Appeared originally on Truthout on September 19th, 2011
Republicans and conservatives have done us a service by describing federal policies in terms of "class war." But by applying the term only to Obama's latest proposals to raise taxes on the rich, they have it all backward and upside down. The last 50 years have indeed seen continuous class warfare in and over federal economic policies.
- Published on September 24, 2011AUDIOUpdates focus on Obama's deficit and national debt reduction program, on government gridlock and inability to emerge from economic crisis, on ecological risks of Exxon-Mobil deal with Rosneft to drill for oil in Arctic. Today's in depth interview on recently signed labor contracts and strikes. Guest is Prof. Michael Pelias, Long Island University faculty union leader. Comparison of LIU gains and losses in their academic strike and final contract with just-signed General Motors deal with UAW for 48,000 auto workers.
- Published on September 19, 2011AUDIOUpdates focus on (1) President Obama's jobs program and (2) the deepening crisis of European banks and indebted countries. In-depth discussion on the extent, causes and social effects of poverty in the US following on last week's report from the US Census Bureau. Guests Willie Baptist of the Poverty Initiative and Prof.
- Republicans claim, in Orwellian fashion, that Obama's millionaire tax is 'class war'. The reality is that the super-rich won the warPublished on September 19, 2011
Appeared originally in The Guardian on September 19th, 2011
Taking his cue from Warren Buffett, President Obama has announced a 'millionaire tax' as part of his budget plan; Republicans have denounced it as 'class war'. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters
- Published on September 4, 2011AUDIOUpdates focus on (1) appointment of Prof Alan Krueger as Obama's chief economic advisor in relation to continuing high unemployment, (2) a medical study on the deaths resulting from poverty, and (3) the history of US national debt. In-depth analysis: how the economic crisis is affecting both private and Social Security pensions and how to improve Social Security's finances. Question answered focused on why the economics profession - with few exceptions - failed to anticipate the crisis or find effective policies to overcome it.
- Published on August 27, 2011AUDIOThis program focuses first on newly released information about major banks subsidized by the Federal Reserve since the 2008 crash; it shows the hitherto secret largesse and exceptional terms given the banks for their "recovery." Updates also concern tax cuts for corporations and the rich and US multinationals investing overseas rather than in US. We interview Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director of New York City's Taxi Workers Alliance, a new, unusual and successful labor organization that now represents 15,000 of the city's 25,000 active taxi drivers.
- Published on August 25, 2011VIDEO
In the context of deepening economic decline, Richard Wolff analyzes and attempts to answer these questions:
What were the causes and the results of the recent political theater focused on raising the US debt ceiling? What does the "deal" between President Obama and the Republicans mean economically and politically? What are the alternatives that Congress never explored? What can and should now be done, economically and politically?
- Across US states, governors are forcing through Greek-style austerity measures. Corporations wouldn't have it any other wayPublished on August 22, 2011
Appeared originally in The Guardian on August 22nd, 2011
In the US, as in the UK, public sector unions are facing cuts to their wages, pensions and benefits to pay for budget cuts. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP
Last week, Democratic governors in New York and Connecticut repeated the austerity politics of Greece's Prime Minister Pappandreou and Portugal's former Prime Minister Socrates. In doing so, they likewise imitated the austerity politics of their Republican and Democratic counterparts across virtually all 50 states.