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Your 2013 Federal Taxpayer Receipt

email from the White House, 4/15/14 Want to know how your federal taxes are spent? President Obama is keeping his promise to make sure Americans like you can easily see what you’re getting for your taxes. Just enter a few pieces of information, and the Taxpayer Receipt gives you a breakdown of how your tax […]

PA Structural Deficit Looms

from The McCord Report, PA Treasury, 3/20/14: The Independent Fiscal Office warned in November 2013 of a growing structural imbalance between revenues and expenditures. Two of the largest drivers of this deficit are the phasing out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax and the rise in employer contributions for pensions. Jointly, these two factors […]

Inequality, Dignity and Freedom

by Paul Krugman, New York Times, 2/13/14 Now that the Congressional Budget Office has explicitly denied saying that Obamacare destroys jobs, some (though by no means all) Republicans have stopped lying about that issue and turned to a different argument. O.K., they concede, any reduction in working hours because of health reform will be a […]

Why The Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten

Robert Reich (Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration), 2/11/14 Topics: RobertReich.org, World War II, War, economy, Recession, Unemployment, Business News, Politics News Robert Reich: America has forgotten its 3 biggest economic lessons Why has America forgotten the three most important economic lessons we learned in the 30 years following World War II? Before I […]

Allentown mayor Pawlowski withdraws from Gov’s race; endorses McCord

by Charlie Deitch, Pittsburgh City Paper, Feb 3, 2014 Confirming reports from late last week that he was ending his campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania, Democratic Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski officially withdrew from the race and threw his support behind Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. “It has been a good campaign and we have accomplished several […]

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World

Graphic from “The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World” by NELSON D. SCHWARTZ, New York Times, FEB. 2, 2014

4 Shocking Examples of American Inequality

By Paul Buchheit, AlterNet, February 2, 2014 America’s middle class is further from the top than in all other developed countries. Inequality is a cancer on society, here in the U.S. and across the globe. It keeps growing. But humanity seems helpless against it, as if it’s an alien force that no one understands, even […]

50 years ago: LBJ launches the war on poverty

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank Lyndon Baines Johnson First State of the Union Address delivered 8 January 1964 …Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope — some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task is to help replace their despair with […]

Where the 1.3 million people losing unemployment aid this week live

By Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post, December 27, 2013 A projected 1.3 million people will lose emergency unemployment benefits when they expire Saturday. Congress offered the extended benefits as unemployment ballooned during the Great Recession and has put off their expiration 11 times since. Renewing the long-term insurance is a top agenda item for the Senate […]

Helping the homeless and the poor in the suburbs

from letter by Mike D. Hays (Spring City), Daily Local News, 12/31/13 … In Chester County, one of the wealthiest regions in the country, 625 people were without permanent shelter during the January 2013 count. This one-night “snapshot” comes from the Chester County Department of Community Development. The figure includes transitional and emergency shelters, but […]