Campaign 2014: Will Democrats Get the Message?

As the campaign enters into its last weeks, ordinary voters begin to pay attention. People don't seem to be buying what Republicans are selling. But Democrats can overcome the odds only if they turn to a more populist voice.
Robert Borosage
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Republicans for What?

So asks the Wall Street Journal editors, urging Republicans to offer a few "smallish" ideas on what they are for in the upcoming campaign. Problem is Americans would be appalled if they knew what Republicans want.
Robert Borosage
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The Importance of Zephyr Teachout

She has run a shoestring campaign against a powerful, lavishly funded governor who refused to debate her. But whatever the outcome, her campaign has already had dramatic significance for progressives across the country.
Robert Borosage
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August Jobs Report: The Folly Continues

For August, the monthly BLS jobs summary reported a disappointing 142,000 new jobs. The economy continues to grow, but far too slowly. Action in Washington is needed, but is blocked by the Republicans in control of the House.
Robert Borosage
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Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers

A new CAF report makes a compelling case: Rebuilding America's broad middle class requires reviving a strong union movement. Labor helped build the middle class; and as labor lost ground, so did the middle class.
Robert Borosage
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Democrats: Party of Future Change or Past Accomplishment

Should Democrats run on what needs to be done or touting what has already been done? You wouldn't think this is a hard question. But the White House thinks its time to brag on the economy.
Robert Borosage
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August Distemper: Will Change Yet Come?

Americans are in a foul mood, for good reasons. Current polls suggest the fall elections offer little hope for change. Conservatives have failed; liberals remain too cautious. Only citizen movements can foster the change we need.
Robert Borosage
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Should Populists Declare Victory?

Pundits suggest populism is capturing the Democratic Party and that populists should declare victory, invite all into their tent, and stop challenging wayward New Democrats and centrists who admit their errors.
Robert Borosage
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Hillary’s Sister Souljah Moment

For Hillary Clinton, the 2016 challenge will be to reassure voters that she is on their side. To overcome the fact that she's Wall Street's favorite candidate, perhaps she should seek out her own Sister Souljah moment.
Robert Borosage
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The Democrats’ Middle Class Jump-Start

House Democrats released their 2014 election year agenda Wednesday. It received virtually no news coverage. But it represents a first step in defining the terms of the election for voters on the vital issue of the economy.
Robert Borosage
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The Emerging Democratic Debate

Democrats, we're told, are united whereas Republicans are tearing each other apart. But beneath the apparent consensus, a fundamental argument is brewing between the Wall Street and the Warren wing of the party.
Robert Borosage
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Inequality or Opportunity: The Classic False Choice

Wall Street Democrats argue for a focus on opportunity, not on inequality. This is a false choice. The reality is that the rules have been rigged to benefit the few. Opportunity requires taking on the stacked deck.
Robert Borosage
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June Jobs Report: Good News, No Fireworks

The Bureau of Labor Services reports an increase in 288,000 jobs in June, a greater than expected number that will cheer investors. But perverse political malpractice continues to get in the way of the recovery we need.
Robert Borosage
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The Good Jobs Offensive

The Supreme Court's gang of five has piled onto the war on workers and their unions. It's time to strike back. President Obama can lead with a Good Jobs Executive Order.
Robert Borosage
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Hillary’s Hard Choice

Despite the recent gaffes, Hillary Clinton is the odds-on favorite for president. But to avoid a failed presidency, she'll have to choose to break from the policies of her former boss and her husband.
Robert Borosage
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Time to Stand Up and Fight for a More Perfect Union

The irony of American politics is that the right is far weaker than it appears and the left far stronger than it asserts. That strength is too often subsumed under more centrist, far-better-funded Democratic candidates and operations.
Robert Borosage
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Private Wealth, Public Squalor: America’s Dilemma

America is plagued by too much public squalor and too much private wealth. Partisan obstruction blocks even modest reform. Americans will continue to struggle until they force a new politics.
Robert Borosage
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The May Jobs Report: The Unexceptional and Unacceptable Normal

