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Economic Justice Links


Americans for a Fair Estate Tax - a broad-based non-partisan coalition that advocates reform instead of repeal of the estate tax.

Center for Economic and Policy Research - CEPR was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people?s lives. We work to ensure that the citizenry has the information and analysis that allows it to act effectively in the public interest.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - CBPP is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation (CHPP) - CHPP’s goal is to ensure that heirs' receive and exercise the full rights associated with property ownership.

Children's Defense Fund - The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Citizens for Tax Justice - A nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state, and local levels.

Economic Policy Institute - The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Global Exchange

Industrial Workers of the World - A union for all people.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization that works on government taxation and spending policy issues.

Left Business Observer - Left Business Observer is an 8-page more-or-less monthly newsletter on economics and politics in the U.S. and the world at large.

National Bureau Of Economic Research
- a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.

National Center on Poverty Law - A legal and policy research, communications, and advocacy organization that provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people.

National Coalition for the Homeless - Our mission is to end homelessness. We focus our work in the following 4 areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

National Committee on Pay Equity - A national membership coalition of over 80 organizations working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

National Economic Development and Law Center - A multi-disciplinary legal and planning resource center whose mission is to contribute to the abilities of low-income persons and communities to realize their full potential.

National Low Income Housing Coalition LIHIS - NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions.

National People's Action - NPA is the tool for neighborhood people to take on corporate America and fat cat Washington Politicians.

National Urban League - The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.

OMB Watch - OMB Watch was formed in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Palmetto Legal Services - Providing free legal services in civil matters to qualified low income residents of South Carolina Midlands.

Responsible Wealth - Responsible Wealth is a national network of businesspeople, investors and affluent Americans who are concerned about deepening economic inequality and are working for widespread prosperity.

United for a Fair Economy - United for a Fair Economy was founded as a "movement support" organization to provide media capacity, face-to-face economic literacy education, and training resources to organizations and individuals who work to address the widening income and asset gap in our country.

 



Economic Justice
News And Commentary


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Setting Up a Shell Corporation in Panama


Public Citizen:  Tell Congress No More Unfair Trade-Pact Handouts for Bailed Out Banks

Joshua Holland:  Washington Post's "Free-Trade" Zombies Discover New Form of "Protectionism"

Kent Welton :  The Protectionists Were Right - On the Idiocy of Interdependency and Export-Driven Economies

Dean Baker:  How Do Trillion Dollar Bank Bailouts Fit With "Free-Market Fundamentalism?"

Dean Baker:  Protectionism Is Not the Way to Go, Except for Hollywood

John Rich: Shuttin' Detroit Down
Video with lyrics at Information Clearing House
 
Single-Payer Advocates Protest Senate Hearing



Katrina vanden Heuvel:  The Battle for Healthcare Begins

January Angeles:  Insuring All Americans Is a Critical Component of an Efficient, High Quality Health Care System

Muhammad Yunus:  It's Time to Put Affordable Health Care for the Poor Within Reach

MIKE ALLEN:  Frank Luntz warns GOP: Health reform is popular

Paul Kleyman:  Study Finds Universal Coverage Could Reduce Health Disparities

J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D., Ellen Meara, Ph.D., Alan M. Zaslavsky, Ph.D., and John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P. :  Differences in Control of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes by Race, Ethnicity, and Education: U.S. Trends from 1999 to 2006 and Effects of Medicare Coverage

Lisa Wangsness:  Few Hospitals Go Paperless Using Free VA Software

FitsNews.com:  This Is Where Your Cigarette Tax Money Will Go

Robert Reich:  Why It's Necessary to Fast-Track Universal Health Care

Monica Sanchez:  Will Government Give Public Health Insurance an Unfair Advantage? Experience Tells Us No.

Elise Gould:  Not-so-easy money: Taxing health benefits comes with costs

 
Banks

Matt Renner:  My Interview With Economist James K. Galbraith
"Systematically, in this industry, the people who previously specialized in risk management used to say, 'show me the documents proving that this will be a safe mortgage,' were given instructions by top management, 'get out of the way, and get these mortgages issued.'"

Isaiah J. Poole:  The Subprime Rogues Who Bought Congress
"The Center for Public Integrity , a nonprofit investigative journalism site, reports that:these top subprime lenders were not simply 'unwitting victims of an unforeseen financial collapse, as they have sometimes portrayed themselves, but enablers that bankrolled the type of lending that has threatened the financial system.'"

