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What's A Freedom-Loving American To Do In November?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The coming presidential election could cause a liberty lover to commit ritual seppuku. A left-wing corporatist and friend of influence-peddlers will face off against an unprincipled populist who supports big government and carries protectionist and anti-immigration banners.

$15 Minimum Wage In LA Is Great. But It Was Only Necessary Because A Democratic Congress Blew It

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

It's great that the White House and congressional Democrats are out there now calling for $12 an hour. But national Democrats failed to get out in front of the issue of a living wage when they had the chance. They missed a perfect opportunity to show Americans which party not only fights for them, but delivers for them.

Critics of Federal Spending on Cities Should Look to the South

David Paul | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
David Paul

If we are going to discuss the effectiveness of federal policies in our cities -- and we should -- it is time to discuss as well why some states continue to benefit systemically to the disadvantage of others, with little or no benefit to show for it in terms of relative progress as measured by socio-economic indicators.

A Half Century's Legacy at a Crossroads

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are at a crossroads. The Republican budget seeks to destroy the legislative legacy of 1965 that made great differences in the lives of so many ordinary people. Democrats must defend our proud legacy and fight against the efforts of those who seek to devalue the worth of hardworking Americans.

The Unconservatism of Micromanaging the Poor

Greg Weiner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

Of course, all subsidies, including charitable ones, are liable to abuse. That is not, of itself, a reason not to give them. Crucially, on conservative premises, that is also not a reason to attempt to eliminate all exploitation.

10 Things I Learned about Barney Frank

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I met Barney Frank when he was on book tour for his memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage here are 10 things I learned about him:

About Brazil and the United States

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Julia E. Sweig

watching Brazil try to design, finance and implement massive social programs for its most disenfranchised citizens has turned my focus to a similar era in American history, the 1960s, and especially the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969).

You Can't Make the Congress Do Anything

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.08.2015 | Books
Washington Spectator

Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.

Will It Be As Always?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Thomas B. Reed, a Republican politician and Speaker of the House at the end of the 19th century, warned: "One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."

Do Minimum Wage Increases Benefit the Middle Class?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Timothy J. Barnett

This is not to argue against minimum wage increases as much as to argue that this remedy must not be substituted for reforms at deeper levels.

Good Times and the War on Poverty

Joy Moses | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Joy Moses

A possible interpretation of the theme song and the show being is that you have to be grateful for the good times (the positives) in order to see your way through the remaining challenges.

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Johnson, Reagan and the Great American Paradox

Bennet Kelley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Name the hawkish former president that liberals love to hate who cut taxes shortly after taking office, presided over a booming economy with low unemployment, reduced the national debt and whose legacy shapes much of today's debate.

Will Pride 2014 Be the Time for Obama's LGBT Workplace Non-Discrimination Order?

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

It is most disappointing that yet another year has passed since the White House advised in 2012 that it was "studying" the issue of LGBT workplace discrimination, and that another year has gone by without the President signing an Executive Order (EO) expanding workplace non-discrimination measures.

Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

Brian Ross | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

The Great Society, 50 Years Later

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

LBJ, who himself had struggled to afford school to become a teacher, had a finely tuned sense of human potential, of justice, and of what was possible with hard work and a good education. In a speech at the University of Michigan, he asked America to see the powerful connection between educational opportunity and the nation's economic and moral health.

Paul Ryan Is a Charlatan, Not a Serious 'Policy Wonk'

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

For too long, reporters have been bamboozled by Ryan, who claims to be a both a budget expert and something of a social philosopher. But he's just a slick talker who appears to have flunked basic math in high school or college, because his budget numbers never add up.

The Real Culture of Income Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Yes, Mr. Brooks, the problem of income inequality is a cultural problem. But it is a culture created in the cossetted right-wing think-tanks of Washington, not in struggling neighborhoods around the country.

Poverty Is Not the Enemy

Carole Ganim | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

"Poverty" is not all that bad; in fact, I took a vow of poverty when I was 20-years-old and became a nun. We were to be free of attachments in order to be free to serve the people of God, especially the poor.

The Cause of Public Good in Peril: Free-Market Deceptions and the Breakdown of the Collective Consciousness

Edward Kubow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Kubow

Civilization is a joint project that requires as much heavy lifting on the part of government as it does leadership of the market. Its greatness is neither going to be defined by the size and power of its corporate entities and how well governments balance ledgers nor by the hoarding of wealth by a few.

What Obama Has Done About Inequality

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Tax rates fell on the wealthy after 1980, while their incomes skyrocketed. But how strong is the correlation between falling tax rates on the wealthiest among us and economic inequality?

The Future of the Health Insurance Policy

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The bigger problem is that for the ACA to work financially, healthy people, particularly young childless healthy people, need to sign up for insurance. In any health insurance system, these young healthy people keep the cost down for others.

The Forgotten Man

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

The rich are getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer. America will soon have to find its way. This disparity between rich and poor plays out on many levels.

Is Gay Marriage Really a Conservative Cause?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

It's true that conservatives ought to embrace same-sex marriage, and their recent support has been hugely helpful. But it's one thing to say same-sex marriage is consistent with conservative values, and quite another to claim it as a conservative cause.

On the Cognitive and Historic Roots of Our Destructive Modern Polarization

David Ropeik | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Maybe understanding the historic events and behavioral roots that have produced these venomously angry polarized times can help us let go of at least a little of our own deep instinct to align with the tribe in the name of safety and protection.