Bain of Our

As the Republican convention approaches, “Etch-a-Sketch” Mitt Romney continues to reshape himself. Overnight, he’s for allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest, after being against it. Now he’s the savior of Medicare after being the scourge of the entitlement society.
Robert Borosage

Will Anyone Answer the Question Voters are Asking?

Everyone agrees that there is only one question on voters' minds: who has a plausible plan to put this economy on the right track? Yet in the most expensive election in recorded history, candidates up and down the ticket aren't offering much of an answer.
Robert Borosage

Day Of Action To Give America A Raise

Today is a day of action to raise the minimum wage. Legislation is being introduced in Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $9.80 an hour and index it to inflation so that people at the bottom of the wage ladder don’t keep falling behind.

The Minimum Wage Is So Low That It’s Immoral – and Foolish

Economic issues make some people's eyes glaze over, so we'll put this plainly: Today's minimum wage is epic in its injustice and Dickensian in its cruelty. It's a shame that Dickens himself isn't here to write about it. Oh, and we almost forgot: Keeping it this low isn't very smart, either.
Richard Eskow

Want a Real Recovery? Raise the Minimum Wage.

Scratch the surface of just about any economic debate this election year, and you'll find one issue that goes all the way to the core: the yawning gap between the 1% and the rest of us, as skyrocketing income inequality.
Terrance Heath

Maybe Mitt Thinks We Can’t Handle The Truth

Everyone wants to know, "What is Mitt Romney hiding?" Or - given that lately every day seems seems bring to another revelation about Romney's offshore accounts, or
Terrance Heath

A Pledge To 1% of America

It's almost a shame that Americans are paying very little attention to the GOP's "Pledge To America.
Terrance Heath

Is Right to Work Next on Walkers Agenda

Many are wondering if making Wisconsin a "Right to Work" state is next on Governor Scott Walker's agenda if he wins the recall election on June 5.
Mary Bottari

The Importance of Being Romney

Last month, blogs were abuzz about recent studies suggesting that wealth reduces compassion — that increasing wealth corresponds with decreasing empathy for others.
Terrance Heath

Tavis Smiley Says Fight Poverty With Living-Wage Jobs

As the political establishment prepares to do battle Friday over what is likely to be another mediocre jobs report, talk-show host Tavis Smiley this afternoon called for a living-wage jobs program as part of an all-out offensive against poverty in America.
Isaiah J. Poole

Snapshots of Austerity Desperation

When Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos, in his statement concerning the austerity-driven suicide of 77-year-old pensioner Dimitris Christoulas, called on Greeks to "support those next to us who stand in despair," he either missed or ignored the same point that austerity boosters here at home blit...
Terrance Heath

A Populace Pink Slimed

A trio of governors and a duo of lieutenant governors last week dined on pink slime burgers and pronounced them mouth-wateringly-delicious-and-nutritious as TV cameras rolled on their barbeque in a Nebraska factory that manufactures the stuff. Shoppers have reacted somewhat d
Leo Gerard

The 1% Strike Back

In 2010, as the economy began its slow recovery from the Great Recession, a new study shows the richest 1 percent of Americans captured a staggering 93 percent of all income growth, while the incomes of most Americans stagnated. Ninety-three percent. Occupy that. The 1 percent are back.
Robert Borosage

The Problem With Economists

... is separation from reality caused by internalizing decades of endlessly repeated right-wing propaganda. This time it shows up in a discussion of the effect of top tax rates by Christina Romer. I hate to pick on Romer again, but...

Behind Romneys Minimum Wage Flip-Flop

As I wrote yesterday, at this point it no longer matters whether or not Mitt Romney takes the positions he does because he truly believes they are right or to satisfy conservatives in his party. The right-wingers who own his party will demand his fealty, if Romney wants the Republican nomination.
Terrance Heath

Trickle-Down in the Other Down Under

GOP White House hopefuls want taxes on the rich cut even lower than they've already been cut. What might a tax-the-rich-even-less future bring? The land of the kiwi offers one frightful answer.

Bashing Federal Workers Is Bashing The Middle Class

On Wednesday the House voted to extend a two-year federal worker pay freeze an additional year. These workers, instead of getting a raise at the end of 2012, will have to wait until the end of 2013. (The House vote and our analysis is posted on our sister site,
Isaiah J. Poole

Republicans Try to Convert America into Pottersville

In the iconic Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” an angel offers the beleaguered main character, George Bailey, the stark choice between a hometown named for a cruel banker or […]
Leo Gerard

No Country For Young Children

When you call yourself a “historian,” you create the implication that you can speak authoritatively about, well, history. But last Friday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich defied that common sense. […]
Jeff Bryant

The Forgotten Leading Actor In The American Dream Story

When Newt Gingrich maligned our “truly stupid” child labor laws and suggested that children 14 and under be put to work cleaning their schools, he sparked the outrage the former […]
Robert Borosage

Obamas Populism and the Ghost of Teddy Roosevelt

This morning Barack Obama channeled one of American history’s truly transformative figures by visiting the tiny Kansas town where Teddy Roosevelt gave his “New Nationalism” speech over a century ago. […]
Richard Eskow
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