Caribbean, according to newly-released tapes Nine years after the Great Recession began during the tax- and regulation-slashing Bush administration, some startlingly good economic news arrived from Washington, D.C., last week. The incomes of typical Americans rose in 2015 by 5.2 percent, the first significant boost to middle-class pay since the end of the Great Recession, and the largest, in percentage terms, ever recorded by the Census Bureau. In addition, the poverty rate fell 1.2 percentage points, the steepest decline since 1968.  Also smaller...

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HOUSING BIAS AND THE ROOTS OF SEGREGATION...

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By CLYDE HABERMAN   NYTIMES Where Does the American Dream Live? In 1976, Chicago provided vouchers to African-American families to move into predominantly white suburbs. Retro Report examines what happened, and how it influences policy today. By RETRO REPORT on Publish Date September 18, 2016. . Watch in Times Video » javascript Should your ZIP code determine your future? Not according to American ideals of social mobility. American realities, however, tell a different story: Where people grow up goes a long way toward shaping how well they will be educated, how stable their families will be, how high their dreams can soar. Perhaps no group knows this better than impoverished African-Americans often trapped in soul-deadening public housing, the segregated “projects” that have dotted many an urban landscape. Breaking entrenched patterns of racial separation...

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Bill Moyers: How to Save Democracy From the Plutocrats...

Sep 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Americans can still fix our world and make it a better place. By Bill Moyers / Tom Dispatch  VIA ALTERNET   grungy american flag, fictional design Photo Credit: Thomas Bethge/Shutterstock This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.Hope: it’s in short supply in America this year. I was reminded of that recently when I spoke at a kick-off event for the school year hosted by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. The Institute’s namesake is, of course, Bob Dole, the war hero turned Republican congressman, senator, minority and then majority leader, and finally presidential nominee in 1996. On a beautiful summer evening, on the front lawn of the Institute, my host, a KU senior named Cody, and I discussed — what else is there to talk about this year? — The Donald,...

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Michael Kimmelman on the Challenges – and Opportunities – Facing New York...

Sep 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Martin C. Pedersen  COMMON EDGE.ORG When Michael Kimmelman was named architecture critic of the New York Times, he was based in Berlin. He returned to his hometown in 2011 at a particularly auspicious time, as the rate of development (and gentrification) was continuing apace. The critic took on a number of local issues, a la Ada Louise Huxtable, advocating for a new Penn Station, as well as revisions to NYU’s overly ambitious expansion plans. In 2014 he was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize for his efforts. Last week I talked to Kimmelman about regulating tall buildings; the lost soul of the neighborhood he grew up in, Greenwich Village; and his continuing crusade for a 21st century transportation hub.     MCP: Martin C. Pedersen MK: Michael Kimmelman MCP: You once wrote, “Exceptional...

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Reports underline the suffocating influence of corporate America on politics and the tricks banks play on taxpayers...

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com Topics: BANKS AND BANKING, Bill Clinton, BillMoyers.com, Campaign Finance Reform, CEO COMPENSATION, Donald Trump, Elections 2016, Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton, JPMorgan Chase, Wall Street, Wells Fargo, Elections News, Business News, Politics News Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a speech on the economy after touring Futuramic Tool & Engineering, in Warren, Mich., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(Credit: AP) This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com. The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder. Call it low cuisine. And it doesn’t get any lower than what we’ve seen during this wretched campaign season — a presidential contest that, as one friend in Washington recently said, pits “the unethical versus the unhinged.”...

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THE WHITE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Sep 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The white elephant in the room.  Perhaps the number one issue facing a free and independent society is controlling the currency and removing it out of the hands of the privately controlled FED.     Yes you read that correctly the Federal Reserve is privately controlled.   What are the positions of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on this most sensitive and fundamental issue for a sovereign democratic republic?   This is the shadow benefactor’s man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz.   GF Neil Cavuto & Ron Paul FULL Interview The Federal Reserve 9/7/16 Neil Cavuto & Ron Paul FULL Interview The Federal Reserve 9/7/16 Neil Cavuto & Ron Paul FULL Interview The Federal Reserve Trump &...

