Almost six years ago, the nation watched poor, mostly African-Americans suffer and die waiting for government help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, conservative pundits declared that Katrina victims only had themselves to blame.
Originally published at Capital Gains and Games.
I confess, when I heard Mitt Romney would be making his official pitch for the African-American vote at the NAACP convention, I groaned. "Why, oh why couldn't it have been Newt Gingrich?" Seriously, it would have been so much more fun to watch. Or even Rick Santorum.
In the news, Republicans are running ads attacking Obama for "sending taxpayer dollars" out of the country in the stimulus... They depend on the news media to cover with as a "both sides do it" story, which it will, leaving voters confused and misinformed. The Republican Charge
On Wednesday the stock market remained in the doldrums, thanks largely to the release of Federal Reserve June meeting minutes that revealed that at least some members of the Fed believed the economy needs "further policy stimulus," but the Fed nonetheless took no action to boost the economy during t...
The booing of Mitt Romney at the NAACP convention is just the latest hilarious result of Republican presidents and presidential candidates straining to court the African-American vote at the annual event. Here's a trip down Memory Lane...
My argument that liberals should bargain with corporations and not outright fight them, in the New York Times opinion piece "How Liberals Win," is not terribly populist, for better or worse. And I expected people on the populist left would not readily accept it.
And he's supposed to be one of the reasonable ones: Rep.
A new survey showing the extent of bankers' criminal inclinations, together with the "LIBOR" scandal, gives us more insight into how deeply corrupt the banking industry has become.
The Affordable Care Act is already working.
While on vacation last week, I came across a CNN analysis that asked an important question, especially in light of Friday’s jobs numbers: Where are the jobs bills?
We have a jobs emergency that is hollowing out the middle class. Some say automation is the cause of our high unemployment and that it will get worse. Others say there are other structural problems and that our high unemployment is a "new normal." Perhaps these are contributing to the problems.
The United Steelworkers would not take “shut” for an answer.
More and more Washington insiders are asking a question that was considered off-limits in the nation's capital just a few months ago: Who, exactly, is Attorney General Eric Holder representing?
Here is a second short video with highlights from the Take Back the American Dream conference panel, Making It In America: Reviving and Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing.
After the 2010 tax cut deal between President Obama and congressional Republicans, some on the left presumed Obama was giving up on ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
This is a sick story about sick people from a sick state in a sick country:
Republicans have been holding to a no-tax pledge for decades as a strategy to undermine government.
Another lackluster jobs report with 80K new jobs and an unchanged 8.2% unemployment, Keep in mind that we lost 815,000 jobs in Bush's last month, but this still is not good enough.
Mitt Romney received a double blast from the conservative circular firing squad, as the Wall Street Journal editorial board and The Weekly Standard's BIll Kristol both publicly complained that the candidate is failing to campaign on a vision to boost the economy. The WSJ writes:
Updated 8:47 a.m. — Today's unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics will be closely watched for its political impact on the presidential race. But it is not the numbers that will be most consequential.
Today’s jobs numbers reinforce what we already know about this economy: The growth is too slow; the jobs created too few.
Recently my friend and colleague Bill Scher challenged progressive critics of President Obama's conciliatory approach toward corporations with a New York Times op-ed entitled "How Liberals Win." Far from being "business as usual," Bill writes, "the Supreme Court's upholding of Mr.
The following is an excerpt of an article published by Grist.
What did you think the word "trade" meant? You probably thought it meant we buy from them, and they buy from us, and we both get richer. I'll bet you never thought "trade" means we buy from them, and they don't buy from us, and they get richer and we get poorer, did you?
This is understatement of the year.
The worldwide battle to get away from the coal and oil industries has been underway for some time.
This year the message has gone out to the young, the disaffected, and the idealistic: Don't hope for too much.
As Independence Day approaches, I've been thinking about that iconic American saying, "Freedom Isn't Free."
I honestly don't know how we can survive as a country with leadership this absurd:
It's Independence Day! What better time is there to do something to help your country by buying American-made goods? MSNBC: One mom's challenge: Buy only "Made in USA" for one week
America commemorates its Independence Day this week with food, festivity and fireworks. To supply these events, Mitt Romney recommends: Buy foreign. Americans naturally think the patriotic choice would be to buy American. But for Romney, capitalism trumps patriotism. Romney goes where the money is.
President Obama has endured much criticism of his legislative skills from his fellow progressives. His conciliatory approach has been compared unfavorably with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s gleeful pugnacity and Lyndon B. Johnson’s relentless arm-twisting.
Millions of people have read the Hunger Games stories, about a depraved future society where young people are forcing to fight each other for scarce resources while elites in the Capital plunder the nation's wealth.
America's revolutionary generation, new research documents, lived in a society much more equal than our own. And early Americans prized that equality, an inconvenient reality for conservatives today.
President Obama promised that if you have health insurance now, it won't change. Here are 7 ways he lied: 1) Under the new law your insurer can't drop your coverage after you get sick. This is a change in the coverage you already have. Obama lied.