Opinion

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Soaring college costs, soaring student debt: a dysfunctional system

The crisis of college costs and student debt is a reflection of capitalism's inherent tendencies, which poke at the wounds of an already injured economy.

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Report: Economic concentration helps fuel the income gap

"The return of plutocracy to America was no accident. The drastic decline in market competition has been a result of conscious political decisions."

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Where is the movement to turn around this economy?

To really keep up with just population growth some 200,000 good jobs, ones that pay a living wage, need to be created each month.

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Is the Earth overpopulated?

We must bring down the population through universal education, and government assisted family planning programs; doing so is a necessary condition of controlling global warming.

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What should Jamie Dimon do with his $8.5 million raise?

JPMorgan Chase has raised CEO Jamie Dimon's pay for 2013 by 74 percent, bringing it up to $20 million - we can all breathe a sigh of relief for Jamie.

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Austerity debate remains unresolved after shutdown drama

There was one victory the neo-Confederate Republicans can claim that even the old Confederacy could not: the ability to shutdown the federal government, a symbol of their supreme distaste for both union and democracy. 

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Government shutdown to crash into debt ceiling crisis?

Way over a million workers are immediately affected by the shutdown. Will they get back pay once the government starts up again? With this Congress, who knows?

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Tea party's shutdown showdown could crash the economy

Republican obstructionists have prevented any agreement, so cuts are in effect and have already damaged health, nutrition, education, public safety and many other programs.

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Where is justice in cutting food stamps?

Of those receiving government help in the form of food stamps or the SNAP program, 76 percent are children, disabled, or elderly.

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Who should be the next Fed chair?

If it were my decision, first I would try to talk Ben Bernanke out of leaving, since he is the closest thing to a "Depression scientist" that has ever been in the job.

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