Opinion

The freeze and the fire

Obama's budget freeze: hard to imagine a worse conclusion to draw from the Massachusetts election, or a more telling lesson for working people.

Democratize the Federal Reserve Bank

Ben Bernanke should be replaced, and the Federal Reserve needs fixing to serve working people's needs.

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Musicians’ victory is good for all workers

CLEVELAND - Musicians at this city's famous orchestra are taking heat from phony populists, but their union's firmness sets an example that is good for the entire labor movement.

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Stock market gets giddy over Massachusetts

The stock market might not be a useful economic indicator, but at times it just might be an indicator of the class struggle.

The Obama challenge to the banks

The president has taken a decidedly more combative, populist tone. It's time.

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Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! That’s what we need!

Diehard conservatives - mostly Republicans - are willing to let the elderly, the disabled and the children die, while they themselves do nothing but scream, "No new taxes!"

Three schools of thought on financial reform

There is going to be a real problem moving ordinary people into action on any financial reform that does not a) restore their lost pensions, or b) give them back their foreclosed home.

The big minus

Without a rapid draw-down in unemployment numbers, Obama will be unlikely to resurrect the coalition he needs to address other important questions.

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Who’s to blame for city’s crisis?

DETROIT - This beleaguered city is in danger of running out of money, but it's not because of city officials' incompetence  or city workers' "greed."

Forward to the phone banks!

I am weighing the Paul Krugman vs. Howard Dean approaches to what's left of health care reform.

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