This week in OtherWords, Sarah Anderson, William A. Collins, and I preview what President Obama is likely to say about inequality and taxes during his State of the Union address. Jill Richardson weighs in on the West Virginia chemical spill.
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1) The State of Our Union’s Inequality / Sarah Anderson
Obama should follow in FDR’s footsteps and do something about the “overprivileged” as well as improving conditions for the poorest among us.
2) First Things First / Marge Baker
Until we fix our democracy problem, it’s hard to fix any problem.
3) Fast-Tracking Misery / Ron Carver
President Obama has appointed pro-billionaire, anti-worker, anti-environmental trade negotiators right out of Bush-era central casting.
4) From Canada, a New Gold Standard / Sam Pizzigati
Wagemark is recognizing companies for curbing excessive CEO pay, not soaring profits.
5) The Perils of Watered-Down Regulations / Jill Richardson
The West Virginia chemical spill brought to light the failure of the government to assess either the dangers posed by industrial chemicals or the factories that manufacture them.
6) Lawmakers Are Free Not to Become Narcissistic Jerks / Jim Hightower
Some millionaires in Congress rise above their financial handicap.
7) Obama’s Taxing Problem / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
If everyone paid their fair share there would be plenty of cash to go around.
8) Congress Discovers Inequality in America / Khalil Bendib cartoon