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ELIZABETH WARREN: WHAT APPLE TEACHES US ABOUT TAXES...

Sep 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  NYTIMES By ELIZABETH WARREN Photo Credit Lucas Jackson/Reuters WASHINGTON — APPLE got a big surprise last week when the European Commission ordered Ireland to collect more than $14 billion in back taxes from the company. The global giant had been attributing billions of dollars in profits to a phantom head office, allowing it to pay a tax rate of 1 percent or lower. Both Apple and Ireland are appealing the decision, but the commission’s announcement was the latest sign that multinational corporations are running out of places to hide from paying taxes. The door is now open for Congress to fix our own corporate tax code, which has allowed the biggest multinationals to shirk their obligations for decades. The Apple ruling is big, but it is only the latest international effort to end...

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Weed is our friend: 4 reasons why legalizing marijuana could solve some of America’s biggest problems...

Sep 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If legalization is your state’s ballot this year, make you vote count Desirae Hoover, AlterNet   This Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, photograph, shows the logo on the front of jars of marijuana buds marketed by rapper Snopp Dogg in one of the LivWell marijuana chain’s outlets south of downtown Denver. LivWell grows the Snoop pot alongside many other strains on its menu. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)(Credit: AP) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. For a few years now Americans have disputed on the legalization of cannabis, also known as marijuana. Recreational cannabis is legal in four states: Oregon, Colorado, Alaska and Washington state. This November, five states will vote to legalize recreational cannabis: California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada. We’ve heard all the research and the majority of adults will admit to having tried...

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Major Consumer Organizations Announce TPP Opposition...

Sep 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, and the Consumer Federation of America, a coalition of 250 U.S. consumer organizations, both announced on Tuesday their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The organizations sent joint letters to the House and the Senate. The organizations are opposing TPP in part because of its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow corporations to sue governments in “corporate courts” if they pass laws or regulations that impede corporate profitability. These corporate “super courts” have been described as “a parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else.” The joint letter from the organizations cites concerns that include “provisions, not found in past trade pacts, that allow international food shippers to challenge food safety inspection procedures...

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Vets Lose When Big Pharma and Defense Corporations Rake in the Big War Bucks...

Sep 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Making America pain-free for the greedy corporate class. By Ann Jones / TomDispatch  VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB / Flickr Creative Commons A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” That got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home. Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of America’s War for the Greater Middle East, historian Andrew Bacevich writes: “Some individuals and institutions actually benefit from an armed conflict that drags on and on. Those benefits are immediate and tangible. They come in the form of profits, jobs, and campaign...

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The numbers are staggering: US is ‘world leader’ in child poverty...

Sep 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Paul Buchheit, AlterNet Hungry child eating bread (Shutterstock) Don’t miss stories. Follow Raw Story! America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent. Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, “People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.” The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it’s like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas). The callousness of U.S. political and business leaders is disturbing, shocking....

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The Hefty Cost of Caring for Children and Adults with Autism...

Sep 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Immune & Brain Disorders Text size: by Rishma Parpia | Health, Immune & Brain Disorders  THE VACCINEREACTION.ORG   Story Highlights Families of children with ASD bear a huge financial burden caring for their child. A 2014 study reveals that the cost of caring for an individual with ASD over their lifetime is approximately $2.4 million. If the prevalence of ASD continues to grow as it has in recent years, the economic costs will rise from $268 billion in 2015 to $461 billion by 2025. According to the 2014 Health National Survey, 1 in 45 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).1 It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S.2 This figure is concerning for several reasons, one of which is...

