Donald Cohen

Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of In the Public Interest, a national resource and policy center on privatization and responsible contracting. He is a founding board member of the Partnership for Working Families. Cohen has three decades of experience in campaigns and organizations dedicated to economic justice, healthcare reform, education reform, environmental protection, and international human rights.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Why Public Control of Infrastructure Matters
We’ve all heard the statistics about our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and agree it needs to be fixed—the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates we need to invest $4 trillion in our infrastructure across the country. But what’s still up for debate is how improvements will be financed and...
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Turning the March Into a Movement
Saturday’s day of protest—against Donald Trump and for women’s equality—was successful in two significant ways. First, it was the largest one-day protest in American history. Based on news reports from cities around the country, as many as 4.5 million people took to the streets. From 750,000 people...
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Friday, May 20, 2016
Is Your Local Public Library Run by Wall Street?
What do 82 public libraries, a Texas beef processing company, and a string of Pizza Huts across Tennessee and Florida have in common? They’re all managed by the same private equity firm. Fifteen of those libraries are in Jackson County, Oregon, where public officials are starting to raise concerns...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
An Unprecedented View of America's For-Profit Criminal Justice System
More and more Americans--including leaders from both political parties--agree that our criminal justice system is broken. Even former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says we can no longer afford "business as usual." There's no debate: mass incarceration is neither cost-effective for taxpayers nor safe...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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
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
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
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 08, 2011
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
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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