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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013 (HuffPo)

Peter Dreier highlights real accomplishments from the progressive movement last year, ranging from momentum on the minimum wage to continued pressures on Wall Street. He plugs the Roosevelt Institute for its involvement in the fight to reduce student debt.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network National Field Strategist Joelle Gamble writes about student-led proposals for addressing the student loan crisis.

The great story (CJR)

Dean Starkman argues that a shift in journalism practices from investigative reporting to access reporting, which involves obtaining inside information from powerful people, caused mainstream financial journalism to miss the signs of the financial crisis in 2008.

Finally, Some Conservative Ideas to Solve the Jobs Crisis (The Daily Beast)

Jamelle Bouie praises Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute for putting forward a real plan for ending mass unemployment from a conservative perspective. Unfortunately, the GOP's brand of conservatism doesn't include these kinds of proposals.

The Strange Case of American Inequality (Project Syndicate)

J. Bradford DeLong argues that this economic crisis and its impact on America's productive capabilities is actually worse than the Great Depression. The lack of political reaction leads him to suggest that American democracy could be as damaged as the economy.

Low-wage workers’ movement looks to build on banner year (MSNBC)

Ned Resnikoff sees the new labor tactics of 2013 as a possible source of revival for unions. The question is whether alternative labor groups organizing one-day strikes at fast food restaurants and at Walmart can maintain momentum.

Meet the Americans Who've Lost Their Unemployment Benefits: "I'm Thoroughly Petrified" (MoJo)

Dana Liebelson collects stories from people who have been out of work for more than six months, and therefore lost their unemployment benefits when Congress failed to extended emergency benefits. All of these workers have been job hunting; it just hasn't worked out yet.

Senate Democrats Plan Fast-Track Fix to Reinstate Lost Unemployment Benefits (The Guardian)

Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe explain the bill that the Senate hopes to vote on early next week, which would extend benefits through March. There's little question the bill will pass the Senate, but no one knows what will happen in the House.

New on Next New Deal

Looking to 2014: The Emerging Movement for the Next New Deal

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch is optimistic about what the progressive movement can accomplish this year. He sees growing support for the fight against economic inequality and smart strategies developing at the grassroots level.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 05:07 AM PST.

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  •  Is someone like Occupy organizing the unemployed (0+ / 0-)

    who have lost their benefits? I'm thinking sit-ins in Congresscritters' offices, at the very least. If they just panic and freak out alone at home, it's a mental health issue (and potentially a domestic violence issue) as well as leading to utility shutoffs and evictions. If all 5,000 in RI showed up at the same place and time, as Arlo Guthrie said so well, it would be a movement.

    •  Trouble is... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...the unemployed also tend to be dead broke, so they can't just hop in the car and travel across hundreds of miles.  Further, many live in Republican enclaves whose reps would quite happily destroy the entire program.

      Organizing the poor (which the unemployed are definitely among) has enormous obstacles, the biggest of which is simply money.  We don't have billionare sugar daddies chartering busses and hotels to stage demonstrations like the Tea Party.

  •  'nuff said (0+ / 0-)

    ACA is the law.  At least nine million people, one way or another, have insurance because of the law. Walgreen's, Walmart, and Krogers have announced that 30 day scripts will be filled even without proof of insurance.

    Conservatives did all they could to keep people suffering unnecessarily and failed.  They are the losers of the year.  The government shutdown was the last desperate flailing of a minority who realized that their entitlements are going away, like George Wallace standing in front of the University doors to insure that only white people would become educated.

    It was a good year, even though some loses were endured.

  •  thank your local invisible fascist radio station (0+ / 0-)

    and there's at least a 30% chance you local college/university  takes a few bucks to plaster their sports mascot on that message.

    if you make any progress on those issues their think tanks will launder counteracting talking points through 1200 radio stations while riding your state mascot in a most intimate way.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 09:17:16 PM PST

  •  Gold star to Bouie for recognizing that (0+ / 0-)

    conservative does not equal Republican.

    The GOP is off the deep end of I don't know what these days.

    In the old days, when  some far-right conservative yelled at a guy like me to cut his hair and get a job, he really meant to cut my hair (wasn't going to happen) and get a job (did happen).

    These days?

    Nobody -- and that extends to Democrats as well, but especially to Republicans -- seems to care if people can actually find jobs that will launch them in life and provide for their families.

    It's like "Get a job" has turned into "Get out of sight".

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:29:39 PM PST

  •  I love people who cook up scenarios, without (0+ / 0-)

    ever bothering to detail how these pie in the sky situations would actually come about.

    Tell me how we'd have full employment, with wages high enough to actually support a family in a modest way, without cutting "inequality."

    We don't have capitalism in this country any more, we have corporatism, which is a whole 'nother beast. Now, even the stockholders, especially the small ones, are getting shafted, since more and more of the profits go to obscenely high bonuses and compensation packages for the top brass. Boards of directors, who are supposed to look out for the stockholders, are now made up of people drawn from a "good old boys" club of fellow CEO's and in some companies, the stockholders (except those who ARE the fat cats) are prohibited by rewritten bylaws from even finding out how much the fat cats of their company are compensated.

    Meanwhile, instead of working to improve their product, these captains of industry up their market share and their bonuses by clobbering and then absorbing their rivals, cheapening their products and cutting salaries and jobs.

    And it's all based on them getting more, more and more. So if you blithely say "Ignore inequalities" exactly what are you going to change to provide more jobs?

    Nice to be able to declare that the lack of jobs are the problem....without acknowledging that money flowing into offshore accounts and Gulfstream jets and third, fourth and fifth vacation homes is the money that would be needed to actually pay the people who could get those jobs. Or does this pleasant "more jobs" scenario actually include people getting....paid?

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 07:02:29 AM PST

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