Debt-ceiling struggle: time to look deeper

Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.


Holding Americans hostage

The problem is not so much a "gang of six" now making deals, but the gang that took over the House of Representatives and statehouses and governorships across the country last fall.


Debt-ceiling deals: Turning away from prosperity to austerity

The rich continue to make out like bandits in the "six" proposal, according to economist Dean Baker.


Grappling with cuts when Democrats are in charge

In many states, Democratic leaders make cuts to social programs, putting a big hole in the safety net as the economic crisis and unemployment worsen - What to do?


Debt-ceiling showdown, Republican stand collapsing, now what?

Is it a train wreck? A gathering tsunami? Just a fake drama?


Are republics democratic?

If we live in a country where some citizens' votes count more than others - in other words, in which "one person, one vote" is really not the standard - how can we claim to be a real democratic state? At best we have a limited and imperfect democracy.

Republicans’ extortion needs a resounding “No”

A two-part response is needed to Eric Cantor and his fellow Republicans.

President needs to pivot back to jobs

It is now 99 percent certain that the private economy is NOT going to cause the bad jobs numbers to change direction.


Europe and U.S. have same problem: capitalism

Major sections of capital believe the debt crisis gives them a golden opportunity to completely shift the costs of the "reproduction of labor power" to working people and break their fighting spirit.


Social Security on the line

Facts: the country is not broke and Social Security is not the cause of the deficit.

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