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The Costs of Business Subsidies

by Ralph Scharnau Today all levels of government—municipal, county, district, state, and federal—try to entice businesses to relocate, expand, or simply continue operations. The commonplace incentives to new or existing businesses include tax cuts/exemptions, rebates, monetary awards, and waiving/easing regulations. … Continue reading

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McChesney, Nichols: Billionaires Do Not Care About Us

Try not to get too depressed by the bummer title of Robert McChesney and John Nichols’ new book, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. They say we just have to do two things:  (1) … Continue reading

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Krugman: Wall Street Fears Democrats

nytimes.com/2015/10/16/opinion/democrats-republicans-and-wall-street-tycoons If Wall Street’s attitude and its political giving are any indication, financiers themselves believe that any Democrat, Mrs. Clinton very much included, would be serious about policing their industry’s excesses. And that’s why they’re doing all they can to … Continue reading

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A Progressive Agenda For The New Congress

The 2014 midterm elections are over.  Republicans won with no platform, no plan, and no vision. They rode a wave of discontent with government and blamed Obama. While the GOP savors its impressive electoral successes, many voters remain discouraged. A … Continue reading

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Another Feel-Good, Useless Chant from the Right

“Welfare should not be a career option.” Another feel-good, but useless chant from the Right. How does chanting “personal responsibility” actually help solve anything? There is no doubt that nationally, we have a an unacceptably high percentage of our population … Continue reading

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Obama to Return to Knox College

The following note from Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to the president, arrived Sunday, titled, “I don’t normally do this.” Hey everyone, I don’t usually write emails like this, and we don’t usually send messages like this to this list. But … Continue reading

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Democrats Make Better Job Creators

The contrast between Democratic and Republican approaches to the government’s role in job creation could not be clearer than with the Branstad administration’s recently announced deal with the Egyptian corporation Orascom. The company plans to build a fertilizer plant in … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Bait and Switch

Yet again Republicans are running their election year bait and switch on jobs and the economy. Do not ever forget who was in charge when the economy hit the skids. The reasons behind the failures were not some mystical forces … Continue reading

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Jobs in Post-Reagan Iowa

Garbage pickers are everywhere. This is a photo of a gent working near where I lived through my early years, until Kindergarten. I asked him if he lived in the area. He didn’t, but knew about the current occupants of … Continue reading

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