September

OPINION: Finances and the current crisis: How did we get here and what is the way out? Part 1

In a vote that was heard around the world, reactionary Republicans along with some progressive Democrats in the House torpedoed a bill to stabilize financial markets. The compromise deal was better than what was initially proposed by Bush and Paulson, but did little to stimulate the economy or attend to the crisis of everyday living experienced by millions of ordinary Americans — who, it should be said, played by the rules.

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Save Main Street not Wall Street!

The Bush administration has proposed a massive bailout plan of at least $700 billion (maybe as much as $1.7 trillion) to stabilize the financial system amid the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a Bush appointee, and the president are pushing for Congress to rapidly pass the plan this week with little debate and no amendments. The right wing and the banks want a plan that gives a blank check to Wall Street with no oversight.

OPINION: Ramming through the bailout

Bush, Paulson make Dillinger look like a Boy Scout As the Bush administration attempts to ram a bailout package of nearly one trillion dollars through Congress, it begins to feel like Colonel Sanders asking the public to trust him to take care of the chickens.

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OPINION: The Rosenberg case revisited: heroes and betrayers

The ugly days of the 1950s witchhunts returned to the headlines this month, hitting me in a very personal way.

EDITORIAL: Bail out Main Street

The largest crisis in U.S. financial history shook the foundations of Wall Street this week. The aftershocks of the earthquake that toppled the 158-year-old Lehman Brothers investment bank, Merrill Lynch and the AIG insurance giant — all within a 24-hour span — shook capitalist markets around the globe.

Taxation and you: Obama vs. McCain

The numbers are finally in! John McCain’s Double Talk Express has been hitting Barack Obama hard at every opportunity spreading all kinds of misinformation about his tax plan. According to McCain, Obama’s tax plan will mean more taxes for you. By “you,” either McCain is mistaking his audience for wealthy businessmen, or he is outright lying. Either way, the numbers are in, and the right-wing “maverick” has gone down hard over the facts.

Is Freddie Mac REALLY never coming back?

The Bush administration seized control this week of the scandal-ridden mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as the drive for profits by the corporate executives running them threatened both the financial markets and the entire U.S. economy.

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New political realignment takes shape

DENVER — Sitting in Invesco Field at Mile High here Aug. 28 was awesome. The significance of Barack Obama’s historic presidential nomination was reflected in the inter-generational crowd of 84,000, many union members, all races and nationalities, moved to activism by their own life stories under the cruel, greedy and corrupt Bush administration.