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Special Project | The Fight for the American Dream, Week of April 8


"The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."

10 New Items including:

  • “Too big to fail” is bigger than ever!
  • Things Are Not O.K.
  • We don't want Right To Work!
  • A ‘Care Socialist’ Speaks Out
  • Where's the Bishops' outrage over poverty?
  • warehouse workers fired if goals aren't met
  • The Banality of Corporate Evil
  • Community versus Individualism: How To Tell The Progressive Story
  • The Ryan Budget and Moral Cowardice
  • Debunking Myths of Affordable Housing

David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

Daryl Cagle warehouse workers fired if goals aren't met, Hal Bernton and Susan Kelleher, Seattle (WA) Times

  • strives to be increasingly efficient to ship customers' orders as quickly as possible from its fulfillment centers around the world. And while the company has a safety record better than most, some warehouse employees say the relentless drive to boost production wears them down and costs them their jobs.
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  • The Morning Call’s Amazon Sweatshop Probe

Things Are Not O.K., Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times
This is still a terrible economy, and policy makers should be doing much more than they are to make it better.
Robert Reich | The Austerity Death Trap
Paul Krugman | The Austerity Debacle

Where's the Bishops' outrage over poverty? James Salt, Catholics United
It saddens me that at a time when so many American families suffer from unemployment and poverty, the leadership of the Catholic Church reserves its loudest voice of moral outrage for issues related to human sexuality. 

A ‘Care Socialist’ Speaks Out, Joel Bleifuss, In These Times

  • Folbre talked with In These Times about the negative effects of ignoring care work in public policy, and what the future of our democracy might look like if we want it to strengthen our families and communities.
  • An economist debunks the “austerity story.”
  • Robert Reich | The Austerity Death Trap
  • Paul Krugman | The Austerity Debacle

The Banality of Corporate Evil, Joel Bleifuss, In These Times

  • On one side, a pack of lawyered-up marauders claim their rights as persons one day and deny their culpability the next. On the other side, living beings seek relief from the jackals.
  • Claiming they can’t be held liable for human rights abuses, corporations reach a new height of hypocrisy.
  • BP Settlement Sells Out Victims
  • Billions of $$$ for Facebook, but what about human rights?

Community versus Individualism: How To Tell The Progressive Story, Mike Lux, AlterNet

  • We have to remind people that a broad based, prosperous, expanding middle class is what made America the envy of the world, and that the only reason we created it was a conscious strategy where we invested in our people and lifted our people up rather than waiting for the wealthy to trickle down blessings from above.
  • "Holy S**t, What a Nightmare This Turned Into": How Austerity Destroyed Our Small Towns
  • 10 Most Obscene Lifestyles Choices of America's 1% Elite

“Too big to fail” is bigger than ever! louisehartmann, Thom

  • As President Grover Cleveland said in his 1888 State of the Union address to a nation then under the control of the Robber Barons, "Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters."  Here we are again. 
  • It’s time to break up Wall Street before they crash our economy for a second time in just a few years.

The Ryan Budget and Moral Cowardice, Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners/God's Politics

  • Any responsible budget plan requires a balanced approach that would both increase revenue and reduce spending. This proposal would cut taxes, merely hope for revenue, increase military spending, and slash most everything else that isn’t protected by large corporate interests.
  • Woe to You, Legislators!

We don't want Right To Work! Shar Knutson, Minnesota AFL-CIO

  • This bill is not what its supporters say it is. Plain and simple, this isn't a right to work; it's the right to hurt workers, our economy, and the middle class.
  • Keep Minnesota's Middle Class Strong

Debunking Myths of Affordable Housing, Chip Halbach, Minnesota2020
Many people have a very limited understanding of affordable housing and form opinions, pro or con, from a narrow base of experience.