Commentary

Forty years ago this month President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. The act was a great victory for the civil rights movement, signaling change and adding momentum to the drive for equality.

But while we celebrate the anniversary of this victory, we cannot lose sight of the fact that change still is not complete and opportunity still isn't equal. And we need to be looking ahead.

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Newsday

Director of Democracy Program, Steven Carbó, highlights in TomPaine.com how conservative ideologues and their partisan allies have harnessed voter fraud allegations as a powerful "new" weapon against the American people and our ability to have a political voice.

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Senior Fellow David Callahan explains the linkage between steroids in baseball and rising inequality in our winner-take-all society.

But Waxman and other Democrats are squandering a much-needed opportunity to tell a progressive story on values — specifically one about the way that winner-take-all competition is corrupting America's morals.

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The politics of fear has long since overtaken the threats raised by disease and terrorism. Under these hysterical circumstances, two recent books prudently offer contexts for the anxious atmosphere in which we live.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky writes a special commentary for TomPaine.com on fair, universal access to the ballot box.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Frank explains in The New York Times why honesty is often a winning strategy in business.

Beliefs matter. If people believe cheating is inevitable, there will be more of it. So if honesty in business is not a losing strategy, it would be good for people to realize that.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank explains in The New York Times why tax cuts for the rich have not been successful at stimulating economic growth compared to other options available to Congress and the Bush Administration.

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Government Accounting Office figures released in late May about upcoming changes to Pell Grants provide another glaring example of why it's time to let go of the illusion that we're moving toward an "ownership society."

To have an ownership society, we have to commit to ensuring widespread, affordable educational opportunity. Education is key to the increased earning potential needed to enable saving and ownership. But even with this fact staring us in the face, we are actually decreasing access to education.

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LA Daily News

Senior Fellow Jennifer Wheary outlines the latest Government Accounting Office estimates released late last month show that nearly 2 million low- and moderate-income students will see their Pell grants decrease or disappear for the 2005-06 school year.

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New York Daily News

Election 2004 was supposed to be different. But as many Ohio residents witnessed last November, things haven't quite gone according to plan. Voters continue to be frustrated by the shoddy and inept administration of elections. Problems with voter registration topped the list of complaints received by the massive election protection campaigns mounted last year by a consortium of voting rights organizations.

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Tompaine.com