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The Time for a 21st Century Public Works Program Is Now!

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Despite all points to the contrary, the Democratic Party refused to heed the call for a Public Works Program that former labor secretary Robert Reich and Kenseyian economist Paul Krugman have both called for. With no demand being generated by the private sector to support hiring, a skeleton workforce doing more work and an ever growing unemployed and underemployed contingent, a contradiction is being created around President Obama’s insistence that the private sector be the sole driver of economic growth. The private sector, which has huge reservoirs of cash, is refusing to hire workers because employers know that American workers cannot afford to buy their products. This political callousness has been devastating for the working class.

Tobias Michael, Workers' Compass

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

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The United States government must intercede in the job crisis that is gripping America. The open wound of the Great Recession is still oozing pain and misery across America, and the crisis has spread to the rest of the world. We are not afforded the luxury of waiting for a super democrat majority in order to organize a new future, not that the Democrats would offer any help even then.

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The necessity of a massive jobs’ program is becoming even more apparent with every dismal statistic that is announced. Here are a few factors that we must consider when we review the breadth and scope of the jobs crisis.

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One third of working families in US struggling to meet basic needs, Jerry White, World Socialist Web Site

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  • The ranks of the working poor swelled by another 1.7 million as corporations used the economic downturn to wipe out full-time positions and force ever-larger numbers of workers to take part-time, temporary and low-paying jobs.
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  • The rich get richer, with government help
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  • For Whom Does the Bell Toll?
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Report: 104 Republicans In Congress Want To Privatize Social Security

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  • That means giving more to Wall Street and leaving more for military spending
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  • List includes Minnesota reps Michelle Bachmann and John Kline
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  • Bachmann’s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ‘Wean Everybody’ Off Social Security, Medicare
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  • Rep. Ryan (R-WI) on Social Security Cuts Plan: 'If I Lose My Job Over This, Fine'
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  • Obama to blink first on Social Security
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Mike Perkins, American Medical Systems

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

This is the second installment in a three-part series on legislation that may emerge from a GOP-controlled Congress. Click here for part one on ending birthright citizenship.

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After their attempt to privatize Social Security in 2005 was met with widespread public outcry, the GOP’s strategy on Social Security has been two-fold. First, Republicans deny they are interested in privatization. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently told the Wall Street Journal that “no one has a proposal up to cut Social Security,” (his own book proposes doing so), while conservatives in the media have tried to argue that Republicans don’t actually want to privatize Social Security.

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The second tactic has been to obfuscate their privatization plans by sugarcoating them in flowery, palatable language. President Bush’s privatization plan is a prime example. In his 2005 State of the Union, President Bush said we needed to “save” Social Security and give younger workers a “better deal” by having “voluntary personal retirement accounts,” the poll-tested language for privatization. Bush now says his greatest failure was not privatizing Social Security.

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Bachmann’s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ‘Wean Everybody’ Off Social Security, Medicare, Lee Fang, Think Progress
This past weekend (Feb 6-7), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) addressed the right-wing Constitutional Coalition’s annual conference in St. Louis. She had dropped out of the Tea Party Convention occurring on the same day in Nashville to make the appearance.

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Ryan On Social Security Cuts Plan: 'If I Lose My Job Over This, Fine', Christina Bellantoni, Talking Points Memo
Rep. Paul Ryan is blaming the "Democratic attack machine" even though members of his own party don't publicly support his plan to dramatically cut Medicare and Social Security and effectively privatize those entitlement programs to end the deficit.

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Obama to blink first on Social Security, Robert Kuttner, Politico

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  • Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011?
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  • Republicans win three ways. They have a Democratic president doing their work for them, destroying the Democratic capacity to use affirmative.
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Get Ready for a G.O.P. Rerun

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  • You just can’t close the door on this crowd. The party that brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression, that led us into Iraq and the worst foreign policy disaster in American history, that would like to take a hammer to Social Security and a chisel to Medicare, is back in control of the House of Representatives with the expressed mission of undermining all things Obama.
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  • Obama to blink first on Social Security
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Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

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You just can’t close the door on this crowd. The party that brought us the worst economy since the Great Depression, that led us into Iraq and the worst foreign policy disaster in American history, that would like to take a hammer to Social Security and a chisel to Medicare, is back in control of the House of Representatives with the expressed mission of undermining all things Obama.
Once we had Dick Cheney telling us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and belligerently asserting that deficits don’t matter. We had Phil Gramm, Enron’s favorite senator and John McCain’s economic guru, blithely assuring us in 2008 that we were suffering from a “mental recession.”

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(Mr. Gramm was some piece of work. A champion of deregulation, he was disdainful of ordinary people. “We’re the only nation in the world,” he once said, “where all of our poor people are fat.”)

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Obama to blink first on Social Security, Robert Kuttner, Politico

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  • Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011?
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  • Republicans win three ways. They have a Democratic president doing their work for them, destroying the Democratic capacity to use affirmative.
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The Merger of Journalists and Government Officials

"What an astounding feat to train a nation's journalist class to despise above all else those who shine a light on what the most powerful factions do in the dark and who expose their corruption and deceit, and to have journalists - of all people - lead the way in calling for the head of anyone who exposes the secrets of the powerful."

