This was delivered as the opening address to the Take Back the American Dream Summit in Washington, D.C., on June 18.
Originally published at Capital Gains and Games.
The Bush tax cuts expire at the end of the year.
There are people who become the face of a movement. They attend press conferences, head panels at conferences, and claim to speak for those who do not traditionally have a voice.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., explains in this interview with Richard Eskow that progressives can and must win the fight against the right-wing austerity policies wrapped in the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction plan.
A straw poll taken at the Take Back the American Dream conference shows that the "enthusiasm gap" between progressives and President Obama is very real.
I love it when a politician just lets it all hang out and says what he really believes:
At the Take Back the American Dream conference Wednesday, strategies and tactics were weaved with moving personal stories at a session on racial profiling with Gaby Pacheco, Rashad Robinson, Jasiri X, and moderator Cathy Montoya.
At the 2012 Take Back the American Dream conference, activists Amanda Devecka-Rinear, Sarita Gupta, Ai-Jen Poo and Nelini Stamp all spoke at a plenary titled “The 99% Movement: The Next Steps.
Politicians in both political parties are leaning on the Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan as a political crutch to make them appear "serious" to the inside-the-Beltway crowd.
There's a march and demonstration taking place tomorrow (Wednesday, June 20) to protest money's corrupting influence in our political process.
At the Take Back the American Dream conference this morning, Paul Krugman reprised what he said on the Colbert Report recently, concerning Ireland's austerity agenda and it's frightening resemblance to Mitt Romney's economic agenda
Conservatives have long sought to condemn the Recovery Act by claiming it failed to prevent unemployment from going higher than 8% as the White House projected.
What is now more clear than ever is that building a progressive political force is a 24/7/365 effort.
It seems like just yesterday Mitt Romney released his 59-page "plan for jobs and economic growth." That's because it practically was just yesterday.
In American politics, especially in post-9/11 politics, what most desperately needs saying is often banished to the realm of the unsayable.
Originally posted at Capital Gains and Gains.
When I walked into the "What's Next for the LGBT Community" at the Take Back the American Dream conference, I thought I already knew what I would write about it afterwards.
The Romney v.
This morning Robert Borosage, Melissa Harris-Perry and Van Jones opened the Take Back the American Dream conference, speaking at a plenary titled "Winning in November So We Can Win in December and Beyond.
As progressives gather at the annual Take Back the American Dream Conference today in Washington, they are gearing up for what is a fundamental struggle about America’s future.
The Federal Reserve has once again counted up America's personal wealth — and omitted the nation's 400 richest from the final tally. But the new figures, even with that omission, show a divide still deepening.
A funny thing happened on the way to the news cycle the past two weeks when the issue of education -- specifically, public schoolteachers and student loan relief -- maintained a presence on the political stage.
Collection agencies do not make condolence calls.
Yesterday in Ohio candidate Mitt Romney said he would clamp down on China's currency manipulation.
President Obama's bold stroke to prevent deporting nearly 800,000 undocumented people who came to America before they turned 16 will be analyzed by most through a crude political lens: will this pump up Latino turnout or not?
It had to happen sooner or later: Jamie Dimon, the bank CEO who's become the public face for our greedy and corrupt banking system, is openly backing the austerity plan pushed by former Senator Alan Simpson, the arrogant and abusive voice of our country's bought-and-sold elite "bipartisan" consensus...
Some news you may have missed: Last week thousands of AT&T workers walked out in protest of AT&T's lack of progress in contract negotiations, aggravated by a mocking memo from an AT&T executive.
And they call the unions thuggish. Get a load of this:
As progressive leaders from around the country prepare for next week's Take Back the American Dream conference, we're not waiting to start hitting Congress with our key demand: Bury austerity, put jobs first and resurrect the middle class.
Why is the health care law so messed up, and why didn't it include at least a public option? Because big money in politics corrupted the process and nullified the wishes and interests of the public.
Starbucks has launched an initiative to restore American jobs, and as part of that effort is ordering mugs from an American company and helping revive an Ohio Rover town! The company is earning some great publicity for itself. Like this:
Last week at Netroots Nation we talked about the problem of Apple (and all the others) manufacturing in China, costing our country jobs and dollars.
Originally published at Capital Gains and Games.
Wednesday is the day that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the Senate Banking Committee.
Following are my prepared notes for my talk on the Netroots Nation panel, Why Can't Apple Make Your iPhone in America? except cleaned up to make me look better:
We give a hat tip to Paul Krugman for recalling the infamous 2008 statement by Phil Gramm, then-presidential candidate John McCain's top economic advisor, that what Krugman is now calling
As much as conservatives want to pretend otherwise, you can't have strong, healthy, prospering businesses without a big, strong government.
Conservatives like to say that taxes are theft. In fact it is tax cuts that are theft because they break a long-standing contract. Why else would We, the People have set up this system, if not for the benefit of We, the People?