Inequality Is Still the Defining Issue of Our Time

Jason Furman, chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, argues that Obama “narrowed the inequality gap” more than any president in 50 years. But don’t take down the barricades. Inequality remains extreme and continues to widen.
Robert Borosage

Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle

Trump says his tax cuts would cost $4.4 trillion over 10 years, most of it paid for by economic growth. We’ve been here before. Both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush tried “trickle-down” economics. We should have learned two lessons.

Despite Some Good Economic News, The Status Quo Is Not Enough

Should Democrats present themselves as fighters for a transformative economic vision, or as skilled managers restoring and maintaining the status quo of the last several decades? The question came up again last week.
Richard Eskow

Minimum Wage Increases On the Ballot In Four States

This election isn’t just about whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be president. Ballot initiatives will give voters the chance to raise the minimum wage for workers in four states.
Terrance Heath

Burning Issues: The Progressive Challenge

Robert Borosage, in the final Burning Issues video, presents a challenge to progressives to continue the debate on foreign and domestic policy opened up by Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.
Burning Issues Video

The “People’s Fed” and the Oracles of Jackson Hole

Many of the Fed officials who met with Fed Up activists expressed support, at least in principle, for the group's goals. That's commendable. But the Fed is hamstrung by its own ambiguous structure.
Richard Eskow

Donald Trump’s Most Racist Speech Ever

Here's how to play race politics to win white conservative votes: Feign sympathy for black people while vowing to keep them in their place and shut down their talk of systems of institutional racism.
Donald Trump’s Most Racist Speech Ever
Isaiah J. Poole

The Economic Debate and the Failed Consensus

A policy debate almost broke out in the presidential election when the two candidates traveled to Michigan to lay out contrasting economic agendas. What became clear is that the old establishment consensus will not hold.
Robert Borosage

Trump Proposes Selling ‘Infrastructure Bonds’

Donald Trump says he would borrow the money for infrastructure by selling US Treasury bonds. That is exactly what the US government — and every other government — does, and has done, to fund infrastructure maintenance and modernization.

The Real Reckoning

The major issue the public is reacting to isn’t terrorism or racism. It’s the rigging of our economy – the increasingly tight nexus between wealth and political power.

In Brazil, a Pre-Olympics Folly

No one will ever run the 100-meter dash in less than five seconds. And no one, the story of Brazil’s 21st century suggests, will ever end poverty while ignoring grand fortune.

The American Dream Moved to Canada

We're witnessing accelerating advantages for the affluent and compounding disadvantages for everyone else.
Chuck Collins

Inequality’s Getting Worse. How Do We End This?

At the start of the Independence Day weekend, we learned that income inequality in this country became even worse last year. Economic inequality produces scars that last a lifetime – and even longer. We must act.
Richard Eskow

Philadelphia’s Forgotten Spirit of 1776

We all know what happened in the City of Brotherly Love 240 years ago on July 4. Maybe we should also pay some attention to what took place there two months later as we consider the state of our economic inequality.

A Sad And Shameful Day For Puerto Rico

Financial legislation passed by Congress solidifies what one Puerto Rican leader calls an "experiment in extreme capitalism" – one that is already having extreme consequences on the people who live on the island.
Isaiah J. Poole

Dear Tony Blair: It’s Not the Pitch, It’s the Product.

Although Tony Blair laments the failure of the “political center,” the Brexit vote didn’t happen because he and his colleagues failed. It happened because they succeeded. Voters don't like the effects on either side of the Atlantic.
Richard Eskow

A Lifeboat In A Loan Shark-Infested Economy

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed new rules to rein in payday lenders and their outrageous fees. Now, the CFPB needs to take the next step to protect Americans from these corporate loan sharks.
Terrance Heath

The Tax Debate Is Over, and Progressives Won

Time and time again, tax cuts for the wealthy have proved ineffectual at sparking robust growth, while responsible budgeting that includes tax increases on the wealthy has repeatedly contributed to economic progress.
Bill Scher

Why Trump Might Win

Americans who feel like they’re being screwed are attracted to an authoritarian bully – a strongman who will kick ass. The former reality TV star appears tough and confrontational enough to take on powerful vested interests.

The Economic Revival Of Our Cities Must Include Everyone

The "Take 5" film series opens with a look at the consequences of urban gentrification and a challenge for elected leaders to make sure that the wealth lifting up once-forsaken neighborhoods also lifts up its residents.
Isaiah J. Poole

Really, Really Rich Trump Is No Workers’ Champion

It’s easy to understand why Donald "I am really, really rich" Trump opposes raising the minimum wage. This guy who was born with a really, really silver spoon in his mouth doesn’t have a clue what living on $7.25 an hour means.
Leo Gerard

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?

A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about the "dying" middle class. It's dying, but not from natural causes. It's being killed. What – and, for that matter, who – is responsible?
Richard Eskow
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