One in four employers will be hit with the Affordable Care Act's insurance excise tax when it takes effect in 2018, and in 10 years it could affect nearly half of American workers. Let's repeal and replace it.
Call it “qualitative,” rather than “quantitative,” easing. It would increase the money supply invested in the real-world economy to create jobs, lift wages and create broad economic growth.
Republicans are still working to erode the public’s trust in Social Security, just as they did when GOP presidential candidate Alf Landon called it “a fraud on the workingman” in 1936.
Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the Koch brothers. Thursday's debate was an extension of the Kochs’ beauty pageant.
The GOP isn’t openly presenting itself as the anti-elderly party. But its leading presidential candidates are pushing cuts to Social Security, and its budgets would end Medicare as we know it.
The former Florida governor has been running on a platform that includes cutting Social Security benefits, so he’s been talking about raising the retirement age. But he doesn't even know what the retirement age is.
The best way to find the soul of the Democratic Part is by seeking out the small-d “democratic” soul instead – that voice of the majority that so often goes unheard in today’s money-driven politics.
The obstacles faced by the progressive movement aren’t news to anybody who's been paying attention. But recent developments may also stir an unfamiliar sensation in the liberally minded observer: optimism.
As we address income inequality, the Fight for $15 shows us that we can reach seemingly unachievable goals. It tells us that we must not let others determine the limits of the politically possible.
The repercussions of the latest Justice Department deal with felonious big banks were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. Our financial system is corrupt by design.
The left is important because it holds the key to energizing disaffected voters across the political spectrum – the voters who believe that neither political party is speaking to their most deeply-felt needs.
The president stakes his reputation on a trade deal that may increasingly be seen as a joint Obama/GOP initiative. If successful, his legacy could suffer a mortal blow and his party pay a terrible price.
We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
I was asked by The Huffington Post to predict what Social Security might look like 10 years from now. That future is filled with both possibility and shadowed by danger.
Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
Will Hillary Clinton embrace her party's growing call to increase Social Security benefits? It's not an extreme idea, or even a particularly “leftist” one. In fact, it was a key part of the Republican platform – in 1956.
“The trust fund isn't real.” This claim is evergreen on the right – and it's wrong, as wrong as when Alf Landon deployed many of the same arguments in his 1936 race against FDR.
The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
Challenger "Chuy" Garcia's defeat was a setback for the left, but the Chicago mayor's struggle to retain his office is a warning that corporate Democrats are likely to find themselves on the defensive in 2016 and beyond.
The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
If the word “crisis” seems dramatic to you, you haven't been paying attention. The Federal Reserve recently released new data on student debt, and it shows that the situation is even worse than many people realized.
They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
Why Wednesday's budget vote is so important: Democrats need to be on record supporting the Caucus, both to shift the political debate and to provide themselves with a stronger platform to run on in future elections.
All four of Hillary Clinton's potential challengers have criticized Wall Street's unethical practices and undue political influence. She has not. Is that a problem?
The Maryland Senate race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate “centrism” – and the promise of economic populism.
What are we to make of this year's Republican budgets? They harm seniors, use the disabled as pawns, punish the needy, pamper the wealthy, and employ deceit – all to promote a selfish agenda for the wealthy and powerful.
The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
We have learned that the series hired a leading "new Democrat" (read, "corporate Democrat") as a consultant for the show's most misleading episode, which suggests that cutting "entitlements" is a necessity.
A lone bureaucrat fighting the investment brokerage industry has found new allies on a issue that stands at the intersection of two national challenges: financial regulation and retirement security.
Their policies have led, not to development and democracy, but to chaos and collapse. Our global reputation as a just and democratic state – the “fourth power” of our principled beliefs – lies in tatters.
Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Like Germany, the United States has its own austerity cult. For these cultists, as for the characters in our nation's newest hit movie, pain seems to have become an end unto itself.
Class war is precisely what we've been seeing for decades now – but it's been waged for, not against, the wealthy. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee opened up a new front in that war Wednesday.
The Institute for New Economic Thinking shows how without a dramatic shift in policy, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects.
Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.