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Everything the American public has been told by the corporate news media about the anti-austerity uprisings in France, England and other European countries is a lie.
There's No Place Like Europe

James Clay Fuller, Evergreene Digest

Everything the American public has been told by the corporate news media about the anti-austerity uprisings in France, England and other European countries is a lie.

The picture we've been given by our big newspapers, magazines and television – as always, especially television – is as phony as a photograph showing Sarah Palin sitting on Barack Obama's lap and nibbling his ear. It's a picture so false as to make Fox News domestic political coverage look fair and objective by comparison.

This is important. The real story hidden by the fakery is enormously important to the people of the United States.

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There's No Place Like Europe, Alissa Bohling, t r u t h o u t
Steven Hill on Medical House Calls, Multiparty Politics, and Other American Fantasies

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Fast Track to Inequality

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  • Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.
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  • “Over the last generation more and more of the rewards of growth have gone to the rich and superrich. The rest of America, from the poor through the upper middle class, has fallen further and further behind.” -- Political scientists Jacob Hacker of Yale and Paul Pierson of the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Think Again: Inequality and America’s Antiquated Politics
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Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

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The clearest explanation yet of the forces that converged over the past three decades or so to undermine the economic well-being of ordinary Americans is contained in the new book, “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.”

The authors, political scientists Jacob Hacker of Yale and Paul Pierson of the University of California, Berkeley, argue persuasively that the economic struggles of the middle and working classes in the U.S. since the late-1970s were not primarily the result of globalization and technological changes but rather a long series of policy changes in government that overwhelmingly favored the very rich.

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Think Again: Inequality and America’s Antiquated Politics, Eric Alterman, Center for American Progress

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  • Economic inequality in America is growing to proportions we have never seen before, threatening not only our social structure but also our democracy as the U.S. Supreme Court equates the right to spend money on politics with freedom of speech
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  • Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support 'More Equal Distribution Of Wealth'
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  • Special Report | Poverty in the U.S.
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Some Kind of Manly

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Obushma administration, dead to morality, says torture is the American way.
Why did we bother to beat the Soviet Union if we were just going to become it? Shame. Shame. Shame.

Molly Ivins, Common Dreams

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I can't get over this feeling of unreality, that I am actually sitting here writing about our country having a gulag of secret prisons in which it tortures people. I have loved America all my life, even though I have often disagreed with the government. But this seems to me so preposterous, so monstrous. My mind is a little bent and my heart is a little broken this morning.

Maybe I should try to get a grip -- after all, it's just this one administration that I had more cause than most to realize was full of inadequate people going in. And even at that, it seems to be mostly Vice President Cheney. And after all, we were badly frightened by 9-11, which was a horrible event. "Only" nine senators voted against the prohibition of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of persons under custody or control the United States." Nine out of 100. Should we be proud? Should we cry?

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How Obama Lost the Narrative

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  • So he's not Superman after all--but how has he managed to lose the legion of doom?
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  • Here's one account.
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  • 2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?
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David Corn, Mother Jones

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Reprinted from The Adventures of Unemployed Man by Erich Origen and Gan Golan.

On his first day back from summer vacation, President Obama appeared in a sweltering Rose Garden to talk about the economy. The latest numbers were disheartening—growth slow, consumer spending weak, housing sales down, unemployment near 10 percent. Obama reported that he'd just met with his economic team. He pointed out that his administration had already taken "a series of measures" to boost the economy, and that his aides were "hard at work" looking for more. He offered no specific proposals, and after five minutes he went back inside, taking no questions from the sweating reporters.

With the Democrats' poll numbers falling in tandem with the economic indicators, the best Obama could offer were a few modest proposals. At a moment when his party was facing a possibly catastrophic drubbing, the president appeared on the defensive, his economic leadership anemic. How had Obama lost his groove?

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2010 Elections: Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Tikkun.org

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  • What the Democrats Could Have Done
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  • Scaring Us To The Polls
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