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Middle Class, a Market Force or a Political Rhetoric

Paul Mashegoane | Posted 01.16.2017 | Politics
Paul Mashegoane

Retailing stores are skyrocketing in sales, cars and houses are sold using credit like never before. On the other hand, politicians are hard at work t...

American Is In Trouble

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2016 | Women
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

America is in trouble...in more ways than one. I'm going to point out a few problems I have seen and experienced recently, and I hope readers will sh...

What Has America Really Done? Angry "Swing" Voters Elect A New American Oligarchy

Martin Luz | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Martin Luz

You think you voted for Trump, so that he can "shake up" Washington to your benefit. Simple, right? Not so fast. Here is what you really voted for, based on the long-track record of the incoming power elite.

Count Care In: From GDP To A Social Wealth Economic Index

Riane Eisler | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Riane Eisler

Policy makers need studies like the Care Index. Beyond this, they urgently need a broader index that shows the enormous human and economic benefits of valuing care in both homes and the market.

Trump's Tinkle-Down Economy And The Conservative Job Creators Myth

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

Trump's anti-tax fantasy should sound familiar because it is: it has been tried and failed.

Behind The Job Numbers, Millions Are Being Left Behind

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A team of political scientists, writing in the Washington Post, concluded that "Trump supporters who are struggling economically perceive U.S. economic performance overall to be much worse than it actually is."

Let's Review the Tape

Edward Wytkind | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

No, not that tape. We've seen it more than we care to admit and yes, it is repugnant. But I'm referring the tale of the tape comparing Secretary Hilla...

The elephant in the income distribution room

Ben Slay | Posted 10.11.2016 | Impact
Ben Slay

Branko Milanovic's "elephant in the income distribution room" Data taken from "Get Ready to See This Globalization 'Elephant Chart' Over and Over Agai...

Automation is Coming: Stop Whining and Get Prepared

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

It seems not a day goes by that we don't hear something about automation and new technologies that are going to replace human jobs.

Video: Soaking Up Oktoberfest

Rick Steves | Posted 09.26.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I joined my film crew in Munich this year for Oktoberfest -- the last festival we're filming for our "Europe's Top Ten Festivals" special that will ai...

Cost of Healthcare Becoming Too Real For the Middle Class

Merima Trako | Posted 09.26.2016 | HuffPost Home
Merima Trako

We all know that the days of affordable healthcare are long gone. In 2014 US healthcare spending has reached $3 trillion and for me this used to be an abstract figure to be pondered upon while I was reading morning papers. My recent encounter with laboratory bills for the tests that my doctor and my son's doctor ordered showed me how real these cost really were.

Conversation with International Billionaire CEO: Fears Trump Presidency Halts Strategic Plan to Offshore More American Middle-Class Jobs

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Noel Irwin Hentschel

London Financial District. Off the record interview with international billion-dollar business CEO who expresses the real fear about the Trump movemen...

Privilege Isn't An Effective Argument For Clinton

Noah Baron | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Noah Baron

If Clinton supporters genuinely want a united front against Donald Trump, they must recognize the fact that millions of voters no longer have the privilege of simply maintaining the status quo and living to fight another day--they are, on the contrary, already fighting to live another day.

Emerging From The Great Recession

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There was some rather important economic news yesterday, which could be summed up as "things are getting better."

Average Americans Just Got a Huge Income Boost

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics

It looks like Americans finally got a raise. The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance. Eve...

This Labor Day, Let's Boost Opportunity In Every Zip Code

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Labor Day is no picnic for millions of Americans who have never had a shot at a good job, or a meaningful chance at success. For far too many Americans, the dignity of work remains out of reach. Chronic opportunity gaps -- all too frequently concentrated in communities of color -- trap too many people in cycles of poverty and violence.

Trickle-Down Economics Led To The Rise Of Trump By Undermining Our Democracy

David Madland | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
David Madland

The fact remains that our three decade experiment with trickle-down caused the financial crash and Great Recession by deregulating financial markets and driving the deep indebtedness of the middle class, pushing an already weakened middle class to the brink. Enter Trump, seizing the terrain that trickle-down created.

The Clintons Throw America's Working Class Under the Bus -- Again. Coincidence or Fate?

Riley Waggaman | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

Poor Terry McAuliffe. When he announced that Hillary Clinton was obviously in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and then immediately recanted, we knew that he had been sacrificed in order to "test the waters".

Books for Our Times: [ital] Listen, Liberal [ital], by Thomas Frank

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.25.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Seventh in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times. Much analysis this presidential season has focused on how far adrift the Republican party has mov...

5 Ways the News Media Can Get Real--and Be Part of the Solution

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 07.21.2016 | Media
Sarah van Gelder

Corporate television's obsession with Donald Trump contributed to his rise. But media can be part of the solution instead of the problem. Here's how. ...

What Economic Recovery? 62% of Americans Don't Even Have $1000 in Savings

Sol Palha | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Sol Palha

A key sign of financial health is savings; if one does not have a decent amount of money tucked away for a rainy day, it is a sign that all is not well. Americans have a very hard time sticking to a budget and saving, compared to their Asian counterparts.

I Am Class Conscious

Van Gosse | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

By now, the term "politically incorrect" has become a rubber chicken with which to beat one's opponents. But there is a subtler form of self-censorship crossing over our political divides, a social correctness. I mean our collective unwillingness or sheer inability to discuss class in any real way.

Trump: Some Working Class Hero

Eric Mink | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Eric Mink

Photo Bloomberg via Getty Images THE IDEA of Donald Trump as a crusader for ordinary Americans − the guy who'll fight for working class and middle ...

Stronger Unions Will Save The Middle Class, Labor Secretary Says

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business

More collective bargaining agreements are the key to building a stronger middle class, according to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. Speaking to The Huf...

Democrats Must Fight To Defeat The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Bernie Sanders | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

Over and over again, supporters of free trade have told us that unfettered free trade would increase jobs and reduce the trade deficit.