Government Shutdown Ended, Austerity Drive Lives On

Shutting Down Americans: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Winning The Peace: The Post-Shutdown Challenge

Tea Party Darling Steve King: Hates the Constitution, Loves Dogfighting

Did Wall Street and Tea Party Win? Does Obama Want to Cut Social Security?

The Democrats Can t Defend the Country from the Retrograde GOP

Uncovering the Tea Party s Radical Roots

How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Trillion Dollar Money Pump for the 1%

With JPMorgan Under Spotlight, Growing Calls to Jail the Banksters

Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest

'Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers'

'Catastrophic' Congressional Apathy to Push Millions of Nation s Poor into Deeper Hunger

Food Stamp Cuts to Create ?Hunger Cliff?

The Great Austerity Shell Game: Here s How the Capitalist Scam Works

Protesters Light 'Bonfire of Austerity' Across UK


10 Lessons from the Government Shutdown

Beltway Creeps and Losers


Beware the Tea Party Dominionists


As Democrats, mainstream Republicans and the American public struggle to understand what s happening on Capitol Hill, a growing number of analysts point to the dangerous philosophy of Christian dominionism as a driving force.

US budget deal postpones financial doomsday

In three months' time, US policymakers will again rehash the budget and the debt limit, which billionaire Warren Buffett called a "political weapon of mass destruction" in an interview with CNBC, saying it shouldn t be used by politicians to settle budget disputes, as it brings real financial harm.

A Nation Brought to the Verge of Ruin

By Paul Street

The people are demoralized...The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists...

Revolt of the Rich

By Mike Lofgren

The objective of the predatory super-rich and their political handmaidens is to discredit and destroy the traditional nation state and auction its resources to themselves.

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap

By Paul Craig Roberts

The only market that America dominates is the market for financial fraud.

The cost of the financial crisis hits Americans harder than banks

If you are an American, it s a price that has resulted in a recession and recovery characterized by historically high poverty, with 42 million Americans on food stamps, and historically low rates of Americans working, with only 63% of the population gainfully employed.

The next food stamp crisis is about to hit

If youhave been following the food stamp debate in Washington, you know it s about whether to cut food stamp benefits for the disadvantaged by $4 billion a year (the House proposal) or only $400 million a year (the Senate plan).,0,4963506.story#axzz2ivxd75PP

What Recovery?

By Mike Whitney

"4,594,000 Mortgages Going Unpaid in the United States."

Cutting food stamps: The ruthlessness of the American ruling class

Food assistance benefits for over 45 million Americans will be slashed starting this Friday, in the first-ever nationwide reduction in benefits under the US government s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps.

No Time to Wait on a Movement

This Friday, 48 million people-including more than 21 million children-will see their food stamp (SNAP) benefits reduced. Instead of receiving an average of a buck-fifty for a meal, individuals in need of food assistance will get about $1.40. For families of three, the cut means they will receive $29 less in food stamps every month.

JPMorgan s Bait-and-switch

The Ballyhooed Settlement Is Just a Scam!

By David Dayen

Ignore all the noise about the "big" fraud settlement JPMorgan supposedly just signed. Here s why it s one big zero.

Why Aren t Big Bankers in Jail?

Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press.

From Information Clearing House


Let the Dysfunctional Plantation-Based Red States Secede

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: The activism we see from Tea Party radicals in Washington today is just a modern-day reboot of the same government obstructionist strategies that have been around since the early days of slavery.

The World According to the GOP

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: There are a lot fewer economic arguments out there made in good faith than a naive observer might think, and that s precisely because powerful forces are doing their best to hoodwink said naive observers.

Republican War on Food Stamps: One Giant Lie

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Last month, Republicans in the House approved a bill that would cut a staggering $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next decade. President Obama has said that he will veto that House bill should it reach his desk, but the damage is still going to be done.

Stop the Cruelest Cuts!

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: We are the richest country on the planet, yet 50 million Americans need federal help just to eat. And tomorrow, millions of them could lose access to that vital lifeline. That's because the House is expected to vote on a plan that would slash $5 billion from the federal food stamps program.

Corporations Rewriting US Labor Laws

Ramy Srour, Inter Press Service: US state legislators and corporate lobbies have engaged in an unprecedented attack on minimum wages that has lowered US labor standards and workplace protections, according to new research by the Economic Policy Institute.

Are Heartless People Simply Born That Way?

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much: People who cut food stamps and gut child labor laws, most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.

The Banksters Are Now Setting Up the Crash of 2016

The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: In the past year and a half, banksters in Wall Street hedge funds, big banks and private equity firms have purchased hundreds of thousands of mostly-foreclosed houses across the country to bundle up rental payments and sell them to investors the same way they used to bundle mortgage payments.

GOP Refuses to Extend Jobless Benefits

s.e. smith, Care2: After losing his job over the summer, Dale Sexton has become one of the more than four million faces of the new American economy: the long-term unemployed, people who have been seeking work for six months or more.


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