Occupy Protests Have Shifted National Dialogue, 2012 Elections Loom

The Occupy protests that have sprouted up in over a thousand cities nationwide have had a profound effect on the political landscape. Barely four months ago, the dominant narrative was that the country is broke and we have to tighten our belts through “fiscal austerity,” with nary a mention of income inequality and who pays the price of “austerity” policies (hint: not the 1 percent). Today, even Republican presidential nominees are sniping back and forth about who is the wealthiest, and the framing of the 99 percent movement is widely used by politicians and in the media. Read more

99% Red Balloons for Economic Equity

While Fortune 500 corporations duck out of state taxes, legislators continue to put public services on the chopping block, but still the 1% isn’t being told that they need to do their part when it comes to balancing state budgets.

Last week, the Washington Community Action Network fought back at a special session of the legislature:

 On Tuesday, Washington CAN! and our allies headed to Olympia to protest the Special Session and the additional $2 billion in budget cuts that are going to be made. Tuesday’s events focused on the personal stories of those affected by the cuts, putting a face to the growing 99% movement.

Click here for Washington CAN’s full report-back.

Small Business Owners Aren’t Buying Anti-Regulatory Hype

Over the past two weeks, the House of Representatives has been inundated with an alphabet soup of anti-regulatory legislation. Last week, the House debated and voted on the RAA (Regulatory Accountability Act) and RFIA (Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act), and this week on the REINS Act (Regulations in Need of Scrutiny from the Executive Act).    Read more

News from DC: Super-Committee Fails, Now What?

Bill Daley is the Federal Issues Policy Director at The Alliance for a Just Society.

On November 21st, the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee of Deficit Reduction, aka the “Super Committee”,  issued this statement: “After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline.” What does failure mean? What happens next?   Read more