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The 6 Biggest Lies About the U.S. Debt

As Congress nears a vote on the various debt ceiling deals, let’s look at the lies and misinformation that got us into this mess. By Arun Gupta AlterNet, July 28, 2011 There is one simple truth about the discussion of the looming U.S. debt crisis: it is largely a compendium of half-truths, ... Read more

Monsanto Nation: Taking Down Goliath

“If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.” – Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994 By Ronnie Cummins CommonDreams.org, July 28, 2011 After two decades ... Read more

Washington Lunacy

By Robert Weissman Public Citizen, July 29, 2011 Washington is in the grip of a fever. It’s hard to find a word other than lunacy to describe what’s going on. We are veering toward potential economic catastrophe. And Congress is hung up on a debate that shouldn’t be occurring. It is debating an imaginary problem that conjures ... Read more

The United States Should Not Have a Debt Ceiling

Smash the Ceiling by James Surowiecki The New Yorker, August 1, 2011 In the past few years, the U.S. economy has been beset by the subprime meltdown, skyrocketing oil prices, the Eurozone debt crisis, and even the Tohoku earthquake. Now it’s staring at a new problem—a failure to raise the debt ... Read more