Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs the Criminalization of Poverty project there. She is author of "The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty." Follow her on Twitter: @karendolan

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Monday, December 27, 2010
Not Much to Celebrate with Obama's Tax Deal
We enter 2011 with a few more dollars in our paychecks. For about 98 percent of Americans, the extension of Bush tax cuts and the new payroll tax holiday will make it easier for us to afford a gallon, rather than a quart, of milk for our families each month, and to fill our tanks almost as high as we did with lower gas prices last year.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Watch Out, Progressives! Glenn Beck is onto Something
Glenn Beck recently baffled reasonable people by playing with creepy "socialist" puppets on his Fox News program while blabbering about how beneficiaries of billionaire George Soros' philanthropy are supposedly Conspiring to Take Over America. The venom-spewing talk show host's attack on Soros, a Holocaust survivor, had an anti-Semitic tone , outraging the Jewish community.
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Monday, November 08, 2010
Who Gives A Rat's Behind that Progressive Lawmakers Won?
I recently published the blog post Buck Up Progressives--We WON! Many readers appreciated the silver lining to an otherwise demoralizing mid-term election outcome. Others thought the resilience of Congressional Progressive Caucus lawmakers meaningless at best, just the same or worse than corporate-owned, pro-wealthy Republicans at worst.
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Thursday, November 04, 2010
Buck Up People...Progressives Won!
The veil of a happy Democratic governing majority is finally lifted. No, I am not playing the popular elementary school game of Opposites Day. It's true. Progressives won in the 2010 mid-term elections.
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Monday, July 12, 2010
Unemployed Become a Political Football
Fifteen million Americans are currently unemployed, and nearly half of that number has been actively and fruitlessly seeking employment for longer than six months. The depth and breadth of our labor market crisis is the greatest in over 50 years. Though the unemployment rate dropped slightly in June from 9.7 percent to 9.5 percent, this is deceiving.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Let’s Get America’s Health Out of the ER
It's time for a constructive debate about health care that hinges on facts instead of fear. Let's have no more circus-type antics in our town halls or perpetuating silly myths about how "big government wants to kill grandma." Or warnings that "Non-American, Hitler-emulating President Obama has a communist agenda to take away our Medicare." Let's instead take a mature look at some hard truths about the major economic crisis our nation now faces: an unsustainable, costly and ineffective for-profit health care system.
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