The Wall Street Occupiers and the Democratic Party

Wall Street Warfare
  • Robert Reich ||

    Will the Wall Street Occupiers morph into a movement that has as much impact on the Democratic Party as the Tea Party has had on the GOP? Maybe. But there are reasons for doubting it.

    Tea Partiers have been a mixed blessing for the GOP establishment – a source of new ground troops and energy but also a pain in the assets with [...]

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


| 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. [...]

The False Debate on the Debt


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 [...]

Republican Budget So Loony Even the Nuts Think It’s Nuts!


by: Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future

The Republican budget is so loony it’s even scaring the right-wing nuts! How often does that happen?

The Republicans are voting on their budget plan this week. The plan eliminates Medicare and guts Medicaid, guts the rest of the government (except the things their oil company and military-contractor sponsors make money from), while dramatically cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations. Reporters [...]

The Big Lie


“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 [...]

Fighting for a People’s Budget


By Katrina vanden Heuvel |

On Wednesday, President Obama spoke in eloquent language of our social contract, of a progressive patriotism, and of a role for government that helps us “do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves.” It was a clear rebuke to the GOP’s Robin Hood in Reverse agenda—taking from the poor and middle-class in order to preserve tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest [...]

GOP Keeps Attacking Planned Parenthood, Health Care and Middle Class


By Ethan Rome (Executive Director, Health Care for America Now) |

The Republican attacks on our health care apparently have no limits. The Republican Party is driven by a powerful, extremist obsession with turning back the clock on women’s health services and undermining the health security of America’s families. This was in evidence during last week’s budget talks when Republicans werewilling to shut down [...]

How Obama’s Cave in to GOP Extremists Will Devastate the Economy


Obama’s failure to challenge the Right’s economic mythology is both inexcusable, and a sign that the White House isn’t prepared for the major battles to come.

By Joshua Holland |

The deal Obama struck with GOP leaders last week will cost our moribund economy around 400,000 jobs. It was a tragic compromise with an unyielding ideological opposition, yet Obama hailed it as “historic,” prompting the Wall Street Journal’s [...]

Shock Doctrine: GOP Elites Point a Gun at the Middle Class


By Dean Baker |

Paul Ryan’s attack against the middle class might have been expected to draw an outraged response. Instead, the punditry rallied around the GOP Rep.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan put out a budget proposal last week that will leave the vast majority of future retirees without decent health care by ending Medicare as we know it. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) [...]

Populist Backlash Against GOP Anti-Union Legislation, Cannot by Itself Reverse Labor’s Decline


After weeks of enormous demonstrations in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana as well as other states, people from all walks of life challenged Republican governors attempting to weaken workers’ rights. Union activists protested across the country on April 4 in what they called “We Are One” rallies. Over 1,000 protests, teach-ins and other events marked the day 43 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, [...]