Jobs Don’t Live Here Anymore

      The unemployment data is due tomorrow, and it’s likely to be bad, with an expected 300,000 to 320,000 jobs
Tula Connell

Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

All through the dark years of the Bush Administration, progressives watched in horror as Constitutional protections vanished, nativist rhetoric ratcheted up, hate speech turned into intimidation and violence, and the […]
Sara Robinson

Health Care Reform: Time to Go All In

It is time to go all in to support comprehensive health care reform. The stakes have gotten prohibitive. Republicans have essentially bet the House on it. Obama, for all intents […]
Robert Borosage

Birthers = Health Care Deniers

Let me preface this by explaining my rationale for labeling opponents of health care reform “health care deniers”. I call them deniers, in much the same vein as global warming […]
Brian Dockstader

A Right-Wing Mob Is Not a Majority

We’re seeing more and more YouTube video of hostile constituents berating members of Congress to kill health care reform. Last month was the infamous Rep. Mike Castle town hall where […]
Bill Scher

Death, Dishonesty & The GOP

In an effort to defeat universal health care, conservatives are engaging in a campaign of lies that will ultimately cause more families to suffer needlessly at a most painful time. […]
Terrance Heath

Wading Outside the CEO Pay Reform Mainstream

To be effective, the lead executive pay reformer in Congress is now understanding, executive pay reform needs to go well beyond empowering shareholders. Barney Frank, the colorful Massachusetts Democrat, may […]

Progressive Push-Back On Health Care Reform

The Progressive Caucus and its allies are holding a press conference this afternoon to emphasize their bottom line on health care: If it doesn’t have a strong public option, it […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Firing Back on the Birthers: Where’s Their Evidence?

Amid the huge media pile-on that’s gradually taking down the Birther fantasy, nobody’s actually bothered to point out that almost every element of their argument is based on a near-total […]
Sara Robinson

The Debtor’s Dance: the U.S.-China Exchange

Obama’s opening speech set the stakes: "The relationship between the United States and China will shape the 21st century, which makes it as important as any bilateral relationship in the […]
Robert Borosage

Birthers Winning The Health Care Message War?

Last week I noted that right-wing Birther conspiracy theorists were simultaneously fueling right-wing rage against health care reform, distorting perceptions of public opinion in Washington and making current legislation appear […]
Bill Scher

Back to Black Man 101

Henry Louis Gates and I are very different people. He is a Harvard Professor. The closest I got to the Ivy League was a weekend visit to Yale. He is […]
Terrance Heath

How Mortgage Lending Became An ‘American Casino’

A cabal that includes the nation’s largest financial institutions, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and some leading right-wing think tanks has succeeded in postponing congressional consideration of a consumer financial […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Race and Law Enforcement: What We Do Know

Only two people know what actually went down between Professor Henry Louis Gates and Sergeant James Crowley last week, and even they disagree—apparently in good faith—about what transpired. So as […]
Alan Jenkins

Why I Am Pro-Corporate

I am pro-corporate. I’ll go a step further with that and proclaim that I believe that there are no bad corporations, and that I haven’t seen any corporations do anything […]

Workers Rights Are Civil Rights

This week the minimum wage rose by 70 cents to $7.25 an hour, a beggar’s lot really, but still corporations across America decried it. Good times or bad, somehow Wall […]
Leo Gerard

The Health Care Debate: Another Country Heard From

One of the big differences between the 1993 Hillarycare debate and our current conversation is that we’re hearing a lot more fact and lot less fiction about how other countries’ […]
Sara Robinson

Will The Birthers Kill Health Care Reform?

The Weekly World News reports this week: “The official copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate was stolen this week by Republicans wishing to halt his health care reform … A […]
Bill Scher

Dude, Where’s My Industrial Policy?

Increasingly people are asking about our country’s plan for restoring and reinventing the economy. And that means thinking about manufacturing – the root of economic power. How will we revive […]

American Protectionism is a Myth

A post by Leo Gerard and Scott N. Paul Our nation faces rising unemployment, staggering debts, shrinking trade, and no sense of when (and if) a real recovery — one […]
Leo Gerard

Making It In America

Washington’s special genius is for gridlock. As we’re seeing in the health care debate, the entire system is designed to frustrate action — even when Democrats have a popular president, […]
Robert Borosage

Getting Mad At The Fed—And Getting Even

Normally, working-class people don’t think much about the Federal Reserve and, as a recent article in The New York Times suggests, the Federal Reserve doesn’t spend much time thinking about […]
Isaiah J. Poole

We Need More Health Care Debate! = Filibuster

Today for the second day in a row, the President made formal remarks exposing the true agenda of the “don’t rush health care” posse: “I understand that some will try […]
Bill Scher

Making It In America: A Key Progressive Objective

The widespread frustration with this nation’s perceived lack of urgency and focus on industrial policy was captured well in Monday’s New York Times article on the subject, which contained this […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Obama v. Jindal. Round 2. Health Care. It’s Not Pretty.

Five months ago, Republican rising star Gov. Bobby Jindal was tapped to formally respond to President Barack Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress. Jindal’s fact-challenged speech, dismissive of […]
Bill Scher

From Tax Breaks to Tax Hits

In the struggle for a less unequal America, could the House health care surtax on the wealthy turn out to be a game-changer? The push to overhaul the system that […]
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