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The rush to humiliate the poor

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  • Never mind that few can afford filet mignon on a less-than-$7/day food-stamp allotment; they’re more likely to be buying chuck steak or canned tuna. This is less about public policy than about demeaning public-benefit recipients.
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Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post

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April 7, 2015 |  Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.

Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits “to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak.”

“I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs” with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, the legislator explained, according to The Post’s Roberto A. Ferdman. “When I can’t afford it on my pay, I don’t want people on the taxpayer’s dime to afford those kinds of foods either.”

Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation’s capital. He joined the Post as a political reporter in 2000. 

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  • So, don’t tell me policy isn’t written to make the rich richer and the poor poorer… because that’s exactly how it’s written. And please stop blaming poor people for trying to survive.
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America's Economic Crisis: Week Ending April 11, 2015

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  • “…it seems that our remedies are instinctively those which aggravate the sickness: the remedies are expressions of the sickness itself“. --Thomas Merton
  • Part 1: Two Great Depressions: Roosevelt’s “New Deal” vs. Obama’s “Secular Stagnation”
  • Part 2: The Alternative To Long-Term Austerity: Less Work, Higher Wages, No Mere Utopian Dream

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Two Great Depressions: Roosevelt’s “New Deal” vs. Obama’s “Secular Stagnation”

Why Franklin Roosevelt Didn’t End the First One, and Why Barack Obama Won’t End This One

Alan Nasser, Global Research 

2852.EconomicRecession.jpgMarch 15, 2014 | Existing programs were not only too small, but they were also either temporary (Civilian Conservation Corps and Civil Works Administration) or irrationally tied to the severely weakened states’ ability to raise substantial revenues on their own (Federal Emergency Relief Act and Public Works Administration). CWA had come closest to the kind of commitment Keynes thought indispensable, but it suffered two fatal defects: it was temporary, designed only to help workers get through the harsh winter of 1933, and of all these programs it was the object of Roosevelt’s greatest suspicion. Roosevelt feared that CWA would raise workers’ expectations of what they could permanently expect from government.

The Dawn of the New Deal and Keynes’s 1933 Letter

The president’s instincts were solidly anti-federalist; there must be no permanent direct government provision of what it is the proper function of the private sector to provide. Roosevelt wanted relatively small, temporary federal efforts on behalf of workers, with the states primarily responsible for the provision of social benefits in the long run. Keynes urged large, permanent programs supplying employment during both economic contractions and expansions, provided directly by the federal government. He communicated his concern to Roosevelt in an open letter published in The New York Times on December 31, 1933. (1)

Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of Political Economy and Philosophy at The Evergreen State College. His website is: http://www.alannasser.org.  This article is adapted from his book, United States of Emergency American Capitalism and Its Crises will be published by Pluto Press later this year.

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Part 2: The Alternative To Long-Term Austerity: Less Work, Higher Wages, No Mere Utopian Dream

“A spectre is haunting the treasuries and central banks of the West – the spectre of secular stagnation. What if there is no sustainable recovery of the economic slump of 2008-2013? What if the sources of economic growth have dried up – not temporarily, but permanently?” – preeminent Keynes scholar and economic historian Robert Skidelsky, “Secular Stagnation and the Road to Full Investment,” Social Europe Journal, May 22, 2014 

Alan Nasser, Global Research

entral-banks-economy-400x264.jpgApril 07, 2015 | Both Karl Marx and J.M. Keynes concluded that the trajectory of capitalist development placed a radically emancipatory possibility on the political-economic agenda. For the first time in modern history work time could be dramatically reduced with no reduction in our standard of living. In fact, if living standards are measured not merely by money wages but also by increased leisure, i.e. increased time available to develop and exercise our broad range of gratifying capabilities, the reduction in work time would elevate our standard of living to a degree hitherto unimaginable.

In what follows we’ll see that less work with higher wages is at this historical juncture not merely economically possible, but desirable as the only practical alternative to the secular stagnation grimly forecast with much flurry by such luminaries as Paul Krugman, Larry Summers and Robert J. Gordon, and by the IMF in its April 2014 World Economic Outlook. Both Marx and Keynes saw their prescriptions as not merely a “better idea,” but as the alternative to severe ongoing crisis, understood as dramatic reductions in real production, employment and wages.

Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of Political Economy and Philosophy at The Evergreen State College. His website is: http://www.alannasser.org.  This article is adapted from his book, United States of Emergency American Capitalism and Its Crises will be published by Pluto Press later this year.

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Who Let the Dog Turds In?

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The Peter Principle states that in any hierarchal organization, leaders tend to reach their level of incompetence. In other words, cream sours when it gets to the top. That’s our country: a creamery that stinks!

David Culver, Telling It Like It Is!

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April 9, 2015 | Recently I came across two pictures: one of Paul and Shirley Wellstone on the rear deck of their green bus during a campaign stop, and Shirley Chisholm on the day in 1972 she announced she was running for president.

Then I remembered a book by Molly Ivins, “Who Let the Dogs In?” As described in goodreads, it’s “her own personal Hall of Fame of America’s most amazing and outlandish politicians –the wicked, the wise, the witty, and the witless – drawn from more than twenty years of reporting on the folks who attempt to run our government (in some cases, into the ground).”

David Culver is the editor of Evergreene Digest.

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The Romanticization of Elizabeth Warren

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  • The ideal leadership starts with us. No matter whether we choose Clinton, Warren or even Fiorina, we are in charge of the social culture that brews underneath our idealistic selections for president.
  • Let's Not Be Fooled By Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren.

China Okasi, TruthDig

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Mar 31, 2015 | Groups across the country want to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, most notably the Ready for Warren PAC, Democracy for America, MoveOn.org and, of course, The Boston Globe, which could not have been more adamant in its support for Warren last week.

These groups want the senator to run against Hillary Clinton for several well-crafted, seemingly nuanced and substantive reasons, including, as Ready for Warren argues: “Democrats want a progressive champion.”

China Okasi is a journalist, media personality and creative producer with award-winning experience in new media enterprise.

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