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BuzzFeed Exposes Corporate “Super Courts” That Can Overrule Government...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Dave Johnson BuzzFeed is running a very important investigative series called “Secrets of a Global Super Court.” It describes what they call “a parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else.” Existing “trade” agreements like NAFTA allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and regulations that limit their profits. They set up special “corporate courts” in which corporate attorneys decide the cases. These corporate “super courts” sit above governments and their own court systems, and countries and their citizens cannot even appeal the rulings. The 2014 post “Corporate Courts — A Big Red Flag On “Trade” Agreements” explained the origin and rationale for these corporate courts: Picture a poor “banana republic” country ruled by a dictator and his cronies. A company might want...

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War costs us $13.6 trillion. So why do we spend so little on peace?...

Aug 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A child holds bullets picked from the ground, in Rounyn, a village in North Darfur Image: REUTERS/Albert Gonzalez Farran Written by Camilla SchippaDirector, Institute for Economic and Peace The latest Global Peace Index report, released today, finds that 2015 was a bad year for international peace and security. It recorded a further deterioration in global peace based on historic trends. 2015 witnessed the highest number of global battle deaths for 25 years, persistently high levels of terrorism, and the highest number of refugees and displaced people since World War II. This violence had a huge cost. The report finds that the economic impact of violence to the global economy was $13.6 trillion in 2015 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). This is equivalent to $5 per day for every person on the...

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Good News In The Reported Collapse of U.S.-Europe Trade Talks...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Isaiah J. Poole  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE News out of Germany that U.S. trade negotiations with Europe similar to the one that produced the Trans-Pacific Partnership have collapsed is another sign that an organized grassroots is successfully putting the multinational corporate trade agenda on its heels. Britain’s Independent, in an article published Monday, quotes Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel as saying free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed, but that “nobody is really admitting it.” The trade deal is called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. It is being negotiated between the U.S. and the members of the European Union. Discussions have been going on at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal that includes several Asian countries as well as Western Hemisphere nations,...

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A “failed policy based on failed research”: The destructive legacy of Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform act...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The 1996 welfare reform bill has subjected a generation of families to increased poverty and poor health outcomes Eesha Pandit   SALON.COM onal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act into law, August 22, 1996. (Credit: Reuters/Stephen Jaffe) Twenty years ago this week, President Bill Clinton signed a historic welfare reform bill formally known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. With this legislation, Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” Ten years ago, he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times declaring it a success. Now, 20 years on, the transformation of the welfare system is complete, but the question remains: What kind of transformation has it been, and what has it meant for poor families in the U.S.? A new report from the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at...

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More Thoughts on Jane Jacobs from One of Her Closest Collaborator...

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Opinion By Roberta Brandes Gratz   COMMON EDGE.ORG It was refreshing to read Martin C. Pedersen’s 10 Lessons Learned from Rereading Jane Jacobs and see that he didn’t perpetrate some of the common myths about her (i.e. she wanted every neighborhood to be like Greenwich Village; she didn’t like tall buildings; or, even more preposterously, she was somehow to blame for the ills of gentrification).   And while Jane’s life on Hudson Street does indeed seem like a lost world, is there any urban neighborhood—anywhere—that hasn’t changed in the past fifty seven years? Wouldn’t it be smarter to explore the whys of that change in a broad and relevant context? Shouldn’t we be exploring why the children of suburbia now crave urban living? Shouldn’t we demystify “gentrification” to understand different forms of change, some of...

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Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?...

Aug 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Scott Klinger, OtherWords | Op-Ed (Photo: Mark Strozier) As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success. But are schools ready to receive our kids and foster that success? Increasingly, the answer is no. In at least 18 states, local government funding levels are declining, according to an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. And as a result, many schools will open with fewer teachers than last year, among other detrimental losses. As lawmakers throw up their hands and say, “sorry, there’s just not enough money,” we must ask: Where has all the money gone? State and local governments give away at least $70 billion a year to business subsidies, most of it in foregone...

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It Is Time to Begin the Process of Rebuilding Our Middle-Class Economy...

