President Obama will announce a big raise to more than a million low-wage employees of federal contractors. This will provide a boost to between 1 and 2 million workers, but also a boost to their local economies.
We have been in a "global" world since the first camel crossed a border or the first sailing ship crossed a sea. Why does a "flattened world" mean we have to lower wages and pollution standards now?
What do you give a Wall Street CEO who has presided over a decade of fraud and criminality, who directly supervised a unit which lost $6 billion through incompetent and […]
Nine years ago, Huckabee thought that the government should ensure that everyone had access to contraception. Then Barack Obama became President. Meet the new Uncle Sugar, same as the old Uncle Sugar.
The threat alone does damage. And they know that. And then they make the threat that does the damage. At what point does it become clear that harming the economy is the idea?
Republicans smell an election opportunity – but only if they can keep the economy down, jobs down and wages down. Republicans are betting that voters will blame the "party in power," which means the party of the president.
Our international competitors have national manufacturing strategies. They see themselves as countries, and they compete with us as if we were a country. But we do not respond as a country, so they win.
Better than distributing bottled water after a chemical spill, West Virginia, would be regulating corporations to prevent them from poisoning water in the first place.
ANY objection to a bill that supposedly is about stopping sexual predators is described as an effort to help sexual predators. This is one of the oldest propaganda techniques in the book.
After years of “privatization” and outsourcing, the government now contracts out a lot of work to companies that pay really, really low wages for jobs that when they were “government jobs” used to provide good pay and benefits.
Three decades ago the divestment movement help bring down apartheid. Today a new generation of activists is using divestment to bring down fossil fuel companies wrecking the climate.
We already knew that the Trans Pacific Partnership is a threat to our jobs, our civil rights, and our national sovereignty, and now we know it's also a danger to our environment.
I was on the Nicole Sandler show recently talking about the one-sided trade agreements we've been tricked into and the damage they do to the economy. It's also quite entertaining.
John Podesta wrote the book on advancing policy through executive action, and now he's inside the White House. Will his climate plan now go in effect, and is it enough?
Republicans must have gotten tired of being called the "do-nothing" Congress because they got right to work following an extended vacation. By "work," I mean "passing pointless legislation."
The December jobs report may be an anomaly. But the trend is not. We need federal action on jobs. Those who believe the recovery has sufficient momentum on its own are betting on hope and a wish.
ALEC asked its lawmakers to forsake their oaths of office and swear fidelity instead to the organization that wines, dines, indulges and indoctrinates them with buckets full of corporate cash.
There is a certain credibility that comes from academic-sounding "studies" and "reports" from actual "institutes." But in this case the self-serving "reports" come from what appear to be corporate PR and lobbying firms, not real think tanks.
The crash of 2008 cost our economy as much as $14 trillion, long-term unemployment is at record highs - and Republicans kept asking the nominee for Federal Reserve Chair when the Fed would stop trying to do anything about it.
Wall Street and corporate conservatives have the money to scare people into worrying about the wrong deficit, but it is the trade deficit that is the problem that is holding back the economy.
Obamacare early enrollment is low? Tell it to the 13 million eligible for food stamps, and the 7 million children eligible for welfare, who are not getting desperately needed aid granted by law.
Voters in the state of New Jersey and the city of Tacoma, Washington voted to increase the minimum wage in last week’s election. Something's happening here that can't be ignored.
Americans are gaining, ever so slowly, a more accurate picture of just how wide the gap has stretched between the nation's most fabulously privileged and everyone else.
The October jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an economy that is going nowhere. The jobs calamity continues with no relief in sight. Congressional budget negotiations must focus address the jobs crisis.
Often elections yield ambiguous results. Sometimes this is even intentional. The NJ vote makes it clear that We the People want the minimum wage increased. And it points the way to winning in 2014 and 2016.
Tonight at 6:30 PM in Washington, DC progressives inlcuding Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Van Jones and Rep. Donna Edwards will gather to honor grassroots champions, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Leo Gerard and Marge
The current filibuster rules are being used to thwart the will of We the People. Republicans have abused it to obstruct everything. The solution is not to not kill the filibuster. Just make them talk.
We wrote an extended piece, available at AlterNet and Salon, on a new poll funded by Esquire magazine and NBC News which claims to have discovered the existence of something called “the New American Center.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's appearance at the CAF 2013 Awards Gala on Wednesday night reflects her growing stature as a leader of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
“To a hammer,” the saying says, “everything looks like a nail.” To the Beltway insiders who push corporate-friendly “bipartisanship,” every election proves that voters really want to be governed by elites from both parties. Forget it.
Everyone agrees fixing our infrastructure will help the economy now and in the future, and will create jobs. But Republicans in Congress refuse to. Why? Because doing so will help the economy now and in the future, and will create jobs.
Joshua Holland offers an important counterpoint to today's slanted political dialogue with his essay on "the high cost of low taxes." Washington’s obsession with tax cuts and deficit reduction is distracting the American people.
People who cut food stamps — and gut child labor laws — most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.
Germany's economy, like China's, is geared toward exports. They engineer their economy in ways that bring in money from other countries, and then complain that those countries aren't cutting back enough. Are they just smarter than us?
Senate Democrats, there have been over 400 filibusters. What are you going to do about it? We the People want to know. We thought we had elections. We thought things were decided and the country could finally move forward.
According to the report state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections.
“Not one progressive group, including the labor movement, is going to be able to change the direction of the country on their own.” - United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard
Manufacturing jobs are important to any economy. But for some time our country has been neglecting manufacturing in favor of the financial sector. This week Senate Democrats introduced a package of 40 bills in an effort to turn this around.