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WATCH: Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Author Bob Herbert found an America in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the "virtuous cycle" of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else.

Teach Your Kids How to Become Rich

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Steve Siebold

Even parents who have not been the most financially successful can set an example by continuing to try and teach their kids about failure and success.

What Would the Last 50 Years Look Like Without Rapidly Growing Inequality?

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The rich won't be so easy to persuade -- in a massively unequal society, even modest economic growth still benefits economic elites. Don't worry about growth, worry about inequality.

Will the Obama Administration 'Passively' Let More Jobs Go Offshore?

Scott Paul | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

There's an international policy matter on which the administration has been far too passive, and its inaction may be dooming the productive sector of the economy -- not to mention the American middle class -- to a fate it doesn't deserve. I can sum it up in two words: currency manipulation.

Can Seattle Afford to Pay a Premium Minimum Wage?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

With so many business-hub communities surrounding Seattle (more than a dozen not counting bedroom communities), residents desiring low-cost local services do not have to drive far to find businesses not constrained by the new minimum wage.

On National Manufacturing Day, Congress Must Recommit Itself to Investing in a Strong Manufacturing Future

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Americans ought to be filled with pride in our role as the world's manufacturing leader. But we cannot take that leadership for granted, as our competitors across the globe seek to lure manufacturing jobs away from our shores.

Hong Kong's Moment in History

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

This is an important moment in history. The Hong Kong protesters must stand their ground. This is not 1989, nor is it Tiananmen Square. The people of Hong Kong represent the future of China -- not the other way around.

The Latino Agenda: Building a Strong Middle Class

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 11.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

When lawmakers, policy experts and advocates gather this week in Washington for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual policy summit, they will be discussing passing common sense immigration reform, accessing affordable health care and living in a clean environment. These are the issues that Latinos care about most.

Reagan Set Up the Death of the Middle Class, But China Was the Clincher

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Reagan shifted the power to the wealthy, and the wealthy used that power to escape the borders of democracy by moving production to China. And that, my friends, was that.

What Do Democrats Want?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

During the 2014 midterm elections Republicans have waged a negative "slash and burn" campaign, attacking President Obama and Democrats in general. In this hostile environment, most Democrats have been defensive and their message has been muted

Five Things Christians Should Understand About Inequality

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Jesus cared a great deal for the poor. Christians believe that all people are equally loved by God. However, the institutional structures that protect human dignity in our society are becoming frayed and worn.

Student Loan Debt and the Threat to American Homeownership

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Garrick T. Davis

An unsettling new normal has emerged in the wake of the Great Recession. There is an evolving relationship between student loan debt and homeownership in America. And it's not a good one.

How the Jewish New Year Can Change Our World

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

Jewish tradition states the world is being judged right now at this New Year. However presumptuous the claim, it's not a bad thing to have oversight.

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

What a Wonderful Day That Will Be

Lisa Longo | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The real revolution happens every year on election day. And one day, I'm going to see millions of American's finally realize that we had the power all along and act accordingly. What a wonderful day that will be.

The Shrinking Middle Class of Physical Activity

Brad Stulberg | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Physical activity is integral to promoting overall vitality and economic opportunity. Though they may not seem related at first blush, getting people moving physically and economically go hand in hand.

Economic Happy Talk and the Politics of Denial

Joel Berg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Democrats can't seem to get their message straight about the economy. Is it soaring because of the visionary leadership of President Obama, or failing because of the intransigence of Congressional Republicans?

What Economic Recovery?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 11.09.2014 | Money
Mechele Dickerson

While many American households now face a bright and promising economic future, it is now clear that the recession and post-recession recovery has a different look and feel depending on whether you are wealthy, middle-class, or poor.

#1 Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In America right now there's a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It's a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and grandchildren will live in.

Watch: Elizabeth Warren On Fighting Back Against Wall Street Giants

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

An expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class, Senator Warren has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party's progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.

We Are the Koch Sisters

'The Koch Sisters' | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
'The Koch Sisters'

While we share the same last name as the Koch Brothers, we definitely do not share their values. Together we are working to bring the issues most Americans care about -- from fair wages to protecting Social Security -- to the forefront of the political debate.

Dear Pinterest: It's Not Me. It's You.

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Oh, Pinterest. I can't buy coconut oil at the local bodega. I've got to drive to Whole Foods. They keep those well away from bus routes. Anyway, coconut oil runs about eight bucks a jar, and most Whole Foods stores don't take WIC.

Vegetarianism and a Clash of Cultures

Grace Li | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Grace Li

I have not met any Chinese vegetarians. That's not to say there aren't any - I'm just saying that when my family took me out to eat in Chinatown, my mother called in advance to make sure there were vegetarian options and I felt my face burn with shame.

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

Robert Reich | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be.

Labor Day: The Beginning of a Breakthrough

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This Labor Day, working families do not have much to celebrate when it comes to wages and job security. But we can celebrate the fact that the deteriorating conditions of work are finally breaking through into broad political consciousness. Last week, the board of directors of Market Basket, one of the last of the independent supermarket chains, agreed to restore the fired CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, who had treated workers decently rather than just milking the enterprise for dividends as another faction of this family-owned company has sought to do. An uprising by salaried managers and workers had brought the business to a halt. The Market Basket story is particularly instructive, because it represents how so-called shareholder capitalism puts pressure on managers to destroy job security and decent earnings for working people.