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SBA Modernization Is Unlocking Commercial Capital

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.10.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

As an immigrant who came to this country at age 5 with no economic advantages, I believe that entrepreneurism is the greatest force the world has ever known for lifting people out of poverty. SBA plays a special role in empowering those born without any head start.

Human Work for the Robots' Future

Martin Marty | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

After the recent week(s) in which media gave more attention to religion than at almost any other time, our Sightings resources this week include no reference to religion, though their subject will have enormous consequences for religion in public and private life.

Making Inequality The Center Of The 2016 Debate

Heather McGhee | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Heather McGhee

Today's progressives believe that we can do it again, but even better this time, marshaling more of the dynamism of our global economy and including more of the potential of our diverse population.

In Post-Civil Rights America Do We Know How to Organize?

Junius Williams | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Junius Williams

In Selma Alabama, at the 50th year anniversary of Bloody Sunday, people from all over the world gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a symbolic march to the other side. But there were no leaders to lead, no plan to make it over and back. Where were the traditional leaders?

My Life Would Not Be Possible Without Feminism

Sarah Gilbert | Posted 04.06.2015 | Women
Sarah Gilbert

At first glance, none my circumstances may strike you as remarkable. In fact, maybe you share in many of them. But if I had been born even 50 years earlier, I wouldn't have many of the rights that I have now to love who I love, make choices about my body and own property.

The GOP Budget: Every Tax Loophole Is Sacred

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

The wealthier you are and the more you care about yourself over your neighbor or your country, the more you'll like this Republican budget. It achieves balance entirely on the backs of middle-class families and our most vulnerable citizens, without asking billionaires or big corporations to pay -- forget a fair share -- one penny more toward our nation's prosperity.

The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You never hear the reformocons talk about arithmetic in their speeches. They talk about inequality and upward mobility and the American middle class. They talk about all sorts of expensive new plans, and they never mention that there's a catch.

The Bright Future of Asia's Middle Class

Lee Jong-Wha | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Lee Jong-Wha

SEOUL -- Equipped with high-quality education, Asia's rising middle class will demand higher-quality public services. Increased confidence in their country's political systems and institutional structures, enhanced by improved perceptions of upward mobility, will help to strengthen the rule of law. And there will be more opportunities for women to learn and work, leading to greater gender equality.

America Needs Labor Unions

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Considering that studies have found a direct correlation between the number of people in labor unions and the distribution of wealth, it becomes clear that if the Republicans' goal is to build a stronger, healthier economy for all Americans, then continuing to add obstacles to organizing is the wrong approach.

Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? In the face of all these assaults on the working and middle class, there are many movements but no Movement. The Occupy movement, which gave us the phrase, "The One Percent," was too hung up on its own procedural purity to create a broad movement for economic justice. This vicious circle can be reversed, as it has been reversed at moments in the American past. As that noted political consultant Joe Hill put it, as they were taking him to the gallows, "Don't mourn, organize."

Why College Isn't (And Shouldn't Have to Be) For Everyone

Robert Reich | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

America clings to the conceit that four years of college are necessary for everyone, and looks down its nose at people who don't have college degrees. This has to stop. It's time to give up the idea that every young person has to go to college, and start offering high-school seniors an alternative route into the middle class.

Polls: The Middle Class Likes Profit Sharing

Joseph Blasi | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Joseph Blasi

Polls and surveys show that the middle class has a positive attitude towards profit sharing and the whole idea of employee shares. This evidence is important since the idea of middle class profit shares has been percolating up in policy discussions across the country.

The Middle Class Has Gotten Smaller In Every State Since 2000

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 03.20.2015 | Business

America’s middle class is shrinking in every state in America.

How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families

Roberta Lynch | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

While it may seem mysterious to many in the Illinois media, Gov. Rauner's obsession with weakening unions fits within the context of the corporate elite's nationwide crusade to eliminate organized labor from the American political landscape.

A Tale of Two States

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Trickle-down economics doesn't work, and frankly, it never has. If we want to restore a healthy middle class, we need a different approach, a virtuous cycle that begins with a high-quality public education that gives students the skills they need to get good jobs with fair wages.

Senator Charles E. Schumer Weighs in On the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement to a Constituent

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I wrote to my senator, Chuck Schumer (D-New York), about a critical issue and actually received a response. In my letter I had registered particular concern about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and plans to "fast track" its implementation, two of several issues on which I wanted his input.

Democrats Answer the False Choice of Growth Versus Redistribution With Inclusive Prosperity

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

Democrats have not done well at all in telling their story and explaining their policies in a coherent manner. At the same time Republicans have been doing at least as well in addressing their message to the middle class voters.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Views Of Government Just Get Worse | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

Americans' confidence in their government falls. Life has gotten more challenging for the middle class. And the fundamentals point to another close pr...

It's the Economy, Stupid.

David Russell | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
David Russell

American businesses don't need to be hamstrung with restrictions on their flexibility to adapt as markets change. The historical associations of corporate sponsored health and pension benefits are an anachronism.

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Roll Out 'Middle-Class' Tax Agenda To Compete With GOP | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Wednesday fired their own salvo in Capitol Hill's ongoing tax cut battles, offering a slew of breaks that would primarily h...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Most People Think Government Economic Policies Benefit Big Businesses, Not Middle Class | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

Americans' battered confidence in the economy has trended upward since the beginning of 2015, but their assessments of their own financial situations ...

Elizabeth Warren To The GOP: 'Put Up Or Shut Up' About Aid For Middle Class

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has made it her mission to highlight and ameliorate the challenges middle-class Americans face, recently seized o...

Elizabeth Warren Launches 'Middle Class Prosperity Project'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are launching a series of events focusing on Democratic solutions to th...

Off the Top: Ten Reasons Hillary Clinton Will Be a Fighter for Both Populists and All Americans

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

I read a blog post on The Huffington Post this week titled "The Case for a Populist Challenger in the Democratic Primaries." While the piece well deli...

America's National Housing Policy in 2015: Destination Unknown

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Garrick T. Davis

America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.