Smart Talk is a regular series of issue briefs on how to talk about the economic issues facing working-class people.
Previous Smart Talks
Raise The Minimum Wage
The floor is falling out from under workers, and it is long past time for Congress to rebuild the floor.
Telling the Middle Class Story
We need a bold strategy to revive the middle class, not short-term schemes that waste money and ignore the challenges we face.
The Chained CPI
A proposal to change the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits is a political trick, not a policy fix.
Progressive Tax Reform
We need more revenue to provide opportunity for all, reduce staggering inequality, grow the economy and end the jobs crisis.
Let's fix our politics and our economy so they work for the middle class and those who struggle to get there, not narrow economic interests.
China, Trade And Jobs
We can’t continue to let countries like China rig their currency, target our industries and drive us into a race to the bottom.
We don't have an "entitlements" problem; the real problem is runaway health care costs generally, driven by entrenched corporate interests.