The president proposed moving money into the Social Security disability fund and pledged to only support moves to "strengthen retirement security." Republicans were prepared to put millions of vulnerable Americans at risk.
Austerity policies have largely set the parameters of the policy debate over how to grow the economy for the past four years. We will need accelerated growth to sustain and build upon the gains that the economy has made.
The U.S. has run huge trade deficits for decades since the "free trade" ideology came to dominate. The world's economy needs honestly, democratically and transparently negotiated trade agreements.
"We’re marching to revive the heart of North Carolina and the heart of politics," Rev. William J. Barber II says of a February 14 march that he is calling progressives from around the country to join.
Recently, government officials and politicians – from the Beltway to the heartland – have declared allegiance to do what has been, up until now, the unmentionable: Spend more money on public education.
If we want to grow the overall economy, if we want to create jobs, we have to put money into the hands of working people. We do not do that by imposing more austerity on people who already desperately are hurting.
Jeb Bush's speech to the Detroit Economic Club pledging to close the "opportunity gap" is strikingly similar to George W. Bush's 1999 stump speech touting "compassionate conservatism."
Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
The website Capital & Main launches a month-long expose on how rampant inequality in California is leaving nearly everyone behind. The series hopes to inform the national progressive movement for economic reform.
The core conservative "freedom" argument that that government is illegitimate and we should all rely on our own "personal responsibility" came up against reality in the last few days. Conservatism lost.
Raising Medicare deductibles buys into the philosophy that it’s OK to tax older Americans (make them pay more) and keep them from getting care if they are unable to afford the Medicare deductible or the copays.
We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. That anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism’s rejection of responsibility to the greater community.
In the broader struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Chicago is ground zero. A movement called "Reclaim Chicago" is leading a independent political effort to upend the corporate rule of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
Are congressional Republicans ready to have an honest debate between to competing budgetary visions for America? Nope. Just bogus attacks that try to kick up enough sand so we can't have an honest debate.
Can we trust Oxfam’s latest dramatic numbers on global inequality? Two of the world’s top policy wonks don't think we should. But their pushback is getting pushback aplenty.
This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.
What should we make of language in the 2016 budget that puts the administration in opposition to "any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system" or "slashes benefits for future generations"?
The super-rich are getting ready to run away from the mess they’ve helped create. But instead of holding off the barbarians at the gates, they are the barbarians.
When deciding whether to agree with you, people rely on emotion and ingrained beliefs far more than facts. Let us explore why people’s brains work this way and use the information to restructure our arguments to make them more effective.
This budget pushes the country back toward sanity and has many steps in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go.
The president's budget will trigger a new battle over America's direction. It contains many sensible proposals. But hidden in it is the next corporate sting: a massive tax break for multinationals. Here is how the rules get rigged.
A discussion with Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio shows in stark relief how Republicans are trying, and failing, to be seen as the party of the middle class.
This week, we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives’ love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and almost said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to a regular on “Wingnut Week In Review.”
How many companies are already shifting even more jobs and profit centers out of the country because of this proposed tax holiday? Have we already lost 10,000 jobs since they announced it?
This year's Super Bowl is being played at the University of Phoenix Stadium. What's wrong with that? Plenty. Here's how you can take a stand against the worst of the for-profit education machine.
A former Campaign for America's Future "Progressive Champion" and a libertarian Republican have jointly created a Frankenstein of a plan that pardons corporations for their past tax avoidance.
A Senate Republican bill would cripple the National Labor Relations Board, an agency that is instrumental in solving labor disputes and helping workers who have been treated unfairly by their employers.
Where can Democrats find clarity in the current debate over how to rewrite No Child Left Behind legislation? Senator Warren has provided a powerful corrective message that Democrats everywhere should heed
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a very important fair housing case, and the Justices’ comments from the bench have had court watchers buzzing. Here’s my take on what the legal back-and-forth does and does not mean.
The promoters of fast track say we need “trade” agreements to open up markets and increase exports. But only part of the agreements are about trade. Here's what's underneath the corporate case for fast track.
The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can’t be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street’s excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans.
Activists rallied outside payday lending storefronts in 10 states Tuesday to increase awareness of the lack of protection many states offer individuals against purveyors of short-term, high-interest loans.
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
There are energy policies that benefit society as a whole and those that benefit the very few – the Kochs and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? If you want to know why, follow the money.
Flooded streets, broken bridges and overcrowded public transportation make the case for Sen. Bernie Sanders' $1 trillion spending plan. So do the 13 million jobs that the bill would create.
After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.