A new poll shows Republicans about to pull ahead of Democrats among likely women voters. Our latest Populist Majority memo points toward how Democrats can keep a key part of their base in the fold.
Once again, the Waltons — the exploitative multibillionaire heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune — get the goldmine, while workers and taxpayers are stuck with the shaft. It's shameful. But shameful is one of Walmart's core values.
According to a new report, the richest one percent have got their mitts on almost half the world's assets. Think that’s the end of the story? Think again. This is only the beginning.
Both Wall Street and Main Street want action. They want incomes, consumer confidence and purchases all to rise, triggering business profits to do the same. They’ve recognized the enemy to their bottom lines.
Economist Emmanuel Saez's latest paper says that the share of wealth going to the bottom 90 percent has fallen to where it was in the 1940s, while the top tenth of 1 percent have levels of wealth last seen in the 1920s.
If Republicans take the Senate, they promise severe cuts – or just force the government to shut down. But Europe's tragedy shows that cuts kill economies. What will happen if we enter another recession?
Some economists blame upward redistribution of income, which reduces overall demand, for excessive unemployment. However, upward redistribution is only part of the explanation. The trade deficit is a much bigger part of the picture.
Yes, taking money out of the economy actually takes money out of the economy. Yes, cutting the budget for fixing roads and bridges actually means they start to fall apart. Yes, cutting the health budget has an impact on our health.
We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who’s got his farm now. It’s outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These aren’t dirt farmers wearing overalls and muddy boots.
Why is it that any time you hear the word “reform” coming out of Washington it always ends badly for about 99 percent of us? Here are some actual reforms that are need for corporate tax reform.
Undoubtedly there are positives to Eric Holder’s tenure as attorney general, but one really big minus is his decision not to prosecute any of the Wall Street crew whose actions helped to prop up the housing bubble.
President Obama has talked about moving towards a nuclear weapons-free world, yet new research shows the U.S. still has a huge stockpile of nuclear weapons and efforts over the next few decades will increase it.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt attracted attention when he announced that his company would no longer be funding the American Legislative Exchange Council. Now, companies from across the tech sector, and beyond, are following suit.
Before Reagan working people benefited most from economic recoveries. After Reagan, the top 10% benefited more. After 2000, 90% of us continued to fall behind – when we opened "free trade" with China.
Economic expansions used to improve the incomes of the bottom 90 percent more than the top 10 percent. But starting with the “Reagan” recovery the benefits of economic growth during expansions have gone mostly to the top 10 percent.
The more wealth concentrates, the greater the strain on our biosphere. Top environmentalists get that connection. Now our societies must.
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway inequality. ... We’re not talking about America's top corporations. We're talking about the NFL.
Bill Clinton argues that corporate CEOs will soon care more about employees and society than profits. But today's CEO's are cashing out their own companies' futures to line their pockets. Sweet dreams won't change that.
Every couple of generations, the stars align to create the potential for monumental, transformative social change. It turns out we're in just such a moment when it comes to tackling poverty in the United States.
Two "inflation hawks" on the Federal Reserve's open market committee, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, will step down from the board in early 2015. That's a chance for working people to have their own representatives.
While the explanations that blame inequality on technology can get complicated, there were three items in the last week that painted the picture very clearly for the rest of us.
What does pure self-interest really look like? It looks an awful lot like Kim Kardashian. Or Paris Hilton. Or other recent manifestations of America’s celebrity culture.
These pictures create a paint-by-numbers picture of a lifelong losing game. The middle class and working poor are increasingly trapped in a downward slope that stretches from their golden youth to their sunset years.
Conservatives say marriage is the “ultimate anti-poverty program,” and claim that most of our economic woes would vanish if more people got hitched. A new study suggests "putting a ring on it" barely makes a dent in poverty.
New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has introduced a bill aimed at fighting the corporate tax-dodging practices of "inversion" and "earnings stripping" which involve use on non-US affiliate companies.
Are you worried about the government running deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars and a debt in the TRILLIONS? If so, then you should be really angry at people calling for the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates.
Are We the People the boss of the corporations, or are the corporations the boss of We the People? The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) needs to be reminded which way that question is supposed to be answered.
The "average" U.S. family is doing just fine, says the Federal Reserve's latest portrait of household wealth. But typical Americans, other numbers in the report make clear, are struggling something awful. What's up here?
At Michael Brown’s funeral, Rev. Al Sharpton lamented that America has “money to give military equipment to police forces,” but not to train and employ young people. Sen. Bernie Sanders is making good on a promise to remedy that.
Today, workers in 150 cities will take to the streets to demand livable wages for themselves and their families, the right to organize, and a better economy for all of us.
Workers in union-friendly states earn more than those in anti-union states, and pay more taxes to subsidize low-wage earners in the anti-union, right-to-work states.
In recent decades the news for the country’s workers and the labor movement has been mostly bad. It would be easy to go on about how bad things are, but it is worth highlighting a couple of good news items against this backdrop.
Think your money's not going very far this year? It's not your imagination. According to new research, real hourly wages declined for almost everybody in the U.S. workforce in the first half of 2014. Thanks, so-called recovery.
Tolstoy wrote that "kings are the slaves of history." Unfortunately for Burger King, which intends to renounce its American status for tax purposes, neither history nor public opinion is on its side.
Monday morning the S&P 500 composite index briefly passed the 2,000 mark. But out beyond Washington and Wall Street and the Hamptons, out in the world where most Americans live, things aren’t quite as rosy.
Everyone is talking about a favorite Wall Street trick called stock buybacks. But what are they and what do they mean to you? Business expert William Lazonick answers with a clarion call for changing the way America does business.
The structure of the Federal Reserve ensures that the banking industry's concerns get a full hearing at Fed meetings, while those of workers may not. But that doesn't mean protests against Fed policies are futile.
With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities see the writing on the wall. They're trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy alternatives.
Corporate “inversions” are all the rage. No, I’m not talking about Wall Street yoga — although the term does refer to a method for companies to twist and contort themselves in order to evade taxes.
For many years there were some economists who argued that their discipline should focus on growth and not worry about inequality. But a research brief Standard and Poor’s concludes that growth versus equality is a false choice.