Let’s Rethink The Gas Tax

The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken, a new report concludes, and other countries may have lessons for us to learn.
Isaiah J. Poole
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“We Can’t Breathe”

African Americans still can't fully breathe in America under the smog of racism. It permeates our institutions and inhibits the ability of all of us to breathe. We may not all recognize it, but this is poisoning us all.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Fight For $15: Strikes Planned Thursday For Higher Wages

Workers in as many as 190 cities around the country are expected on Thursday to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage, building on the foundation of the fast-food strikes of the past year.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why Red-State Voters Should Cheer Obama’s Tax-Break Veto Threat

The major tax break that was about to be left off the "make permanent" list in the "tax extenders" bill President Obama threatened to veto last week – the Earned Income Tax Credit – disproportionately benefits rural families.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Opportunity To Reawaken The Progressive Majority

The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.
Isaiah J. Poole
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New Insight Into A Democratic Populist Path To Victory

Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Deficit Is Falling, But Where Are The Jobs?

Conservatives have repeatedly told us that cutting federal spending, and reducing deficits, would unleash economic growth and create jobs. Instead, what we have to show for it is a languid economy at best.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Let’s Replace Hawk Squawks On The Fed With Voices Of The People

Two "inflation hawks" on the Federal Reserve's open market committee, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, will step down from the board in early 2015. That's a chance for working people to have their own representatives.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Fed Should Be Meeting In Ferguson, Not Jackson Hole

Ferguson, Mo., is actually a much better place from which to understand the consequences of the past six years of economic policies. Ferguson residents would tell them that they need a full-employment economy.
Isaiah J. Poole
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GOP Plays “Snake Line” Politics With The Child Tax Credit

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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