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Telling Fast Food Workers To 'Get A Better Job' Is Nonsense, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.11.2013 | Business

Critics tell fast-food workers to stop complaining about their extremely low pay because that's just the reality of an entry-level job. Get a better j...

The Real Opportunity Is With the Middle Class

Barbara Dyer | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Barbara Dyer

A fix for people at the lowest rung on the economy, while vitally important, will not provide the needed lasting solution for American economic resurgence. Rather, we should look at another glaring "inconvenient truth" - there is limited opportunity for people in the middle.

Are You 'Exactly Where You Are Meant to Be?'

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

You are exactly where you are meant to be if you are filled with peace, acceptance, compassion, and love for our fellow humans.

More Than 6 In 10 Workers Worry They Will Lose Their Jobs: CNBC

CNBC | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business

CNBC: In a dreary sign of economic doldrums, more than six in 10 workers worry that they will lose their jobs, according to a Washington Post-Mill...

Will Things Economic Soon Be Looking Up?! Sorry, I Don't See It...

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We know that the economy's been growing and that company profits have been high. There's nothing wrong with profits, but there's definitely something wrong when they fail to lead to employment and earnings gains for the broad majority.

Jobs Report: Upside Surprise on Payrolls!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

These numbers paint a pretty different, and more positive, picture of recent job growth than even the last jobs report, which came out just a few weeks ago on Oct 22 due to the shutdown.

Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens?

Why Washington Is Cutting Safety Nets When Most Americans Are Still in the Great Recession

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

It's easy to blame Republicans and the right-wing billionaires that bankroll them, and their unceasing demonization of "big government" as well as deficits. But Democrats in Washington bear some of the responsibility.

No Wonder We're Stuck in a Slog

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The Treasury today released the data for the fiscal year 2013 budget deficit, which amounted to $680 billion, or 4.1 percent of GDP, down about $400 billion from last year's deficit, which was 6.8 percent of GDP. The 2.7 percentage point drop came from 1.5 ppts higher tax receipts and 1.2 ppts lower outlays (both relative to GDP). That's the largest one year decline in the budget deficit since 1969. The deficit is down 6 percentage points of GDP since 2009 -- the largest four-year decline since 1950. We're engaged in a level of budget austerity that would make a European policy maker proud.

Want to Create More Jobs and Help the Economy? Invest in Real Estate...

Dean Graziosi | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Dean Graziosi

Americans are still a bit shaken over what the future holds. Well, you can worry or you can take action. Educating yourself about getting involved in real estate might be worth a few hours of your time.

Global Economic Growth Forecast Cut By IMF: Implications Are Sobering

Sheldon Filger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Sheldon Filger

How much longer can major economies like the U.S. engage in historically unprecedented levels of monetary and fiscal stimulus that provides, at best, levels of economic growth so unimpressively marginal?

Are Inflation and Mortgage Interest Rates Killing the Party?

Dean Graziosi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dean Graziosi

It's all over right? The most recent glory days of real estate investments, when we could buy foreclosed homes for pennies on the dollar are disappear...

An Odd Juxtaposition on Deficit Reduction and Growth

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The economics of the moment is that fiscal responsibility really means less, not more deficit reduction right now. That's easy for me to say, I'm sure. But it's the truth. Just look at the jobs report.

Today's Budget Agreement Reaffirms an Important Principle

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The budget agreement that Senate leaders announced today marks an important victory for the principle that shutting down the government and threatening national default aren't acceptable ways for either party to pursue policy concessions and should always be rejected.

Connecting the Dots to Lift Families Out of Poverty

Carla Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Carla Thompson

But the numbers from 2012 tell us that what we are doing simply isn't enough. Families of color are still fairing worse than their white counterparts.

Will the Government Shutdown Kill the Real Estate Recovery?

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Natalie Pace

With more people being furloughed, and with sequestration cuts, will the fuel of the strongest driver of the recovery this year be extinguished?

7 Charts That Show Just How Bad Things Are For Young People

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Business

Young people are taking longer to launch their careers, but it's not totally their fault, a report released Monday from Georgetown University's Center...

Debt Ceiling (Foolishness in Action)

Asher Edelman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Asher Edelman

Perhaps just the threat of this equitable solution will move the small thinking destructive clique, who would ransom the world economy to further political goals, to move on and deal with politics in a more reasoned manner.

Degrees of Distinction: 12 Associate Degrees for Tomorrow's Jobs

Dr. Gary M. Green | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Dr. Gary M. Green

If these technologies are creating economic value and the jobs of tomorrow, community colleges are preparing graduates for the opportunities these jobs represent.

Five Years After Lehman, Recovery for the Majority

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Did we need to save the private sector? Absolutely. But we're nowhere near done saving families who are still suffering from the effects of the financial crisis that they didn't create.

Jason Linkins

The Official 'Eat The Press' Financial Crisis Retro Reader | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Happy five-year anniversary of the financial crash and its attendant economic calamities, everyone! Where my class warriors at? Let's look back to ...

Five Years After Crash, States Still Picking Up Pieces

Stateline | Pamela M. Prah | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

The Tea Party Want to Take Down Our Cities and the Economy at the Same Time

Steven Fulop | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Steven Fulop

The destruction of policies that have been so important to urban life won't just hurt the cities, it will hurt the economy as a whole.

Dave Jamieson

'Disaster In The Making': Working Poor Losing Faith In Promise Of Mobility | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's working poor value the work they do and have high hopes for their children's futures -- even though most believe it's now easi...

Trimmings for Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The wealth of the Walton family -- which still owns the lion's share of Walmart stock -- now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined.