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  • The Housing Crisis

    At the Sanders Institute Gathering, Senator Bernie Sanders, actor and activist Danny Glover, CEO of Champlain Housing Trust, Brenda Torpy and President & Founder of Healthy Housing Foundation, Michael Weinstein sat down to talk about the housing crisis in America.

    We are the wealthiest country in the world. We spend seven hundred billion dollars on the military. We just gave a trillion dollars tax break to the top 1% and have spent trillions bailing out Wall Street. Clearly, there is no lack of resources to address the housing crisis. This is a lack of political will. And this is something we must change.

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  • The Labor Movement: Essential to Democracy

    When unions are strong, all workers are better off. Yet, for too long we have devalued the role of labor in our economy and in our country. It is time to stand up and fight back!

    At the Sanders Institute Gathering, labor leaders from around the country came together to talk about the path forward. They talked about specific goals for individual unions like the Postal Workers Union advocating for a postal bank and vote-by-mail, successes that unions like NNU have had in educating their members and encouraging activism, and the path forward for our country as a whole.

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  • Robert Reich: American Democracy Seems Rigged Because It Is

    In the 2018 midterms, Americans demanded an end to the corruption. And there are signs lawmakers are finally getting message. House Democrats’ first piece of legislation aims to end the big-money takeover.

    This article, by Robert Reich argues why getting money out of politics is the most important thing we can do to save our democracy. 

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  • Robert Reich: Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? – OpEd

    In 1998 Robert Reich wrote this piece about the growing inequality between the rich and the poor and how walls do not help fix the problem. As President Trump shuts down the government to fund a border wall, it is important to this argument.

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  • Living in a New Gilded Age

    The Trump Justice Department has approved a $69 billion merger between CVS, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and insurance giant Aetna. It’s the largest health insurance deal in history.

    Executives say the combination will make their companies more efficient, allowing them to gain economies of scale and squeeze waste out of the system.

    Rubbish. This is what big companies always say when they merge.

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  • Just When Should We Start Worrying About Deficits?

    The U.S. deficit is rising again, a lot. The Congressional Budget Office just said it expects the deficit to top $1 trillion in 2019, a record. Some economists say that at some point, debt becomes a drag on growth. Is the U.S. approaching that threshold? Should we be worried? Bloomberg Opinion columnists Stephanie Kelton and Noah Smith met recently online to debate.

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  • The Three Big Lessons We Didn't Learn From the Economic Crisis

    Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers.

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