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What's 'Sequestration' Mean in Real Life?

What’s ‘Sequestration’ Mean in Real Life?

by Imara Jones on February 20 2013, 9:50AM

An explanation of the trillion-dollar budget cuts that are set to begin in a matter of days.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

The Simple Truth: You Can't Have Growth and Austerity at Once

The Simple Truth: You Can’t Have Growth and Austerity at Once

by Imara Jones on February 13 2013, 10:17AM

We’re two weeks away from yet another crop of austerity measures that make the sorts of ideas laid out in President Obama’s State of the Union simply impossible.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown, State of the Union

We're Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

We’re Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

by Imara Jones on January 3 2013, 9:45AM

This week’s fiscal cliff deal codifies the absurd notion that the super rich and the working poor are the same. In so doing, it prevents us from really fixing our racial caste system.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

We Can't Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

We Can’t Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

by Imara Jones on December 21 2012, 10:06AM

Current fiscal policy has hardened a racial caste system in the U.S. And if we won’t name it, we can’t fix it.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

The U.S. Doesn't Have a Debt Problem. It Has a Crisis of Values.

The U.S. Doesn’t Have a Debt Problem. It Has a Crisis of Values.

by Imara Jones on August 3 2011, 10:15AM

The debt deal is an extension of the grand bargain Washington’s leaders made with Wall Street nearly four years ago: to save the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. The U.S. doesn’t have a debt problem; it has a values problem.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party's Deficit Trojan Horse

The Long Racial History of the Tea Party’s Deficit Trojan Horse

by Dorian Warren on April 13 2011, 10:30AM

The American right has been railing against the size of federal government for centuries. We’d do well to remember why.

Topics: History, Politics, Shutdown