Not Lovin’ It

McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
Jim Hightower
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Greece Proves Populist Movements Can Fight And Win

After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
Terrance Heath
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Voodoo Trickle-Down Be Damned

President Obama's middle-class economics will be a hard sell. That’s because Americans have been force-fed that voodoo, greed-is-good, grovel-before-the-rich, trickle-down financial philosophy for so very long.
Leo Gerard
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Democrats Take on Wall Street with Financial Transactions Tax

The House Democratic Party leadership made a remarkable step forward last week in putting out a proposal for a financial transactions tax. There should be no mistake; this is a really big deal for the financial industry.
Dean Baker
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What Congress isn’t Seeing When the Government Spends

The House adopted a new rule requiring lawmakers to take long-term macroeconomic effects into consideration when voting on tax and spending bills. This "dynamic scoring" has little to do with the way the economy actually works.
Dean Baker
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Put Working People First

The AFL-CIO launched a campaign last week to wrench worker wages out of the muck and push them up.
Leo Gerard
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Two Irrepressible Egalitarian Spirits

Two of the world's top progressive social scientists, the British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, reflect on how economic inequality poisons our lives — and how we might detox.

Top 10 Legislative Victories of 2014

While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.

Joseph Stiglitz on Why the Rich are Getting Richer

The Nobel Prize-winning economist says that through corporate consolidation and even gentrification, the elite are siphoning up all the world's wealth for themselves.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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Enougher is Enougher: ANOTHER Citi Nominee

Brilliant people with expertise and a willingness to serve the public is a good thing. It is something we want people to do. But the number of Citigroup and other Wall Street people in high positions of our government matters right now.

Economic Policy Myths of 2014: Dead and Enduring

With the holiday season upon us, the time for end of year lists is fast-approaching. To beat the rush, today I give my list of the top dead and enduring myths of 2014.
Dean Baker
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The Bipartisan Cromnibus Saga: A Final Assessment

With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
Robert Borosage
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The Ominous ‘Cromnibus,’ A Budget Bill That Should Have Died

With all of the bad stuff that is in the 2015 budget that the House struggled to pass late Thursday, there is also a major story to be told about what's not in the bill. In an ideal world, it would have been voted down.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wall Street’s Democrats

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?

We Don’t Need More Public Service From Wall Street Bankers

We have a very serious problem of financial regulators who serve Wall Street and not the general public. Our financial regulators have done a terrible job for everyone except the people they are supposed to be regulating.
Dean Baker
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400 Reasons Our Lives Feel Squeezed

America’s 400 richest are collecting far more of the nation’s income than they did two generations ago — and paying Uncle Sam far less. To fudge these facts, pals of plutocrats are having to work overtime.

The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy

The skyline of New York, and the shadows it casts on all things public, is a physical reminder of how wealth and power get their way without regard for the impact on the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people.
Bill Moyers
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Seven Years After: Why This Recovery Is Still a Turkey

December will mark the seventh anniversary of the recession brought on by the collapse of the housing bubble. Usually an economy would be fully recovered after seven years. Unfortunately, this is not close to being the case now.
Dean Baker
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Uncle Sam Needs Some Better Nephews

The kingpins of Congress have spent years carving tax loopholes that help America’s CEOs fleece the federal treasury. Now these kingpins are pushing a corporate tax ‘reform’ that ignores the loopholes.

The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks

Americans want what 21st century politics has so far not delivered: real options for challenging concentrated wealth. That's one conclusion from new polling that gave Americans a choice of seven tax policy options.

It’s Time To Work On America’s Agenda

For all the talk of change in Washington, families are getting squeezed by an economy that isn’t working for them. The solution requires recognizing the kind of changes needed if families are going to get a shot at building a secure future.
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