Dilip Hiro:  Defying the Economic Odds
"What is the secret of China's continuing success in the worst of times? As a start, its banking system -- state-controlled and flush with cash -- has opened its lending spigots to the full, while bank credit in the U.S. and the European Union (EU) still remains clogged up, if not choked off."

Ellen Brown:  Playing the Banking Game
How Cash Starved States can Create their Own Credit
"'Since 2000, the [North Dakota's] GNP has grown 56%, personal income has grown 43%, and wages have grown 34%. This year the state has a budget surplus of $1.2 billion!'
What does the State of North Dakota have that other states don’t? The answer seems to be: its own bank. In fact, North Dakota has the only state-owned bank in the nation."
 
Chomsky On Adam Smith


"What we would call capitalism he despised"

"We think of corporations as immutable, but they were designed. It was a conscious design which worked as Adam Smith said: the principal architects of policy consolidate state power and use it for their interests. It was certainly not popular will. It's basically court decisions and lawyers' decisions, which created a form of private tyranny which is now more massive in many ways than even state tyranny was. These are major parts of modern twentieth century history. The classical liberals would be horrified. They didn't even imagine this. But the smaller things that they saw, they were already horrified about. This would have totally scandalized Adam Smith or Jefferson or anyone like that...."

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A worker's vision for a new auto industry
From The Real News Network
Frank Hammer: Put auto industry in a public trust and use it to create a green transportation system

 
Homeless in SC

H 3801 Joint Resolution, By Gilliard, Brantley, Alexander, G.A. Brown, Dillard, Hodges, Hosey, Hutto, Mack, Weeks and Williams
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH EACH COUNTY'S LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PERSONS IN EACH COUNTY IN THIS STATE AS AGGRAVATED BY THE CURRENT RECESSION, ASSESS THE AVAILABILITY AND CAPACITIES OF HOMELESS SHELTERS IN EACH COUNTY, AND DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF USING TENT-LIKE TEMPORARY SHELTERS TO BE OBTAINED WITH STATE FUNDS TO HOUSE ON A SHORT-TERM BASIS PERSONS WHO WOULD OTHERWISE BE TURNED AWAY; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT'S REPORT SHALL BE MADE TO THE GOVERNOR AND EACH HOUSE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ALSO MADE AVAILABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2010.

The Post and Courrier article by Nadine Parks:  Legislators seeking a headcount

SCIway.net:  Homelessness in South Carolina
With a list of resources for people who are homeless.
 
Single-Payer Opportunity

Roger Bybee:  Crisis = Opportunity for Single-Payer

Timothy Noah:  Against Consensus
Why the most politically radical health care solution is also the most fiscally conservative.

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar:  No Strength in Numbers for America's Uninsured

Healthcare-Now:  The United States National Health Care Act, H.R. 676

Russell Mokhiber:  Top Ten Enemies of Single Payer

SusanL143:  We already pay for universal health care

E.J. Dionne Jr.:  Health Care's Year

Richard Parker:  Our Foreign Rivals Don't Face These Health Care Costs

Bill Scher:  Progressive Breakfast: Big Push for Public Health Plan Option

Kate Michelman:  Ruined by Health Care: My Family Learned that Even with Insurance We Weren't Safe from Financial Ruin

Monica Sanchez:  What Should Be the Goal of Health Care Reform?

The Progress Report:  The Case For A Public Health Care Plan

Monica Sanchez:  Do You Know What You Are Getting When You Buy Health Insurance?

Tula Connell:  Her Son's a Quadriplegic. That's the Least of Her Worries

Kirk Nielsen:  Fainting in This Country Can Carry a $10,000 Price Tag

Sarah Lueck:  Rules of the Road: How an Insurance Exchange Can Pool Risk and Protect Enrollees

 
Tax Day

Robert L. Borosage:  Taxing Matters

Ezra Klein:  DAY OF 1,000 TAX GRAPHS

Chuck Collins and Sam Pizzigati:  Tax Day: You Pay Your Taxes -- Why Don't the Rich Pay Their Share?

Katrina vanden Heuvel:  Tax Rates for America

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart:  Why Our Tax Code is So Complicated

Robert Borosage, Eric Lotke and Hillary Hampton:  Gilded Age Taxation

Eric Lotke:  April 15: The Issue Is Fairness, Not Taxes

 
Charleston Sanitation Workers Update


Your Support is Urgently Needed

In little more than a week, the Charleston sanitation workers have gathered hundreds of signatures in support of their efforts to establish a union to protect their safety and defend their rights on the job. Members of Local 1199, which represents the sanitation workers, and their allies have spread across the city to take their case directly to the voters.

Sanitation Workers Campaign Building Momentum

Read the Charleston sanitation workers organizing brochure.

