Our Missing $10 Trillion: Tax cuts from the Bush, Obama, and Trump years have left a massive gap in the public coffers. This hurts everyone.

July 20, 2018 | Josh Hoxie Originally in OtherWords A trillion dollars, a figure with twelve zeros after a one, is by any measure a ton of money. It’s near impossible to comprehend how much a trillion is. So, it’s admittedly hard to comprehend a new report that tallies the combined tax cuts of the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations from the …

UK report: “Relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views play to the fears and prejudices of people, in order to influence their voting plans and their behavior” poses a greater threat to democracy than more familiar forms of so-called fake news

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/27/fake-news-inquiry-data-misuse-deomcracy-at-risk-mps-conclude …“relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views play to the fears and prejudices of people, in order to influence their voting plans and their behaviour” poses a greater threat to democracy than more familiar forms of so-called fake news, raising particular concerns about the way online data could be manipulated to impact elections. The DCMS committee has spent 18 months conducting …

How Russian Attacks On Democracy & The USA Relate To Cleantech

July 27th, 2018 by Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica High concentration of money means high concentration of power. Except in lucky, benevolent circumstances, high concentration of power leads to an abuse of power that has a net negative effect on the associated population. With that in mind, take note that money has seldom been concentrated as much as it has been in the …

Socialism on the Rise as Americans Seek Out Bold, Humane Alternatives to the Brutality of Trump and Capitalism

Published on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Common Dreams by Jake Johnson, staff writer Bernie Sanders supporters prepare for a march at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year. Socialist groups are experiencing a surge in popularity, underscoring divisions within the Democratic Party. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The thousands of democratic socialists in the United States who have been organizing and fighting for justice in …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a Green New Deal and Why She Wants to Abolish ICE and Upend the Democratic Party

On June 25, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received the endorsement of New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. (Ocasio 2018) WEB ONLY / FEATURES » JUNE 25, 2018 In an interview, the left primary challenger discusses everything from how Democrats have failed to protect working class interests to the need for a Marshall plan for Puerto Rico and why her democratic socialist message …

America the Undertaxed

United States Economics U.S. Fiscal Policy in Perspective By Andrea Louise Campbell, in Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct 2012 The most important debates in U.S. politics today center on the cost and the role of government. Cutting taxes, limiting expenditures, and reducing debt have become the chief concerns of Republicans, whereas Democrats generally seek to preserve or even expand government spending and are willing to …

What Some Early, High-Quality Polls Can Tell Us About The Race For The House

JUL. 20, 2018, AT 5:43 AM By Nathaniel Rakich and Dhrumil Mehta Filed under Pollapalooza FIVETHIRTYEIGHT If you’re anything like me, you get inordinately excited every time you see a tweet from @MonmouthPoll.1 Not only is Monmouth University’s polling operation one of only six pollsters with an A+ grade in FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings, but it’s also great about polling elections that otherwise don’t get much attention. This week, Monmouth released a poll …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Save the Planet: Democrats lack a comprehensive strategy to stop global warming. Climate scientists say the newcomer has the beginnings of a good one

Scott Heins/Getty Images . By EMILY ATKIN, July 3, 2018, New Republic Leftists have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary election for Congress last week, an outcome that CNN called “the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.” But perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even …

More women running and using their strength, as women

Excerpt from NY Times article and study findings: Women are being themselves and sharing more about their person alive on the campaign trail.  The old advice, strategists and candidates say, didn’t really work anyway. In focus groups conducted after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in 2016, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which works to help elect more women, found that voters want to …

Reconnecting With Rural America

BY TOM VILSACK FROM WINTER 2018, NO. 47, A JOURNAL OF IDEAS SYMPOSIUM | WHAT IS RED-STATE LIBERALISM? Photo by National Renewable Energy Lab via CC 2.0 In 2012 my wife, Christie, ran for Congress against incumbent Representative Steve King in Iowa’s 4th congressional district. The 4th congressional district was considered to be one of the top ten most conservative districts in the country in 2012. The …