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Obama State of the Union Speech will be Predictable for the Middle Class

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) is predicting that President Obama will rely on the same tired rhetoric regarding economic stimulus, while continuing to ignore the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.

Our Demand: Increase Social Security Benefits

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

You must not believe that we are in a financial debt or deficit "crisis." It is a complete sham. The problem is that our leaders do not have the spine to go after the rich and the powerful.

The Middle Class and the Political Center

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Obama has to resist the siren call of a D.C. political and media establishment, with their deeply flawed version of what "centrism" is, and instead focus on the real center of American politics: the hard-pressed middle class.


Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Lower income and special needs populations are likely to suffer most acutely from reductions in state and local services. It is essential to have a realistic conversation about who, what and where we are cutting.

'Will it Go 'Round in Circles?'

Judith Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith Ellis

President Clinton did not change many of the policies of President Reagan and President Obama has so far done the same with regards to those of President Bush. Billy Preston's song comes to mind, "Will it Go 'Round in Circles."

Billionaires' Coordinated Scheme to Ax Your Pay

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Don't be fooled by the misleading propaganda created by billionaires and corporations for the politicians they've purchased. These proposals have nothing to do with the right to work. They're all about forcing people to work for less.

Wal-Mart Whitewashing

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

We have a tendency to want to ignore inconvenient facts, either explicitly or because we are encouraged to look quite narrowly and myopically at a problem. Which brings me to Wal-Mart.

Richard Trumka v. Goldman Sachs: Different Visions of America

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

It is Trumka, and the labor movement's general vision, not Goldman Sachs, that offers the road map to a decent society.

Supreme Court May Hear Case on SBA Phone Records

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has filed a petition to the Supreme Court of the United States challenging a 9th Circuit Court ruling which ...

Modern Class Warfare Draws Slave-Era Parallels | ROBERT MCELVAINE | 1/13/11 4:39 AM EST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mississippi seceded from the Union 150 years ago this week (Jan. 9). But the intermittent, sometimes bitter, argument over whether the Civil War was "...

A Dozen Ways to Eliminate the Middle Class

Tom Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Shachtman

Cleaning out my files at year's end, I came across notes that I wrote in early 2002 on a dozen ways to eliminate America's middle class through the actions of government and private industry.

FDIC Forum Ignores #1 Challenge for Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Let's just try something crazy like not giving federal small business contracts to some of the biggest companies in the world, and instead direct those dollars to the nation's 27 million small businesses.

Frank Rich: Who Will Stand Up To The Super Rich? | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The wealthy Americans we should worry about instead are the ones who implicitly won the election -- those who take far more from America than they giv...

Detroit: An American Ghetto Where a House Costs Less Than a Car

Bryce Covert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bryce Covert

Once our pride and joy, Detroit now reminds us of how far off track our economy has gone and how downtrodden the middle class is.

'The Rise Of The New Global Elite'

The Atlantic | Chrystia Freeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Before the recession, it was relatively easy to ignore this concentration of wealth among an elite few. The wondrous inventions of the modern economy-...

Restoring the Middle Class Will Restore American Exceptionalism

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

What made this country exceptional in the twentieth century was the emergence of a vibrant and expansive middle class. Ignoring such a reality is exceptionally unproductive.

Congressional Leaders Ignore Job Killing Contracting Abuse

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In a recent letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Senators Landrieu and Snowe used strong rhetoric to describe the wide variety of problems facing federal small business programs. This is nothing more than meaningless posturing.

Time for shopping...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

Tis the shopping season and the retailers rely on these weeks between Thanksgiving and the end of the year for their profits, and therefore their live...

What Middle Class? Candidates Pandering To An Illusion

The Fiscal Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But to most experts, the middle class is nowhere. Politicians run a risk pandering to it, because paradoxically, there is no middle class; not with re...

A Whole New Generation of Revolutionaries: WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

WikiLeaks raises some of the most poignant questions of our time about the power of cyber warfare, the role of hackers, and the future of the Internet...

Arthur Delaney

Jobless Mom To Son: 'Santa Had To Cut Back At The North Pole This Year' | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At first, Samara McAuliffe thought of her layoff earlier this year as a good thing. "I kind of saw the layoff as an opportunity to find a dream job,...

There Will Be Consequences

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

The country refuses to accept the necessity of real change. This tax cut deal embodies the delusion that we can spend without consequences.

Peter S. Goodman

Middle Class Pain, Washington Disregard | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Oh, to live in Washington, where the annoyances of external reality are so conveniently ignored and The Conversation can be changed like an un-liked s...

Beyond Satire

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Fraad Wolff

For the next 13 months we will offer the struggling bottom 60 percent of American households most of the programs and help that have proven dramatically inadequate over the last 2 years.

President Obama; Feeling the Heat, Or Generating It?

Gil Laroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gil Laroya

As even liberal Americans become unsatisfied with the president's efforts, the 800 pound gorilla is now getting close to 1000 pounds, and still growing.