Views for 2013-01-02

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Ralph Nader
Overcoming Powerlessness
In the Depression-Wracked 1930s, the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay titled “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren.” In that piece, he made a prophecy that we have...
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Michael Winship
The Recent Unpleasantness at FreedomWorks
As Saturday Night Live’s Stefon would say, this Washington tale has everything: accusations hurled and counter-hurled, handguns, multimillion dollar payoffs — just what we need to briefly distract us...
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Paul Waldman
Get Ready for the Next Crisis
By the time you read this, President Obama will probably have declared victory in fending off the fiscal cliff/austerity trap, and there are certainly some things in the agreement that progressives...
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Vandana Shiva
Food Poisoning on a Global Scale
Food is supposed to provide us nourishment and health but because of the toxins it contains, what we consume has become a major threat to our health. Some toxic substances are added to our food...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Fixing the Economy, A New Focus for Congress
The Perils of Pauline melodrama over the “fiscal cliff” will drag on as Washington heads toward another “debt ceiling” faceoff that will climax over the next eight weeks or so.
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Scott Klinger
New Year's Deal Drops the Ball
Millions of Americans watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The glitzy one in Times Square symbolized joy and hope for the New Year. Just a few hundred miles to the south, Congress dropped another...
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Mary Bottari
It Ain't Over Till It's Over: Wall Street Gears Up for Austerity Battles of 2013
For better or worse, a bill passed Congress in the wee hours of 2013 averting the much-hyped "fiscal cliff" for now and raising taxes on couples making over $450,000 and extending a lifeline of...
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Emer O'Toole
Delhi Gang-Rape: Look Westward in Disgust
There's something uncomfortably neocolonial about the way the Delhi gang-rape and subsequent death of the woman now known as Damini is being handled in the UK and US media.
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Robert Reich
The Ongoing War: After the Battle Over the Cliff, the Battle Over the Debt Ceiling
“It’s not all I would have liked,” says Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking of the deal on the fiscal cliff, “so on to the debt ceiling.”
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Waging Nonviolence
Revolutionary Resolutions for 2013
Mark Twain once said, “ New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions. ” Although...
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Michael Hudson
Why Today’s Fiscal Squeeze Imposes Needless Austerity
The financial sector promises that privatizing roads and ports, water and sewer systems, bus and railroad lines (on credit, of course) is more efficient and will lower the prices charged for their...
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John Nichols
Why a Handful of Progressive Lawmakers Opposed the Deal
Most progressives in the U.S. Senate and House voted in favor of the "Fiscal Cliff" deal worked out between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. They did...
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Robert Borosage
An Ugly, Ugly, Ugly Deal
On New Year's Day, the Senate and House passed a "fiscal cliff" deal by respective votes of 89-8 and 257-167. The deal has some good parts. It lets the Bush tax cuts expire on the wealthy, raises the...
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Norman Solomon
New Year, New Era for Progressives and Obama
As 2013 gets underway, progressives need to be here now. We’re in a new era of national politics—with different circumstances that call for a major shift in approach. Last year, the vast majority of...
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