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For Bernie Sanders: A Practical Plan for Free College Education That Can Work Now!

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes free tuition at public colleges and universities in his "College for All Act." Who wouldn...

The Lessons of Repealing Glass Steagall

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

Protecting the American people from another devastating financial crash and the economic wreckage it causes begins with reflecting honestly about the past and trying to learn the right lessons.

An End to Austerity -- Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Are we one step closer to a Congress that sees the need to boost spending in order to boost jobs and economic output for years to come, as we asked in our last column? It could mean the U.S. Congress has finally seen the folly of austerity policies that shrink growth, as has happened in Europe. Or, it could be because of a so-called "emergency."

What Are Economic Lessons From 'The Martian'?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

What can we learn from The Martian, a best-selling novel and movie starring Matt Damon as an Astronaut in the not too distant future thought dead and left behind on Mars during a violent dust storm?

Senator Ted Cruz Really Wants to Return to the Gold Standard... Has He Heard of the Great Depression?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Radical conservatives, such as Cruz, and libertarians believe gold to be a hedge against inflation. It is curious to be concerned about inflation at a time when it is at historic lows and short-term interests rates are at zero, making borrowing money just about free.

Government Made Our Middle Class

Harlan Green | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we seem to be the only developed country that is unable to sustain a healthy middle class, with all the benefits to economic growth that is passed on to every segment of society?

Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision last week not to run for president, he talked about dreams denied, possibilities foreclosed. He wasn't speaking of his own aspirations, though.

What the Great Depression Can Teach Us About Marketing

Debra Carpenter | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

Even in times of hardship, companies can brace themselves for impact and continue to offer excellence to their customers. Marketing strategies and techniques have grown and changed since the Great Depression, but these key elements are still spot-on tips for any marketing campaign.

Who Is Most Scared of Inequality?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

It wasn't until the Reagan tax cuts that we stopped investing in those important elements that made US the superpower, and a middle class with the highest standard of living in the developed world.

Why So Many Adult Kids Continue To Move Back Home

Buck Wargo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

If you're wondering whether the living-with-the-parents trend impacts young adults who have or don't have a college education, the Pew study shows there is a difference. It shows that 86 percent of those with college degrees live independently of their family compared to 88 percent five years ago and 90 percent in 2007.

Friends and Envy: When Your Friends Have More -- and When They Have Less

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Remember why you're friends in the first place. Don't judge them for what they have -- what they wear, the trips they take, the house they live in -- but for who they are, and how they treat you.

Financial Reform Helping Protect Families From Another Devastating Crash

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

The facts of the crisis also make clear that the impacts did not know partisan boundaries. In fact, the economic wreckage from the 2008 financial crash hit every state in the country, regardless of whether the state voted for the Republican or Democratic candidate for President.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

Greece's Great Depression

Harlan Green | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

This may seem facetious some six years into recovery, but many policy makers don't understand the severity of the Great Recession, or its consequences. It is the major reason why Greece, and many other Eurozone countries are in so much economic trouble at present.

Greece Has Reached Its Threshold of Pain

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It should not have come as a surprise that the majority of Greek voters opted not to accept more externally-imposed austerity, by voting "no" in Sunda...

Jurassic Politics: Hillary, Invoking FDR, Runs Left of Obama While Jeb Bush Does Straight Remake

William Bradley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Is there a certain synchronicity at work with Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush staging their big formal campaign openings just as Jurassic World oddly enjoys the biggest opening weekend of all time with its recycled plot (albeit with new bells and whistles) about the dangerous majesty of rampaging dinosaurs? It has to be.

Would You Go on 'The Briefcase'?

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Stanford

The Hunger Games was supposed to be fiction, but maybe it was prophetic. Now comes The Briefcase, CBS's new reality show that pits desperate middle-class families against each other for financial survival.

Where's the Outrage, Mr. President?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Where's your outrage, Mr. President, when the New York Times just reported that at least 250 Disney World employees have been discharged, with many forced to train their own foreign replacements that have temporary H-IB work visas?

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

Americans Gorge on Slogans: O'Kane Shows, More Than Tells

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Ximena Ortiz

The public demurs from facing reality and accepting measures that might fix the problems, based on a misplaced--and manipulated--appreciation of self-reliance and freedom, O'Kane explains and illustrates.

Franklin Roosevelt 70 Years On: America Never Really Recovered From FDR's Passing

William Bradley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton, who will perhaps coincidentally announce her presidential candidacy on this 70th anniversary of FDR's death, can only hope to match even part of her fellow New Yorker's vast accomplishments.

The Next Economic Recession Will Take On...

John A. Tures | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
John A. Tures

Using data on economic recessions, I take a look at how long growth periods have been after recessions, and to see when the latest economic boom will likely come to an end. You're probably thinking "Economic boom? When did that take place?"

Celebrating Our Great Society

Harlan Green | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

We are now celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's Great Society, enacted for the most part from 1964-66, perhaps the greatest legislative achievement of any president since FDR and the New Deal.

Memorable Lines From Clifford Odets' Classic Play Rocket to the Moon

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Have you ever discovered a great piece of art, dress or writing from the past that is so great it continues to resonate so deeply? Take Clifford Odets' play Rocket to the Moon. Many of the themes of the Depression-era drama feel completely timeless.

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Magdaleno (Leno) Díaz passed way on February 10, 2015, at the age of 95. His passing gave me pause to contemplate the significance and impact of what is often referred to as The Greatest Generation.