Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money. Here's the surprising truth behind where your federal income tax dollars go.
More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after Leno and O'Brien feuded, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.
The battle over the principles and policies in the Progressive Caucus budget, contrasted against the federal budget proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan, will continue all the way through the November elections.
Campaign for America's Future has set up a special phone number - (513) 285-9008 - that will connect you directly to the Speaker, so you can demand he allow a vote on the Senate bill.
Three business owners say they know first-hand that raising federal the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would be a win for business as well as a win for workers.
Tell your member of Congress (MOC) to vote for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) “Better Off Budget’ (BOB). The public needs to know that this progressive approach addresses so many of the country's problems.
This week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Republican-Ryan budget and the Progressive Caucus "Better off Budget." The former is nonsense; the latter common sense. One of them is likely to pass.
This was a make or break week for Obamacare, with the enrollment deadline looming and a major goal hanging in the balance. Obamacare made good on the goal of 7 million sign-ups, and broke right-wingers tenuous grip with reality.
Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.
“This budget chooses to protect tax breaks and special interests at the expense of education, kids, the social safety net, and seniors,” said ranking Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen.
In this video, Rep. Keith Ellison explains how the Progressive Caucus' Better Off Budget will address the economic problems of high school and college graduates. “We can’t let young people believe that nobody cares.”
It’s clear that some lawmakers’ visions are out of step with the priorities of the American public on key issues such as job creation, education, and tax loopholes.
Where the Ryan budget cuts, the Better Off Budget invests. Where the Ryan budget attacks the poor, the Better Off Budget lifts up the poor. Where the Ryan budget kills jobs, the Better Off Budget creates jobs.
The Ryan/Republican budget cuts $5.1 trillion from spending on things that make our lives better, while reducing taxes on the wealthy and corporations. How does this compare to polls of what the public wants?
A Senate report looks into how the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment avoided $2.4 billion in taxes. Those taxes could pay teachers, fix bridges and feed hungry people.
This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Americans For Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano, who clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. There was enough good news for Obamacare to drive right-wingers around the bend. Stephano didn't hold back.
The majority of those utilizing the home mortgage deduction are wealthy, well-fed and in no need to government assistance, There's a different way to help homeowners without subsidizing those who don't need it.
When Speaker John Boehner really wants to get something done, he gets it done. Accounting gimmicks. Bending House procedural rules. He just did for doctors. What about the jobless?
Two reports highlight the damage done by hewing to a central conservative tenet, that “cutting corporate taxes will stimulate job creation and grow the economy.”
Business leaders who call themselves Smart Capitalists were on Capitol Hill to lobby for legislation that would increase the minimum wage. For one of them, Leo Hindery, this is about ethics as well as economics.
Millions of women are the backbone of the services sector yet struggle to provide the basics for their families. Here's how they would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage.
You should pay attention because there is big money involved — really, really big money that could be used for roads, courts, schools, health care and all the other things government does to make our economy and our lives better.
A message to House Speaker John Boehner: Trying to support yourself and a budding teen-ager on virtually no income in a job market that is openly hostile to older workers? That's unworkable.
At a time when so many Americans are struggling economically, our nation continues to pay a steep price for its global empire – and in more ways than one. Case in point: The delay in a vote on renewing emergency jobless benefits.
High up on the Senate agenda is the bipartisan deal to restart unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, which had expired in January. But it's nowhere to be found on the House agenda. It's up to us to put it there.
We have a trade deficit in the $500-billion-per-year range. American billionaires and their giant corporations are benefiting tremendously by tapping into this drain of American’s wealth.
The Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" sets the bar higher than any other economic plan when it comes to job creation. But even that budget accepts limits to the economic policy debate that we should push beyond.
Many Wall Street and D.C. elites say that more trade is always better. But is the goal more trade, or trade that benefits We the People of the United States and our economy?
Joshua Smith of EPI talks about the Progressive Caucus budget on "The Zero Hour," and explains how the budget is really "a correction" toward the mainstream the right has pulled the nation away from.
You would think a budget from the largest group of Democrats in the House, that lines up with the American people’s wishes and solves the country’s budget problems, would get some news media coverage.
If this deal passes the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Obama, this will be a big deal for people who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks. But that is a way-too-big "if."
Raising the minimum wage would give our economy much more bang for the buck than we get from the financial industry's yearly windfalls. That’s because low-wage workers tend to spend nearly every dollar they make to meet their basic needs.
The CPC budget offers Americans a common-sense set of choices on vital priorities. To do so, it has to take on big money and entrenched special interests. Common sense, it turns out, requires courage.
The Caucus' proposal is a loud and audacious rebuke to conservative austerity economics. It will be a sharp contrast to the budget expected to be introduced in April by House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan.
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage offer a number of claims suggesting it would be a supposedly bad idea. Unfortunately for their cause, all of their arguments fall apart under close scrutiny.
This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Rep. Paul Ryan says that "the left" is offering Americans "a full stomach and an empty soul." The truth is that conservatives like Ryan are offering Americans empty stomachs and empty rhetoric.
Fifty-seven percent of small businesses in a new survey said they support a $10.10 minimum wage. They think an increase in the minimum wage is good for their bottom line and would be good for taxpayers.
The home of the Super Bowl champions is also America's minimum wage champion, with the highest state minimum wage of $9.32. And it beats the national average for job growth.