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Time for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is rapidly approaching, commemorating the historic Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington.

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Koch Brothers Face Backlash, Colbert Reacts to Sister’s Loss, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama shifts his attention and Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group gears up to go head to head with the NRA.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Real Cost of Austerity

A new study paints a sobering picture of the negative consequences austerity is having on the U.S. economy (and shows once more that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a consistent voice against austerity, is right).

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


Romney’s Advice to College Grads: Get Married, Have Babies

The wealthy failed GOP presidential candidate doesn’t want them worrying about getting a job and making money, because who needs those things to support a family?

Posted on May 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

What is Washington doing to fix the economy? Worse than nothing. It has now adopted the same kind of austerity economics that’s doomed Europe—cutting federal spending and reducing total demand. And the sequester doesn’t end Sept. 30. It takes an even bigger bite out of the federal budget next fiscal year.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


Bipolar Nation: The Rich Get Richer

Times are tough. Do the numbers: Chief executive officers of the country’s biggest companies experienced pay increases of a minuscule 15 percent in 2012, compared with the 28 percent their pay rose in 2011.

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Congress Couldn’t Care Less About Unemployment

Only four lawmakers were in attendance at a congressional hearing about the important issue Wednesday.

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Krugman: Our ‘Worst Fears’ About Long-Term Unemployment Damage Are Being Confirmed

As lawmakers on both sides of the aisle spend copious amounts of time on their seemingly futile quest to reach an agreement about how to deal with the nation’s burgeoning debt, there’s an even bigger economic problem in the U.S.: unemployment.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Why This Is the Worst Recovery on Record

The biggest economic debate is between Keynesians (who want more government spending and lower interest rates in order to fuel demand) and supply-side “austerics” (who want lower taxes on the wealthy and on corporations to boost incentives to hire and invest, and who see government deficits crowding out private investment). Both approaches have problems.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Sweatshops on Wheels

Exploitation of bus drivers is just one part of the corporate disemboweling of the U.S. public transportation system. As the destruction of city and state bus and subway services enters its final phase, their unions have either disappeared or lost clout.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Permanent Unemployment for Everyone, Brought to You by Vulture Capitalism

Bosses everywhere are trying to get rid of my job—and yours, I suspect.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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The Stealth Sequester

So far, the much-dreaded “sequester”—some $85 billion in federal spending cuts between March and Sept. 30—hasn’t been evident to most Americans. Take a closer look, though, and many people are starting to feel the pain. They just don’t know it yet.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Abolish the Minimum Wage? It’s No Fantasy

The slow bulldozing of government protections has allowed lawmakers to re-examine programs and policies that haven’t been touched for decades.

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The Big Economic Stall

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of all this is that we’re in the fifth year of a supposed economic recovery from the second-worst economic downturn of the past century, and we’re still not nearly back on track. Instead, we’ve had the most anemic recovery in history.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE


How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears “illegal” immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears ‘illegal’ immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Politicians Listen to Public Opinion on Gay Marriage and Guns but Not the Economy

Recent polls show Americans would rather reduce the deficit by raising taxes than by cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education and transportation. Yet Congress seems incapable of making that kind of deal. Some 65 percent of Americans want to raise taxes on large corporations, but both parties are heading in precisely the opposite direction.

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Robert Reich Explains Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

“Raising the minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 an hour to $9 should be a no-brainer,”  the former labor secretary says.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks and Bear Market for Workers

On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270. The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was then and unemployment remains sky-high. Why is the stock market doing so well, while most Americans are doing so poorly? Here are four reasons. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The American Way of Work

I have been working at home for most of my life. Naturally, I’m interested in the controversy generated by Marissa Mayer, the new boss at Yahoo, when she ordered all that company’s employees to report to a regular company office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Obama Must Meet the Republican Lies Directly

The White House apparently believes the best way to strengthen its hand in the upcoming “sequester” showdown with Republicans is to tell Americans how awful the spending cuts will be, and blame Republicans for them.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Many in Washington Don’t Have Half a Brain

With consumers and government both spending less, businesses won’t hire more workers; they’ll fire more workers. That’s likely to happen in coming months. Anyone with half a brain should be able to understand all this. But apparently many in Washington don’t have half a brain.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


