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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Income inequality
Working class, Trump, Con

Will Wage Growth Be Trump’s Great White Whale?

You’ll see plenty of headlines about how earnings have “accelerated,” but that’s only if you’re a hawk, a nitpicker-in-extremis, or you earn so much money that money is an abstraction.

March 11, 2017
Health Care, Obamacare

Better And Cheaper Health Coverage? Not Very Likely

Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.

March 10, 2017
Sanders

Bernie Sanders Exposes Glaring Falsehoods In Trump’s ‘Unifying’ Address

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued a formal Democratic response to Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday. But the most blistering reply may have belonged to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who took to Facebook shortly thereafter.

March 1, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

We Need A Simple Way To Remind Everyone That Trump Is Ripping Us Off

We should take a lesson from Trump’s GOP, which won bigly by appealing directly to its base with full-throated partisan rhetoric. America needs an uprising from the left that is large enough to wipe away the damage conservative selfishness has done to our nation and planet. And it can’t start soon enough.

February 20, 2017
Income Inequality

How Runaway Inequality Helped To Elect Trump — And How It Can Defeat Him

Declining income brings with it a host of related social problems. As localities are starved for revenues, public safety and the sense of community deteriorate. The social fabric of decent living is imperiled. Extreme inequality fueled both the Sanders and the Trump revolts. While Sanders offered concrete plans to reverse it, Trump and the Republicans are sure to make it worse.

February 15, 2017
Can the Democratic Party mobilize energy that drove Women's March?

The Tyranny of A Minority President Has Begun — And So Has The Resistance

As he was about to take the oath of office, Trump’s team announced plans for $10.5 trillion in cuts based on a plan devised by the Heritage Foundation — a plan that includes huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Defense Department.

January 23, 2017
Income Inequality

To Make America Great Again, Deal With Income Inequality

Why does it matter if the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer? Not only is greater inequality a threat to our democratic capitalist society, it’s bad for the economy and causes a whole host of other problems—including other items on the president’s list. Dealing with the problem of inequality will actually make America great, rather than simply irate.

January 2, 2017

Three Important Fact Checks On The Democratic Debate

Unlike the Republican debates, with their share of liars, clowns, and blowhards, the Democratic debate delivered less inherent outrageousness, but that does not mean there is any less fodder for fact checking the candidates’ statements.

October 14, 2015

Anxiety Is Pervasive On Both Sides Of Political Spectrum

It’s hard to see either Trump or Sanders as a presidential nominee, the voters they represent aren’t going away. Neither is their anxiety, which could prove a disruptive force in American political and civic life.

September 19, 2015

CEOs Call For Wage Increases For Workers! What’s The Catch?

The same uber-rich bosses who have pushed relentlessly to disempower labor and to send jobs offshore now recognize that inequality is a problem — and guess what they want in exchange for solving it.

August 26, 2015

U.S. SEC Adopts Rules Mandating Disclosure Of CEO-Worker Pay Ratios

Corporate inequality will be fully on display for investors — and for the public at large.

August 5, 2015

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015
Income Inequality

GOP Reacts To Clinton’s Economic Policy Speech

You can imagine how Clinton’s speech might have rubbed the right-wing the wrong way.

July 13, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s Economic Bet

Hillaryeconomics is a wager that voters across racial and ethnic lines, very much including members of the white working class, want a raise and better benefits. Can the GOP make a plausible counteroffer?

July 13, 2015

How Much Do We Value Work?

Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people had a chance to rise.

July 2, 2015
Hillary Clinton Campaigning

What Hillary Said About Paid Leave, Child Care, Inequality — Yesterday And 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago, when President Clinton was running for reelection against the odds, Hillary hedged her message — and yet she was prescient in addressing the harms of an increasingly unfair economy.

June 15, 2015
Unions, Right To Work

A Future For Unions, If They Can Keep It

The path forward for unions is murky. Union members are ebbing. Campaigning for issues takes money, which takes members who pay dues.

May 21, 2015

The Poor Get A Moment

Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will politicians talk only about the middle class since mentioning the poor is politically toxic?

May 14, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Inequality And One City: Bill de Blasio And The New York Experiment, Year One’

When New York City elected as its new mayor, Bill de Blasio, a tectonic shift occurred in the political landscape of not merely the five boroughs, but the nation.

April 19, 2015

If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

Voters should listen closely to the Republicans who assert that they are the true spokesmen for the working class. What do they propose to address inequality? And how “authentic” is their concern?

April 17, 2015
Hillary, Iowa, Campaign, 2016, Voters

In Small-Town Iowa, A Mixed Reception As Hillary Kicks Off

Nice and polite as Iowans were toward Hillary Clinton, many of them — even Democrats — aren’t quite ready to commit for 2016.

April 16, 2015

Wealth Gap In America Grows At Disturbing Pace

We’re still waiting for a recovery that helps everyone, not just the wealthy.

March 25, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets Of The Super Wealthy’

Paul Sullivan takes you inside ‘the money secrets of the super wealthy.’

March 15, 2015
Link Light Rail Seattle - Opening Day

Lower Fares No Substitute For Higher Wages

Low-income workers don’t need noble gestures; they need higher wages.

March 5, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Squirt-Up Economics’

The Daily Show spotlighted the problem of growing inequality — between the millionaires, and the even more elite billionaires.

February 27, 2015