Views for 2013-02-26

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Robert Kuttner
The Sequestering of Barack Obama
President Obama has miscalculated both the tactical politics of the sequester and the depressive economic impact of budget cuts on the rest of his presidency. The sequester will cut economic growth...
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Diane Roberts
Jim Crow Isn't Dead, He Just Got Lawyers
When a black man won the White House in 2008, many in the commentariat declared the United States a "post-racial" society , no longer hamstrung by old hatreds, freed at last from the embarrassments...
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Penda D. Hair, Benjamin Todd Jealous
Don't Gut the Voting Rights Act
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will review the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark legislation that cleared barriers to the ballot box for all American citizens.
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Chase Madar
The School Security America Doesn’t Need
Outrage over the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre may or may not spur any meaningful gun control laws, but you can bet your Crayolas that it will lead to more seven-year-olds getting handcuffed...
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Bill Moyers, Michael Winship
The Revolving Door Spins from Sea to Shining Sea
To those who would argue that the notion of a perpetual motion machine is impossible, we give you the revolving door — that ever-spinning entrance and exit between public service in government and...
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Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sequestering Common Sense
The media is going sequester 24-7. Anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the across-the-board spending cuts about to hit this Friday is about to have little choice. The brouhaha about the...
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Sarah Anderson, Sam Pizzigati
Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax
In February 1913, exactly a century ago, the Sixteenth Amendment gave Congress a constitutional green light to levy a federal tax on income. Later that same year, lawmakers made good on that...
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Jesselyn McCurdy
Sequestration Puts Spotlight on America’s Dangerously Overcrowded Federal Prisons
Talk about worrying about the symptom instead of the cause: Attorney General Eric Holder recently sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, warning...
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Robert Reich
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...
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John Atcheson
The People's Will Be Damned
So here we are again, approaching another self-inflicted economic cliff. This time it’s the sequester – a truly stupid idea that will result in a mindless meat cleaver approach to cutting the budget...
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George Lakoff
Why Ultra-Conservatives Like the Sequester
Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz, Robert Reich and other major economists have pointed out that the deficit is not an urgent economic problem and that, to the contrary, the economy would be helped by an...
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