How a Higher Minimum Wage Helps the Whole Economy

Economist Richard Wolff tells Bill Moyers the argument that a higher minimum wage kills jobs makes no sense.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Your Guide to the Sequestration Horrors

On March 1, the $85 billion collection of budget cuts known as the sequester could wipe out federal programs at such varied places as national parks, the Pentagon and the FBI. Hidden among those cuts are reductions in services that are crucial to Americans’ everyday lives—education, health care and jobs. The Guardian tells us what to expect.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE


Ralph Nader Wants More From Obama

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The president’s minimum wage hike isn’t high enough, sweatshop economics, more on jobs, and California manhunts.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Minimum Wage, Guns, Health Care and the Meaning of a Decent Society

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



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The Biggest Republican Lie

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that chamber’s Republicans will unanimously support a balanced-budget amendment, to be unveiled Wednesday as the core of the GOP’s fiscal agenda.There’s no chance of passage so why are Republicans pushing it now?

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: California Is ‘Looking at Our Backside’

The Texas governor who made a fool of himself in the 2012 presidential race has come to the Golden State trying to steal businesses and jobs.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Coming Tuesday (Hopefully): The State of the Union’s Economy

The President should make it clear that any Republican effort to hold the nation hostage to the GOP’s ideological fixation on the budget deficit and a smaller government will slow the economy, likely pushing us into another recession. And that those most imperiled are the middle class and the poor.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE


The Economic Challenge Ahead: More Jobs and Growth, Not Deficit Reduction

Can we just keep things in perspective? On Tuesday, the president asked Republicans to join him in finding more spending cuts and revenues before the next fiscal cliff whacks the economy at the end of the month. Yet that same day, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal budget deficit will drop to 5.3 percent of the nation’s total output by the end of this year.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporate Rule Has ‘Infected’ AFL-CIO Leadership, Labor Activist Contends

Under its current president, the organization has failed to address the mounting threat against labor in the United States from the loss of bargaining rights to the refusal to adjust minimum wage standards to the push against implementing the “card check” union organizing system, Harry Kelber says.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage

The corporate state uses debt to keep workers—especially the working poor—frightened and disempowered. Only through a campaign for a minimum wage of at least $11 an hour can Americans begin to regain economic, social and political control.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE



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The Latest Jobs Report and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet our political leaders in Washington aren’t doing squat about it.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Consumers Are Bummed Out

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that the preliminary January figure for consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a year. So why are consumers so glum? Because they’re deeply worried about their jobs and their incomes—as they have every right to be.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE


The Non Zero-Sum Society

A newly released analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the super rich have done well in the economic recovery while almost everyone else has done badly.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


Krugman on Why Jobs Come First

New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman drew on 20th century U.S. history to explain to Bill Moyers how a Washington that was willing to spend could end the present American depression.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Why Jobs Must Be Our Goal Now, Not Deficit Reduction

The news Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that the U.S. job market is treading water. The number of new jobs created in December (155,000), and percent unemployment (7.8), were the same as the revised numbers for November.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


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Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Why the Fed’s Jobs Program Will Fail

For the first time, the Federal Reserve has explicitly linked interest rates to unemployment. Rates will remain near zero “at least as long” as unemployment remains above 6.5 percent and if inflation is projected to be no more than 2.5 percent.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Ground Zero in the Land of Opportunity

Right at the point when they are most needed, our second-chance institutions are being severely threatened. Across the country, community colleges, adult schools and literacy programs are reporting record enrollments at the same time they have to trim staff, classes and services.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


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Latest Job Numbers Show Why Job Creation Must Take Precedence Over Deficit Reduction

Friday’s jobs report demonstrates an economy that’s still moving in the right direction but way too slowly, which is why Washington’s continuing obsession with the federal budget deficit is insane. Jobs and growth must come first.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE


Understanding the Fiscal Cliff (in 2 Minutes 30 Seconds)

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE


Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

The best way to generate jobs and growth is for the government to spend more, not less. And for taxes to stay low – or become even lower – for the middle class.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Forward!

I suspect that when my life is over I will have had two opportunities to vote in a presidential election for a black man, and I intend to take both of them.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE


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More Jobs, Lousy Wages, and the Desertion of Non-College White Men From the Democratic Party

The two most important trends, confirmed in Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are that (1) jobs slowly continue to return, and (2) those jobs are paying less and less.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 READ MORE


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