Aug 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Inequality Our collapse from an “opportunity for all” middle-class economy to a “winner-take-all,” dog-eat-dog system is behind many problems we face as a society. By Bill Moyers and David Bly An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images, Artwork by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese) In The New York Times recently, the paper’s former Washington bureau chief, the veteran journalist Hedrick Smith, asked an important question: “Can the States Save American Democracy?” Smith, who traveled the country to write his latest book, Who Stole the American Dream?, also serves as the executive editor of the Reclaim the American Dream website, where he keeps a keen eye on efforts to...

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Should We Accept TPP’s Harm For National Security Reasons?...

Aug 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   OUR FUTURE.ORG Calling the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a “trade” deal (it isn’t) the corporate community and the Obama administration are also trying to sell it as important for national security. Recent op-eds make a strong case that this is just wrong. First, Brigadier General (Retired) John Adams writes in The Hill, in “The national security case against TPP”: While I respect President Obama and the pact’s military backers, I believe these arguments miss a crucial point: By facilitating the further offshoring of America’s manufacturing base, the trade pact would actually undermine America’s military readiness and global economic standing. TPP would hurt our national security interests more than it would help. In 2013, the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board put forward a remarkable report describing one of the most significant but little-recognized threats...

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Inaction on Climate Change Could Cost Millennials $8.8 Trillion in Lifetime Income...

Aug 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Economy A new study has found that without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the impacts of climate change. By Amy Goodman / Democracy Now!   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com A new study has found that without action on climate change, the millennial generation as a whole will lose nearly $8.8 trillion in lifetime income dealing with the economic, health and environmental impacts of climate change. The study, “The Price Tag of Being Young: Climate Change and Millennials’ Economic Future,” was produced by NextGen Climate and Demos. We speak to Heather McGhee, president of Demos and Demos Action. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: As we continue to talk about...

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How Do We Transition from a World of Domination and Extraction to a World of Resilience and Regeneration?...

Aug 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy At the New Economy Coalition conference, activists build the road by walking. By Mariana Mendoza / AlterNet Photo Credit: CODEPINK How do we transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience and regeneration? How do we move away from a system that has been ingrained in most of our daily activities and thoughts and grow with the values that support justice and wellness? Throughout my work in the social, economic and environmental justice movement, I have been asking these questions and trying to figure out how to be resilient and regenerative and not repeat the failures of the exploitative and extractive economy. This July, I had the great opportunity to attend to to the New Economy Coalition’s conference CommonBound, where brilliant and powerful people got...

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Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion of taxpayer money – IG report...

Aug 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Published time: 20 Aug, 2016 01:50 Aerial view of the Pentagon. © AFP / AFP AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook5.3KShare to TwitterShare to RedditShare to StumbleUponShare to Google+Share to Tumblr The Pentagon failed to account for $6.5 trillion in its financial statement, a recently-recovered Inspector General’s report on the 2015 fiscal year said. It reveals the audit of the Department of Defense was “materially misstated.” The army failed to provide “accurate, complete, timely and well-supported” documents that could have explained the use of trillions of dollars in quarterly and yearend adjustments. The US military made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year, but could not provide anything that would detail what it spent the money on. There were a total of 64,321...

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These Are Your 28 TPP House Democrat Targets...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE President Obama is trying to get a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the “lame duck” session of Congress that will take place after the election. We can help stop this by getting enough Democrats on the record as opposing the TPP. In particular, we need to get the 28 Democrats who – in spite of opposition from most Democrats and hundreds of labor, consumer, LGBT, health, human rights, faith, democracy and other civil organizations – voted for the “fast-track” trade promotion authority (TPA) bill that “greased the skids” for the TPP by setting up rigged rules that will help TPP pass. Now, along with all of those voters and organizations, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the rest of us need to start working on...

