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The Future Of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Is On Midterm Ballot

Nancy J. Altman The National Memo
Everyone who cares about Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid needs to vote November 6. If GOP politicians and the donors who own them retain full control of Congress, they are determined to pass their longstanding goal of ending all three programs.

The Case for More Government and Higher Taxes

Eduardo Porter New York Times
Four out of every five - or more - have said the government makes them feel either angry or frustrated. These frustrated Americans may not fully realize it, but there's a strong case for more government - not less - as the most promising way to improve the nation's standard of living. The American government pretty much stopped growing when the civil rights movement forced whites to share public space with African Americans, then Latinos, Asians and Native Americans.

Progressive Caucus, Labor, Activist Groups Urge 'No' Vote on Spending Bill

Seung Min Kim; Jordan Fabian; Lindsay Koshgarian
Congressional Progressive Caucus urged members to reject the so-called Cromnibus if a provision which helps big banks trade derivatives in units backstopped by a government guarantee remained in the spending measure. This kind of activity was a cause of the 2008 crisis - it a giveaway to wealthy campaign donors and Wall Street banks. Analysis for more information about key takeaways from the proposed spending bill, as well as a few controversial surprises.

Full Employment and the Path to Shared Prosperity

Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein Dissent
If high unemployment is one of the obstacles to more equitable growth, then the question is: how do we achieve full employment? There are four main ways. Each route faces substantial political opposition, both because of powerful interests that would be hurt by paying higher wages and because of popular prejudices that are persistently promoted in the media.

Government is Hurting the Economy - by Spending too Little

Ezra Klein Washington Post Wonkblog
In light of the report that the economy contracted in the last quarter of 2012 due partly to cutbacks, Ezra Klein notes that one man's big government socialism is another man's premature and destructive fiscal retrenchment.
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