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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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Summary | America's Financial Crisis: Week of October 31

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  • Capitalism Uber Alles: How the American Working Class Got Brainwashed
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  • September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Dan Wasserman

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Capitalism Uber Alles: How the American Working Class Got Brainwashed, Myriam Miedzian, MyriamMiedzian.com/Huffington Post

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  • Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich argues that the economic downward mobility of American workers, has "to do with power...income and wealth in fewer hands." Apparently, many working class Americans want to keep it that way.
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  • Fairer Deal
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  • Washington at Work--for the Wealthy
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  • New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy
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September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy, Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House

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  • September Jobs: American Worker Displacement At Record High
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  • New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy
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New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy, Huffington Post
Those Americans earning more than $50 million increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million. That's nearly $10 million in weekly pay!These 74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America, who constitute one in every eight workers."

Foreclosure Moratorium Is Only Sane Response to Shocking Wall Street Mortgage Scams, Dean Baker, Truthout/AlterNet

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  • So there you have it: the question of whether the Wall Street banks should have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. It is one of the most central philosophical questions underlying politics today.
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  • Investigating Foreclosure Fraud
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Disaster is just days away, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

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  • Future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness
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  • Divided we fail
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  • Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day
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New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy

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  • Those Americans earning more than $50 million increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million. That's nearly $10 million in weekly pay!These 74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America, who constitute one in every eight workers."
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  • September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy
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Mike Thompson

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One out of every 34 Americans who earned wages in 2008 earned absolutely nothing -- not one cent -- in 2009.

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The stunning figure was released earlier this month (Oct) by the Social Security Administration, but apparently went unreported until it appeared today on Tax.com in a column by Pulitzer Prize-winning tax reporter David Cay Johnston.

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It's not just every 34th earner whose financial situation has been upended by the financial crisis. Average wages, median wages, and total wages have all declined -- except at the very top, where they leaped dramatically, increasing five-fold.

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September Jobs Report Reveals America’s Emerging Third World Economy, Paul Craig Roberts, Information Clearing House

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  • September Jobs: American Worker Displacement At Record High
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  • New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery, Lower Earnings For All But Super Wealthy
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Foreclosure Moratorium Is Only Sane Response to Shocking Wall Street Mortgage Scams

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  • So there you have it: the question of whether the Wall Street banks should have to follow the same rules as the rest of us. It is one of the most central philosophical questions underlying politics today.
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  • Investigating Foreclosure Fraud
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Dean Baker, Truthout/AlterNet

As we all know there is a major philosophical divide in U.S. politics. One the one hand there are those who think it is the role of government to help ensure that the vast majority of the population can enjoy a decent standard of living. On the other side are those who believe the role of government is to transfer as much money as possible to the rich and powerful. The latter group seems to be calling the shots these days.

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This is seen clearly in the "liar lien" scandal: the flood of short order foreclosures that ignore standard legal procedures. The banks have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented volume of defaulting mortgages in the wake of the housing crash. Even under normal circumstances foreclosure rates that in some areas exceed ten times normal levels would create an administrative nightmare.

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Investigating Foreclosure Fraud, Progress Report, Think Progress
Yesterday (Oct 13), all 50 state attorneys general opened a joint investigation into the ongoing foreclosure fraud scandal that has led some of the country's biggest banks to suspend foreclosures.

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Summary | America's Financial Crisis: Week of October 17

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  • The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism
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  • Washington at Work--for the Wealthy
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Glenn McCoy

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Investigating Foreclosure Fraud, Progress Report, Think Progress
Yesterday (Oct 13), all 50 state attorneys general opened a joint investigation into the ongoing foreclosure fraud scandal that has led some of the country's biggest banks to suspend foreclosures.

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The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism, Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes/Axis of Logic

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  • “Either the Transnational Capitalist Class alliance self-destructs, compelled by the conscious mobilization of the working people in solidarity across the continents, those who oppose war and stand solidly together in a counterforce on the side of humanity, or we go further downhill the slope of lower depths, into an abyss.
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  • For every person there are always two choices in life: to accept things as they are or to accept the responsibility to bring about change – from a war economy to a political economy of peace to share, to preserve our environment and to belong to the commons in which every being has an equal stake for our minimum needs.”
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Washington at Work--for the Wealthy, Sam Pizzigati, Other Words

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  • "We cannot avoid the sad irony," as one new report has just concluded, "that government policy aimed at building wealth is largely helping the rich get richer."
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  • Uncle Sam is concentrating America's wealth, not sharing it.
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  • Think Again: Inequality and America’s Antiquated Politics
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  • Americans Vastly Underestimate Wealth Inequality, Support 'More Equal Distribution Of Wealth'
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"Inside Job": Global finance as a criminal conspiracy, Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
It's hard to overstate the importance of this angry, elegant film about the greatest financial swindle in history

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Hey, Small Spender, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY
Where’s all that spending we keep hearing about? It never happened.
If job-creating government spending has failed to bring down unemployment in the Obama era, it’s not because it doesn’t work; it’s because it wasn’t tried.

That’s Where the Money Is, Bob Herbert, New York Times | NY

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  • Just this past July, Mr. [Jon] Boehner (House MInority Leader] called for a moratorium on new federal regulations, saying it would be “a wonderful signal to the private sector that they’re going to have some breathing room.” Talk about an invitation to a nightmare. Try imagining how the public would be treated by banks, energy companies, food processors and myriad other powerful entities if the federal government were forced by law to ignore even more of their predations.
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  • Corporate America's Race to the Bottom 'Now Official'
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Corporate America's Race to the Bottom 'Now Official', Robert Reich, RobertReich.org/Common Dreams

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  • Wonder what’s happening with bank reform? Watch your wallets.
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  • That's Where the Money Is
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Companies stash cash, but won't hire, Graham Bowley, New York Times | NY

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  • The development presents something of a chicken-and-egg situation — corporations keep saving, waiting for the economy to perk up, but the economy is unlikely to perk up if corporations keep saving.
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  • Pushing working people down
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