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California’s War on the Homeless: From Streetside Attacks to Policies of Dehumanization...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By James Anderson, Truthout | News Analysis (Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout) A man experiencing homelessness in San Diego, Angelo De Nardo, died after being attacked on Moreno Boulevard on July 3, 2016. The assailant had set De Nardo on fire after driving a spike into his head and chest. Another homeless man was critically injured in San Diego’s Midway District the next morning. A few hours later, on July 4 (“Independence Day”), Shawn Mitchell Longley, an unsheltered homeless man, was found dead in Ocean Beach. Two days later, a flaming towel was thrown on Dionico Derek Vahidy; a witness grabbed the towel off the 23-year-old homeless San Diego resident, but Vahidy died of burns four days later. On July 15, on 1800 C Street, Michael Joseph Papadelis, 55, one of the...

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NEW CLINTON TRANSITION HEAD HAS SOME TPP ‘SPLAININ TO DO’...

Aug 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE Hillary Clinton has appointed Former Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, a big supporter of TPP, to lead her transition team, should she be elected President. Politico has more, in Clinton campaign transition chief has pushed for TPP: The new chairman of Hillary Clinton’s transition team has been an outspoken supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and works for a firm that lobbied for trade policy issues as recently as this spring, a review of congressional lobbying records and articles shows. [. . .] Salazar’s employer since 2013, the law firm WilmerHale, has also been an active participant in the debate on Capitol Hill over TPP and other trade policy issues. In late 2014 the firm spent at least $30,000 lobbying for renewal of “fast-track” Trade Promotion Authority and on...

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Here’s How Three Cities Aim to Beat Youth Homelessness This Year...

Aug 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 100-day challenges will start on Sept. 7 in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Austin. Jillian Frankel is an editorial intern for TakePart. She is the features and student life editor at the UCLA campus newspaper, The Daily Bruin.   For most kids, the end of summer means back-to-school shopping and hanging up swimsuits in exchange for new textbooks and class schedules. But for the 2.5 million homeless kids in America, September heat is a reminder that they’re running out of time to find a stable place to live before the start of another school year. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, one in every 30 children in the U.S. does not have a home to sleep in regularly or is living in a temporary shelter such as a car or a motel....

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Don’t Be Fooled. TPP Is Still Very Much Alive. Help Kill It For Good...

Aug 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE There are lots of stories in the media claiming that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead for now. And why wouldn’t TPP be dead? Both presidential candidates say they are opposed to TPP. Various Congressional leaders have said that it is unlikely to come up. Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against it. Harry Reid says he opposes it. All labor and environmental organizations along with most consumer, health, human rights and other progressive-aligned groups oppose TPP. Six Republican members of Congress who voted for the “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) have sent a letter opposing TPP. Even the Tea Party opposes TPP, calling it “Obamatrade.” Under these circumstances, the very idea that it could come up for a vote at all, never mind that it might...

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Big Pharma Feels the Bern

Jul 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] < Ever since Reagan, conservatives have been telling us about "welfare queens." The way they put it, there are thousands of undeserving poor people in this country right now bilking taxpayers for all they're worth, all while you and I are sweating out a hard day's work. And here's the thing: conservatives are right. There are a lot of undeserving people getting rich off the commons and the working class. But they don't fit the racist and classist stereotypes of popular conservative mythology -- far from it. The entities that are really getting rich off the commons are the corporations and corporate executives who, with the help of sellout Republicans, have turned our economy and tax system into their very own get-rich-quick scheme. Case in point: Big Pharma. While big drug companies like to talk...

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Paul Krugman: Don’t believe his hype — Trump wants to kill the middle class...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 05:32 AM PDT “Is Mr Trump for any of these things” that will help the middle class? “Not as far as anyone can tell” Scott Eric Kaufman SALON.COM   Paul Krugman (Credit: AP/Heribert Proepper) In his most recent New York Times column, economist Paul Krugman ripped into the notion that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is in any way, shape, or form “on the side of the American worker.” His campaign “pos[es] as populist, claiming that getting tough on foreigners and ripping up our trade agreements will bring back the well-paying jobs America has lost,” but it’s all empty rhetoric. The Economic Policy Institute, which Trump likes to site, “is having none of it”: Lawrence Mishel, the think tank’s president, put out a derisive reply to what...

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