This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Nov. 13, 2013 for week ending Nov. 22, 2013

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"The current (payment) cap for (Social Security) is around $113,000, and what's interesting is that it wasn't always that way. The wealthy used to pay their fair share into the system. So all we want to do is bring it back to them paying their fair share. So literally we're moving that cap, making everyone pay their fair share into the system, so that we extend the solvency of (Social Security) and increase benefits, because again, things like pensions and unreliable 401(k)s – they're just not there anymore.""

– Interview with Kimberly Fountain, Social Security Expansion campaign director with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, on her group's effort to remove the Social Security payment cap for millionaires and billionaires.


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As Conservatives Push for Benefit Cuts, New Progressive Coalition Campaigns for Social Security Expansion

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Interview with Kimberly Fountain, Social Security Expansion campaign director with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, conducted by Scott Harris

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Since the Republican Party took control of the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 congressional mid-term election, the GOP majority has demanded massive budget cuts in federal programs. To further that austerity agenda, the GOP majority has provoked crisis after crisis over the debt ceiling, fiscal cliff, the sequester and most recently, a costly 16-day government shutdown.  Story continues

Struggle to Hold Big Banks Accountable Leads Group to Advocate for Public Banking

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Interview with Ellen Brown, chair and president of the Public Banking Institute and author of “Web of Debt”, conducted by Scott Harris

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The tentative agreement by JP Morgan Chase Bank to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $13 billion to settle civil investigations into mortgage-backed securities in the period before the 2008 financial meltdown is the largest such settlement on record. But the deal ran into several obstacles in late October when JP Morgan Chase argued that it should not be responsible to pay for errors made by Washington Mutual, the bank it purchased after the housing bubble burst and the world’s financial system went into crisis.  Story continues

Buddhist Priest Leads 1,300-Mile “Compassionate Earth Walk" from the Tar Sands of Alberta to Nebraska

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Interview with Shodo Spring, Zen Buddhist priest, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

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From July to early October, Shodo Spring, a 64-year-old Zen Buddhist priest, who is a mother of two and grandmother of four, led a walk from the tar sands oil extraction region of Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, 1,300 miles along the proposed route of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline project.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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