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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 29th, 2011

The Deficit Hawks Target Nurses and Firefighters

Many people might think that the country's problems stem from the fact that too much money has been going to the very rich. Over the last three decades, the richest one percent of the population has increased its share of national income by almost 10 percentage points (Excel spreadsheet). This ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 31st, 2011

Debts Should be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People

This seems to be the lesson that our nation's leaders are trying to pound home to us. According to the New York Times, members of Congress are secretly running around in closets and back alleys working up a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy.According to the article, a main goal ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 22nd, 2011

Can Harry Be a Hero?

That is the question that supporters of Social Security should be asking as we brace for President Obama's State of the Union address next week. Specifically, the question is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will keep up his spirited defense of Social Security or whether he will buckle to ... continue reading

January 20th, 2011

President, Dem lawmakers diverge on Social Security

President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are moving in different directions on Social Security. The president has indicated a willingness to make significant changes to Social Security, while congressional Democrats are wary of his striking a deal with the GOP on the popular entitlement program. [Click here to continue ... continue reading

January 16th, 2011

Sanders warns Obama not to agree with GOP on Social Security benefit cuts

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont, is pressing President Obama to keep his campaign promise not to cut Social Security benefits in a possible deal with Republicans. Sanders has joined a lobbying campaign by more than 200 labor unions and liberal groups pressing Obama to make a strong statement ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 6th, 2010

The Green Economy Is Here, and It Ain't Pretty

Many of us have long advocated a green economy where jobs were generated in sectors like alternative energy and recycling. It was our hope that this economy could be both environmentally friendly and offer opportunities for high and rising living standards. Well, we've now got a green economy and there's ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 22nd, 2010

Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends Are Wrong

In recent days several center-left blogger/columnists have suggested that progressives should be happy to cut a deal now on Social Security and other issues related to the budget. The argument is that the cuts being put forward by the commissions are not that onerous, they don't involve privatization, and we ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 10th, 2010

The Wall Street TARP Gang Wants to Take Away Your Social Security

Just over two years ago, the Wall Streeters were running around Congress and the media saying that if they don't immediately get $700 billion the world will end. Since they own large chunks of both, they quickly got their money. Even more important than the hundreds of billions of loans ... continue reading

September 3rd, 2010

Hands off Social Security

The White House deficit commission is reportedly considering deep benefit cuts for Social Security, including a steep rise in the retirement age. We cannot let that happen. The deficit and our $13 trillion national debt are serious problems that must be addressed. But we can — and must — address ... continue reading

September 3rd, 2010

House Democrats To Obama: No Cuts To Social Security

Democrats led by Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grijalva are drawing a line in the sand before the White House's fiscal commission: If your report recommends cuts or other changes to Social Security, they will say, you'll lose our support. In a letter to be sent to President Obama, obtained ... continue reading

August 26th, 2010

Alan Simpson, Senator Guttermouth, Spews Again

Retired Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, who inherited a soft-cushion career in politics from his father, is a garrulous old crank who at 79 seems desperate for attention. Simpson likes to pop off provocatively. He cannot resist mocking lesser mortals like Social Security recipients with mean-spirited ridicule. Simpson is an always ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

August 26th, 2010

Senator Simpson: He's Not Just Offensive, He's Ignorant

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, the co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, has sparked calls for his resignation after sending an offensive and sexist note to Ashley Carson, the executive director of the Older Women's League. While such calls are reasonable -- Simpson's comments were certainly more offensive than remarks ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

August 23rd, 2010

Social Security: The Republicans Are Right

President Obama comments on Social Security privatization in the last week sound like something that he stole from the playbook of the last Democrat in the White House. Just as President Clinton tried to tell us that the veracity of one of his statements on the Lewinski affair depended on ... continue reading

August 20th, 2010

Social Security Cuts Weighed by Panel

A White House-created commission is considering proposals to raise the retirement age and take other steps to shore up the finances of Social Security, prompting key players to prepare for a major battle over the program's future. Journal Community The panel is looking for a mix of ideas that could ... continue reading

August 16th, 2010

AP-GfK polls show Obama losing independents

WASHINGTON – Independents who embraced President Barack Obama's call for change in 2008 are ready for a shift again, and that's worrisome news for Democrats.Only 32 percent of those citing no allegiance to either major party say they want Democrats to keep control of Congress in this November's elections, according ... continue reading

August 14th, 2010

Democrats celebrate the 75th anniversary of Social Security

Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Social Security, the United States’ first and most enduring social program that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law during the Great Depression. Weathering years as a political lightning rod, Social Security today is championed by another Roosevelt – DNC member and Tufts Health ... continue reading

August 14th, 2010

President Obama Promises to Protect Social Security from Republican Plans to Privatize It

Remarks of President Barack Obama As Prepared for Delivery August 14, 2010 Washington, DCSeventy-five years ago today, in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, laying a cornerstone in the foundation of America’s middle class, and assuring generations of America’s seniors that after a ... continue reading

Bill Quigley

Law Professor

August 6th, 2010

Katrina Pain Index 2010 New Orleans – Five Years Later

With Davida Finger and Lance Hill. Davida is a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. Lance is Executive Director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University.It will be five years since Katrina on August 29. The impact of Katrina is quite painful for regular people ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 27th, 2010

The Budget Deficit Chicken Hawks

Most people are familiar with the concept of "chicken hawks." Chicken hawks are the politicians who are anxious to send other people to risk their lives in war, but somehow managed to avoid service when they had the opportunity to fight themselves. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney and former President George ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

July 15th, 2010

Gray Panthers Oppose Rep. Boehner's Proposal to Raise Age of Social Security Recipients

On June 29, House Republican Leader John Boehner made news with his statement that the age for persons eligible for Social Security benefits should be raised from 65 to 70. "If you have substantial non-Social Security income while you're retired, why are we paying you at a time when we're ... continue reading

July 13th, 2010

No full Social Security benefits until age 70?

Young Americans might not get full Social Security retirement benefits until they reach age 70 if some trial balloons that prominent lawmakers of both parties are floating become law.No one who's slated to receive benefits in the next decade or two is likely to be affected, but there's a gentle, ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 12th, 2010

The Attack of the Real Black Helicopter Gang: The IMF Is Coming for Your Social Security

A few years back, there was a fear in some parts about black UN helicopters that were supposedly taking part in the planning of an invasion of the United States. While there was no foundation for this fear, there is basis for concern about the attack of another international organization, ... continue reading

July 8th, 2010

Republicans AND Democrats Lining Up Behind Major Changes To Social Security

Is there a new, bipartisan consensus forming on Capitol Hill about whether (and how) to scale back Social Security benefits? A surprising number of signs point to "yes" -- and that has many progressives looking ahead a few months to what they believe could become a serious fight.Several of the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

June 28th, 2010

America Speaks Back: The Effort to Gut Social Security and Medicare Takes a Hit

The opponents of Social Security and Medicare are getting in high gear. After all, it makes perfect sense that after the collapse of a housing bubble has just destroyed the life savings of near retirees that we would cut their Social Security and Medicare. Okay, at least in Washington that ... continue reading

Dylan Ratigan

Host, Dylan Ratigan Show

June 28th, 2010

Fix the Deficit: Clawbacks Before Cutbacks

Today we launched Fix It week on my show. I hope this week will help aid what I believe is already a growing movement to finally acknowledge and address the long-standing issues that continue to unnecessarily harm our great country. Fortuitously, considering the recent news from the G20, we kick ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Mar 5th
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Mar 3rd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

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