Like most third world countries, American democracy has been bought and sold to the highest bidder, leaving a government that is more concerned with the biggest banks and corporations than with the well-being of its citizens.
Third World America -- it's a jarring phrase, I know, but I decided to make that the title of my new book as a warning -- to make it clear that if we don't change course that could very well be our future.
As the "Summer of Recovery" draws to a close and labor day soon approaches, it's time to discuss what to do when after months of chronic unemployment, someone actually responds to one of the 2,000 applications you've submitted over the past months.
At the end of Third World America, Ms. Huffington really got my attention with her not-so-gentle reminder that if middle-class Americans are to keep their American Dream alive, then "it's the jobs, stupid."
Republicans are running Tea Party candidates who are so far to the right you can't see Middle America from their porch. Some endangered Democrats will likely see victory in November from theirs if they understand the public mood and speak to it.
Progressives cannot afford to walk away from the suffering of the middle class to prove a point or make a case. Yet that's the type of talk I am hearing more and more from progressives as the midterm approaches.
One untruth about the President that has had some currency among liberals this summer is that "Obama is out of touch with the middle class." It is not the middle class, but progressives, who Obama is out of step with.
Today, Mott's is owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), based in Plano, Texas. Ever since DPS took over the New York factory, union members claim, family spirit at the company has been destroyed.
If the financial crisis was preventable, why didn't our leaders try to stop it? Why don't they take the steps necessary now to get the economy moving again? The answer to both these questions is simple; the politicians work for someone else.
The Great Recession continues to take a tragic toll on the US middle class. Although credit markets are unfrozen and economic activity has drastically improved, the tsunami after the quake is still in full force.