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Four Horsemen of the Democracy

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Four Horsemen are running loose: War, Poverty, Racism and Climate Change. They may have other names, but these are how they appear to me in my political nightmares. And the riders are human. They're the ones leading us right now, behind the façade of democracy. Confronting them -- stopping them -- will take a movement independent of politics as usual, but not independent of the political process itself.

Friday Talking Points -- One No Trump

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We have serious doubts that we'll see Trump at any future debates -- after all, if he can blow them off with impunity, why would he subject himself to them in the first place?

15 Ways The Middle Class Could Help Close the Income Inequality Gap

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

When it comes to money, it's not intelligence or education that holds back the average person from getting rich. It's the middle-class beliefs about money that keeps them struggling to survive in a world of abundance.

Shaky Ground: The Challenge of being Black and Middle Class

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

By many measures, the black middle class in South Africa has been growing rapidly since 1994. Nevertheless, members of this group continue to occupy a complex and sometimes precarious position in society -- one that requires constant renegotiation.

Moving Forward: Investing in Our Ports Is About Investing in Our Middle Class

Edward Wytkind | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

The modern, global economy lives by one rule: faster is better. As technology breakthroughs and innovations take hold, the world's markets demand efficiency, fluidity and speed. Nations that fail to keep up watch as other countries reap the benefits.

Wanted: A New 'New Deal' for the American Working Class

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Fewer and fewer working Americans it seems, including many homeowners, are facing the future feeling confident and ready for retirement. There is good reason for such anxiety owing to multiple factors.

How the One Percent Is Systematically Destroying the Middle Class

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The idea of a property-owning democracy is no longer the reality in the United States. Edward Wolff finds that the wealthiest 10 percent own 90.9 percent of all stocks and mutual funds, 94.3 percent of financial securities but only 26.5 percent of the debt.

Will Reed Hastings' $100m Education Fund Help Poor People Get a Better Education?

James Baxley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Fifty
James Baxley

I do not think throwing money at a problem will make it go away. And this is especially true with education. Firstly, I think our education system is ...

How Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump's Campaigns Are Similar

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

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The Rich Can Make a Difference

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Good people, wealthy or not, need to join the game and make this country a fairer, more just place for all.

Candidates Talk About the Middle Class But Forget the Poor

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

There has been virtually no discussion, from Republicans or Democrats, about how to improve the conditions of individuals and families in poverty who are striving to reach the middle class, but are not yet there. What about these people?

Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

Bill Blum | Posted 01.12.2016 | Education
Bill Blum

You know that public employee unions are in dire legal straits when their best chance for survival may rest with the Supreme Court's most volatile, cranky and impulsive conservative: Antonin Gregory Scalia.

The Three Lines I'd Like to See on the President's Teleprompter Tonight

Page Gardner | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Page Gardner

The President has been a steadfast supporter of the middle class and is expected to speak from the heart tonight to Americans who are still struggling economically. Here are the top three bullet points I'm hoping to see tonight on the President's teleprompter.

What Donald Trump Gets Right

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Donald Trump is wrong about most everything - not to mention being hate-filled and demagogic. But the few things he does get right may account for his popularity among Republican voters.

Koch-Tied Group Asks High Court for Radical New Limits on Worker's Rights to Negotiate for Higher Wages

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Friedrichs case itself deals only with public employees. But the Koch Brothers would like to weaken the rights of all employees to organize unions -- and they think that a sharp reversal by the Supreme Court would be a great first step in that direction.

Sanders' Economic Plan Best for the 99 Percent

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Here's the bottom line: The middle class is in crisis, and Secretary Clinton's proposals merely tinker at the margins of that crisis. They would not shift the fundamental direction of an economy that is growing more unequal every day.

Outlook for 2016: Middle-class Woes, Hopeful on Wages, the Fear Factor

The Conversation US | Posted 01.04.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

We asked a few of our regular writers to weigh in on what will (or should) be the key economic themes and issues of 2016 or offer their predictions.

Why the Term "Middle Class" Is Meaningless Today

Benjamin Powers | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Benjamin Powers

While we all like to think of ourselves as middle class, the wide swath of people that claim that label only illustrates that we don't really have an accurate idea of what it means. The term has become divorced from actual income, making it an abstract idea we apply liberally.

Junk Nation? Portland's Makers are Betting on a Handcrafted Future

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business
Carrie Sturrock

Saws screech as people bend over work benches in the bright, cavernous space of ADX Portland, making tap handles, furniture, razor handles, chandelier...

The Unseen Mobility of the Working Poor

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Mauricio Lim Miller

I recently had the opportunity to hear jazz bassist Victor Wooten play at a club in my hometown, Oakland, California. His performance had the entire a...

Trump Is Still Funny. Or, It's the Brand, Stupid

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Randy Paul Oetinger

I recently received a message from the social-media-cloud-stratosphere that I should petition against Donald Trump and his candidacy. I do not suppor...

The Middle Class Is Dying in America

Phil Davis | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Phil Davis

If we don't find some way to redistribute money back into the system, the top 0.01 percent will own an ever-growing share of the wealth of this nation while the bottom 90 percent spiral further and further into debt.

The Middle Class Is No Longer America's Economic Majority

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business

There are now more low-income and high-income Americans combined than there are people in the middle class, a study released Wednesday found.&...

Congress: Put Families' Needs Over Corporate Greed

Linda Meric | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Linda Meric

This holiday season, Congress can continue giving tax breaks to the wealthy or stand with working families. Our nation has the resources to do better, we just need to help our lawmakers get their priorities straight.

Democratic Senators Dare GOP To Vote Against Middle-Class Tax Breaks

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats will dare Republicans to vote against an expansion of tax credits for the middle class with an amendment that's intended to h...