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On this weeks show November 24, 2012
Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of a “fiscal cliff” deal NOT coming together. The first week of the lame-duck Congress brought multiple pledges of bipartisan cooperation from President Obama and congressional Republican and Democratic leaders. But there has been very little – if any – movement in the two sides’ positions, which, in fact, may be hardening prior to the serious negotiating sessions expected to begin after Thanksgiving.
As far as 80s trends go, the resurgent popularity of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill rivals that of skinny jeans and Members Only jackets. But were Reagan and O’Neill really as chummy as some people would have us believe?
The new grassroots organizing group People’s Relief and local residents have taken control of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in several Coney Island public housing developments where government agencies’ performance has been inadequate or inconsistent, according to multiple resident association presidents, community members and People’s Relief volunteers. (People’s Relief works closely with Occupy Sandy and shares their resources, but is a separate, independent organization.)
TakeActionNews.com, in collaboration with Popvox.com, will offer quick and easy links so you can track and weigh in on all the action in the most important lame-duck session of Congress in a generation.
Occupy Sandy was a “Godsend” for Coney Island public housing residents who were stranded without power, food or water after Hurricane Sandy, according to Deborah Franklin-Reed, the president of the residents association for the public housing development Coney Island houses. Franklin-Reed credited the People’s Relief, field volunteers working with Occupy Sandy, with helping pioneer distribution methods that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is now planning to make available to other public housing developments in Coney Island. Continue Reading
The 112th Congress reconvenes Nov. 13 with nothing less than the fate of the U.S. economy on the line.
In play in November and December: the expiring Bush tax cuts, an expanding alternative minimum tax poised to capture more and more middle class taxpayers, the expiring payroll tax cut that has been a boon to middle class households during the recession, cuts in physician reimbursements under Medicare, and the looming budget “sequestration,” which will automatically cut just under $50 billion in federal spending beginning in January and $500 billion over 10 years.