Glenn Greenwald, Salon/Reader Supported News
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(1) Over the last month, I've done many television and radio segments about WikiLeaks and what always strikes me is how indistinguishable -- identical -- are the political figures and the journalists.  There's just no difference in how they think, what their values and priorities are, how completely they've ingested and how eagerly they recite the same anti-WikiLeaks, "Assange = Saddam" script.  So absolute is the WikiLeaks-is-Evil bipartisan orthodoxy among the Beltway political and media class (forever cemented by the joint Biden/McConnell decree that Assange is a "high-tech Terrorist,") that you're viewed as being from another planet if you don't spout it.  It's the equivalent of questioning Saddam's WMD stockpile in early 2003.

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New consumer agency is frightfully necessary — and late

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  • "Lost in much of the back-and-forth over wrongful foreclosures is the question of whether the scandal could have been prevented. The answer is yes."
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  • Foreclosure Mills: America's Newest Housing Nightmare
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Elizabeth Warren, Miami Herald | FL/Reader Supported News

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No one has missed the headlines: Haphazard and possibly illegal practices at mortgage-servicing companies have called into question home foreclosures across the nation.

The latest disclosures are deeply troubling, but they should not come as a big surprise. For years, both individual homeowners and consumer advocates sounded alarms that foreclosure processes were riddled with problems.

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While federal and state investigators are still examining exactly what has gone wrong and why, two things are clear.

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Foreclosure Mills: America's Newest Housing Nightmare, Andy Kroll, Mother Jones/Axis of Logic

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  • Borrowers are getting screwed again as bailed-out banks send their foreclosure dirty work to con artists with a history of breaking the law.
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  • The Forgotten Foreclosure Crisis
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Obama to blink first on Social Security

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  • Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011?
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  • Republicans win three ways. They have a Democratic president doing their work for them, destroying the Democratic capacity to use affirmative.
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Robert Kuttner, Politico

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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The tax deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is just the first part of a multistage drama that is likely to further divide and weaken Democrats.

The second part, now being teed up by the White House and key Senate Democrats, is a scheme for the president to embrace much of the Bowles-Simpson plan — including cuts in Social Security. This is to be unveiled, according to well-placed sources, in the president’s State of the Union address.

The idea is to pre-empt an even more draconian set of budget cuts likely to be proposed by the incoming House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), as a condition of extending the debt ceiling. This is expected to hit in April.

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Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011? Kenneth Schortgen, Jr, Examiner.com
The rebellion by Democratic Congressmen against President Obama during the tax cut compromise may be just an introduction to the politics of 2011 when the Republican's take over the House.  No matter what is passed, or has been passed, without the House willing to fund projects and programs they become only as good as the paper they are written upon.

The TSA's state-mandated molestation

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  • The humiliations of the patdown policy, which Janet Napolitano wants to expand, are an Orwellian assault on American freedom.
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  • The ACLU maintains an ever-growing database of these indignities, many so graphic they're illegal to broadcast over public airwaves. Actions that violate FCC standards are embraced by the TSA.
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  • Rape Victim Arrested After Refusing TSA Pat-Down
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Jennifer Abel, London Guardian | UK/Reader Supported News

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A TSA officer signals an airline passenger forward at a security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma international airport, Washington State. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP

The holiday brought bittersweet news: unless the Transportation Security Authority disbands, I'll never see a certain friend of mine again. His long-term unemployment finally ended, and next month, he starts a great new job. But it's in Texas, too far to drive; from my place in Connecticut to his new home in San Antonio is 2,000 miles – 500 more than separates London from Moscow.

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As an American – that is, someone considered lucky to get seven consecutive days off work – the only way I could possibly travel such distance is to fly. But flying includes the legal obligation I submit to having my genitalia groped by some TSA thug wearing the same latex gloves already shoved down nine dozen other strangers' underwear. There's only two ways an American flyer can reliably avoid this: be rich enough to buy your own plane, or a high-ranking congressman or other VIP exempt from the indignities they inflict upon ordinary citizens.

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Rape Victim Arrested After Refusing TSA Pat-Down, KVUE-TV | TX
An Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (TX) (ABIA) spokesman says it is TSA policy that anyone activating a security alarm has two options.  One is to opt out and not fly, and the other option is to subject themselves to an enhanced pat down.  Hirschkind refused both and was arrested.

Defending EPA Against the Coming Right Wing Attack

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It is good politics for President Obama to protect and defend EPA

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Steven Cohen, Huffington Post

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I recently proposed a modest Green Agenda for the Obama Administration and the next Congress. While much of the agenda is positive and forward moving, a key element of the agenda is defensive: protecting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against the mindless onslaught of the radical right wing. I admit I am not an unbiased observer of EPA. I first worked EPA in 1977, when I helped staff a task force on public participation in EPA's water programs. After graduate school, I worked for EPA in 1980 and 1981, developing the community relations program for Superfund, and in the 1990's I worked as a consultant to Ron Brand, the visionary founder of EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks.

I've been in and around EPA for most of my career and it is an agency filled with talented and dedicated scientists, lawyers, administrators and other experts. Its organizational culture is not without flaws, but for four decades it has taken the lead in reducing our economy's impact on our natural environment. It has managed the trick of allowing our economy to grow while reducing many key pollutants.

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