... is separation from reality caused by internalizing decades of endlessly repeated right-wing propaganda. This time it shows up in a discussion of the effect of top tax rates by Christina Romer. I hate to pick on Romer again, but...
“There was clearly something wrong with the U.S. economy long before the crash.” Consensus
The following is an official statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
As I wrote yesterday, at this point it no longer matters whether or not Mitt Romney takes the positions he does because he truly believes they are right or to satisfy conservatives in his party. The right-wingers who own his party will demand his fealty, if Romney wants the Republican nomination.
In January I called attention to the work of our former colleague Anne Thompson, who captured video of presidential candidate Mitt Romney saying that he supported ensuring that the minimum wage kept pace with inflation.
Unions have been fighting the 1% vs 99% fight for more than 100 years. Now the rest of us are learning that this fight is also OUR fight.
GOP White House hopefuls want taxes on the rich cut even lower than they've already been cut. What might a tax-the-rich-even-less future bring? The land of the kiwi offers one frightful answer.
"Producers" and "parasites." Cruel language justifying extreme greed seems to be mainstream now. Even Presidential candidates feel free to disparage 99% of us!
On Wednesday the House voted to extend a two-year federal worker pay freeze an additional year. These workers, instead of getting a raise at the end of 2012, will have to wait until the end of 2013. (The House vote and our analysis is posted on our sister site, TheMiddleClass.org.)
Servitude: "a condition in which one lacks liberty especially to determine one's course of action or way of life"
Here it comes again.
Bachmann is gone.
In the iconic Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel offers the beleaguered main character, George Bailey, the stark choice between a hometown named for a cruel banker or […]
When you call yourself a “historian,” you create the implication that you can speak authoritatively about, well, history. But last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defied that common sense. […]
Fire all the janitors and make poor kids clean their schools? Zap Korea with an airborne superlaser that’s never worked during testing? Ignore global warming and plan to re-engineer the […]
When Newt Gingrich maligned our “truly stupid” child labor laws and suggested that children 14 and under be put to work cleaning their schools, he sparked the outrage the former […]
Today thousands of unemployed people and others came to D.C. to tell Congress and “K Street” that they need jobs not cuts; that we should tax the rich, and that […]
This morning Barack Obama channeled one of American history’s truly transformative figures by visiting the tiny Kansas town where Teddy Roosevelt gave his “New Nationalism” speech over a century ago. […]
Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s comment a couple of weeks ago that “I don’t believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way” didn’t cause […]
At the Take Back The American Dream conference session titled “Make Work Pay: Why Empowering Workers & Holding CEO’s Accountable is Vital to Economic Growth” Christine Owens of the Nationsal […]
Republicans have cooled on Texas governor Rick Perry as their great white hope for 2012, but their desire to make the rest of the country look more like Texas — […]
No one knows why a group of about 10 teenagers surrounded Trell Thomas at a bus stop in downtown Washington earlier this month and beat him so badly that his […]
“The way to create jobs is by paying a living wage to workers, That creates demand. Republicans say jobs from tax cuts for rich people.” These were some of the […]
Significant job growth continues to elude the American workforce, as companies hold back from expanding and rehiring in the face of weak demand for their goods and services. In a […]
Robert Reich will be a featured speaker at the Take Back the American Dream conference, convening in Washington D.C., from October 3 to 5. THE 5 percent of Americans with […]
Washington is waiting for President Obama. Next week, the president has scheduled a big speech to propose new measures to create jobs and get the economy going. Reports are that […]
The appointment of economist Alan Krueger, who President Obama named to head the Council of Economic Advisers today, is getting generally favorable reviews from progressive economic commentators. For the unemployed, […]
A lot of people in the media are so afraid of offending anyone that they can’t even tell the truth about the man whose memorial is being unveiled this weekend […]
A lot of people in the media are so afraid of offending anyone with controversial truths that they can’t even tell the truth about the man whose holiday we’re celebrating […]
The Bush administration told taxpayers to hand over hundreds of billions of their hard-earned dollars to bail out Wall Street banks because the financial institutions were too big to fail. […]
The Austin American-Statesman ran an op-ed Saturday under the head-spinning headline ”Low Texas Wages are Mostly Good News.” No joke. American-Statesman staff writers Lori Taylor and Heather Gregory noted that […]
In his latest attack on the minimum wage,Casey Mulligan charges in his NYT Economix post that the 2007-2009 minimum wage increases are adding to teen unemployment. He writes that “Many […]
Remember Sarah Palin? I know she hasn’t really gone anywhere (except back home to Alaska until her bus tour resumes, on some date known only to her and possibly her […]
In the debt-ceiling debate Republicans are holding the country hostage again, demanding that the country shift to a radical pro-big-corporate/big-wealth agenda as the ransom. At the same time the Tea […]
The story of America: We fought a wealthy powerful few who had all the say and didn’t let us have a say. We won and made a country where We, the People made the decisions and share the benefits.
There is no “Texas miracle” for workers and job-seekers. There is a Texas mirage, painted vividly by conservatives and being sold as the real deal by arch-conservative Texas governor Rick […]
With unemployment at a near historic high in the United States, could you imagine any American company bringing in foreign workers to work for them below the minimum wage and […]
"It’s an employer’s world," said Rebecca Penny, a 55-year-old widow who was laid off over a year ago from her job at a Chevrolet plant in Tennessee. "I lost my […]
Washington conservative elites seem to be taking it for granted that raising the minimum wage in a recession will destroy the already fragile job market. However, what proof do we […]