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Does Anger Rule the 2016 Presidential Election?

Tom Pappalardo | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Tom Pappalardo

The feckless elite media is focusing on the anger of politicians not the anger of voters.

Donald Trump, Dictator?

Barbara Hammond | Posted 09.30.2015 | Entertainment
Barbara Hammond

When you're born with a silver spoon in your mouth and have never had to struggle for anything, ever, you are completely out of touch with most of the residents on the planet.

When Unions Are Strong, Families Are Strong

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Republicans have staked out endless signature issues: shutting down the government, vilifying immigrants, denouncing rights like paid sick leave and equal pay because they are "women's issues," privatizing education, and--wait for it--obliterating the rights of working people to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their families.

Moving Forward: Lifting More Americans Into the Middle Class by Modernizing our Transportation System

Edward Wytkind | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Decades of wrong-headed ideology and public policies backed by the corporate lobby and extremists have dramatically altered America's economic landscape.

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Mike Quigley | Posted 09.07.2015 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Instead of focusing on attacking unions and the labor movement, we need to find ways to strengthen and empower workers so we can put more money in the pockets of middle class families. But what does it mean to strengthen and empower workers?

This Could Be The Biggest Boost For Work-Life Balance Since …

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business

Millions of overworked middle-class Americans are on the verge of getting some relief, and possibly a raise, because of a proposed federal rule that y...

Americans Overwhelmingly Support A Vacation Mandate

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

There is no law guaranteeing U.S. workers paid vacation, but the vast majority of Americans think there should be one, according to a new HuffPost/Yo...

Who Dares to Talk About Class? Just in Time for Labor Day

Joerg Rieger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Joerg Rieger

Buffett is on to something and the rest of us might benefit from paying attention. Unless we give some thought as to how we are all related to each other and who wins and who loses, a small group will keep winning and the majority -- both people and the environment -- will keep losing.

Why You Can't Count On A Raise Anymore

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business

When it comes to salary, your employer no longer wants to marry you. He's more looking to date and see how it goes. Right now, it's going pretty well....

Report From Purple America: Donald Trump, Anger and the Diminishment of the American Dream

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Stuart Muszynski

In the recent Republican Debate, Ohio Governor John Kasich commented that Donald Trump has struck a cord in America -- that people are angry and fed up. Since then, Trump has continued his ascent in the polls and the reality of this anger has set in.

What the Overtime Proposal Is Really About

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

In July, the U.S. Department of Labor demonstrated an exceptional commitment to America's working families by proposing an update to the rules that determine who qualifies for overtime pay.

Everything You Think You Know About the History and Future of Jobs Is Likely Wrong

Scott Santens | Posted 08.20.2015 | Technology
Scott Santens

Centuries of data may show us how jobs have been both destroyed and created, but recent decades worth of more nuanced data more importantly show us there's more to this story.

The Trumping of Real Over Unreal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

Donald Trump is producing an endless field day of a political season for any psychologically-inclined media looky loo. The outrage and shock waves fo...

Elizabeth Warren Pushes 3 Family-Friendly Bills The GOP Won't Pass

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

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The Topic of Money

Hope Kumor | Posted 07.22.2015 | College
Hope Kumor

Money has always been an awkward topic I choose not to talk about. The reason could be because I never really had money. I grew up in a middle class family and money was tight at times.

Are You In The Global Middle Class? Find Out With Our Income Calculator

Pew Research Center | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.20.2015 | World

On a global scale, just 13 percent of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center a...

The China Syndrome

Peter D. Kiernan | Posted 07.14.2015 | Business
Peter D. Kiernan

Never airbrush the Communist Party out of the Chinese markets -- for all of the freeing up of individual access there remains an abiding faith in Beijing's ability to provide a soft landing. And state-owned media's urging of its citizens to invest took hold.

America's Short Circuit: Parenting and Schooling

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

Enough has been said how the educational focus on academic achievement greatly favors the privileged class. I don't think enough has been explored on how much it discriminates against underprivileged students

Shared Security: A New Deal for the New Century

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

If Social Security, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour workweek laid the foundation for the middle class in the 20th century, what would be the equivalent for the 21st century? The odd couple of a billionaire entrepreneur and a labor leader have come up with what could be a breakthrough proposal for rebuilding the middle class.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Overtime: Finally, A Break for the Middle Class

Robert Reich | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold -- what you can be paid and still qualify to be paid "time-and-a-half" beyond 40 hours per week -- from $23,600 a year to $50,400. This is a big deal. Some 5 million workers will get a raise.

Dave Jamieson

Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

In a blog post on The Huffington Post on Monday, President Barack Obama laid out his highly anticipated plan to extend overtime pay to more American w...

Making the Economy Work for the Many and Not the Few #11: Medicare Isn't the Problem; It's the Solution

Robert Reich | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

Again and again the upcoming election you'll hear conservatives claim that Medicare -- the health insurance program for America's seniors -- is running out of money and must be pared back. Baloney.

U.S. Presidential Hopefuls Play Middle-Class Card

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - Don't call Chris Christie rich. The Clintons say they still have bills to pay. And Mike...

Helicopter Parenting Is A Trap. It's Time To Break Free

Julie Lythcott-Haims | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Julie Lythcott-Haims

Why did parenting change from preparing our kids for life to protecting them from life, which means they're not prepared to live life on their own? And why do these problems I'm writing about seem rooted in the middle and upper middle classes?