Stewart Acuff

Aug 21

The Stakes in November

Uwe Reinhardt, an economist at Princeton, has just written a great article comparing governors and state legislatures who have turned billions of dollars in Medicaid assistance and expansion to private sector CEOs and boards

Jun 16

What Do We Make of Cantor’s Defeat?

I won’t pretend to have an authoritative answer for why Eric Cantor was defeated in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Right now I don’t think anyone clearly understands Virginia politics. But if Cantor isn’t right-wing enough for

May 15

Saving an America in Crisis

The 2014 campaigns for the US Congress and state governors, even state legislators, city council members and mayors have already begun. Even the Presidential campaign of 2016 has begun. In this critical moment in American

May 7

Don’t Boo, Organize!

I love that phrase–Don’t Boo, Organize!! Recently President Obama was in Ann Arbor, Michigan campaigning with Congressman Gary Peters who is running to fill Senator Carl Levin’s seat that he will vacate to retire. The

May 1

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day, my brothers and sisters and comrades here in the US and around the world. Today is the day we celebrate our solidarity and struggle and the victories won through struggle by

Apr 29

The Stock Market is Rigged

One of America’s most powerful mass media institutions, 60 minutes, did a major story on the rigging of the stock market. A new book by Michael Lewis called Flash Boys explains how traders spend

Apr 9

GOP States are the Real Takers

Ben Hallman wrote on Huffington Post that some of the states that have embraced the extreme right-wing agenda against domestic government spending are those which get the most from federal spending. Contradicting the stupid

Feb 6

Global Inequality: What Can Be Done

Yesterday I discussed both global and domestic inequality, how inequality is growing, and where our country ranks in income and wealth inequality–extremely poorly. Borrowing again from Kathleen Geier‘s new article, but also relying on older

Dec 18

The New Agenda of the Radical Right-wing Republican Party

Seems like it was just weeks, maybe months ago that today’s Radical Right-wing Republican Party’s agenda was to cut the Big 3: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. And surely those right-wingers continue to want

Nov 20

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage!

Great Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has begun really campaigning on fundamental economic issues. He’s working to raise the minimum wage, to raise the minimum wage for restaurant and bar servers who get tips, and

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