Doing Debt Ceiling Battle the FDR Way

By  Sam Pizzigati Too Much, August 17, 2011 At times of national fiscal crisis, President Franklin Roosevelt ever so firmly believed, you don’t give the awesomely affluent a free pass. You pound them — and then you pound them some more. Against a Congress where zealously rich people-friendly conservatives ... Read more

Stop Coddling the Super-Rich

By WARREN E. BUFFETT New York Times, August 14, 2011 OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched. While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, ... Read more

On Economy, Raw Data Gets a Grain of Salt

By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM New York Times, August 17, 2011 WASHINGTON — When the government announced in April that the economy had grown at a moderate annual pace of 1.8 percent in the first quarter, politicians and investors saw evidence that the nation was continuing its recovery from the depths of the ... Read more

How Austerity Is Ushering in a Global Recession

By Robert Reich August 17, 2011 Not only is the United States slouching toward a double-dip, but so is Europe. New data out Tuesday show even Europe’s strongest core economies — Germany, France, and the Netherlands — slowing to a crawl. We’re on the cusp of a global ... Read more

Why the Jobs Argument Against Military Cuts is Bogus

By Robert Naiman Just Foreign Policy, August 16, 2011 For the first time in a decade, significant cuts in projected military spending are on the table. If the “Super Congress” doesn’t reach a deal on $1.2 trillion in debt reduction over the next ten years by Thanksgiving, ... Read more

Organic v. Monsanto

By Danielle Magnuson Utne Reader More than 270,000 organic farmers are taking on corporate agriculture giant Monsanto in a lawsuit filed March 30. Led by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, the family farmers are fighting for the right to keep a portion of the world food supply organic—and preemptively protecting ... Read more

Physicians waste huge sums dealing with insurers

Progressive Review University of Toronto – U.S. physician practices could save nearly $28 billion per year if they could bring costs associated with dealing with health insurers and payers more in line with Canadian physician practices, says a new University of Toronto study in the August ... Read more

“The World Consequences of U.S. Decline”

By Immanuel Wal lerstein A decade ago, when I and some others spoke of U.S. decline in the world-system, we were met at best with condescending smiles at our naivety. Was not the United States the lone superpower, involved in every remote corner of the earth, and getting its way most of the time? This was a ... Read more