We Used to Have This Crazy Idea Called “Taxes” to Pay for Public Education

By: Thursday July 11, 2013 9:05 am

I found this recent column about the proposed “Pay it Forward” college funding plan in Oregon by David Dayen both interesting and vaguely depressing. From Alternet: With Congress inert, one state has stepped forward with an idea. The same day federal student loans doubled last week, Oregon’s legislature unanimously passed HB3472, or the “Pay it [...]

It’s Time for MoveOn to Move and Stop Blocking Change

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 2:33 pm

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) task force received ample attention from news and activist organizations alike following its dramatic announcement at last year’s State of the Union Address. The task force was supposed to investigate and prosecute Wall Street fraud that led to the housing bubble and the eventual collapse [...]

Schneiderman Victims: Share Your Thoughts on the Settlement

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 9:39 am

If you or anyone you know have been affected by foreclosure fraud, we want you to share your thoughts on the settlement with us. Unlike some who laid ground cover for this carnage by hailing Schneiderman a hero but remain silent today, we will not allow this deal — and what it means to the victims of foreclosure fraud — to be buried under a mountain of pro-settlement propaganda.

HAMP Suffered From Extremely Poor Oversight

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 1:58 pm

New documents obtained by ProPublica through the Freedom of Information Act provide new insights into what a complete disaster the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has been.  HAMP was created with $50 billion from TARP funds and was supposed to facilitate mortgage modifications by reducing monthly payments for potentially millions of stressed homeowners.  But the [...]

10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Bill

By: Monday December 21, 2009 7:10 am

FDL has become the go-to place for coverage of the health care bill due to the work of our incredible team. Jon Walker’s second-to-none knowledge of the health care bill has made the policy and political analysis he offers up at  FDL Action a driving force. Dave Dayen’s reporting at the FDL News Desk, Marcy [...]