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America's Ruling Class Hall of Shame

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Even among the few thousand members of the power elite, there are a small number whose influence is greater than the others. Here is a list of the 20 most influential members of the power elite.

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

A Progressive Economic Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

No surprise that a populist progressive Democrat like me would like President Obama's State of the Union address that talked so much about lifting up the middle class. But there's a background story on getting to the president's message last night.

Insecurity Separates Middle Class From Romney, Ryan

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

While the middle class is losing faith, two Yale researchers say it doesn't have to be that way. In their plan, everyone benefits, but it's not a strategy likely to be adopted by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who have never experienced the pain of economic insecurity.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Paul Ryan Budget Plan Targeted By Progressive Academics | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of progressive academics is hoping that a bit of wonkiness can help shape the political discourse during the presidential camp...

Clash Warfare

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Clash warfare" may appeal to a minority, but it does nothing to respond to the economic and social concerns of the majority of Americans. For them, class warfare is not the issue -- fairness and opportunity are.

Why Obama Defaulted In The 'State Of The Union'

Jim Sleeper | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

A president can't be a prophet, of course, but he can tell more of the truth than his advisers and apologists think he can about our entrapment in the slippery web of contracts and lies that is closing in on us.

The Krugman/Stiglitz Army Is on the March (and It's Too Late for Michael Bloomberg to Stop It)

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Whether or not the the #Occupy Wall Street protesters explicitly adopt policy proposals or only generate political energy for the spirit of them, the Krugman/Stiglitz Army is at last on the march.

Raising the Medicare Age: 8 Reasons Why It's the Worst Presidential "Bargain" Since 1854

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Capital's misplaced focus on austerity has led to plenty of bad ideas, but one of the worst is raising the Medicare retirement age to 67. It may be the most destructive deal to come out of Washington since the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

Ryan's Medicare Plan Would Be a Windfall for Insurance Companies

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Paul Ryan's "blueprint" is one that will take America back to the pre-1965 days when senior citizens were losing their homes and their farms to pay for medical care. And all the while, insurance companies will be raking it in.

The F Word: Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While around 22 million Americans are looking for work, domestic spending will be at its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower? We should be ashamed to let our president get away with this.

The Problems With Test-Driven Education Reform

Diann Woodard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Diann Woodard

Educators from across the country will be meeting this week with Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Denver to discuss Advancing Student Achievement Th...

America's Staggering Inequality and Our Strong Preference for a Swedish Alternative

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Most Americans realize that the U.S. has become more unequal over the past three decades or so. But it's unlikely that most Americans have a full grasp of the sheer magnitude of the change in the distribution of wealth since the end of the 1970.

Note to the Rich: Very Large Taxes = Very Large Benefits

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

There is no question that rising inequality stems from macro-level changes in our global economy. Yet, there is also a growing consensus that government decisions play a key role too.

Weekly Audit: One Nation with No Jobs

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Tens of thousands of Americans rallied for jobs and justice at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D...

Health-Care Reform, 2015

Jacob S. Hacker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob S. Hacker

Down the road, health care reformers will discover the same painful truth made vivid by Social Security's stagnation after 1940: Maintaining the legislative status quo against the forces crying "repeal and replace" is not enough.

The Public Option in Congress Is Now a Sham. Who Cares If Lieberman Kills It?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With or without a fraudulent public option, millions of Americans who will be required to buy insurance or pay a fine will see their premiums skyrocket.

Sam Stein

Public Option's Architect Intrigued By Medicare Buy-ln: 'The Original Idea' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The intellectual father of the public option expressed enthusiasm on Wednesday for the decision by Democrats to push for an expansion of Medicare cove...

Support for the Public Option Keeps Getting Stronger

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

It is not surprising that public and Congressional support for the public option has surged again, just as the insurance industry has tried to manipulate key decision-makers in the Senate.

Counterfeit 'Public Option' Holds Americans Hostage to Inflationary Private Insurance Costs

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Democratic leaders have short-circuited the reform "debate" and permitted the process to be hijacked by health insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Jacob Hacker: Why I Still Believe In This Bill

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Now that the core demand of progressives has been removed from the Senate health care bill--namely, the public health insurance option--should progres...

The Public Option: Dead By Pen Strokes In Congressional Committees

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The initial idea of a public option was premised on the thought that a public plan could bring needed competition into the financing of health care. Forget that dream.

Single-Payer Health Care Advocates Deserve a Place at the Table

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The Obama plan can only be a centrist compromise once it allows single-payer advocates to come to the table.

Getting Health Reform Right: A Q&A With Jacob Hacker

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wanted: a framework for comprehensive health reform that provides near-universal coverage, reduces costs, and fosters continued improvement in medical care. Oh -- and the plan must be politically achievable.

The Health Care Debate: What It Will Take to Cover Everyone

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

It may take the same sort of grassroots involvement that got Obama elected president to keep the private insurance industry from hijacking the process.