Thomas Piketty: Wealth Inequality Corrupts Our Politics

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Time To Tell Paul Ryan To Stop His April Foolishness

The latest proposal from the House Budget Committee chairman is less April Fool's joke and more cruel hoax. This budget – and more importantly, the values and priorities that it enshrines – must be challenged.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Minimum Wage Fight Is A Fight For Women

Millions of women are the backbone of the services sector yet struggle to provide the basics for their families. Here's how they would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage.
Isaiah J. Poole
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$1 Billion In Tax Dollars To Miseducate Our Children

The right-wing push for private school vouchers is leading to taxpayer subsidies of education that can be more damaging to children and our society than any shortcomings of public schools. We need a movement to stop it.
Isaiah J. Poole
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On Jobs, Just Say ‘No’ To Normal

The Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" sets the bar higher than any other economic plan when it comes to job creation. But even that budget accepts limits to the economic policy debate that we should push beyond.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Unemployment Insurance Deal Means The Fight Is On

If this deal passes the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Obama, this will be a big deal for people who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks. But that is a way-too-big "if."
Isaiah J. Poole
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Know Who Is “Cashing In On Kids”

In the Public Interest and the American Federation of Teachers offer progressive education activists a new resource for pushing back against efforts to turn public schools into private profit centers.
Isaiah J. Poole
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House of Cads: Netflix Show Plays Ransom Drama With Taxpayers

A show about rough Washington politics gets rough in real life, demanding that Maryland taxpayers fork over more subsidies or else it will move its filming operation to the state that will allow the biggest tax ripoff.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Report Reveals The Unequal States Of America

In 26 out of the 50 states, the top 1 percent have seized all of the income growth since the end of the Great Recession. Income inequality is not just a feature of certain regions or economic sectors.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?

David Sirota this week broke the story that conservative financier John Arnold, who is on a campaign to dismantle state public pension programs, has given $3.5 million to PBS to finance a series on "The Pension Peril."
Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Excuse To Block Jobless Benefits Not Only Disgraceful, But Dumb

Sens. Dan Coats and Rob Portman joined a filibuster of emergency jobless benefits because they could not attach a provision that would force recipients for take any job that was offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Transportation Funding Search Could Go Off Track

There are danger signs that an effort to open up more money for better roads and public transportation will reward the corporate tax-dodging the administration and a majority of Americans want to eliminate.
Isaiah J. Poole
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A March In North Carolina For The Soul Of America

There is a growing populist resistance to the conservative extremist agenda, and Saturday's Moral March on Raleigh was designed to launch the next phase of a nationwide push-back against tea-party Republicans.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Keep The Heat On The Senate To Renew Jobless Benefits

Senators – particularly Republicans – need to be flooded with calls this afternoon and Monday from members of the public who say, "End the stalling. Vote to reinstate emergency jobless benefits now."
Isaiah J. Poole
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On Key Progressive Policies, Obama Has A Mandate

The latest polling shows President Obama wins, and Democrats in Congress will win, with a progressive populist economic agenda. And they need not shy away from highlighting Republican obstruction and wrong-headed priorities.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Shame On Congress For Its Criminal Neglect Of The Jobless

Congress this week assaulted the jobless in two ways – by leaving Washington without reviving long-term jobless benefits that expired last month and by passing a budget that does virtually nothing to boost job creation.
Isaiah J. Poole
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This Trade Fight Is Against ‘Global Apartheid’

The president of TransAfrica explains why the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership warrants the involvement of all people who care about racism, economic justice and human rights.
Isaiah J. Poole
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ALEC Needs To Let The Sun Shine In

Why would the ALEC network of right-wing state lobbyists want to kill off incentives for using solar energy? Could it be the heavy investment in fossil fuels by one of ALEC's chief funders, the Koch brothers?
Isaiah J. Poole
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