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New Obama strategy: Beat up poor people

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  • To prove it is "serious" about the deficit, the White House proposes cutting a program that helps pay heating bills.
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  • It's the biggest domestic spending cut disclosed so far, and one that will likely generate the most heat from the president's traditional political allies.
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Andrew Leonard, Salon

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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The Obama administration, reports National Journal's Mark Ambinder, will propose big cuts to a program that provides energy assistance to poor people when it unveils its suggested 2012 budget. "The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP," writes Ambinder, "would see funding drop by about $2.5 billion from an authorized 2009 total of $5.1 billion."

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The news is generating a lot of outrage from progressives, in large part because of a paragraph that suggests that the White House wants to gain political advantage from being seen as tough on the most vulnerable Americans -- people who can't afford heating oil during cold winters.

It's the biggest domestic spending cut disclosed so far, and one that will likely generate the most heat from the president's traditional political allies. That would satisfy the White House, which has a vested interest in convincing Americans that it is serious about budget discipline.

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The Forgotten Jobless and Our Future

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  • Their numbers and continuing growth are staggering, and their desperate situation effects all working class Americans -- employed and unemployed.
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  • The fact that their fate was left unaddressed last December, while the economic top one percent were allowed hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks, says a lot about the political priorities of those who set policy in this country and whose voices they listen to.
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  • Mobilizing the Jobless
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Mark Vorpahl, Workers Compass

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg

In the political theater exhibited last December where 13 months of unemployment extensions were linked to continuing tax breaks for the rich, a significant issue was left out of the drama, though it directly impacts the lives of millions. That is the fate of those who have become known as the 99ers.

The 99ers are those who have not been able to find a job, though they have exhausted all their employment benefits. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits peaked from November 2008 to May 2009. Ninety-nine weeks later those still unemployed had exhausted their benefits and disappeared from the official unemployment statistics. They no longer have a social safety net to land in and crawl out of.

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Mobilizing the Jobless, Frances Fox Piven, The Nation
An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.

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What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

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  • What is happening in Egypt, like what happened in Tunisia, tightens the noose that will—unless Israel and Washington radically change their policies toward the Palestinians and the Muslim world—threaten to strangle the Jewish state as well as dramatically curtail American influence in the Middle East.
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  • Chomsky: Why the Mideast Turmoil Is a Direct Threat to the American Empire
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  • When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy
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Chris Hedges, TruthDig

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller

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AP / Ben Curtis

The uprising in Egypt, although united around the nearly universal desire to rid the country of the military dictator Hosni Mubarak, also presages the inevitable shift within the Arab world away from secular regimes toward an embrace of Islamic rule. Don’t be fooled by the glib sloganeering about democracy or the facile reporting by Western reporters—few of whom speak Arabic or have experience in the region. Egyptians are not Americans. They have their own culture, their own sets of grievances and their own history. And it is not ours. They want, as we do, to have a say in their own governance, but that say will include widespread support—especially among Egypt’s poor, who make up more than half the country and live on about two dollars a day—for the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic parties. Any real opening of the political system in the Arab world’s most populated nation will see an empowering of these Islamic movements. And any attempt to close the system further—say a replacement of Mubarak with another military dictator—will ensure a deeper radicalization in Egypt and the wider Arab world.

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The only way opposition to the U.S.-backed regime of Mubarak could be expressed for the past three decades was through Islamic movements, from the Muslim Brotherhood to more radical Islamic groups, some of which embrace violence. And any replacement of Mubarak (which now seems almost certain) while it may initially be dominated by moderate, secular leaders will, once elections are held and popular will is expressed, have an Islamic coloring. A new government, to maintain credibility with the Egyptian population, will have to more actively defy demands from Washington and be more openly antagonistic to Israel. What is happening in Egypt, like what happened in Tunisia, tightens the noose that will—unless Israel and Washington radically change their policies toward the Palestinians and the Muslim world—threaten to strangle the Jewish state as well as dramatically curtail American influence in the Middle East.

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Chomsky: Why the Mideast Turmoil Is a Direct Threat to the American Empire, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
An interview with Noam Chomsky about what this means for the future of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in the region.

When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy, Amy Goodman, TruthDig
“People holding a sign ‘To: America. From: the Egyptian People. Stop supporting Mubarak. It’s over!” so tweeted my brave colleague, “Democracy Now!” senior producer Sharif Abdel Kouddous, from the streets of Cairo.

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Vision: How Small, Mostly Conservative Towns Have Found the Trick to Defeating Corporations

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  • As the Right pushes privatization as a solution to the economic collapse, one organization is teaching communities how to defeat corporations.
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  • Vermont Is Gearing Up to Strike a Major Blow to Corporate Personhood, Ban It Statewide
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  • The Hidden History of Corporate Rule
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Tara Lohan, AlterNet

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California's treasurer just announced that the state may need to begin issuing IOUs if the governor and legislature can't close the budget gap. And California's not the only place that's hurting. The Great Recession, hit not only businesses and individuals, but governments as well. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimated that 31 states are facing a combined shortfall for fiscal year 2011 of nearly $60 billion.

