Today's Ideas & Actions
May 21, 2013
TAKE ACTION While college students struggle under an unprecedented debt burden, big banks are now enjoying interest rates of almost zero. Join Sen. Elizabeth Warren, CAF and Daily Kos in telling Congress to pass her bill that would give students the same rock-bottom interest rates as the big banks. Click here to tell your senators: Co-sponsor Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.
With millions out of work and the economy in trouble, the federal budget sequester is not just dumb, but dangerous. So we launched a campaign to build political pressure to repeal the sequester, including an online petition drive, public education effort and media appearances.
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A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Campaign for America's Future shows how the corporate CEOs leading Fix the Debt, an organization that has helped fuel the austerity agenda in Washington, are themselves contributing to the debt as their corporations deduct their outsized compensation packages from their tax bills. Read the report »
We're working to put the plight of minimum wage workers back on the agenda. They need a raise, and the economy won't grow until they and other low-wage workers see their incomes rise.
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This Isn’t Smart: House GOP Bill Would Raise Student Loan Interest Rates
As part of their latest effort to rebrand the GOP as a more caring party, House Republicans are scheduled this week to put forward a student lending bill called the “Smarter Solutions for Students Act.
Apple Tax Hearing – Two Simple Suggestions
The “Apple hearing” is underway (Go Sen. Levin!!) with Apple CEO Tim Cook explaining why Apple “can’t” bring back over $100 billion they have parked outside the country because they would have to pay the taxes they owe.
The Elderly Poor — There Are A Whole Lot Of Them
This report by the Kaiser Family Foundation about elder poverty is shocking. I don't think people realize just how many millions of people are barely subsisting in their old age, but it's many more than the government likes to admit to.
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IRS Scandal a Carbuncle – on a Cancer-Wracked Body
The IRS, always friendless, now is a pariah. Republicans can’t stop condemning it. Democrats can’t stop agreeing.
February’s unemployment numbers were better than the average job creation for the previous three months. The new jobs figures -- an additional 236,000 jobs in February with unemployment edging down to 7.7 percent -- reveal an economy that keeps chugging along against rising headwinds. But don’t break out the bubbly. We are still in a debilitating jobs recession. There are still more than 20 million people in need of full-time work.