Obamacare didn’t come with ”death panels, like conservatives claimed it would.” So, Republican governors and state legislatures formed their own. Until the death of Charlene Dill, the victims of those death panels were invisible.
With the children of today’s baby boomers scheduled to inherit $30 trillion in the next several decades, politicians and the press are hard at work flattering plutocrats of all ages by portraying them as paragons of wisdom.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to be able to demonstrate the link between inequality and catastrophic environmental change. But a little help from rocket scientists can certainly help.
The latest report that middle-income households are falling behind the counterparts in some other developed countries should embolden Democratic candidates to offer bolder, progressive populist prescriptions.
Power plants generate 41 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Nearly half come from just 100 plants, and all but two of those use coal. Addressing those plans would do a lot to address our climate crisis.
Our society is designed by politicians indebted to the 1 percent for the purpose of enhancing and maintaining their power. The rest of us lead rocky, competitive lives that leave us isolated and exhausted. Inequality is stunting our growth.
Call 661-BOEHNER and tell House Speaker John Boehner to stop the excuses and put help for the long-term unemployed up for a vote. And join today's "Twitter storm" at 2 p.m. Eastern to #RenewUI.
Republicans’ fear of paying too much is terrible. Not because of GOP angst. No, because it causes underpaid workers to suffer. Because it means Republicans will continue to blockade efforts to resolve growing, corrosive income inequality.
The New York Times gets it right: It's time to "improve the ground rules of global trade." In the face of overwhelming evidence of the damage done by NAFTA-style trade deals, could the tide of elite opinion be changing?
As millions lost their homes many of the houses were and are being bought up by large investors. And what do these investors want? They want rent – and lots of it.
Once you let those illegitimate votes count, Real Americans are denied their franchise. In fact, counting the votes of African Americans and Latinos is the real vote suppression.
This past Sunday was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil isn't gone. The environment isn't restored. Residents' lives aren't back to so-called “normal.” Yet, BP claims that they fixed the Gulf.
We are headed into a reckoning. We know that the rules are rigged in Washington, as the powerful protect their interests from the many. The question is can the people take back their democracy?
What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.
Having whipped up anti-government sentiment for decades, the right has dropped a pretense of patriotism and is now escalating into direct confrontation with, and efforts at destruction of, the federal government.
Populist sentiments are on the rise. But the stunted economic recovery — and big GOP money — makes it hard for Democrats to exploit them. That helps conservative candidates confuse voters with their own populist poses.
Pessimism is of no value here. There are active efforts underway to set the stage for immigration reform action in the summer, and they should be supported, not dismissed.
There’s nothing “normal” about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it’s a choice we need to make again in this generation.
In this interview, Rep. Alan Grayson explains why Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the political decision that led to the death of Charlene Dill, and could lead to 7,000 unnecessary deaths in the next year.
This week, a key underpinning to the whole teacher evaluation program pushed by the Obama administration was cast into doubt. These new schemes are doing great harm to teachers and, consequentially, the students in their charge.
While there is a lot left to do to avert a climate crisis, we should take heart that we are presently on right path, and know that it is possible to stay on it.
The Treasury Department released its Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies this week, and went to great lengths to find a way not to label China as a currency manipulator.
Thomas Piketty's method for preventing an ever greater concentration of wealth and income is to impose sharply progressive income taxes and stiff inheritance taxes. We actually have a much larger menu of options.
The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”
It's Tax Day! And right now Congress is working on Tax Day giveaways for the big corporations. When corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes, the rest of us end up picking up the tab. So Happy Tax Day!
Paul says "We can't be the party of the plutocrats and the rich people." Then he pretends Reagan was the last president to create jobs. But there was this guy named Bill Clinton...
The author of "Capital in the 21st Century" says the capturing of our political institutions by the ultra-wealthy is the single most serious concern stemming from today's worsening wealth inequality.
Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
At the end of 2013 a pack of corporate tax breaks that long ago should have been weeded out of the tax code finally expired. Today is a good day to tell Congress to stop trying to revive these tax zombies.
Call Speaker Boehner at (661)-BOEHNER (661-263-4637) to reach one of his three Ohio offices. Tell him you want an up-or-down House vote on the unemployment insurance bill already passed by the Senate.
This budget dramatically cuts taxes on the wealthy and their corporations, paying for it with enormous cuts in the safety net and in the things government does to make our lives better.
We measure a lot of stuff in our society. But it’s rare that we try to measure our progress in achieving the American ideal of opportunity, especially when it comes to our nation’s young people.
Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money. Here's the surprising truth behind where your federal income tax dollars go.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will finish her five-year tenure having implemented the biggest expansion of health insurance in 50 years. What should we learn from her success story?
It was never apparent that FDR’s New Deal materially made a difference in my father’s life, but this I know, and I know it for certain: he believed President Roosevelt was on his side, fighting for common people like him.
More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after Leno and O'Brien feuded, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.
If Citi and its peers hadn’t committed their fraud, America’s young people – along with millions of other Americans – wouldn’t need employment assistance today.
Pay is really low, and employment practices make companies "look awesome on paper" even as they "wreak havoc on the lives and incomes of workers" as well as the overall economy.
With the passage of Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest austerian budget, the GOP has spelled out very clearly what they want to do to America. It’s not a threat, but a promise that Americans must make sure Republicans never have the power to fulfill.
It’s testing season in America, and despite of how students do, it’s clear who is already flunking the exams: Major media outlets and an entrenched education regime that’s prevailed in policy making for over 30 years.