austerity

Fully established largely in the middle of the 20th century, Europe's universal health care systems are an immense achievement of progressive governance. To this day, these systems remain popular in their respective countries, garnering support and confidence from public majorities. Indeed,...
05/02/2013
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As austerity policies are extended and populations in Southern Europe continue to feel acute economic pain, one common feature across these countries is increasing police repression. Even with real violence increasing as employment and services on the downswing, these incidents give reason for...
01/25/2013
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A New York Times article yesterday reported that Fix the Debt, the deficit hawk group which positions itself as a neutral body of wisemen, includes a number of corporate lobbyists and board members. The Times noted that many of those involved in Fix the Debt helped create the deficit problem to...
01/10/2013
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Last week, I wrote about how strong majorities of Americans not only believe the climate is changing but also that human activity is causing it. Congressional inaction, therefore, ignores the priorities and concerns of the majority. However, while the oil and gas lobby does heavily influence...
12/17/2012
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As President Obama gets closer to making his deal with the Republicans on the budget, the most important thing to keep in mind is that the fiscal cliff is an artificially contrived trap. Were it not for the two Bush wars and the two Bush tax cuts and the House Republican games of brinksmanship...
11/26/2012
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Camden, New Jersey, can't seem to catch a break. Fox News, of all outlets, broke the news yesterday that the city of Camden will disband its police department and transfer half the officers to a new non-union division. The move comes at the tail end of a long fight over workers salaries...
08/27/2012
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Tip O’Neill famously observed that “all politics is local.” That's for good reason: most of the popular things that government happen on the state and local level. Firefighters, teachers, hospitals and police provide services that, by and large, Americans rely upon. That’s why the Census numbers...
08/23/2012
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The CBO has updated its figures for 2013, showing that if we don’t engage in reckless austerity, the economy will continue to recover next year. But if not, well, we would enter a deep, double-dip recession. The report compares the baseline scenario, in which the Bush tax cuts expire and...
08/22/2012
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Question of the Day: How can the Fiscal Cliff be giving aid and comfort to the Bowles-Simpson crowd? The cliff would create a major economic contraction; so would Bowles-Simpson. The "fiscal cliff" is Beltway shorthand for a combo of automatic tax increases and budget cuts set to go off Jan. 2....
07/23/2012
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If Europe continues its steady march to financial depression and collapse of the Euro, no politician will be more to blame than German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Last week, Merkel repeated the same pattern that has characterized her behavior since the sovereign debt crisis began -- resisting...
07/02/2012
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