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Cuts to Meals on Wheels Leave Seniors Hungry, Increase Health Care Costs for Government

Cuts to Meals on Wheels Leave Seniors Hungry, Increase Health Care Costs for Government
You may have heard that Republicans are forcing (even more) cuts in programs like Meals On Wheels. Big deal, another “budget cut” to reduce the dreaded “government spending.” But what does all of this this mean to actual, real people? What really happens to real Americans isn’t real pretty.
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Fighting Economic Fatalists: A National Strategy For Better Jobs

Fighting Economic Fatalists: A National Strategy For Better Jobs
Economic isolationism and neo-Ludditism would reduce everyone’s living standards. Most importantly, there are many ways to create good jobs and reduce inequality. Other nations are doing it; the United States is not.
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Robert Reich
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High-Tech Sector's Low-Wage Strategy is a Poor Immigration Solution

High-Tech Sector's Low-Wage Strategy is a Poor Immigration Solution
When Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook and the other big-time cyber giants say they need to import more foreign high-tech workers — and then put on a full-scale lobbying assault to up the number of H-1B visas allowed in the immigration reform bill now under consideration — what are they really after?
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China’s Acquisition of Massive US Pork Producer Smithfield Could Lead to Serious Health Concerns

China’s Acquisition of Massive US Pork Producer Smithfield Could Lead to Serious Health Concerns
The latest big story involving China’s acquisition of America should make us all nervous around the barbecue this summer: Shuanghui International has scooped up Smithfield, one of the world’s biggest pork producers.
This is a blockbuster deal worth almost $5 billion and it is part of a larger pattern of China buying us up. In fact, acquisitions like Smithfield -- a company started in Smithfield, Virginia -- represent the second stage of China’s bid to control the American economy.
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Cantor Works Overtime to Give Away Workers' Time and Money

Cantor Works Overtime to Give Away Workers' Time and Money
A crude deceit is at the very heart of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's “Working Families Flexibility Act,” which the Virginia Republican recently slid through the House. It eliminates a central piece of America’s middle-class framework: the eight-hour workday and 40-hour week. Under the 1938 Fair Labor Law, bosses can make hourly employees work extra, but only by paying an overtime wage for the added hours. Cantor's plan takes that away.
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Deficit Fixed: Now Fix the Job, Wage, and Trade Gaps

Deficit Fixed: Now Fix the Job, Wage, and Trade Gaps
The deficit is now down 60 percent as a percent of gross domestic product. It is down more than deficit hawks Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles asked for. This rapid reduction is seriously hurting the economy and jobs, but demands for cuts continue. It is time for Congress and the President to “pivot” to focusing on our real problems: the jobs gap, the wage gap and the trade gap.
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Zero Manufacturing Jobs Added — Zero

Zero Manufacturing Jobs Added — Zero
President Obama set a goal of 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. Last month we added zero. Not one. Nada. Zip. We did add low-wage jobs, though. Maybe we can talk about a national manufacturing strategy now?
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PA Governor: You're All High, That's Why You Don't Have Jobs

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett would like the people of Pennsylvania to know that the reason unemployment is so high in their state is because they are all on drugs.
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Why Our Trade Deficit Matters More Than Our Budget Deficit

Why Our Trade Deficit Matters More Than Our Budget Deficit
A trade deficit hurts the economy and jobs. Not only does it mean money is draining from the economy, but it also means our working people are pitted against low-wage workers. A trade deficit enables companies to cut wages. It is the primary reason everyone’s pay has been stagnant or falling since the end of the 1970s — when the balance of trade turned from surplus to deficit.
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Unemployment Drops to New Four-Year Low of 7.5%

Unemployment Drops to New Four-Year Low of 7.5%
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated. The job increases helped reduce the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to a four-year low of 7.5 percent.
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