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This Week in OtherWords: January 16, 2013

January 16, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson says that Beyoncé's high-profile association with Pepsi makes her unfit as a role model for Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign and Andrew Korfhage calls on President Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Donald Kaul explains why he thinks that Chuck Hagel would make a good Pentagon chief and Sarita Gupta praises Hilda Solis's performance as Labor Secretary.

Below you'll find links to our latest work, which is all available on our website at OtherWords.org. If you haven't already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do.

  1. Filling Solis’s Shoes Won’t Be Easy / Sarita Gupta
    Obama's first labor secretary has been a watchdog for workers.
  2. A Key Proposal for the Administration’s Second Term / Andrew Korfhage
    It's up to Obama to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
  3. What Happened to the Violence Against Women Act? / Leslie Watson Malachi
    Republican efforts to prevent expanded protections for these at-risk groups made all women lose important protections.
  4. The Real Obama Emerges Again / Jill Stein
    Thanks to the budget deal, Obama's second term is starting with more of the same disappointments.
  5. We Don’t Need a Secretary of Militarism / Donald Kaul
    Chuck Hagel proved to be an intelligent, reasonable man with a reputation for honesty in the Senate, and these days that qualifies for sainthood.
  6. Making the Tax Code Safe for America’s Aristocracy / Sam Pizzigati
    Tax-free gifts are solidifying the nation's financial dynasties.
  7. Beyoncé’s Not-so-Super Move / Jill Richardson
    Our president and first lady ought to reconsider their relationship with the popular singer now that she's becoming the face of PepsiCo.
  8. Why does a university need a Chief Marketing Officer? / Jim Hightower
    "Let there be money" is the new academic aspiration.
  9. Giving Away the Store / William A. Collins
    The whole business of giving tax breaks to businesses to lure them to a particular place is largely a scam.
  10. Tar Sands Illustrated / Khalil Bendib Cartoon
This Week in OtherWords: Kaul Writes Again and Richardson Becomes Our Newest Weekly Columnist

December 19, 2012 ·

He’s back. This week in OtherWords, columnist Donald Kaul makes a surprise return to weigh in on the chilling Newtown shootings. Since he’s still on the mend and says that life’s just so much better without deadlines, my best advice to his many devoted fans is to watch this space.

And we’ve got two other developments to report. First, we’ve revamped our website, making it more user-friendly and easier to access on mobile devices. Please take a moment to check it out and let me know if you have any concerns or other feedback.

Second, we’re launching a new weekly column by Jill Richardson. She’ll write about all aspects of the food system, from farm to fork. Today, she’s taking a good hard look at ham, which millions of Americans consider a holiday staple.

And since we’re in the middle of the holiday season, please do consider making a year-end tax-deductible contribution to OtherWords. Our service is free for newspapers, new media outlets, and engaged citizens. But professional editing, proofreading, and concerted efforts to get these bold opinions into news outlets require at least a modest budget. Any amount you can give will be used wisely and effectively to help us expand our nationwide reach. You can make a donation on our new and improved website or mail a check payable to OtherWords to this address: Institute for Policy Studies; 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600; Washington, DC 20036.

For contributions of $100 or more, we’ll send you or someone you designate a copy of columnist Sam Pizzigati‘s latest book: The Rich Don’t Always Win. For contributions of $150, we’ll also include our cartoonist Khalil Bendib‘s latest collection: Too Big to Fail. Both make great gifts.

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  1. Our Great Fiscal Opportunity / John Cavanagh
    This is a chance for the American public to engage in a critical debate over national priorities
  2. Funding our Future / Sarah Browning
    Slashing federal arts spending would curb our collective imagination.
  3. Turning our Tears into Action / Marc Morial
    We can’t go back to business as usual with gun violence in America
  4. A Grim New Year for Women / Martha Burk
    Many of the choices that appear likely in the pending budget deal would throw women under the bus.
  5. The New Agenda on Guns We Need after Newtown / Donald Kaul
    This time, the debate has to be about more than not offending the NRA’s sensibilities.
  6. A More Humane Holiday Ham / Jill Richardson
    Some of the ingredients on your Christmas dinner table aren’t so sweet.
  7. The Emperor of Avarice / Sam Pizzigati
    Gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson more than held his own against the stiff competition to be crowned the greediest American of 2012.
  8. Michigan Bucks Democracy / Jim Hightower
    With no warning, no hearings, no public input, no floor debate, and no time for citizens even to know what was happening, Michigan’s Republicans rammed a union-busting bill into law.
  9. Nixing Nuclear Energy / William A. Collins
    Japan backtracked on an ambitious plan to shut all of its nuclear reactors but Germany is blasting forward with an effort to do just that by 2022.
  10. Good Company / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Good Company, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: 12-12-12

December 12, 2012 ·

This week in OtherWords, columnist Jim Hightower and cartoonist Khalil Bendib lampoon the latest in airline abuse. If you're planning to board a plane to celebrate this holiday season with family or friends, I hope that your voyage is as stress-free as possible.

And speaking of this holiday season, please consider making a year-end tax-deductible contribution to OtherWords. Our service is free for newspapers, new media outlets, and engaged citizens. But professional editing, proofreading, and concerted efforts to get new outlets to run these bold opinions requires at least a modest budget. Any amount you can give will be used wisely and effectively to help us expand our nationwide reach. You can make a one-time or a recurring donation on our website or mail a check payable to OtherWords to this address: Institute for Policy Studies; 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600; Washington, DC 20036.

