Liberal Groups Aim to Take Back the Occupy Movement

By: Monday December 5, 2011 10:50 am

Occupiers from occupations all over the United States are headed to Washington, DC, for three days of action that are being organized under the banner, “Take Back the Capitol.” But is their agenda as bold as the people likely to participate?

 

The Sufferings of the Millionaires, and the Sufferings of the Millions

By: Saturday March 19, 2011 9:10 am

42% of the millionaires in a recent Fidelity survey don’t feel wealthy. Seriously.

Maybe they should talk to the folks in Minnesota whom the GOP wants to prohibit from having more than $20 in cash in their pockets, or the family and friends of the Costa Mesa CA maintenance worker who committed suicide after getting a layoff notice.

As Paul Krugman noted, these are “the forgotten millions” — not to be confused with the poor, suffering millionaires. Poor babies. Poor, sad, miserable, suffering, pitiable babies.

Top 10 MyFDL Diaries of 2010

By: Friday January 14, 2011 12:35 pm

Check out this list of the top 10 MyFDL diaries from 2010 (based on pageviews). Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our fantastic community of writers. We look forward to reading your work in 2011.

What were your favorite myFDL diaries from last year? Share your picks in the comments!

Saving Social Security: Stopping Obama’s Next Bad Deal

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:45 am

The tax deal has already placed the future of Social Security at serious risk. If President Obama does not clearly stand up for the program, the Republicans will use the debt ceiling legislation as an opportunity to privatize Social Security.

Rearguing the Great Depression, University of Chicago Style

By: Sunday December 5, 2010 12:30 pm

Casey Mulligan is a wonderful case study for Yves Smith’s book, ECONned: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism.

Catfood Commission Report Unintentionally Shows Gridlock as Best Option

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 7:10 am

Firedoglake has obtained an advance copy of the final report from the Simpson-Bowles Catfood Commission, which presents the plan from the co-chairs since the committee has failed to meet its mandate of producing a super-majority endorsed plan. They had been required to produce such a plan by today when Obama created the commission. In trying to convey the “wisdom” of their “sober” analysis of the national debt situation, the commission unintentionally demonstrates that the best current alternative is gridlock in Washington preventing any “fixes” in the near term, allowing laws already in place to improve the debt outlook, primarily through expiration of the Bush tax cuts and ending adjustments to the Alternative Minimum Tax and Medicare.

Unemployment Insurance Keeps Middle Class Families Out of Poverty

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 6:00 pm

The CBO report makes it clear that unemployment insurance is not about a bunch of poor people suckling at the federal teat. It’s about keeping families from slipping into poverty.

Nevertheless, the GOP will continue to mobilize classist and racist narratives to make sure this useful benefit is not extended.

3.3 Million Americans Will Have Lost Unemployment by Month’s End

By: Friday July 9, 2010 11:40 am

More than one percent of all Americans — 3.3 million people — will have lost their unemployment benefits by month’s end if Congress doesn’t pass an extension of long-term benefits. They represent a huge chunk of our neighbors, our customers, our family members. And our country seems to have decided they and those who depend on them are expendable.

The Laughter Curve

By: Thursday July 8, 2010 4:00 pm

It looks like some wingnut welfare group asked professional serious economist Arthur Laffer to write something about how making the poor less poor is bad for America because if you give a helping hand to people who are out of work it is just like repeatedly punching productive job-holding members of society in the face.

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