Who Really Rates as a ‘True Egalitarian’?

A leading conservative academic is charging that critics of America's top-heavy distribution of income and wealth are missing the bigger picture. In the process, progressive economists point out, he's only fogging that picture up.

Astoundingly Legal Corporate Tax Thievery

If you get a speeding ticket, do you get to deduct the fine from the income tax you owe? Then why should JPMorgan Chase be able to deduct from its taxes a $20 billion fine for wrongdoing as a cost of doing business?
Jim Hightower
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The Rise of the Bankster Landlord

One of the most startling trends to come out of the wreckage of the 2007-2008 financial crisis is the explosion of Wall Street firms buying up and renting out property all across the country. This is insane -- it’s a recipe for disaster.

What I Learned From My Minimum Wage Job

Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
Terrance Heath
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GOP Plays “Snake Line” Politics With The Child Tax Credit

As is usually the case with the conservative extremists who dominate the House, when it says it is about to "improve" something, that's the signal that for a lot of struggling families, things are actually about to get worse.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Corporations that “invert” park their assets, staff and sales in the U.S. But with their sham overseas addresses, they won’t pay taxes on foreign income to the country that protects them.
Leo Gerard
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Arrested for Being Too Poor To Afford Child Care

There's no margin of error for low-income working parents. There's no “plan B,” because there's barely enough resources for “plan A.” If just one thing goes wrong, “plan A” crashes and burns, taking the rest of someone’s life with it.
Terrance Heath
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The Emerging Democratic Debate

Democrats, we're told, are united whereas Republicans are tearing each other apart. But beneath the apparent consensus, a fundamental argument is brewing between the Wall Street and the Warren wing of the party.
Robert Borosage
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The Crash of 2016 Gets Closer Every Day

Until the corporate elite and our billionaire class are under control, and our working class once again can enter the middle class, we stand at the precipice of a great crash. Without vigorous governmental action, it gets closer every day.

The GDP Fiasco: It’s Been One Snafu After Another

This was the worst quarter for the GDP since the peak of the Great Recession. The American people might be forgiven for doubting the experts and leaders who should be counted on to make responsible decisions.
Richard Eskow
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FIve Steps To A Family-Friendly Economy

As the White House holds a Summit on Working Families today, here are five policies with broad popular support that could make a family-friendly economy a reality.
Terrance Heath
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How Inequality Shapes the American Family

A growing body of evidence suggests that inequality is changing not only American family structures, but the roles men and women play and the calculations they make in pairing and establishing households.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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Private Wealth, Public Squalor: America’s Dilemma

America is plagued by too much public squalor and too much private wealth. Partisan obstruction blocks even modest reform. Americans will continue to struggle until they force a new politics.
Robert Borosage
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How a Lack of Power and Guns Go Together

Until the economy gets better, people will hold up their guns as a way to feel powerful in a society that renders them powerless. This is just a fact. That’s why it's time to turn our back on the 33-year experiment of Reaganomics.

A New Front in the CEO Pay Wars

Almost every day, the headlines remind us how outrageous CEO pay in America has become. Will these outrages ever end? Congress give us no cause for optimism. But at the state level we actually may be in for a pleasant political surprise.

Cut-Throat Capitalism: Welcome To the Gig Economy

The media use exciting words like "creativity" and "adaptability" to describe the shift away from steady, full-time work to a gig economy of freelancers and short-term contracts. But it looks quite different, if you're actually stuck in it.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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7 Mindblowing Economic Trends You Need to Know About

Which country is considering a $25 minimum wage? How popular is American capitalism these days? Which country's millionaires want to be taxed? Here's the good, the bad, and the downright crazy in economic trends.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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Bill de Blasio Knows: Affordable Housing is a Civil Right

Instead of questioning the ambition of the New York City mayor's affordable-housing plan, we should be asking how we can justify calling ourselves an egalitarian society without many such programs.
Richard Eskow
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What Problem Is Privatizing Fannie and Freddie Meant to Solve?

President Obama's chief economist, Jason Furman, weighed in behind efforts to privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last week. Fannie and Freddie are doing their job just fine. Why is there any need to overhaul the system?
Dean Baker
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