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Lower Corporate Taxes Do Not Equal More Jobs
A new report shows that most of the "job creators" in today's economy are paying some of the highest corporate taxes, while the companies that are paying little or nothing in corporate taxes are the ones that are slashing their payrolls.
Put ‘Full Employment’ Back On The National Agenda
The phrase "full employment" is treated as something that would be uttered only by wild-eyed radicals.
The Elephant That’s Blocking The Road To Economic Growth
Corporate participants at a major transportation summit today must address the elephant in the room: the tea-party extremists that many of them bankrolled who block the infrastructure investments they are clamoring for.
USA Today Sides With the Public Pension Wrecking Crew
USA Today offers the latest entry in the race to punish public-sector workers for successfully retaining the benefits that used to be broadly available to private-sector workers.
Ryan Gets 700,000 ‘No’ Votes on Social Security Cuts
We helped deliver a petition to House Budget Committee chairman Rep.
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About Isaiah J. Poole
Isaiah J. Poole has been the editor of OurFuture.org since 2007 and also directs the Campaign for America's Future's online communications. Previously he had worked for 25 years in mainstream media, most recently at Congressional Quarterly, where he covered congressional leadership and tracked major bills through Congress. Most of his journalism experience has been in Washington as both a reporter and an editor on topics ranging from presidential politics to pop culture. His work has put him at the front lines of ideological battles between progressives and conservatives. He also served as a founding member of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
The Democrats’ “Third Way” Quarrel is a Fight About the Future
There was a big dust-up in the Democratic Party last week, triggered by an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal from the leaders of a Wall Street-funded “think tank”/lobbying group called Third Way.
Inequality: A Sure Way to Kill a Good Time
What makes a society a fun place to be? Really nice weather and exciting nightlife options certainly help.
Democrats Must Not Abandon The Unemployed And The Hungry
Democrats must not be fooled.
Urgent Fast Track Trade Deal Alert
Fast Track should be as much of an electoral test for progressives as Social Security is.
Here’s How GOPers Responded To Obama’s Call For Ideas on Inequality
Let's see .
November Jobs Report: Good but Not Enough
The Bureau of Labor Statistic reports that the economy added 203,000 jobs in November, with the official unemployment rate declining to 7.
How Shall We Remember Nelson Mandela?
After democracy came, they tore down the prison where freedom fighters were held and used the bricks to build the nation’s first Constitutional Court.
How Congress Can End The Sequester and Tax Loophole Madness
By passing this one bill, Congress could repeal the mindless across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester and at the same time close loopholes corporations use to escape paying taxes.
Government Fast-Food Workers To Obama: Lift Our Poverty Wages
Workers at a McDonald's that has a federal contract to sell fast food at the Smithsonian send a message to the president: Sign an executive order that would require federal contractors to pay a living wage.
Inequality On The Agenda For Real?
President Obama gave a nice speech today about income inequality --- and didn't mention cutting "entitlements," or express a spirit of compromise and bipartisanship either.
Unemployment and the GOP’s “War on Christmas”
If there’s a “war on Christmas,” it’s being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire at the end of the year, just as they did for emergency food stamp spending.
Study: Unemployment Benefits Don’t Discourage People from Finding Work
A new study shows that even generous unemployment benefits have zero impact on people’s drive to go out and find a job.
The GOP Autopsy Had 11 Proposals To Change Its Image. How’s That Going?
Back in March, the Republican National Committee released an "autopsy" of its 2012 losses, which included 11 recommendations for how the party should change its image.
Obama, Inequality and the Bully Lectern
President Obama declared inequality and an economy that is not working for working people the "defining challenge of our times.
Can the ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress Invest in Infrastructure?
This year’s 113th Congress has been infamous for lackluster performance and extreme partisanship.
Change The Way We Ensure Quality Teachers For Poor Kids
The idea of getting successful teachers to work in schools that poor kids attend is not without merit.
Alec Is Planning For A Busy Year…
As long as politicians are bought and paid for, organizations like ALEC will have dangerous influence over the legislation that effects us all.
12 Fast Facts About Thursday’s Fast-Food Strike
This Thursday, workers at fast-food restaurants nationwide will strike for higher pay and better working conditions.
Enormous, Humongous Trade Deficit And The Decline Of The Middle Class
The US has run trade deficits since the late 1970s.
Third Way’s Anti-Populist, Anti-Warren and Deceptive “Dead End”
An almost palpable air of desperation clings to the anti-“populist,” anti-Elizabeth Warren editorial by Jonathan Cowan and Jim Kessler of the corporate-funded Third Way organization.