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Many governments and popular movements are embracing the need for systemic change.

Anti-Austerity strike in Madrid

You know you’re in trouble when the master of structural adjustment says enough is enough.

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. 

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

Chairman Ben Bernanke, who’s been sounding the alarm, is attacked constantly by the right. He and his allies need support from a mostly silent left.

Progressives falsely assume this mysterious institution is impervious to public pressure. We need to make our voices heard.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Women were not the only ones left out of the last presidential debate. Here's what the next moderator should ask.

US Dollars

Instead of addressing the real problems, Obama and Romney are focusing on deficit reduction. 

Barack Obama

In the contest that comes after November, Obama will be on the wrong team.

Blogs

A Washington insider says to expect a push from White House to ratify the flawed Colombia Free Trade Treaty.  Also to be expected: rising body counts of trade unionists.

February 3, 2011

The president's adviser offered few specifics of how the president planned to make promised new investments while observing a five-year domestic spending freeze.

January 27, 2011

With the deal now done, key Democrats warn about mounting deficits and threat to social programs, with Oregon's Peter DeFazio declaring: "This is a raw deal for seniors, taxpayers and working men and women."

December 17, 2010

A new compromise between leading Republicans and President Obama to extend an expiring tax policy may end up benefiting some of its student opponents.

December 14, 2010

Republican activist Grover Norquist once famously declared that he'd like to shrink the federal government to the point where he could drown it in a bathtub—but a little-noticed provision in the "tax cut compromise" might well drain the states' sinks first.

December 10, 2010

The Democratic Caucus has rejected the agreement between White House and Republicans.

December 9, 2010

Audit reveals the scope of "emergency" loans. Bernie Sanders wants to know if  "secret Fed loans turned out to be direct corporate welfare to big banks." It's time to expand this investigation—and to conbsider Robert Pollin's proposal to put at least some of this money to work for the US economy.

December 2, 2010

The co-chairs of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform have a plan to address the nation's deficit and debt challenges by weakening Social Security and Medicare. They'll unveil it tomorrow. Today, Americans should tell Congress and the White House that there is no mandate for balancing the budget on the backs of working Americans. Call Congress. Raise a ruckus. Say: "Strengthen Social Security—Don't Cut It!"

November 30, 2010

Obama's Fiscal Commission puts cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid "on the table." The president's response is "weak." Pelosi says, "This proposal is simply unacceptable."

November 12, 2010

The key to revitalizing the economy is freeing up still-frozen credit markets. 

September 30, 2010