Apparently some Republicans now think it's a "moral hazard" to feed the poor. It's bad enough that Republicans are proposing $40 billion in cuts to food stamps, but call it a moral act beggars belief.
Can the GOP craft an economic message that keeps white working class voters in the fold, and attracts voters of color? It can be done. But can Republicans do it? The future of Republican party may depend upon it.
For millions of low-wage workers, Labor Day was just another working day, for the same lousy pay. The movement for livable wages doesn't take a day off either. In fact, it's growing.
Fifty years after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, low-wage workers are continuing the march for livable wages. In 35 cities, fast food workers are striking for a $15 minimum wage and the right to organize.
This week thousands gathered to remember the 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," and recommit to Dr. King's unfinished dream. But the challenge of delivering on the dream remains.
In Spanish, "sequester" literally means to kidnap someone, or take someone hostage. This fall, Republicans want to use the sequester to take the economy hostage again.
The Dream Defenders have ended their 31-day occupation of the Florida state capitol. But don't think for a minute that they are going away. They leave vowing to fight "as long as it takes."
Once again, Newt Gingrich is telling hard truth and offering good advice to Republicans. There is almost no chance the GOP will listen. Just like a stopped clock, every once in a while Newt Gingrich gets something right.
For millions of Greeks bearing up under six years of austerity measures, and an economy stuck in recession because of those austerity measures, that the economy shrank slightly less than predicted is nothing to cheer about.
A new story shows declining rates of childhood obesity among children in low-income families. Republican cuts to food stamps could spell the end of that trend, and the health benefits for children.
Congress is in recess, and members are back in their home districts. This means House Republicans – especially the tea party caucus – will say some of the craziest things about politics.
Republicans justify their hatred of food stamps with the line that "those who work shall not eat." The truth is, there are millions of Americans who work — often working long hours, in very demanding jobs — who still can't afford to feed themselves.
For 13 weeks, the North Carolina state house in Raleigh was the focus of “Moral Mondays” — a progressive movement organized by the state’s NAACP president, Rev. William Barber, in […]
This summer, in major cities like New York, Seattle, Washington DC, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, thousands of workers have taken to the streets protest workplace abuse, poor working […]
Attorney General Eric Holder may be getting a reputation for saying what President Obama can’t, thanks to the irony of a black president. While Obama has shifted from calling for […]
The Senate didn’t quite go nuclear, but it came as close as it has in a long time. Close enough, in fact, to break through some Republican obstruction of presidential […]
After the 2009 arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., I and many other African-American writers shared our experiences of “Black Man 101″; a lifelong course in survival and behavior modification […]
Two weeks ago, with two rulings in two days, the Supreme Court gave a whole new meaning to what W.E. DuBois described as a “double consciousness” or a “two-ness” of […]
Remember the Washington Post article claiming that the "bad stuff" that was supposed because of the sequester didn’t, and thus sequestration can’t be all that bad? Well, the sequester is […]
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 […]