Yes, conservatives have tried for years to turn "tax and spend" into an epithet. But this strategy would reduce joblessness and inequality while stimulating the economy.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the top 1 percent. Income inequality is finally getting some long-overdue attention from our lawmakers, but we need less talk and more action to make our economy work for the 99 percent.
It's election time, when the Republicans decide it's time to troll for votes among their lovely base by kicking the poor. Thus, Rep. Paul Ryan's back with a budget that re-brands the GOP's "War On the Poor" as "Poverty Reform."
Fix the Debt once boasted a budget of $40 million. Today, it’s shedding staff and going into hibernation, having failed to win any of their top priorities. Their demise proves that deep pockets don’t always prevail in Washington.
Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party, the latest Comcast merger ought to remind us, should be allowed to get rich off a basic public trust.
President Obama's 2015 federal budget comes weeks he after declared inequality “the defining moral challenge of our time.” Early reports about the budget show no signs of such broad moral sweep or scope.
Social welfare organizations are allowed to influence elections to a degree, but can’t make electoral politics their “primary focus.” The problem is that standard hasn’t been well defined.
A show about rough Washington politics gets rough in real life, demanding that Maryland taxpayers fork over more subsidies or else it will move its filming operation to the state that will allow the biggest tax ripoff.
In 26 out of the 50 states, the top 1 percent have seized all of the income growth since the end of the Great Recession. Income inequality is not just a feature of certain regions or economic sectors.
Another rural Georgia hospital is closing its doors as that state continues to block the Medicaid expansion. It's time for Republicans to expand Medicaid in every state, and stop playing politics with people's lives.
On Valentine's Day and every other, those arrows aren't hitting their lovelorn targets the way they once did. The reason? New research is pointing to our unconscionable – and still growing – economic divide.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
Organized labor stands for everything the GOP hates: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and the 40-hour work week. So the GOP denounces workers exercising concerted action, at the workplace and in Washington, D.C
Democrats are remarkably unified behind the jobs and inequality agenda the president ticked off in his State of the Union address. But beneath this surface calm, there is a growing divide within the Democratic Party.
We're in the middle of a David vs. Goliath battle. Corporate lobbyists are waging a campaign to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal rushed through Congress with little debate. But a broad coalition has come together to take on Goliath.
In the fierce debate over our top-heavy distribution of income and wealth, egalitarians have vanquished both inequality's deniers and defenders. Now the debate is shifting to the most pivotal question of all.
Free trade is not always a win-win proposition. It can be win-win under some circumstances, but it can also be a losing proposition under other circumstances. For the United States, the latter has too often been the case.
Rand Paul's time warp to Bill Clinton's sex scandal won't erase the reality of the Republican party's "war on women," or its consequences for women, families, and communities across the country.
The latest polling shows President Obama wins, and Democrats in Congress will win, with a progressive populist economic agenda. And they need not shy away from highlighting Republican obstruction and wrong-headed priorities.
The president's State of the Union address drew clear lines against Republican obstruction. But the president also suggested that the economic crisis was behind us. He'll have a hard time selling that.
America’s 1 percent is short-circuiting democracy with Rolex watches and unlimited campaign cash, ensuring the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer – in other words, engineering income inequality.
Elites believe that all that matters is that the possibility exists for someone to get rich. After all, that's their highest value, so it must be that for everyone. But acquiring great wealth isn't the holy grail for most people.
At the annual Davos retreat of our global elites, the world’s wealthy have just spent a week wringing their hands over widening inequality. The irony? We essentially owe this widening inequality to their relentless behaviors.
Economic inequality doesn't just happen. It's manufactured through bad economic policies that make the rich even richer. That can change, if our president lays out a bold and aggressive economic agenda to reverse these policies.
President Obama faces a skeptical people as he prepares his State of the Union address, most of whom are convinced the country is on the wrong track. He must show them once more he is on their side.
Here's what President Obama should say about fast-track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the State of the Union: I’m dropping my request that Congress give me fast track authority. I’d rather get it right than get it fast.
Economic inequality is a major threat to human progress. Eighty-five people control the same amount of wealth as half the population of the world. This gives a few people too much power.
The grim reality facing black America today: The net worth of just 400 billionaires, a group that could fit into a high school gym, is on par with the collective wealth of our more than 14 million African- American households.
Bucking the conservative tendency to blame and punish the poor, and the trend towards criminalizing homelessness, Utah has come up with simple, cost-effective solution for homelessness.
In 2010, the Heritage Foundation ranked Ireland in the top 10 of its "Economic Independence Index." Four years later, conservative austerity policies have wrecked Ireland's economy and other European economies.
Back in 1986, leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico sold the North American Free Trade Agreement to the public as an economic win-win for all parties involved. Twenty years later, we can test how those claims panned out in the real world.
America hasn't lost the war on poverty. We just stopped fighting it. We must take up challenge again, and fight not just against poverty, but for more jobs, livable wages, and economic growth that benefits all.
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson – each of them issued a moral challenge to wage ceaseless war against poverty and its causes. Conscience calls on each of us to take up their challenge.
Congress is back, but that doesn't mean Republicans are ready to get to work. Senate Democrats have scheduled a test vote to restore unemployment insurance, but Republicans won't approve an extension without something in return.
Federal unemployment assistance for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed longer than 26 weeks expired last Saturday, after Republicans blocked efforts to extend them. 3.6 million more people will lose these benefits over this year.
Business should be here to serve American needs, not control us and commercialize everything that we do. We must shift the power back to actual people. Only then can we stop the cycle of putting profit before people.
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