For contributions of $100 or more, we'll send you or someone you designate a copy of columnist Sam Pizzigati's latest book: The Rich Don't Always Win. For contributions of $150 or more, we'll also include our cartoonist Khalil Bendib's latest collection: Too Big to Fail. Both make great gifts.

Scroll down to see this week's lineup and please subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up yet.

  1. Ripe for Reduction / Miriam Pemberton
    The pending budget deal must include long-overdue military spending cuts.
  2. Our National Failure to Commit / Don Kraus
    The Senate hasn't approved any major multilateral treaties since 1997.
  3. Jobs or the Environment? / Lee Ballinger
    Soon it will be too late and we'll have neither.
  4. Billionaires with No Skin in the Game / Jason Salzman
    If the top two percent is up in arms about losing their Bush tax cuts, why aren't they generating any street heat?
  5. In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won't Scare Them Away / Sam Pizzigati
    Recent research debunks some of the most common arguments against raising taxes on the richest Americans.
  6. The Airline Industry's Fee-for-All / Jim Hightower
    Nearly every airline these days is addicted to fees.
  7. Our Health Care System is Still Sick / William A. Collins
    The health industry is about making money, not healing.
  8. Fly the Stingy Skies / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Fly the Stingy Skies, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: Fiscal Swindle Special Edition

December 5, 2012 ·

This week, OtherWords unpacks the fiscal challenges furrowing the brows of our lawmakers and just about every Obama administration official. Columnist Sam Pizzigati highlights the way billionaire Peter Peterson bankrolled the misleading portrayal of Social Security cuts as the only way to balance the budget. The Green Party's Jill Stein points out that the biggest problem we're facing is the "climate cliff" and that any "grand bargain" should do something to stop global warming. I explain that at least $881 billion in creative revenue-raisers and spending cuts belong on the table. If you'd like to check out this deficit-reduction proposal, please download the new report that the Institute for Policy Studies is releasing today.

Be sure to visit our blog, where I recently posted more highlights from the avalanche of fan mail that followed Donald Kaul's heart attack. We're also running bonus pieces from Jim Hightower there — such as his recent take on Texan secessionists. And, consider subscribing to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up yet.

  1. Mother Nature Belongs at the Bargaining Table / Jill Stein
    Throwing the nation over the climate cliff will make our current fiscal challenges look like a minor bump in the road.
  2. Snake-Oil Deficit Savings / Ryan Alexander
    Like things you spot in your side-view mirror, many of the budget numbers flitting around the debt talks are larger than they appear.
  3. The Fiscal Hoax / Peter Hart
    Don't believe the cliff hype.
  4. For Pete's Sake, What's Happened to Our Democracy? / Sam Pizzigati
    One billionaire has the wherewithal to totally redirect America's political discourse.
  5. Dodging the Fiscal Swindle / Emily Schwartz Greco
    With a little creativity, we can easily balance the budget without cutting Social Security.
  6. Solving the Twinkie Murder Case / Jim Hightower
    Equity hucksters plundered the company to feather their own nests.
  7. The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind / William A. Collins
    Do we all have to drown in rising seas or broil in epic droughts before we decide it's time to switch to renewable energy?
  8. Highway Robbery / Khalil Bendib (Cartoon)

Highway Robbery, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

This Week in OtherWords: November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012 ·

This week, OtherWords is running three commentaries that highlight electoral milestones: African-American turnout reached record levels, marijuana-legalization ballot initiatives passed in Washington State and Colorado, and voters in a small Ohio town approved a measure declaring that "corporations are not people and money is not speech."

We're also distributing an op-ed by Scott Klinger, who points out that the CEOs promoting Social Security cuts have vast pensions and that American businesses have gutted their pension funds. The erosion of the nation's private pension system makes this earned-benefit program more essential than ever.

And Sam Pizzigati's latest column highlights his new book: The Rich Don't Always Win. Please let me know if you would like a review copy.

Scroll down to see all our offerings and please subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven't signed up yet.

  1. A Pension Deficit Disorder / Scott Klinger
    Beware of wealthy CEOs who are lecturing the rest of us about tightening our belts.
  2. The New Normal for African-American Voter Turnout / Leslie Watson Malachi
    As election law changes threatened access to the ballot box this year, African-American turnout operations strengthened.
  3. Washington and Colorado Voters Opt for a Smarter Drug Policy / Austin Robles
    Treating drug use as a criminal act rather than a health problem has harmed our society.
  4. To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past / Sam Pizzigati
    Yesterday's ideas about curbing the ultra-rich's power remain just as relevant as ever.
  5. Shortchanging Our Future / Mattea Kramer
    Lawmakers have long underinvested in young people, and sequestration would make matters even worse.
  6. Democracy Outbreak in Ohio / Jim Hightower
    One small town is standing up to deep-pocketed campaign cash.
  7. The Sleazy League / William A. Collins
    The dark side of corporate-run schools is no longer a secret.
  8. The Ant and the Grasshopper / Khalil Bendib cartoon

 The Ant and the Grasshopper, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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