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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.

At Long Last, Latino Employment Bounces Back

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Latinos and other communities are finally benefitting from the protracted economic recovery. We need to secure this still-fragile recovery among communities of color by maximizing what they can earn, create, and contribute to further benefit our economy and the well-being of all Americans.

Nearly A Third Of Americans Say They Haven't Recovered From The Recession

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business

Happy days are here again! Right, guys? On Friday, the Labor Department is expected to release another round of encouraging numbers about the job ...

As U.S. Home Ownership Hits a 20-Year Low, Can the Recovery Be for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Just released data from the U.S. Census Bureau paint a different picture, questioning a fundamental measure of economic health - home ownership levels -- which begs the question, is it all a mirage?

Enslavement of the Middle Class

Harlan Green | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

It is the ideology of austerity that has prevailed in the U.S. at least since the 1980s, and Paul Krugman says is putting Europe into its Second Great Depression.

Maybe The Federal Reserve Has Been Right About The U.S. Economy All Along

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

Hard as it may be for its legion of economic, political and media critics (and even some of its own members) to accept, the most recent bullish jobs report from the Labor Department looks like a ringing endorsement of Federal Reserve policies and perspectives on the economy.

Arthur Delaney

For Some Who Are Back At Work, Positive Jobs Report Doesn't Tell The Full Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every weeknight Bridget Krueger and her husband catch up with an 8 p.m. phone call because his new job is far away and he works long hou...

Ben Walsh

The Best Thing About January's Jobs Report Happened In December And November

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business

In economics, the past is never dead -- it's always subject to revision.

It's Nice to See Republicans Tout the Economic Recovery. But Why on Earth Would They Think They're the Cause?

Rep. Sandy Levin | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Rep. Sandy Levin

The major reversal from deep decline to economic growth occurred despite Republican opposition to President Obama's proposals, repeated GOP threats to default on our debt obligations, and an incredibly harmful 16-day government shutdown. And not only have Republicans stood in the way of Democratic policies, but they're now attempting to take credit for the recovery itself.

Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac May Help End Homelessness In America

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

Two organizations synonymous with the 2008 financial crisis could play vital roles in helping America's most vulnerable residents get off the streets....

Here's A Chart That Should Have You Just A Little Bit Worried

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

If you're a frequent borrower of money, for stuff like education and cars and lip implants, you might think that low interest rates are good. But be w...

Claiming Credit

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to point out that they're turning over to the new Republican Congress an economy that is doing better than at any time in the past six years. They need to lay this down as a benchmark that they can later point to, no matter what happens. Republicans are already chomping at the bit to claim all that credit for themselves.

Speak Up and Give Back if You Want the Economy to Improve

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

No one is arguing for complete equality of income. Not even close. We celebrate the success of the One Percent, and rightly so. All we ask, especially in this time of giving, is for the compassion, the humility, the shared experience that existed only a few decades ago.

Short Memories, Broken Politics, and the Coming Recession

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

If the Great Recession wasn't enough to change the hearts and minds of the bankers, legislators, lobbyists and voters, I really don't know what would be. We bear collective responsibility for perpetuating a terribly broken system.

Could This Be the Year Recovery Finally Comes to Main Street?

Mary Buffett | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Mary Buffett

We may be at a place where the Great Recession can move from the forefront and into our rearview mirrors. It could be the year when Santa adds something extra to the bottom line of retailers everywhere. We shall see. Don't forget, today is Giving Tuesday.

Shhh... The American Economy Is on the Brink... of a Boom!

Terry Connelly | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

The real story is that "help is on the way" for America's struggling middle class, the unemployed and the under-employed. The much maligned TARP stimulus and "extraordinary measures" of the Federal Reserve have finally and in fact -- worked!

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.

A Lesson from Detroit - America's Heart, and Soul

Ken Ludden | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Detroit has been at the heart of America since its founding in 1701. Over the years, Detroit has always been the center of America. Located geographically to connect America with Canada via the natural water systems, it is the way in to America's heart.

What Explains the Election Results? It's (Still) the Economy

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

No one should be surprised that the American people are economically insecure and anxious. Seven in 10 voters said the nation's economy is in bad shape. Voters who said the economy was important to them voted 2 to 1 for Republicans.

American Radicals Past and Present

Glyn Vincent | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Glyn Vincent

It took Linda Coleman 15 years to write her memoir Radical Descent: The Cultivation of an American Revolutionary, a soul searching and gripping account of her involvement as a young woman with a violent left wing underground group in the 1970s.

Midterms 2014: An Extremely Brief Autopsy

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The electorate that votes in midterm elections is older and whiter and looks more like the viewership of The O'Reilly Factor than anything that accurately reflects the true racial and ethnic diversity of this country.

Government Isn't the Problem, It's the Bully Mentality

Harlan Green | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Harlan Green

The bullies are in control, whether they are Republican Tea Partiers that refuse to compromise on any legislation that won't downsize government programs, or the lobbying arm of the gun industry; they control Washington's agenda these days.

A Play for Our Times: Pia Wilson's Turning the Glass Around

Rachel Mason | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Rachel Mason

A remarkable new play, Turning the Glass Around, by Pia Wilson, fearlessly plunges into the ever-morphing conversation about immigration, race and class. Turning the Glass Around evokes images of Death of A Salesman.

What Tim Geithner Really Thought Of Obama Administration

ProPublica | Jeff Gerth | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business

Pop quiz: Which high-profile official faulted the Obama administration for the following botched responses to the financial crisis?1) Policing bad ban...

The Full Employment Act at 35: America's Unfinished Business

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act, a law that requires federal policies to be directed toward the attainment of full employment. The law is in effect today, yet Congress continues to shirk its responsibilities.