I’ve written a few times about how austerity has done a number on Portugal. It’s increased inequality, shrunk the economy, increased the country’s death rate, driven unemployment to record highs, […]
In "Finishing the March: African-Americans and the Jobs Deficit," I attempted to explain how the disappearance of good jobs, with benefits, and livable wages hit African-Americans particularly hard.
I got a check from the U.S. Treasury in the mail this week. It was both a surprise and a mystery. It was a surprise, because I wasn’t expecting any […]
For just a second, I mistook the Washington Post for Peggy Noonan. That’s how unbelievably out of touch with reality and the lives of ordinary Americans a recent Post article […]
Immigration reform has really got Republicans tied up in knots. Only 14 Senate Republicans voted for immigration reform, even after two weeks of debate, and with the addition of beefed up border security measures.
"If any of you can show just cause why these two may not lawfully be married," goes the familiar line from the marriage liturgy, "speak now; or else for ever hold your peace."
Waking up this morning, after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, is a lot like waking the morning after your wedding day/night. Something momentous and life-changing […]
We are citizens. That's what I said to my husband, when I called him moments after getting the news that the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
As I wrote last week, I’m pretty much used to white conservatives peculiar relationship to America’s peculiar institution. Whether they’re defending it, or using it to define everything and anything […]
Think of it as a two for one deal. Not only do our tax dollars subsidize low wages, but taxpayers also subsidize the wage theft that usually goes hand in […]
In “The Unfinished March,” the first in a series reports from the Economic Policy Institute, economist Algernon Austin outlines the “unfinished business” of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and […]
Republicans have a long and peculiar relationship with America’s “peculiar institution.” White conservatives can’t stop talking about it. One minute they declare that African-Americans should “get over slavery,” The next minute, […]
When Paul Ryan first introduced his first “Path to Prosperity” budget proposal, he framed it as an attempt to build upon the “successful” welfare reform of the late 1990s. At […]
Protests in Athens and all across Greece have not abated since the ERT shutdown last week. If anything, they've intensified, into a genuine political crisis, raising talk of early elections as the ruling coalition struggles to avoid collapse
Today I had the honor of being one of few men to join the panel on WETA’s “To The Contrary,” with Bonnie Erbe, for a Father’s Day edition of the […]
The IMF has “acknowledged major mistakes” in Greece’s bailout, and admitted to seriously underestimating the severity of Greece’s downturn. Yet the Greek government continues with draconian spending cuts, in order […]
The last couple of months in Washington have been punctuated by burst of excitement as policymakers and pundits reacted to what to them was good news for the economy. The […]
Late last week, I was invited to be a debater in today’s New York Times “Room for Debate” online discussion. The debate is focused on last week’s news that mothers […]
Something’s happening out there, in fast food restaurants, retail shops, and other places where people work for minimum wage or minimal wages, and don’t earn enough to live on. It […]
Washington may be in for a very hot summer. I don’t mean the usual sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that are just a natural part of living in a former […]