Senate Republicans Monday continued to fight Democratic efforts to pass an extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits for people who have been out of work longer than 26 weeks.
Democratic voters have been pleading with the president for years not to cut Social Security. Now the pleas are coming from Democratic senators. You can’t blame them. They could lose over this issue.
Why do people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie? Are they looking for someone to "take charge" in a world in which they feel a loss of control. Maybe. But can he get a majority to vote for him?
Don’t boast, as Sen. Harry Reid did last week, that the unemployment extension is “entirely paid for.” Sure, Democrats will eventually need to make a deal, but why aren't they making their case first?
New Jersey governor Chris Christie's George Washington Bridge scandal confirms the worst concerns about his leadership, and the soul of the GOP that until recently seemed ready to embrace him as its best hope for 2016.
In all of 2013, manufacturers added 77,000 new workers. It won't be much better in 2014 unless Congress and the Obama administration get their collective acts together.
The December jobs report may be an anomaly. But the trend is not. We need federal action on jobs. Those who believe the recovery has sufficient momentum on its own are betting on hope and a wish.
The 2012 trade deficit was $540 billion. Imagine how many people would have been hired and how our economy would grow if OUR country's factories and businesses had that $540 billion of orders in 2012. That's what this is about.
Christie and his staff reflect a view of other people as nothing more than rubes to be manipulated and exploited, whether they’re trying to escape the trap of long-term unemployment or Fort Lee during the morning rush hour.
"Misfortune?" Really? I think of misfortune as getting cancer or losing your job. Getting caught for illegally using your power to punish innocent people is something else entirely.
The legislation can still get bogged down, lose momentum, then eventually get pushed aside as other pressing matters inevitably arise ... if the politicians think the public doesn't care.
Back in 1986, leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico sold the North American Free Trade Agreement to the public as an economic win-win for all parties involved. Twenty years later, we can test how those claims panned out in the real world.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has chided the Senate for moving toward extending emergency unemployment insurance without offsetting the cost. That's a good time to consider: What, exactly, is a "responsible" budget?
Anti-poverty programs have overwhelming public support, yet their continued operation and improvement are continually ignored and obstructed by conservative members of Congress.
Senator Max Baucus wants to fast-track consideration of a trade authority bill (a bill that would force Congress to vote up or down any trade accord put before it without amendments), before he goes to be U.S. ambassador to China.
Republicans say they won't extend emergency unemployment benefits unless their cost is offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. But they won't even consider offsetting the cost by closing tax loopholes for the rich.
A report from In the Public Interest highlights some of the horror stories that happen when local and state governments “outsource” or “privatize” public functions, and recommends ways to avert future disasters.
2013 was a pivotal year for the nation's education policy. Just as in the economic arena, anger over inequity and unfairness has stirred the masses into action and sent a clear warning sign to political leaders for 2014.
Republicans in Congress started off the new year by telling the majority of the country it can’t have what it wants. Their vote against extending long-term unemployment insurance was just the first blow to their brand.
America hasn't lost the war on poverty. We just stopped fighting it. We must take up challenge again, and fight not just against poverty, but for more jobs, livable wages, and economic growth that benefits all.
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson – each of them issued a moral challenge to wage ceaseless war against poverty and its causes. Conscience calls on each of us to take up their challenge.
The reasons behind the fall in the trade deficit in November hint that the economy might be getting better. But our trade deficits are still large, and cost us lost jobs and prosperity.
Don't let Republicans get away with demanding that Democrats "pay for" a benefit for economically struggling Americans by taking away support from other economically struggling Americans.
"60 Minutes" suggests that Obama's clean energy investments are a taxpayer waste, yet ignores how we've massively increased our clean energy capacity in just five years.
Obscuring the number of filibusters that have occurred enables a strategy of economic sabotage. If the public was told about the obstruction that is occurring democracy might have a chance to work its magic.
JPMorgan Chase is the Zelig of Wall Street crime. Take a snapshot of any major bank fraud and chances are you’ll see it staring out at you. How does the nation's largest bank get away with being worse than Enron? By being the largest bank.
In the year ahead, nurses in Massachusetts and campus activists in Maryland just might jump-start the struggle against America's chronic — and growing — income inequality.
There is no momentum for these "trade" agreements that favor corporate rights. They are engineered to pit American workers and our democracy against low-wage workers in non-democracies.
Congress is back, but that doesn't mean Republicans are ready to get to work. Senate Democrats have scheduled a test vote to restore unemployment insurance, but Republicans won't approve an extension without something in return.
If Congress doesn't act now, 3.6 million more people will lose what little income they have. Today the Senate is expected to vote on extending unemployment benefits. With your encouragement, it can pass.
Democrats now sound like populists. President Obama calls economic inequality our "defining challenge." De Blasio won in New York City on a populist program. But a warning: Without a jobs message, conservative populism can win.
A recent piece on the retirement crisis faced by Millenials never blames older people for their woes. That's a refreshing change from usual narratives, which is good, because the generations have a common struggle.
E.J. Dionne makes an interesting argument today designed specifically for the Village. I don't know how it's going to go over. But it's good to see him making the argument, because it sounds like what I've been writing for about ten years.
The good news: The Secretary of State is eyeing a global climate treaty next year. The bad news: combined with the EPA's push to cap carbon, it may hurt this year.
Federal unemployment assistance for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed longer than 26 weeks expired last Saturday, after Republicans blocked efforts to extend them. 3.6 million more people will lose these benefits over this year.
An increasing number of people, including the President and New York’s new mayor, have suggested that inequality of wealth and opportunity is the defining issue of our time. Some folks are having none of it. Who's right? There's no choice.
Business should be here to serve American needs, not control us and commercialize everything that we do. We must shift the power back to actual people. Only then can we stop the cycle of putting profit before people.
It's going to take years to build up a real, universal system and much of that is going to come from work in the 50 states. It means we will be living with an unequal system for many years, but that's an old story in America, isn't it?