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American Voters Are Killing the American Dream

Eliot Daley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Maybe the only answer is that middle-class Americans actually have a death wish when it comes to The American Dream.

I'm Running!

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Our hard-working families deserve someone who believes in them, someone who is going to stand up and fight for their interests. That's why I'm running for the United States Senate.

Can America Afford Equality?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.

Corporations Tailoring Product Lines To Reflect Growing Income Inequality

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

As the American economy struggles to shake off a torpor that threatens to drag the country back into recession, the gap continues to grow between the ...

Six Reasons Americans Fall Out Of The Middle Class

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Seems as though the American Dream is just that — a dream. If you were born into a middle class family, there is a high chance t...

Obama's Speech: The Narrative We've Been Waiting For

Miles Rapoport | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

President Obama articulated a vision that Americans need to hear -- a vision of a strong, clear, and positive role for government to make the investments that secure the American Dream.

Boob! Why Don't You Buck Like Thunder?

Susie Bright | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Susie Bright

If I were president, I would not be making a speech about jobs. This is Superman time: Lights, Camera, Shut-up, Action. I'd do something or die trying.

5 Middle Class Jobs That Will Vanish By 2018

InvestingAnswers | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business

These middle-class professions may soon face the fate of the milk man, the telegraph operator, the stagecoach driver and the switchboard operator, joining them in obsolete-job heaven.

Many Americans Born Into Middle Class End Up Falling Out Of It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business

The promise of the American dream has given many hope that they themselves could one day rise up the economic ladder. But according to a study release...

Working People Are Hurting This Labor Day

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 11.02.2011 | New York
Stuart Appelbaum

As we observe Labor Day 2011, it's clear that working men and women in the U.S. and Canada are hurting. As more and more money continues to be siphoned off by the wealthiest, the middle class is being decimated.

Peter S. Goodman

'Recession Forever': For The Long-Term Unemployed, Fading Hold On Middle Class | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business

If anyone in America could plausibly claim immunity to the unemployment crisis, Joe Sangataldo figured to be the guy. He earned his wages at a county ...

Did You Feel It?

Carolita Johnson | Posted 10.24.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Let Us Remember Dr. King's Struggle for Economic Justice

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.

A Grass Root's Win in Wisconsin

Jim Worth | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The recall elections, though described as a waste of time by Governor Scott Walker, was democracy in action, exactly the political battles our founder's envisioned.

Warren Buffett: The Rich Should Pay More Taxes

The New York Times | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics

OUR leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pai...

What Arab Revolts And The Tea Party Have In Common

The New York Times | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics

LONDON burns. The Arab Spring triggers popular rebellions against autocrats across the Arab world. The Israeli Summer brings 250,000 Israelis into the...

3 Key Strategic Ingredients for the President's Get America Working Plan

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The argument is not that government should do everything, any more than the private sector can do everything, but that there are critical functions that government can uniquely perform.

Churches Prefer Charity To Justice

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The problems that people face in a country like ours, in which there is such a wide disparity of wealth, cannot be addressed comprehensively by charities, no matter how many people of good will donate or volunteer.

Why Isn't the Economy Recovering?

Jim Worth | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

For most Americans it has been a slow and painful recovery from this recession. Analysts, politicians, and pundits continually offer excuses for the ...

Obama Bus Tour To Stop In Illinois

Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

President Obama's bus tour through the Midwest next week will hit southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and western Illinois--all states he carried in...

E Tu Democrats: The Bloody Toga of the Middle Class

Paolo Romanacci | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Paolo Romanacci

This week, like the Roman senators who lined up one by one to stab Julius Cesar 2000 years ago, the Democrats in Congress, the protectors of the middle class if you will, have lined up to do the same to us.

How To Make A Difference (PHOTO)

Carolita Johnson | Posted 10.08.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson

You'd think there'd be some kind of general uprising against the way large corporations are still not raising salaries or even hiring until they get more tax breaks. Good thing there's social media, or they'd be quaking in their boots...

Friday Talking Points -- More Tea, Anyone?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With the conclusion of the debt ceiling "crisis," the media pivoted swiftly to their standard larger questions (to them, at any rate) about any politi...

The Clash of the Middle Classes

Moisés Naím | Posted 10.05.2011 | Home
Moisés Naím

Governments in the poorer countries are under enormous pressure to meet the booming demands of the new middle class while those of the richer nations are struggling to contain the fall in living standards of the existing bourgeoisie.

The Upstairs, Downstairs Economy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Corporate profits aren't just back to their pre-recession peak: they've surpassed it. And their sharp recovery stands in stark contrast to the jobs and incomes of most everybody else.