Donald Cohen

Donald Cohen is currently the Director of the Cry Wolf Project and the Chair of In the Public Interest, a resource center on privatization and responsible contracting. A co-founder and former president of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a San Diego-based research, and policy center, Cohen has over 25 years of experience in campaigns and organizations dedicated to economic justice, healthcare reform, education reform, environmental protection, and international human rights.  He is also on the board of Green For All.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:04am
The Fire Last Time: Workplace Safety Still Ignored Across the Globe
Two years ago this week, the 100 th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist fire, the issue of workplace safety got a lot of attention. Two years later things haven’t changed much except now the dangers are world-wide. Last September nearly 300 workers died when trapped behind locked doors in a Pakistani textile factory fire.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:28pm
Obama Won. Now It's Time to Change the System
Despite President Obama’s important, even landmark, accomplishments, by the time November 6 arrived, many Americans were disappointed with his first term. They expected him to be a “transformational” president who would somehow, single-handedly, change Washington’s political culture.
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Monday, July 30, 2012 - 1:17pm
Is Barack Obama a Radical Socialist, a Pro-Business Sell-Out, Both, or Neither?
President Obama's conservative opponents lambast him as a radical , a socialist , and a purveyor of class warfare .
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:25am
Climate Regulations a Job Killer? Quit Crying Wolf
There’s an old adage that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. That seems to be the unofficial motto of the United States Chamber of Commerce , which has spent the last forty years repeating (and repeating and repeating) the mantra that government regulations on businesses “kill jobs” and economic growth. But their predictions have been repeatedly wrong.
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Friday, April 8, 2011 - 3:07pm
Back to the Future: The Cost of Delay
Two decades ago Congress directed the EPA to expand the Clean Air Act to control mercury, arsenic, chromium and other air toxic emissions from power plants. Now the House Republicans are willing to shut down the Federal government to make sure that it still doesn't happen.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 2:24pm
Ignore the Fear-Mongering on Social Security
Alf Landon, the Kansas governor running as the Republican Party's 1936 presidential candidate, called it a "fraud on the working man." Silas Strawn, a former president of both the American Bar Assn. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said it was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to "Sovietize the country." The American Medical Assn. denounced it as a "compulsory socialistic tax."
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Monday, May 11, 2009 - 9:07am
Crying Wolf Again: Big Business Gearing Up for a Fight Against Obama's Environmental Program
In its first 100 days, the Obama administration did more to address global warming and the environmental crisis than the Bush administration did in eight years.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 8:53am
Crying Wolf on Universal Healthcare and Labor Rights
Universal health care and the reform of outdated labor laws are shaping up to be the two great policy battles of the year, if not the century. Business interests are dusting off decades of campaign rhetoric warning about the doomsday scenarios if Congress enacts "socialized" health care and the Employee Free Choice Act to give workers a decent shot a organizing unions. They're wrong about both issues, but will politicians and pundits believe them anyway?
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Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 9:31am
The Education of Alan Greenspan
Greenspan 1963: Writing in Ayn Rand's Objectivist Newsletter, Greenspan declared as myth the idea that businessmen "would attempt to sell unsafe food and drugs, fraudulent securities, and shoddy buildings. It is in the self-interest of every businessman to have a reputation for honest dealings and a quality product."
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Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 3:22pm
Shifting Ideas, Shifting Narrative: Is the Tide Turning Against the Right Wing Attack on Government?
Finally, after 30 years of the right-wing assault on government and public purpose, the outlines of a real debate on the role of government is emerging in this year's Presidential campaign.Candidate John McCain, despite occasional past breaks from conservative orthodoxy, remains predictably and defiantly stuck in failed free market, anti-government, supply side dogma.
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