Views for 2011-05-31

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Jon Walker
Boehner Performs the Ultimate in Debt Ceiling Kabuki
The House Republican leadership is planning to bring up for a vote a “clean bill” to raise the government’s borrowing limit. The House leadership intends for this vote to fail in order to prove the...
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Peter Hart, Julie Hollar
'Serious’ Republicans vs.‘Starry-Eyed’ Progressives
The budget proposal released on April 5 by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) includes tax cuts for the wealthy, tax hikes for the middle class, drastic cuts in social spending and a radical restructuring of...
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Ralph Nader
Contracts Against Americans
It is time to shine the light on the big, affluent corporate lawyers who anonymously create those non-competitive fine print contracts we all have to sign to purchase goods and services. It’s time...
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James Gustave Speth
Off the Pedestal: Creating a New Vision of Economic Growth
Is anything in America more faithfully followed than economic growth? Its movements are constantly watched, measured to the decimal place, deplored or praised, diagnosed as weak or judged healthy and...
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Robert Reich
The Truth about the US Economy
The U.S. economy continues to stagnate. It’s growing at the rate of 1.8 percent, which is barely growing at all. Consumer spending is down. Home prices are down. Jobs and wages are going nowhere. It’...
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Wendell Potter
Health Insurers Have Had Their Chance
Of the many supporters of a single-payer health care system in the United States, some of the most ardent are small business owners who have struggled to continue offering coverage to their workers...
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Sahil Kapur
Climate 'Trutherism': The Conspiracy Theory That's No Joke
The United States is experiencing a golden era of conspiracy theories. From the "9/11 truthers" to the "Trig birthers" to the "Obama birthers" and, most recently, the " Bin Laden deathers ",...
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Lester Brown
The New Geopolitics of Food
In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, it means the difference between a $2 loaf of bread and a loaf costing maybe $2.10. If, however, you...
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Glenn Greenwald
Afghanistan "Sovereignty"
A spate of horrific civilian killings by NATO in Afghanistan has led Afghan President Hamid Karzai to demand that NATO cease all air attacks on homes. That is likely to be exactly as significant you...
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Rania Khalek
For Sale: The Desperate States of America
While we have been frantically playing defense against relentless assaults on multiple fronts, from anti-union legislation to draconian anti-choice laws to the attempted privatization of Medicare,...
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Jenn Ettinger
Mobile Mugging: The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger
A recent T-Mobile commercial depicts a cellphone customer being harassed by two thugs in business suits, his pockets emptied, his wallet turned inside out, and every last penny shaken out of him.
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Tom Engelhardt
Welcome to Post-Legal America
Is the Libyan war legal ? Was Bin Laden’s killing legal ? Is it legal for the president of the United States to target an American citizen for assassination? Were those “en
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