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Not So Spineless: Paul Ryan Plans To Use Trump’s Chaos To Destroy Medicare, Medicaid And Social Security

There is a spineless, cowardly puppet in Washington. But his name isn’t Paul Ryan. It’s Donald Trump, the man who appears willing to betray millions of Americans who voted for him by standing aside, and providing a cover of chaos, while Ryan guts the vital programs they depend on.

Linda Benesch & Alex LawsonSocial Security Works / Huffington Post Producing in-depth, thoughtful journalism for a better world is expensive – but supporting us isn’t. If you value ad-free independent journalism, consider supporting Evergreene Digest today.

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Dave & the Crew Trump’s reign of chaos is very useful for Paul Ryan. (Zach Gibson / Getty Images) 

02/02/2017 | Paul Ryan always gets more credit than he deserves. During Ryan’s time as House Budget Committee chair, DC pundits lavished praise and attention on him, portraying him as a sensible budget wonk pushing “serious” policy ideas. In fact, he has always been a far-right, highly ideological politician with one goal: Slash taxes for the super-rich and corporations, and pay for it by destroying Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Now that Ryan is Speaker of the House and Donald Trump is president, DC conventional wisdom is settling on a new image of Ryan: A spineless coward unwilling to condemn Trump’s outrageous actions. That’s a much less flattering image than his very serious budget wonk persona, but it’s still far more than Ryan deserves. It takes for granted that deep in his heart, Ryan opposes Trump’s behavior and that if only the Speaker could find the courage, he would disavow the president.

Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works


Alex Lawson, Executive Director, Social Security Works

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'Spectacular Betrayal' as Trump Hands Economy 'Back Over to Wall Street' Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

Executive orders seen as "a cave-in to the power of Wall Street and the financial lobby." (Photo: Dave Center/flickr/cc)

"Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs seems to be taking over financial regulation in the United States, trying to make it easier for them and other big banks like Wells Fargo to steal from their customers and destabilize the economy." —Lisa Donner, Americans for Financial Reform

'The Wall Street bankers against whom Trump ran are making policy now,' says Public Citizen






Universal Basic Income Is Our Best Weapon Against The Rising Far Right

Without basic economic security, people often behave selfishly and vote irresponsibly.

Guy Standing, Huffington Post Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. protest falling prices and the plight of the Finnish agriculture sector. Helsinki, Finland. March 11, 2016. Vesa ESA Moilanen via Getty Images 

01/06/2017 | A groundbreaking pilot project launched this week in Finland. The government is going to give a randomly selected group of 2,000 unemployed citizens a monthly income of $587 with no strings attached and no need to report how they spend it. The project aims to test the feasibility of a program ― called basic income ― that’s worked in earlier pilot projects elsewhere in the world.

Basic income ― also known as universal basic income and basic minimum income ― is a modest amount paid individually and equally to citizens, without behavioral conditions. It has proven to reduce inequality and enhance economic and social freedom. And its time has come.

Guy Standing: Professor of Development, University of London; author, “The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class”

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The Basic Income Movement, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The important thing is to create a floor on which people can start building some security.
  • Part 1: A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For
  • Part 2: Catalyst | Basic Income movement in the Twin Cities



The Enemy Is At Home by John Catalinotto

Not just the Trump forces but Democratic Party leaders are also the foes of the workers and oppressed peoples in the U.S. and in the world. The enemy is at home.

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January 11, 2017 | As the inauguration of the president-elect approaches, the popular movement that has arisen to oppose his reactionary program is facing a vital political decision.

The most important first step for this movement is to reject the attempt to focus the criticism of the new president on the alleged “outside intervention” in the U.S. election.

The question facing anti-racist and anti-war activists who side with the working class is how to work with this new movement to keep it from being diverted by powerful forces within the capitalist system in a pro-militarist direction.

John Catalinotto teaches mathematics at City University in New York City. He was a civilian organizer for the anti-war, anti-racist American Servicemen's Union during the U.S. war in Vietnam, since 1982 managing editor of Workers World weekly newspaper.

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Can New CEO Tim Sloan Fix Scandal-Plagued Wells Fargo’s Corporate Culture?

  • Tim Sloan has replaced John Stumpf as Wells Fargo’s New CEO, but some wonder whether such a longtime insider can really change the bank’s culture of customers and employee abuse.
  • Related: Special Report | Amazon & Wal-mart: Big Box Retailers Behaving Criminally

Peter Dreier, American Prospect To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up here to receive the latest updates from all reader supported Evergreene Digest. Fargo Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Timothy J. Sloan is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, November 13, 2013.  AP Photo/Richard Drew

October 28, 2016 | candal-plagued Wells Fargo’s recent selection of long-time bank insider Tim Sloan to replace John Stumpf as its CEO has done little to mollify critics, given Sloan’s central management role during more than a decade of consumer and community complaints.

Sloan has largely escaped scrutiny during the thumping Wells Fargo has taken from Congress, the media, and bank reform activists for boosting its own stock price by secretly creating more than two million unauthorized checking and credit-card accounts. As lawmakers and state and federal regulators line up to investigate the bank following Stumpf’s resignation, Sloan now replaces him on the hot seat. Sloan’s role as a member of the bank’s inner circle at a time when Wells Fargo stood accused of reckless and discriminatory practices is sure to interest investigators.

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His latest book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books, 2012).

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Special Report | Amazon & Wal-mart: Big Box Retailers Behaving Criminally, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

Part 1: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities

Amazon is far more than a big, aggressive retailer. 

Part 2: Who should pay: You or Walmart?

Who do you think should pay the price of providing security for property and other minor crimes in Walmart stores?



We know how to end poverty, so why don't we?

  • The video above details the the history behind basic income proposals, why policymakers moved away from the idea, and why it might be worth taking another look.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

Dylan Matthews, Vox November 14, 2016 | In theory, ending poverty is simple: the government could just give everyone enough money such that no one's poor anymore. That may sound too clever by half, but the idea — known as a "basic income" — has a long intellectual pedigree, and the case for it is better than you might expect. A limited version of it even passed the House of Representatives in 1970.

The video above details the the history behind basic income proposals, why policymakers moved away from the idea, and why it might be worth taking another look.

To learn more, check out our basic income explainer.

Dylan Matthews: Minister without portfolio. Forget it, Jake, it's the ARPAnet. Here is a novel about me.

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Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate, David Howell, the American Prospect

Why “no job loss” is the wrong standard for setting the right wage floor.

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A third of the homeless people in America are over 50. I’m one of them.

  • I never thought I’d be living in my car at age 66.
  • Related: 10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the street.

CeliaSue Hecht, Vox 

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Sep 29, 2016 | Nobody ever tells you about the sleep deprivation.

At around 4:30 am, while the rest of the world is still asleep, I wake up and get moving under cover of darkness. Quiet spots with some degree of tree cover, or the occasional hospital or church parking lot, are typically where I sleep for the night. Still, there’s always the risk that someone will spot me and I’ll wake up with police blaring a flashlight into my eyes.

CeliaSue Hech’s writing work has been featured in more than 40 local and national newspapers and magazines, on her dog travel blog, in newsletters, and in five romantic travel guides. She has traveled around the world and has written and led seminars and workshops in the US and Europe. Her travels have included about 245 cities.

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Related: Thank you! Readers like you are helping us double down on our investigative reporting when it's more needed than ever. 10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets, Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet / Salon 

  • Since the recession, San Francisco's wealth gap has become a yawning chasm. The city's homeless tell their stories. 
  • Related: America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

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