On Wall Street, Back in the Saddle Again

The awesomely affluent of high finance, if current trends continue, seem almost certain to survive the mess they’ve created — with their wealth and power largely intact. And Treasury and […]

2044: Big Brother Inc.

I just finished a new novel, 2044. 2044 starts where George Orwell’s 1984 left off. The problem isn’t Big Brother and the leviathan government. The problem is Big Brother Inc., […]

Wall Street Probe Needs Your Vigilance

President Obama’s signing of a financial fraud crackdown bill this week has been largely overshadowed by the erroneous and irresponsible rantings of Vice President Dick Cheney and his right-wing fear-monger […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Take the Pledge: Buy America

So, the world isn’t flat after all. Not that some of us ever bought into Thomas Friedman-speak. But many in this country did, especially those running the political show, and […]
Tula Connell

A Bank For Our Public Needs

A year ago, I called attention to efforts by some progressives in Congress to establish a national infrastructure bank that would finance critical investments in our transportation network, our waterways […]
Isaiah J. Poole

You Want Reform? Will You Take Revolution?

We have been told this is our moment And so we come to the table With our pent-up agenda, Eager to load our cafeteria trays, While the raging, wounded bull […]
Greg Colvin

Without The Grassroots, No Choice But To Deal

David Roberts laments the political squeeze the Waxman-Markey climate compromise puts on progressives, forced to choose between “what justice and prudence demand and what’s possible within the current constraints of […]
Bill Scher

The Health Care Lobby: Watch What They Do

A crisis that demands fundamental change. A president with a mandate to drive it. A Congress, controlled by Democrats, ready to act. Now comes the hard part: actually getting something […]
Robert Borosage

Demanding An Afghan Exit Strategy … Politely

When progressive House Democrats were blocked from a floor vote on their proposal requiring an exit strategy for our Afghanistan military mission, and several in turn voted against funding for […]
Bill Scher

Revenge Of The Plastic

A bill that will clamp down on some of the most egregious practices of credit card companies is rushing toward final passage in the Senate, and the industry—and its conservative […]
Isaiah J. Poole

I Pledge to Buy a Made-in-U.S. Car

I pledge that soon I will buy a new, fuel-efficient car—built in America by United Auto Workers members. I’m asking YOU to take this pledge with me and get others […]
Roger Hickey

390 Years Minus 100 Days … And On, Pt. 5 of 5

Coming to terms with race and resolving racial disparity in America feels like an insurmountable, unfinished task, because it is unfinished. The work was started and abandoned, started and abandoned […]
Terrance Heath

An Icy Oasis from the Great Meltdown

Amid our world’s economic wreckage, today’s New York Times marveled, at least one developed nation seems to be doing just fine. That nation — little Norway — actually grew economically […]

Change Policy, Change Behavior

As a parent, I’m familiar with the powerful effect that even the threat of a “change in policy” can have on behavior. It can bring troublesome, annoying, or even hazardous […]
Terrance Heath

More Evidence For Reining In Credit-Card Companies

The Senate is expected to vote either later today or Friday on a credit-card reform bill. As debate continues on that bill—and as President Obama ratchets up the pressure with […]
Isaiah J. Poole

GM to American Workers: Pay for Your Own Execution

The proposition General Motors has presented to the United Auto Workers and American taxpayers in its latest restructuring plan is simple: You must pay for your own execution. GM, which […]
Leo Gerard

Good deficit, bad deficit.

Obama has introduced his budget, and people are hyperventilating about the deficit. Piling “debt on the backs of our kids and our grandkids,” declares House minority leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). […]

Wrong Way Steny

Wrong Way Riegels became a football legend when Roy Riegels, captain of the California football team in the 1929 Rose Bowl picked up a fumble and rumbled the wrong way […]
Robert Borosage

Will The Senate Stop The Credit-Card Loan Sharks?

In Poultney, Vt., a small town near Lake St. Catherine near the Vermont-New York border, “Walter” had been running a small business during the summer for 43 years—until a rectangular […]
Isaiah J. Poole

390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 4 of 5

Now, what did he do that for? That was my first thought when our newly-minted attorney general reached for his own rhetorical handful of elephant, as in the previous examples. […]
Terrance Heath

A Victory For Accountability

The decision by the House of Representatives on Wednesday to follow the Senate and vote for an independent commission to investigate the causes of the financial crisis is a significant […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Did Derivatives Drive the Meltdown?

A World Bank economist is suggesting we need to concentrate less on the complexities of high finance and more on the noxious simplicity of our deeply unequal income distribution. Our […]

House Says Yes To Financial Crisis Probe

Two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the creation of an independent panel that would investigate the causes of the current financial crisis, the House of Representatives has […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Bus Ride To Save American Manufacturing

Assembly-line workers and Michigan communities aren’t the only ones with a stake in a strong U.S. auto manufacturing industry. More than 7.2 million paychecks are tied to U.S. autos, ranging […]
Steven Capozzola

The Subprime Rogues Who Bought Congress

A Center for Public Integrity report released today, “Who’s Behind the Financial Meltdown,” spells out how 25 of the country’s largest financial institutions fueled the subprime mortgage market that precipitated […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Corruption Is Dangerous to Your Health

“And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. […]
Robert Borosage

Financial Crisis Investigation Closer To Reality

Progressives who have been campaigning for an independent commission to expose the causes of today’s financial crisis are about to score a major victory as early as Wednesday in the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Obama’s Wrong Note

During the presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama spoke eloquently about race in America and its continuing relevance to our national progress. But at the press conference marking his first 100 […]
Alan Jenkins

390 Years Minus 100 Days … And Counting

In many ways, the discussion of race in America, particularly as it relates to today’s issues (the economy, health care, education), brings to mind the parable of the blind men […]
Terrance Heath

390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 2

National Urban League head Mark Morial recently described the state of black America today as “the best of times and the worst of times.” He’s right. The inauguration of the […]
Terrance Heath

Nowhere Man

“He’s a real nowhere Man, Sitting in his Nowhere Land, Making all his nowhere plans For nobody.” These lyrics to “Nowhere Man,” written and recorded in 1965 by John Lennon […]
Leo Gerard

390 Years Minus 100 Days, Pt. 1

Many people — including the president himself — have mentioned the absurdity of judging Obama’s success at cleaning up messes that were decades in the making, based on his first […]
Terrance Heath

We Saved The Estate Tax

Congress passed the budget resolution for 2010 yesterday. The biggest progressive policy victory has already been well reported: the ability for Congress to use budget rules to pass health care […]
Bill Scher
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