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Simpson and Bowles

Candidates who ran on slashing Medicare and Social Security lost big in November. But that doesn’t stop Pete Peterson from pushing the fantasy that voters’ biggest concern is the deficit.

The “Fix the Debt” campaign is pure astroturf: corporate cash machinery masquerading as a grassroots uprising.

Dire warnings about the deficit don’t add up mathematically. But then, Fix the Debt is not really about the economy, it’s about gutting Medicare, Social Security and other social programs.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

The median income of people over age 65 is less than $20,000. The solution is not to cut that further.

A few key points to keep in mind during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

Barack Obama

The “fiscal cliff” is being used to demand cuts that would otherwise be politically impossible.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

Blogs

This is not a time to panic. It is a time to get things right.

October 12, 2014

Senator Sanders proposes two bills to get things right. Will Congress act or will it fail vets again?

May 25, 2014

“Our Postal Service is in need of true reform, not ill-advised, counterproductive attempts to slash service.”

March 13, 2014

Alaska Governor Parnell and his Republican-led legislature gave hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts to major oil companies, and suddenly Anchorage public schools don’t have enough funding.

January 27, 2014

The resistance against right-wing policies grows to Georgia with Moral Mondays and South Carolina’s Truthful Tuesdays.

January 15, 2014

The Moral Monday protests that began in North Carolina in response to right-wing policies are spreading to Georgia.

January 6, 2014

This key congressman would offset restoring benefit cuts for veterans by undermining the USPS, a top employer of vets.

January 4, 2014

Paul Ryan had his way with the budget deal. And the economic pain is just beginning.

December 28, 2013

The USPS needs support, not downsizing.

December 26, 2013

The thirty-second president used Dickens’s tale to make the case for programs to aid the dispossessed. We should do the same.

December 24, 2013