Laura Flanders, Truthout: Barbara Garson, author most recently of Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live, talks about the unsustainable inequality we are spiraling into as capitalists forget they need redistribution to save their own system.
John Pilger, Truthout: The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq cannot be “countered” indefinitely. Neither can “our” support for the medievalists in Saudi Arabia, the nuclear-armed predators in Israel, the new military fascists in Egypt and the jihadist “liberators” of Syria. There will be a reckoning for those paid to keep the record straight.
John Logan, Truthout: Unlike union members and nonunion employees – whose right to opt out of political spending is protected by law – employees, customers and shareholders have no legal right to opt out of paying for corporate political expenditures.
The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program: Working-class Americans shouldn’t have to face the burden of corporate tax loopholes that are letting corporations off the hook. Let’s bring those offshore trillions back home and start rebuilding the American economy.
Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout: The often-complicated interplay between national governments and the garment industry isn’t pretty, by any means, which is why apparel manufacturers and garment-exporting countries alike often prefer that the factories are kept out of sight and out of mind.
Dean Baker, Truthout: When the CBO did its analysis and said that Obamacare would lead to some reduction in work hours, it was saying the ACA would have its intended effect. It was freeing people from health-care-related job-lock. This is a feature, not a bug.
John Zangas, DC Media Group: Since gaining the upper hand in the Legislature in 2010 and securing the governorship in 2012, North Carolina’s GOP has gone on a rampage. In response, Moral Monday protests around the state have been growing in strength and numbers.
In today‘s On the News segment: Republicans want to hold our economy hostage again, but they may not get the chance; Big Oil raked in more than $93 billion of profit last year, but it’s still begging Congress for more tax breaks; it turns out that low pay and low benefits don’t mean high profits for corporations; and more.
Mark Danner, TomDispatch: Even if the cast of characters from those first post-9/11 years are gone, we still live in the ruins they created and the special darkness they embraced. Cheney’s memoir, a movie about him and a book by his surgeon take us deep into that darkness.
Jennifer Clapp, Triple Crisis: The future may bring more “tied” food aid, rather than less. If so, we are likely to return to the familiar problems of inefficiency and lack of effectiveness that NGOs have worked so hard to root out.
Robert Parry, Consortium News: As a US senator and secretary of state, Hillary Clinton often followed a neocon-style foreign policy, backing the Iraq War, teaming with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on an Afghan War “surge” and staking out an even more hawkish stance than Gates on Libya.
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