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So, what's being done? "Cities and states across the nation are selling and leasing everything from airports to zoos -- a fire sale that could help plug budget holes now but worsen their financial woes over the long run," the Wall Street Journal reports. "California is looking to shed state office buildings. Milwaukee has proposed selling its water supply; in Chicago and New Haven, Conn., its parking meters. In Louisiana and Georgia, airports are up for grabs."

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Vermont Is Gearing Up to Strike a Major Blow to Corporate Personhood, Ban It Statewide, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
On the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, Vermont politicians are moving to deny corporations the rights that humans enjoy.

The Hidden History of Corporate Rule, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County
British Crown Corporations began operating in North America with the start of European settlement. These Crown Corporations, also known as colonial corporations, were a tool to export wealth back to the stockholders and the monarch that chartered them. The creation of corporations expanded empire and made the aristocracy wealthy. These early crown corporations were given the right to levy taxes, wage war, and imprison people all while enjoying a monopoly over trade in the regions where they operated. As Thomas Hobbes stated, corporations are “chips off the old block of sovereignty.”

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Employers hold back on hiring even as unemployment falls

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  • Job growth anemic despite drop in unemployment, signs of economic growth.
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  • French Lessons for US Workers
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  • Whitehouse says companies get a tax break for moving jobs overseas
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Motoko Rich, New York Times | NY

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The U.S. labor market is still having trouble achieving liftoff.

Payrolls expanded by 36,000 jobs in January, a sharp decline from the gains of recent months and well below the level economists had forecast. The reluctance of employers to add jobs at a time of robust corporate profits, strengthening consumer spending and other economic improvement renewed concerns that this near-jobless recovery could continue for an extended period.

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The picture painted by the Labor Department's monthly snapshot of the job market was confounded by a more encouraging drop in the unemployment rate to 9 percent, from 9.4 percent a month earlier, for its lowest rate since April 2009. The unemployment rate is gleaned from a survey of households, rather than companies, and can be volatile.

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French Lessons for US Workers, Worker's Compass

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  • The French working class is busting a myth broadcast from governments everywhere, that massive spending cuts (austerity) are "necessary" and worse, "inevitable,” no matter how unpopular (undemocratic).
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  • Mocking the French for getting it right
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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Whitehouse says companies get a tax break for moving jobs overseas, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), PolitiFact.com<http://politifact.com/>
"The law, right now, permits companies that close down American factories and offices and move those jobs overseas to take a tax deduction for the costs associated with moving the jobs to China or India or wherever."
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An Urgent Appeal for Egypt

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  • Tell President Obama: Now is the time for you to call for the immediate resignation of President Mubarak, and to support all efforts to keep the protesters safe.
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  • Kucinich: A Call for an Unequivocal Statement of Solidarity With the Egyptian People
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  • With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between
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Jim Wallis, Sojourners

This article is made possible with the contributions of readers like you. Thank you!

In the past few days, we have all watched the nonviolent protest in Egypt with prayer and anticipation. We have seen the hope of a young generation trying to bring democratic change to their country. But now, the streets have turned violent, with armed thugs attacking peaceful protesters. 

The faith community in the United States needs to support our brothers and sisters standing up for their rights and their freedoms in Egypt.

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Tell President Obama: Now is the time for you to call for the immediate resignation of President Mubarak, and to support all efforts to keep the protesters safe.

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Kucinich: A Call for an Unequivocal Statement of Solidarity With the Egyptian People, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Huffington Post

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  • It is time for the United States government to stand with the people of Egypt as well by ending its long-standing support of the corrupt and repressive Mubarak regime.
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  • Absent such a statement, our calls for democracy in the region ring hollow.
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  • Fear Extreme Islamists in Egypt and the Arab World? Blame Washington
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With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between, David Sirota, TruthDig

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  • That’s what the Egyptian protests against U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak really represent for us: a poignant demand that we actually embody our democratic creed—a demand whose response shows an American government desperate to avoid walking its talk.
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  • Remember, President Obama told a Cairo audience in 2009 that America would unequivocally back Egyptians’ democratic aspirations.
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  • When Corporations Choose Despots Over Democracy
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Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options, Alex Alben, Seattle Times | WA

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  • U.S. political culture and our education system have roles to play in the dire straits of our economy.
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  • Some ideas for building a better, more informed national consensus.
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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The FBI Has Been Violating Your Liberties in Ways That May Shock You, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, AlterNet

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  • As Congress seeks to renew the Patriot Act, new information exposes egregious FBI violations.
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  • Fascist America, in 10 easy steps
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The Battle For The Judiciary, Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • For all his disregard of the law, Chief Justice John Roberts pales in comparison to the many radicals on the lower courts.
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  • Clarence Thomas Should Be Indicted
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