As is usually the case with the conservative extremists who dominate the House, when it says it is about to "improve" something, that's the signal that for a lot of struggling families, things are actually about to get worse.
As a "Live the Wage Challenge" highlights the struggle of living on the minimum wage, a campaign is beginning around legislation to curb work schedule abuses that make life even harder for low-wage workers.
Public-private partnerships for transportation projects offer a way for politicians to dodge tough choices about how to pay for the transportation network the public uses. It doesn't always work.
About Isaiah J. Poole
Isaiah J. Poole has been the editor of OurFuture.org since 2007. Previously he 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.