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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Obamacare’s “Secret Trick” Could Cure CEO Pay Excesses

In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
Richard Eskow
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Ferguson Commentary: If We Bend Not Our Energies

The nation’s focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity for deeper racial understanding, but like too many others it is fleeting and frail.
Sharon Davies
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Robots Are People, Too

Is it true that the future "doesn't include jobs for humans"? We should be asking a different question: Will the next automation transformation be managed wisely and fairly for everyone, or just for the benefit of an elite?
Richard Eskow
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Back To Schools White People Cannot See

As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools that can be brought about when there's a shock to the system like Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Bryant
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Bush vs. Obama on the Economy. In 3 Simple Charts.

In the most recent CBS News poll, the public was split on which party will do a "better job" on the economy, with Democrats at 42% and Republicans at 41%. This should help break the tie.
Bill Scher
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Character Change In The ‘Education Reform’ Soap Opera

Michelle Rhee's resignation from the organization she founded, StudentsFirst, is an alteration of a script already written by very wealthy people who’ve created an elaborate fiction for how the nation should educate its children
Jeff Bryant
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JPMorgan Chase’s $13 Billion Shadow

There is one conclusion to be drawn from the settlement’s otherwise vague “statement”: bankers at JPMorgan Chase engaged in widespread fraud, and in all likelihood they will never pay for their crimes.
Richard Eskow
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Happy Birthday, Social Security – But Stay Away From That Cake!

August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
Richard Eskow
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August 14: Time to Reinvigorate the Fight for the Four Freedoms

The 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II is just a year away. Let's truly honor the Greatest Generation. Let's redeem and renew the struggles for Freedom of Speech and Religion,and Freedom from Want and Fear.
Harvey J Kaye
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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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All Pro-Immigration GOP Senators Have Won Their Primaries

Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
Bill Scher
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‘Better Than Republicans’ Not Good Enough For Education

New interviews with leading voices in the progressive education movement have brought to light how policy compromises forged by centrist Democrats have enabled truly bad consequences for public education. Progressives are saying "enough"
Jeff Bryant
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How Big Is a $16 Billion Bank Fraud Settlement, Really?

The numbers that accompany these deal announcements always seem impressive. Compared to the wealth that bank fraud has taken from American households, these settlements are a drop in the ocean.
Richard Eskow
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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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Why Did Rand Paul Run Away?

Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
Bill Scher
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Tom Friedman, Globalization’s Man in Madagascar

Thomas Friedman recently filed an editorial from, and about, Madagascar. In a new piece for Salon, we point out the flaws in his thinking – flaws that mirror his shortsighted […]
Richard Eskow
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