Powerlessness comes from a lack of meaningful choice. Big institutions don't have to be responsive to us because we can't penalize them by going to a competitor. And we have no loud countervailing voice forcing them to listen.
Gender inequality, sexual objectification and sexist attitudes need to be a relic of the past. A persons worth, to any extent or dimension, should not be determined by their physical being.
Hey, if you really want a fair flat tax, eliminate all income tax. Loopholes and creative accounting and off-shore bank accounts give the wealthy endless opportunities to cheat. Instead, the government should rely entirely on sales tax.
The fight for the $15 minimum wage needs to be seen as part of a larger struggle. The results of a successful fight for a higher minimum wage will be positive for a limited time. Fighting for a higher wage in the United States must be accompanied by fighting for better working conditions and wages globally.
Stretch anything far enough and it'll begin to tear, fragment, break apart. That, I suspect, may be a reasonable summary of what's been happening in our twenty-first-century world. Under stress, things are beginning to crack open.
By the end of this year, no Gravity Payments employee will make less than $50,000 per year, and by the end of 2017, that number will be $70,000. While there's no doubt that there will be unintended consequences of this bold move, it's important to workers everywhere for a number of reasons.
Rush, let me talk to you the way I'd talk to someone who knows absolutely nothing about the differences between capitalism and socialism. When a business owner decides on a wage policy for his employees, that is something that only happens in capitalism. In socialism, the government doesn't just set a minimum wage; it determines all wages.
I am not exaggerating. The GOP voted to eliminate the estate tax. But the estate tax only applies to estates larger than $5.4 million for an individual and $10.9 million for couples. Eliminating the estate tax would benefit only 5,500 families in America (.02 percent of the population).
While many policies will be needed to improve the situation of the poor and middle class, there are three simple ones that could make a big difference: a more competitive dollar, a Federal Reserve Board committed to full employment and a financial transactions tax to rein in Wall Street.
When we do our "gratitude inventory" (aka, a way to get them to reflect and pray), they rattle off things as a matter of routine that many people would only dream of.
Repealing the estate tax isn't just a boon for the 5,500 wealthiest Americans; it is a bust to federal taxpayers, who would be on the hook for its quarter-of-a-trillion-dollars cost. And it gets worse: Combined with other tax bills approved by House Republicans so far this year, our debt would grow by $584 billion to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.
When it comes to what goes on in the marble corridors of the Federal Reserve, Americans tend to be suspicious. For different reasons, both the right and the left have challenged Fed policies aimed at bolstering the economy in the wake of the Great Recession.
For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.
What's wrong with using tax-payers' money to make energy more affordable for everyone? The first problem is that not "everyone" benefits equally. In the average developing country, two thirds of gasoline subsidies go to the rich and only 3 percent go to the poor.
You really can buy anything in America in 2015 -- even things you would never guess in a million years that someone wanted to buy. Who knew, before this weekend, that if you donate enough money, you can even become a quasi-cop and go chasing down criminals and assorted poor people in your spare time? Is this an exceptional country or what?
Who deserves a break more these days: a struggling working family, or the heir to a billion-dollar fortune? According to the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, it's the billion-dollar baby.