Railroaded: CA Governor Brown wields austerity axe while forcing voters to decide on high speed rail

The following is from Steve Miller: Steven Miller has taught science in Oakland’s Flatland high schools for 25 years. He writes about the corporate agenda of austerity and privatization of public education and public resources. Back in March, the CFT dropped the Millionaires’ Tax and agreed to support a compromise proposition with Governor Jerry Brown. […]

Upcoming Cuts

Someone at NPR finally noticed the connection between the 18,000 jobs/0.1% rise in unemployment and all of the government budget slashing that has been going on.  For a real heads-up, take a look at NASA.  Pretend that the government is shutting down the space program as part of the trillions of dollars of budget cuts […]

Identifying Eight Trillion Dollars in U. S. Federal Savings and Revenue Increases: 23 Ways to Help Balance the U. S. Federal Budget

By Skip Robinson Ph.D. The U. S. Congressional Supercommittee fell from the sky in flames. (Not that it was any great surprise.) It could not reach its goal to manage a bipartisan agreement for $1.2 trillion or more in new revenues and cuts – which could have significantly begun to flag the lowering of the […]

S S & Medicare Are Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

Let me try to make this very simple.  Social Security and Medicare are not part of the problem.  They are part of the solution.  They are NOT part of the deficit.  Cutting them will not make the deficit less.  Cutting them will reduce the revenue side of the equation and make the deficit bigger.  Everyone […]

THIEF IN THE LIVING ROOM

By Saul Landau A rogue elephant ravishes the American living room. But instead of stopping the criminal antics, the people and elected officials salute, praise and honor him, and keep him close to our hearts and wallets. The scoundrel’s name? The Defense Department. Thanks to clever PR teams, the media refers to its murderous and […]

Tired Of All The Spin On The Economy?

The media will not explain, through interviews with people who actually understand the economy, what is needed to fix it.  Before even beginning to touch on what is needed, we need to know what the “economy” is.  One dictionary touches on it, but doesn’t quite get it right.  It says, “the wealth and resources of […]

Trillions for wars, billions in tax breaks for corporations and millionaires but ‘bupkas’ for education of our nation’s children

From: Larry Miller’s blog Larry Miller’s Blog Our Broken Escalator By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF  Published: July 16, 2011 NY Times THE United States supports schools in Afghanistan because we know that education is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to build a country. Alas, we’ve forgotten that lesson at home. All across America, […]