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You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

Apr 13, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams.  While you and I file our taxes, Republicans want to make it even easier for big banks to dodge them. by Sarah Anderson Did you pay all of your taxes this April? Wall Street banks typically pay much less than the official 35 percent corporate tax rate. And yet after attacking Hillary Clinton for her ties to Wall Street,...

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Mar 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Lauren McCauley In their frenzied effort to strong-arm support for the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a vote on Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have officially made the Republican plan even worse. Trump issued a stark ultimatum to wavering House Republicans late Thursday,...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mar 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Sanders’ message about the ravages of runaway inequality hit home because it is true. By Les Leopold Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country with 61 percent approving, while only 32 percent disapproving, according to a March 15 Fox News poll. The Sanders 29 plus percent...

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Mar 12, 2017

This article was originally published on Fair Observer. BY   KNOWLEDGEWHARTON Tackling unemployment and the “skills gap” needs to happen at the corporate, state and local levels. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Donald Trump stated: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” He repeated this promise in various ways...

Housing Bubble Déjà Vu

Housing Bubble Déjà Vu

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Roe CAMBRIDGE – The 2008-2009 financial crisis exposed a serious weakness in the global financial system’s architecture: an overnight market for mortgage-backed securities that could not handle the implosion of a housing bubble. Some nine years later, that weakness has not been addressed adequately. When the crisis...

GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy

GOP Plan Targets Poor, Sick, Elderly While Providing Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Mar 7, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Deirdre Fulton The Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “will do active harm to millions of people, particularly low-income people and seniors;” includes tax breaks for wealthy insurance CEOs; and is generally “a nastier, more consumer-unfriendly proposal than even close...

What the US can learn from Scandinavia in the struggle against inequality

What the US can learn from Scandinavia in the struggle against inequality

Mar 4, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By Eric Stoner In any social movement, it is important for organizers to have a clear and inspiring vision for the future world that they are working to build. In the struggle against rampant economic inequality in the United States and many parts of the world, no model is held up as a guiding light...

Trumping Labor: The Republican Plan to Gut Workers’ Rights

Trumping Labor: The Republican Plan to Gut Workers’ Rights

Mar 4, 2017

This article originally appeared on the website of The Progressive magazine <www.progressive.org>. Used with permission. By Christopher D. Cook Eitor’s note February 15, 2017: President Trump’s nomination of fast-food executive Andy Puzder collapsed today amid widening concerns about his lengthy trail of labor violations, worker mistreatment,...

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Inequality is the real backstory to Sweden’s riots

Mar 3, 2017

This article was originally published on Waging Nonviolence. By George Lakey Mohandas Gandhi famously said that the root of violence is inequality. His view helps us understand what’s behind the headlines about recent rioting in immigrant neighborhoods in Sweden. No one was killed, although one police officer did actually shoot at a rioter — an exception to...

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