February 27: Occupy Springtime

Feb 27, 2012Tim Price

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How to make Occupy catch on (Salon)
In the latest installment of the Roosevelt Institute's "99% Plan" series, Alice O'Connor writes that progressives can look to history to shape their economic narrative and create a strong unifying vision. And unlike conservatives, they don't even have to rewrite it.

Occupy's Return From Hibernation (TAP)
Sally Kohn writes that after laying low for the winter, Occupy organizers plan to make Occupy Our Homes the new centerpiece of the movement. It's not just that it provides tangible results; they've also learned how much nicer it is to be indoors.

Warren Buffett Says "Hormones" Will Fix the Housing Crisis (Naked Capitalism)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Matt Stoller argues that the Oracle of Omaha needs to polish his crystal ball if he thinks the housing market will be saved by the irresistible lure of romance. As any teenager could tell you, hormones are rarely that helpful.

What Ails Europe? (NYT)
Paul Krugman writes that between the GOP's claims that Europe spent too much to help the poor and Germany's claims that the struggling nations spent too much, period, all we're getting are excuses for a cure that's worse than the disease.

A World Bank for a New World (Project Syndicate)
Jeffrey Sachs makes the case that if the World Bank is to play a role in addressing the challenges that face the global community, it needs a leader who has a passion for helping the needy and doesn't include "American financial interests" in that category.

Check out “The 99 Percent Plan,” a new Roosevelt Institute/Salon essay series on the progressive vision for the economy.

Why New Obama, Romney Tax Plans Are Going Nowhere (Daily Beast)
Eric Alterman argues that on a practical level, proposals for tax reform are as meaningless as the current rates that corporations go to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying, but if campaigns were an essay, they'd be the thesis statement.

Deal on Unemployment Benefits Leaves Out Poorest (The Nation)
Greg Kaufmann notes that the deal to renew extended UI benefits also lowered their duration, cutting off the long-term unemployed who need them most, and that safety net that's supposed to catch them has a working class-shaped hole in it.

How the Catholic Church almost came to accept birth control (WaPo)
Elaine Tyler May explains how the Church leadership nearly joined the mainstream consensus on birth control that spread in the 1960s, even among its own faithful, but chose to stay out on the fringe, where it now has the GOP to keep it company.

The Metaphysics of Citizens United and Campaign Finance Law (MoJo)
Kevin Drum reviews the arguments for and against the claim that Citizens United was responsible for the rise of super PACs, but notes that the previous era of 527 groups claiming John Kerry faked his war injuries wasn't a golden age of discourse either.

Santorum: Obama 'A Snob' For Wanting Everyone To Go To College (TPM)
Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has a message for parents who want their children to pursue a good education and enjoy opportunities they never had: shut it, liberal elitists. Not knowing stuff has worked out just fine for him.

With additional research by Roosevelt Institute intern Elena Callahan.

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