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Democrats Help the Middle Class - Why Can't They Win Elections?

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Republicans are trying to position themselves as the party of the middle class. It may well work, but not because Republicans are in fact reformist, but rather because voters and pundits eschew data and instead focus on rhetoric.

Our Collective Global Future: Children and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Anika Rahman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

As any parent instinctively knows, our children are our future. They will inherit the world we leave for them. How they lead and shape the world depends in large part upon our actions today, upon how we invest in them.

Tax Cuts Are Palliatives, Not Cures

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I don't think you need a crystal ball to predict that whoever runs for president in 2016 will have some sort of tax cut at the heart of their platform, probably targeted at the middle class, and I'm talking both Democrats and Republicans.

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Sometimes the sky doesn't fall. It lifts. Acting on climate change is reaping incredible benefits for California. Ultimately, none of the AB 32 dooms-day scenarios came true. Now, more than ever, we should not buy into conservatives' Chicken Little politics on environmental policy. They were wrong in the past and they are wrong now.

Ben Walsh

Technology Isn't Boosting Our Productivity Like It Used To

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business

We invented Facebook instead of flying cars, and that's a problem.

Economic Growth Slows

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low ener...

Going, Going...

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The Congressional Budget Office just released the 2015 version of its Budget and Economic Outlook. The really important development was that CBO confirmed its pessimistic view of the future of the U.S. economy, pegging the long-run growth potential at 2.2 percent.

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

Who Moved Obama's Win-Win Cheese?

Brian Czech | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

Let's hope Obama starts re-connecting the two issues -- environment and economy -- so that the public and policy makers on both sides of the aisle get used to dealing frankly with the trade-off.

Where Will Future Economic Growth Come From?

Kristel Van der Elst | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Kristel Van der Elst

The question is: what future economic context do we desire? Grappling with the diverse questions raised by these pieces -- from the status of the economics profession to how we govern space -- will help shape how we get there.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Bangladesh - Prioritizing Problems

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

What makes a country small? Bangladesh is a small country in terms of area, but very large in terms of population. Having roughly the same area as Greece, it has a bigger population than Russia (yes, you might be tempted to read this sentence again, but it is true!).

Philippines' Shallow Capitalism: Westernization Without Prosperity

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines, shaped by its colonial legacy, has emulated Western lifestyles and urban architectures It is time for the Filipino elite to rediscover the true meaning of modernity, democracy, and progress. And for the wider population to fight for genuine prosperity.

Even Before Free College, Three Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year of Higher Education Reform

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.

A Stick in the Stocking: Santa's Supply Shock

Brian Czech | Posted 01.09.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

It would be tempting to turn this into anti-Wall Street polemic, but the inequality of Big Capital is not even the main issue here. Rather, recent talk of "supply shock" is a wake-up call for the sustainability of Big Capital, the little man, and everyone in between.

Inclusive, Sustainable Growth Latin America: The Road Ahead

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Latin America is proof that the global trend of rising economic inequality can be reversed, if the political will exists. Despite historically being the most unequal region in the world, it is the only region that has managed to reduce inequality during the past decade.

Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Growth for Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Our County Executives have now set a bipartisan course for economic growth. It's a course that should be sailed to take us to an ever more robust economy - one that can support our children and grandchildren on Long Island for decades to come.

Republicans Just Don't Get It

Harlan Green | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from the Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new majorities exemplify why we have barely emerged from it.

As in 2010, Dems Lost in 2014 Without an Economic Message Worth Fighting For

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The 2014 election was just as disastrous as 2010. Many observers now agree that Democrats again lost big because they failed to offer a clear economic message to economically insecure voters -- and they once again failed to attack Republicans for sabotaging action to create jobs.

A Dem Who Can Explain That Fairness Is Prosperity Will Sweep in 2016

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The Democrat who champions bold policies to build an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy, and policies that create broadly shared, sustainable prosperity, will triumph in 2016.

Animal Welfare: Seeing the Forest for the Denizens

Brian Czech | Posted 01.17.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

If we are serious about animal welfare, we have to get beyond the mere adoration of hedgehogs and hippos. We have to face up to the big-picture, systematic erosion of wild animal welfare. It's all around us and getting worse by the day, and our public policies precipitate it.

It's Not All Relative When It Comes to Income Inequality

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

So who's correct, which policy prescriptions should we be listening to? The answer is neither: both popular measures fail to grasp the underlying issue at stake -- the actual welfare of those trapped in poverty.

Video Game Industry Adds Billions to US Economy

Rich Taylor | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Rich Taylor

Compensation continues to rise. Employees in the computer and video game industry earned an average of 94,747 in 2012, up from90,000 in 2010. In comparison, the average U.S. household income in 2012 was51,759.

The Economy Won't Move Becasue Managers Won't Move

Milton Ezrati | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Milton Ezrati

This economy needs more "animal spirit." The great economist, John Maynard Keynes, coined this term to describe the willingness of business managers to expand aggressively and identified it as essential for economic growth.

Piketty Has a Point

Peter Vaughn | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Peter Vaughn

His brilliant jump is to illustrate that the 20th century and the beginnings of the 21st are historical aberrations as the world adjusts to modern capitalism.