CLASS WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Robert B. Reich

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REICH has spent years fighting for the middle class. He as written many books, educates students about the issues, and produces a highly informative blog, RobertReich.org

Don’t forget to check out his new book!!

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Is the World Too Big to Fail? The Contours of Global Order

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There are sure to be far-reaching consequences of what is taking place both in the decaying industrial heartland of the U.S. and in the Arab world.

| By Noam Chomsky |

The democracy uprising in the Arab world has been a spectacular display of courage, dedication, and commitment by popular forces — coinciding, fortuitously, with a remarkable uprising of tens of thousands in support of working people and [...]

A Morally Untenable Corporate System

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by: Jim Hightower, Truthout |

It’s good to know that some corporate chieftains do feel the pain of their underlings — those hard-hit workers who keep being forced to do more for less reward. Take the example of Gannett, the media giant that owns 23 television stations and 82 newspapers, including USA Today.

Early this year, Gannett employees were notified that, for the third year in a [...]

Waiting for the Spark

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By Ralph Nader –

What could start a popular resurgence in this country against the abuses of concentrated, avaricious corporatism? Imagine the arrogance of passing on to already cheated working people and the jobless enormous corporate losses? This is achieved through government bailouts and tax escapes.

History teaches us that the spark usually is smaller than expected and of a nature that is wholly unpredictable or even unimaginable. But if [...]

Tax Day 2011: “The More You Make, the Less You Pay”

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by: Chuck Collins, Yes! Magazine |

At a time when federal and state lawmakers are grappling with huge budget deficits, the impact of corporate tax dodging is getting vigorous attention.

Public outrage is growing over reports that General Electric paid no taxes in 2010. Other global companies such as Boeing, Verizon, Bank of America also haven’t chipped in a dime to Uncle Sam.

At the center of the movement to change [...]

Extortion Politics: Why Won’t American Business Stop the GOP From Threatening to Blow Up The Economy?

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| By Robert Reich |

As the government approaches its borrowing limit of $14.3 trillion, Republicans are seeking political advantage over what conditions should be attached to raising that limit.

This is a scandal — or should be. Raising the debt limit shouldn’t be subject to party politics. Economic extortion should be out of bounds.

It’s bad enough government shutdowns have become an accepted part of political negotiation. [...]

Unequal Protection: Jefferson Versus the Corporate Aristocracy

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Let monopolies and all kinds and degrees of oppression be carefully guarded against.

— Samuel Webster, 1777

| by: Thom Hartmann, Berrett-Koehler Publishers |

Although the first shots were fired in 1775 and the Declaration was signed in 1776, the war against a transnational corporation and the nation that used it to extract wealth from its colonies had just begun. These colonists, facing the biggest [...]

The False Debate on the Debt

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By Robert Scheer

In the ever-so-smug company of the rich and powerful, it is a given that there is never to be any expression of remorse or other acknowledgment of the pain they have inflicted on the lesser mortals they so cavalierly plunder. It’s convenient for them that the media and the politicians, which they happen to own, rarely connect the dots between the scams that made the rich [...]

Middle Class abused by the rich and powerful

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By Charles L. Hopkins Sr. Inwood: journal-news.net |

The “American middle class” is still taking a beating by the federal government, big business CEO’s and foreign countries with no relief in sight.

We can’t afford to provide our retired citizens on Social Security a raise or prevent drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Our veterans continue to have reductions to their benefits and health care shoved down their [...]

The Big Lie

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“In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

| By Ernest Partridg | “Information Clearing House” –   Is there any limit to the outrageousness of the GOP lies?

Is there any limit to the capacity of a large number of our fellow citizens to accept these lies?

If it were in the interest of the ruling oligarchs [...]