Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Watch: The Craziest Political Ad Of 2014?

Iowa Senate hopeful Bob Quast may have been dethroned as the star of the craziest 2014 political ad. That honor may now belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 1776, a Pennsylvania union that represents wine and spirits workers in the state. A new ad paid for by the UFCW explains — […]

May 2, 2014

WATCH: Ted Cruz Demands Public Schools Be Handed Over To Wall Street

Watch this new video for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and you’ll see he’s just as passionate about so-called “school choice” as he was about shutting down the government. Conservatives have been touting the triumph of charter schools in New Orleans, where three-quarters of the schools have become charters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — […]

February 3, 2014

Governments Increase Dependence On Privatized Immigration Detention Facilities

The problems and controversies surrounding the privatization of traditional government functions are well-documented, but those issues become even more severe when private companies are in charge of immigration detention facilities. These companies, exempt from the regulations and transparency required of government, have been responsible for numerous abuses — but they nonetheless turn massive profits. The […]

September 29, 2011

Why Republicans Can’t Stop Trash Talking Social Security

Truly bad ideas never die; they are recycled in Republican presidential primary campaigns. The example at hand is privatizing Social Security, a long-time obsession of the American right that briefly resurfaced at the beginning of George W. Bush’s second term, and then disappeared just as quickly after a brisk rejection by the public. Now that […]

September 9, 2011
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America Hearts Medicare; Paul Ryan, Not So Much

There was concern that Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal would prevent Democrats from winning the messaging war on Paul Ryan’s Medicare voucher (read: privatization) scheme. Apparently, even the salacious revelations couldn’t distract most Americans from imminent danger to their cherished social program: By a margin of 57 percent to 34 percent, poll respondents say they would […]

June 23, 2011