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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True (Politico)

As Americans get used to having access to affordable health care, repeal will become less and less likely, writes Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch. That's just as Senator Cruz predicted last summer.

AT&T Tries to Bully the Government (Bloomberg View)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford says the Federal Communications Commission should stand strong and limit how many spectrum licenses any one wireless carrier can buy at its upcoming auction.

Elizabeth Warren is the Teacher (Esquire)

Charles P. Pierce profiles Sen. Warren's work in academia and politics, framing her as an eternal educator. Today, she continues to educate on critical issues like financial reform—but also makes that reform happen.

Elizabeth Warren’s Needed Call for Student Loan Reform (WaPo)

With graduation season upon us, Katrina vanden Heuvel, a member of the Roosevelt Institute's board of directors, praises Sen. Warren's work on student debt, which she says is holding back the economy.

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest (NYT)

Data shows that middle-income people around the world have experienced greater gains over the past three decades than Americans, write David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy. They tie this to rising income inequality.

Waiter, Am I Subsidizing Your Pay? (Other Words)

Marjorie Elizabeth Wood argues that taxpayers are heavily subsidizing the restaurant industry, which takes advantage of tax loopholes for high CEO pay and doesn't pay its workers a living wage.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Director of Research Susan Holmberg and Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network alumna Lydia Austin discuss the performance pay loophole in their white paper.

The Revolt of the Cities (TAP)

Harold Meyerson looks at the new wave of progressive mayors and city councils, elected primarily with labor community coalitions. He says this new city leadership is reshaping American liberalism.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Wed Apr 23, 2014 at 05:13 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True (3+ / 0-)
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    hbk, Calamity Jean, Uncle Moji

    Big smiles on this one.

  •  capitalism reagan style (0+ / 0-)

    corp America now controls wash. even now the supreme court.

    what is interesting is that Americans continue to put into office those politicians controlled by corp America and wall street.

    even Hillary is sucking up to wall street for a pres run.

    America has seen its day. third world status is  everywhere in America.

    America will become a nation of a few billionaires and most at a low income level with a small middle class. without billions borrowed and printed, America would be very near third world now.

    Americans actually think a mega size military keeps them safe. and they think they have a right to police the world.

    super power status has its downfall. eventual third world status.

  •  I am more worried about sabotage than repeal. (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji

    If there is a bureaucratic way of making ACA fail, the GOP will use it. They can then use that failure to repeal.

    •  This train is beyond repeal (0+ / 0-)

      Though I share your concerns about sabotage by Republicans of ACA.  Problem is, they have thrown their best shots at derailing Obamacare - lawsuits by state AGs, SCOTUS cases, 50+ wasted votes in Congress, a government shutdown, the refusal to accept Medicaid payments, ad nauseum.  And yet, it is up and running.  

      The trend, I think here, is that Medicaid expansion (something that was "optional") will become a force in all those states that foolishly refused it.  The Republican govenors will pay a political price for that ideologically and politically driven denial of benefits for their own citizens.

      There's some old saying "Nothing can stop the force of an idea whose time has come."  It's come.

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:10:34 AM PDT

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  •  Government subsidies to support the owners (0+ / 0-)

    of capital, the extraordinary pervasiveness of this, have never been quite examined as publicly as I hope they will become.  

    The work of Walmart activists in pointing out how much wealth the Walton heirs have taken from the taxpayers' pockets by making us pay for their employees emergency health care, meals (food stamps), heat in winter (fuel subsidies), all things that should come out of the gross income of the business as liveable wages and benefits are instead transferred  as "social costs" to the government.  Walmart Inc would not be as profitable were it not for government subsidies.  Cliven Bundy also proves this point.  

    The food industry is a terrible offender of government largess, taking from us money they earned but choose to put in their own pockets instead of in the pockets of their own employees.  So we subsidize the difference.  

    Everyone who does not pay living wages is getting a government subsidy.  Now, I am not opposed to subsidizing small family businesses as part of a societal good - but it should be in the open and on the table.  And no more bullshit claims about how "self-made" you are.   We are all in this together.  We share in the costs, we should share in the success.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 08:21:17 AM PDT

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