Jobs were up 217,000, as predicted, a rate that won't reduce the nearly 20 million Americans in need of full-time work, and won't boost wages to meet the rising prices of necessities. It's a snapshot. But it isn't sunny.
Robert Borosage
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The Lousy Economy: Washington’s Partisan Failure

The economy's decline during the first three months of the year is the product of Republican obstruction of any measure that might put people to work, aided and abetted by Democratic absence from the battlefield.
Robert Borosage
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Elizabeth Warren and The New Populist Challenge

Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a new populist challenge is emerging that is already influencing the national debate in 2014, and will have a major impact in 2016, whether or not the senator is ultimately drafted to run.
Robert Borosage
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What Is The New Populism?

The new populism stands in the grand American tradition of opposition to financial aristocracies. It is founded in today's reality. Its reform agenda gains broad support. And it is growing, challenging the limits of both parties.
Robert Borosage
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Save Lives. Demand the Expansion of Medicaid

Twenty-four states still refuse to expand Medicaid to low-wage workers under Obamacare – even though the federal government picks up the entire cost. On nurses week, join us in calling on these states to save lives.
Robert Borosage
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April Jobs Report: Bitter Sweet

The economy added an estimated 288,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate plummeting. But the good news is bitter sweet. The discouraged outnumber the newly employed. We're still not growing fast enough.
Robert Borosage
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Can Democracy Tame Plutocracy?

We are headed into a reckoning. We know that the rules are rigged in Washington, as the powerful protect their interests from the many. The question is can the people take back their democracy?
Robert Borosage
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The Populist Wave: Politics And Pitchforks

Populist sentiments are on the rise. But the stunted economic recovery — and big GOP money — makes it hard for Democrats to exploit them. That helps conservative candidates confuse voters with their own populist poses.
Robert Borosage
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Call (661)-BOEHNER and Demand a House Vote On Jobless Aid

Call Speaker Boehner at (661)-BOEHNER (661-263-4637) to reach one of his three Ohio offices. Tell him you want an up-or-down House vote on the unemployment insurance bill already passed by the Senate.
Robert Borosage
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Sense and Nonsense: The Budget Battle In The House

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Republican-Ryan budget and the Progressive Caucus "Better off Budget." The former is nonsense; the latter common sense. One of them is likely to pass.
Robert Borosage
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The March Jobs Report: Nothing Moving

The March jobs report is more of the same. Slow growth, not nearly enough to make a dent in mass unemployment. Congress continues to dig potholes that slow growth. Americans are paying a harsh price for folly.
Robert Borosage
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A Fair Shot: The Democrats’ Populist Message

As Senate Democrats rolled out their "Fair Shot for Everyone" agenda, Republicans were arguing that Obama's populist message had failed with swing voters. But populism hasn't failed; it just hasn't been tried yet.
Robert Borosage
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The Plutocrats Take To The Barricades

The plutocrats are taking to the barricades against the new populism. They are demanding that politicians offer them not merely hidden tax breaks, but public tribute. Their arrogance is fueling the populism they fear.
The Plutocrats Take To The Barricades
Robert Borosage
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February Jobs Report: We’re Going Nowhere Fast

The February jobs report is more of the same: an economy that is not growing fast enough to put Americans back to work or to provide any lift to wages. This isn't due to the weather; it is due to the perversity of politicians.
Robert Borosage
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Tax Reform: Republicans Abandon Their Own Ship

When Republican Rep. Dave Camp released a comprehensive tax reform plan, Republicans ran for the exits. They worry about the details that offend corporate lobbies. We should worry about the assumptions that offend common sense.
Robert Borosage
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Fast Track to Nowhere: America’s Failed Trade Policy

The old trade model has failed us miserably. Isn't it time to stop pursuing a fast track for another bad trade deal when the train is already off the rails? Isn't it long past time to take another look and think anew?
Robert Borosage
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The Filibuster Against the Jobless: A Moral Disgrace

By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
Robert Borosage
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