Read more...
 
Erasing Red Ink

Ivan Eland:  Erasing red ink: Slash the defense budget

Jeremy Scahill:  $75 Billion More in War Spending?
How Many Democrats Will Stand Up to Obama's Bloated Military Budget

“Every single change in technology in the past 50 years has had "Stop building carriers!" written all over it. But the Navy paid no attention.”
Gary Brecher:  Navy's Big Weakness: Our Aircraft Carriers Are (Expensive) Defenseless Sitting Ducks

Ronald O'Rourke:  Navy CVN-21 Aircraft Carrier Program: Background and Issues for Congress

 
Paying For College

Brendan Conway:  Student debt and defaults surge
“Federal student debt now tops $500 billion, leading some students to ask for debt forgiveness as a form of stimulus. Washington is wary.”

Russ Mitchell:  Recession Alters College Admission Process
“Applications down at top liberal arts colleges as more students eye state schools.”

KATE ZERNIKE:  Paying in Full as the Ticket Into Colleges
“Facing fallen endowments and needier students, many colleges are looking more favorably on wealthier applicants as they make their admissions decisions this year.”
 
Charleston's Dirty Little Secret


"Many people forget that when Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis, he was protesting for the rights of sanitation workers to join a labor union - the same national union Charleston workers have joined today!"

Read the Charleston sanitation workers organizing brochure.

If you live in Charleston, sign the petition.

Read more...
 
Hey Paul Krugman

(A song, A plea)


 
Time for Single Payer

Vermont Single-Payer Advocates Remind President Obama of What He Once Believed!

Peace Team Action Page:  Now Is The Time For National Single Payer Health Care

efgsmo:  Medical Insurance Companies Have Run Amock...Time for a Single Payer Smack down

WSWS:  A health care plan for big business

Elise Gould:  Not-so-easy money: Taxing health benefits comes with costs

Connecticut Man1:  Howard Dean Wants 250,000 Signatures For Public Option

 
Rescuing Capitalism


Natasha Chart:  If Economics Ever Wants To Be A Real Science

Post-Autistic Economics Network:  Policy Implications of Post-Autistic Economics

Noam Chomsky and Sameer Dossani:  Understanding the Crisis - Markets, the State and Hypocrisy

Carl Bloice:  Obama and Rescuing Capitalism

Economist.com:  Dear capitalists, admit you got it wrong

Bill Watterson:  Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes) needs a subsidy.

 

Tony Auth Rescuing Capitalism

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The Cost of Empire


David Swanson:  Why Not Cut Military Spending?

Alexander Zaitchik:  Obama's Serious About Taking an Axe to Corruption and Waste at the Pentagon

David Vine:  The Costs of Empire: Can We Really Afford 1,000 Overseas Bases?

Maya Schenwar:  Hey Obama, Downsize This: 25% Slash for Defense Spending Needed Now

Ivan Eland:  Erasing red ink: Slash the defense budget

B HERBERT:  Wars, Endless Wars

Barney Frank:  Cut the Military Budget--II

 
Our Lovely Class War


Michael Winship:  Oh, What a Lovely Class War!

Jim Hightower:  Fighting Back in America's 30-Year Class War

Mick Youther:  Volunteers Needed For the War on Rich People

Joseph Kishore:  A specter haunts the ruling elite

Joseph B. Atkins:  Southern Oligarchy and the Labor Unions

Dr. Ronald Walters, PhD:  At the Precipice of Change: The Budget

 

A The Black Commentator Cartoon

Mark Hurwitt:  Shovel Ready Project

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Our Lovely Governor

Charles McMillion:  Soaring State Job Losses
"The worst unemployment rates in January were 11.6 percent in Michigan and 10.4 percent in South Carolina."

Ali Frick:  Sanford’s Rejection Of Stimulus Funds Could Cost 7,500 Teachers Their Jobs

Stuart Whatley:  South Carolina Governor: Obama Stimulus Will Turn U.S. Into Zimbabwe

Isaiah J. Poole:   Ideology Pushes South Carolina Over The Cliff
 
Our Lovely Senators


Sen. DeMint: “If you send a kid to [public] school in D.C., chances are that they will end up in a gang rather than graduating,”
The Graduation rate in DC: 70%
The Graduation rate in SC: 56% ...............................................................................................................

Susie Madrak:  Sen. Lindsey Graham Is A Republican Welfare Queen
"Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey. How long do you think you'll be able to get away with this game, hon? It's astounding to watch you defending your virtue with one hand - and grabbing as much pork as possible for your state with the other."

 

 
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