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The deficit hawks' war on children

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  • Both Democrats and Republicans want austerity. But thanks to the movement in Wisconsin, there is finally hope for an alternative agenda based on taxing the rich and cutting military spending.
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  • The Future of Public Education, as Much as Unions, Is at Stake in Wisconsin
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  • Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois
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Mike Thompson

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Will 2011 be the year of fiscal austerity? At the federal level, it’s still not clear: Republicans are demanding draconian spending cuts, but we don’t yet know how far they’re willing to go in a showdown with President Obama. At the state and local level, however, there’s no doubt about it: big spending cuts are coming.

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And who will bear the brunt of these cuts? America’s children.
Now, politicians — and especially, in my experience, conservative politicians — always claim to be deeply concerned about the nation’s children. Back during the 2000 campaign, then-candidate George W. Bush, touting the “Texas miracle” of dramatically lower dropout rates, declared that he wanted to be the “education president.” Today, advocates of big spending cuts often claim that their greatest concern is the burden of debt our children will face.

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The Future of Public Education, as Much as Unions, Is at Stake in Wisconsin, Sara Jerving, Nation Magazine

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  • Not only are public school teacher’s collective bargaining rights threatened, but public education is also expected to be reduced by nearly $500 annually per student.
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  • Wisconsin Students Protest Governor's Attack on Unions
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  • Students Are the 'Soul' of Wisconsin's Protests
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Anti-Austerity Alliance Wins in Illinois, David Moberg, In These Times

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  • A 300-member coalition helps raise taxes to save essential services.
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  • The Responsible Budget Coalition’s victory ‘provides a model for organizing,’ says Jeff Blum, executive director of USAction. ‘We can’t just be defensive.’
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  • Austerity - a sure path to a bad economy
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  • Citizens must be better educated about U.S. economic options
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