Hundreds of union activists rally at the Minneapolis Social Security Field Office on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Photo: AFGE/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Payroll Taxes Social Security

Social Security actuary says Trump payroll tax cut would effectively destroy program by 2023

“Trump’s disastrous plan to defund Social Security would eliminate retirement and disability benefits by 2023,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “That may make sense to the billionaires at Trump’s country club, but it makes zero sense to…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

McConnell adjourns Senate for month-long recess without deal on Coronavirus relief, advances judges

‘Morally Obscene,’ Says Sanders “During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation while millions of Americans face hunger and eviction.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Unemployment Unemployment insurance

Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

The $600 federal jobless benefit expired on July 31. Joe Raedle/Getty Images by  David Salkever, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a US$600 bump on…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News Restart 2020 Safety Net Unemployment

GOP under fire for slipping $30 billion pentagon gift into Coronavirus bill

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”  “Just how twisted is the Senate GOP coronavirus bill you ask? It includes $686 million for new F-35 fighter jets.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 In…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SNAP benefits Unemployment insurance

Super-sized unemployment benefits are essential in a Depression

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Congress is going back to work. High on the agenda with the clock ticking is the next stimulus bill. Some things are clear. Mainly that the US economy is on its…

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About six million people signed up for the SNAP program in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented expansion of the program. (Photo: Andrew Burton)
Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net SNAP benefits

Despite surging need amid pandemic, GOP moves to rollback SNAP when food assistance ‘Matters now more than ever’

“SNAP delivered. Like it always does.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, July 20 Pointing to the success of the SNAP food assistance program during the coronavirus pandemic, economists on Monday said Republicans’ plan to end…

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing at the White House on Friday, May 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net Social Security

White House pushes ‘pure giveaway’ to rich investors while urging cut to pandemic unemployment aid

Recipients of the enhanced unemployment benefit could see the aid slashed by more than 50% under a plan being discussed by the Trump administration and GOP by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 14 The Trump…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Seattle City Council passes progressive tax on big business to fund relief

“Working people and our movement have to unapologetically claim victory for what we’ve won, because we want to spread these victories to other cities.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 The Tax Amazon movement…

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Posted in Climate change Editorial/opinon Safety Net The Revelator

Should environmentalists embrace Universal Basic Income?

  Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come.   by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Sunday, June 28 If you had…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Safety Net Unemployment

Analysis warns devastation will follow if GOP cuts off $600 unemployment boost

“It would be a catastrophe to let these turn off and replace them with nothing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 26 A leading progressive economist warned Friday that devastating job losses and income cuts…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Poverty Public Policy

Studies detail how poorest saved by Covid-19 Stimulus—and why more Is needed

‘Poverty Is a Policy Choice’    “When you look at the size of the government response, it makes sense.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 22 Two separate studies released Sunday show that U.S. government…

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Posted in Analysis Homelessness

The toll that curfews have taken on homeless Americans

Homeless people across the country have been affected by the curfews. In Los Angeles on June 2, police fired a hard rubber bullet at a homeless man in a wheelchair who was out after curfew, hitting…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment insurance

Supplemental unemployment has been life changing

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   What could possibly be good about a pandemic? OK, not much, but…there are some things that have turned out to be a complete win. The one that I hear over…

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Screen shot A protester is seen with a placard reading, "I can't breathe" on the fourth straight day of racial justice demonstrations in New York on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Ron Adar)
Posted in Citizen Power Common Dreams Community organizing News The People Speak

New York State classifies use of chokeholds as felony, two weeks into racial justice protests

“Stay in the Streets. It’s Working” “Let’s keep pushing, marching, organizing, and winning for our communities.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, June 8 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday urged Americans to stay the course in…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 News Pro Publica Wealth

The CARES Act sent you a $1,200 check but gave millionaires and billionaires far more

The stimulus checks were meant to get average Americans through the lockdown, but those $1,200 payouts were small change compared with the billions in tax breaks the CARES Act handed out to the country’s wealthiest. by…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Analysis finds nearly one third of owed unemployment benefits have not been paid

Bloomberg found a $67 billion gap between the sum of benefits paid out by the Treasury Department and the amount that is owed to jobless Americans. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 A Bloomberg…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net Safety Net Unemployment insurance

Nearly 60% of Americans support extending boosted unemployment benefits as Trump and McConnell say let them expire

“The across-the-board $600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits should be extended well past its expiration at the end of July—until unemployment is falling rapidly and is at a manageable level.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Mutual aid and governmental responsibility

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Mutual aid or solidarity work has long been a feature of political activity in times of crisis and often at all times. ACORN affiliates around the world have been involved…

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Noam Chomsky, April 2014.
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy Public Policy

Chomsky says Trump a ‘Sociopathic Megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting “to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, May 25 World-renowned intellectual…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

With 36 million newly out of work, Trump says he’s willing to let boosted unemployment benefits expire

“This is the worst economic crisis in 100 years and Donald Trump is doubling down on Herbert Hoover’s economic playbook and pushing workers to risk their health for his political benefit.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

Can you be evicted during Coronavirus? Here’s how to find out.

The CARES Act temporarily protects millions of renters from being evicted, and many states and cities passed their own rules to help those struggling to pay rent. Use our new database to find out if eviction…

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