The Undercurrent

Trump And The Koch-heads
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Trump And The Koch-heads

While the hullabaloo about Donald and the debates last night were entertaining, the real powers controlling the Republican party were meeting last weekend in Orange County, CA. Their abuse of power covers many sins, including assault and battery…
SEC Commissioner: We Shouldn't Be Promoting Investor Confidence
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SEC Commissioner: We Shouldn't Be Promoting Investor Confidence

A leading Republican regulator, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, said in a speech to Cato recently that the goal of the Securities and Exchange Commission should not be to "promote investor confidence," but instead to "promote investor skepticism." This is pretty remarkable, and it's a scary example of a radically libertarian philosophy that could cause our financial system to melt down in a big way.
ALEC: Paying For Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

ALEC: Paying For Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

Check out this new video from a web-show called The Undercurrent that my organization, American Family Voices, sponsors. It's a new investigative journalism collaboration called The Undercurrent: Uncovered with one of my very favorite organizations, the Center for Media and Democracy, and it features the IRS complaint against ALEC filed by CMD and good government watchdog Common Cause
Why Won't McConnell Answer The Question?

Why Won't McConnell Answer The Question?

Harry Reid called on Mitch McConnell to repudiate offensive statements made at a recent Koch retreat. A reporter asked McConnell if he would do so directly, and he refused to answer.
4 Years For The ACA: Time To Keep Building

4 Years For The ACA: Time To Keep Building

With the recent anniversary of the ACA and only a week remaining until the health care deadline, I share my thoughts on an integral organization in passing the law, Health Care for America Now, and an interview with its executive director, Ethan Rome.

Dancing In The Streets V. Baying At The Moon

Being a progressive, I am a tolerant guy, so you conservatives should feel free to party however you see fit. But I’m glad for the sake of my humanity that I am part of the progressive movement, and not the conservative one. What a sad obsessive world modern day conservatives live in: obsessed that senior citizens and little kids and people with disabilities and those who live in poverty might be getting a free ride off the government; obsessed with trying to avoid paying taxes to support the basic government paid for infrastructure that helps us all; obsessed that Obamacare might actually allow a poor person or a young person or just someone with a pre-existing medical condition to get decent health insurance; obsessed that someone with a different sexual orientation than themselves might be able to get married or get a job. And then there’s the poor guy who’s still trying to decide whether he is brilliant or a hobbit. It’s a tough life for conservatives having to worry about all this, and their only outlet for all this this craziness is when they get together at these meeting for the chance to bay at the moon.