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Pessimism Porn

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Chris Hedges's new book, The Death of the Liberal Class (Nation Books, November, 2010) exemplifies the limits of the liberal elite in critiquing itsel...

The Selfish Rich of the 21st Century

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The rich have paid nothing for the destruction their advocacy has caused. Most sit idly by, letting the Republicans fight their unpatriotic battles. But there is hope.

John Boehner Is Holding Us Hostage

Rep. Jay Inslee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jay Inslee

John Boehner and the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party are threatening to stop tax relief for the middle class so that the wealthiest 2% of Americans can get their tax cut bonus.

Reflecting On The Holidays, Turkeys And Lame Ducks

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The holiday season for me begins when I mail in my donation to The Bowery Mission in NYC. Founded in 1879, it has served the hungry, the homeless and...

Should Obama Wait For GOP To Cave On Bush Tax Cuts?

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama should stand his ground on tax cuts and wait for the GOP to cave, David Cay Johnston writes (hat tip to Morning Money). Johnston, the...

WATCH Pulitzer Prize Winner: Huge Corporate Subsidies Lead To Middle Class 'Wealth Destruction'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston says it's no accident that the middle class has been shrinking. In fact, in a recent conversatio...

Microfinance's Fight On The Homefront

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

Here at home, microfinance is effectively fighting unemployment, economic exclusion and an evaporating middle class.

Arianna And HuffPost Bloggers Discuss On SIRIUS "What's Happening to America's Middle Class?"

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Arianna and a panel of HuffPost bloggers discussed the economic issues facing the United States and the threat of a 'Third World America' in a radio s...

Vanishing Middle Class Jobs

Martin Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Martin Ford

Economists acknowledge that middle skill jobs are vaporizing. But they also view the situation as static. Not true. Eventually, we'll have to find ways other than job-based income to support the population.

It Takes A Movement: The Next Steps

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Neither the left nor the right has the answers to our most pressing problems, though each will continue to say that it does. So we have to focus on the spiritual and moral values that bring us together.

"Political Malpractice in the First Degree."

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

How can the administration say on the one hand that it "did the wrong things" and then on the other hand exonerate itself by saying that "it wasn't that the White House did things wrong?"

New York's Lousy Jobs (And How We Can Make Them Better)

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Should we tear down the city's middle class? Or work to turn lousy jobs into good ones? That's the policy choice facing New York's leaders. So far, their decisions aren't encouraging.

Dear Mr. President, Please Don't Extend The Bush Tax Cuts

James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Kwak

The Bush tax cuts were bad policy when they were enacted, and they are bad policy today. Extending them would dramatically enrich the wealthy relative to everyone else: 26.8 percent of the benefits would go to the top one percent of wage earners.

A Party for the Middle Class

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The Democrats' mushy sometimes-with-the-bankers, sometimes-with-the-middle-class thing isn't working, and the real swing voters are populist working class folks.

The Bush Tax Cuts and the Republican Cult of Affirmative Action

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Fiderer

Capitalists believe in rewarding success and punishing failure. Well, we have ten years of performance data on the Bush tax cuts, and they failed by every possible criterion.

McConnell: Every Senate Republican Has Promised To Oppose Tax Cuts If Wealthy Aren't Included

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on wealthier people while preserving cuts for everyone else appears increasingly likel...

The Decline Of The Middle Class And Lobbying Boom Of The 1970s

BaselineScenario.com | James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In "Third World America," Arianna Huffington cited Tocqueville's observation that democracy should promote the interests of "the greatest possible num...

Corporate Tax Evasion Strategy WIll Irk Middle Class

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

The "other half" does not have to live under the Rule of Law: rather, it makes the law. Many use the "double Irish" strategy to cut taxes. The rest of us shoulder the burden of the service cuts.

DC Centrists Unite Against the Middle Class

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The politics on the deficit commission are predictable, but they are another sign of how far removed D.C.-style centrism is from where the American public actually is.

Democrats' 2010 Election Leader In House, Van Hollen, Would Consider More Tax Cuts For Wealthy

Bloomberg | Laura Litvan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. House Democrat Chris Van Hollen said he would consider extending Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans for a year if Republicans would agree ...

Frank Rich: Obama Election Strategy Must Focus On 'People Like You'

The New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

...what could give the Democrats even a slender reed of hope? If there's any plausible answer, it can be drawn from the single poll finding that is mo...

Elizabeth Warren On Wall Street Lobbyists: 'They Lost'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Elizabeth Warren has some words for those who might stand in the way of her crusade for the middle class. "They lost." Warren's official title is a ...

Friday Talking Points [145] -- A Democratic Epitaph

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An interesting article caught my eye last week, but what with all the election hoopla, I haven't had a chance to write about it before now. But even ...

It's Time to "Out-Jobs" the Conservatives

Heather McGhee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather McGhee

The American people want jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Yet the President's party has failed to make the simple case that spending is essential to creating jobs in the short-term.

Stopping the Decline of the Black Middle Class

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Algernon Austin

For a brief moment in American history, one could argue that the majority of African Americans were middle class. That moment ended last year. One d...