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Income Inequality: Why The Wall Street JournalGot It Wrong

businessinsider.com | Bruce Judson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For anyone with even a passing familiarity with issues associated with economic inequality, The Wall Street Journal front page story last week was sho...

President Obama Ties Reform To Rebuilding Middle Class

POLITICO | Carol E. Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PITTSBURGH -- President Barack Obama delivered his most strongly worded speech in defense of organized labor since taking office - tying health care r...

As Jobs Are Lost, So Is The Middle Class

The New York Times | PETER S. GOODMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Across the United States a sense has taken hold that the Great Recession and the financial crisis are predominantly a result of national profligacy, a...

Beer, Cigarettes and Flat Screen TVs: Targeting the Poor in Times of Economic Crisis

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
C. Nicole Mason

When it comes to lending a helping hand to poor people, there seems to be a double standard. The government requires states to match funds for poverty relief, while banks get stimulus money without a fee.

Left, Right & Center: Jobless Labor Day, Afghanistan Plans, ObamaCare, and Back-to-School

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

New Afghan plans need a major commitment to get the job done -- but Obama is losing support from all sides on this one. And will health care reform be so watered down it's not really reform?

The Key to the Fall Debate: Staying Focused on the Economy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

A "new economy" is emerging in America, and it has not been kind to most Americans. This fall is the time for the president to make it clear that he has a strategy to ensure their success in this new economy.

Obama Officials Avoided Questions from Press on Misleading Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

According to information in the Federal Procurement Data System, eight of the top ten recipients of federal small business contracts were actually large businesses or divisions of large businesses.

Half Measures and Lukewarm "Reform" Won't Save the Middle Class

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Let's hope that when Obama speaks Congress he outlines not only a bold program to provide health care for all Americans, but also a set of proposals to lift the middle class out of its currently dismal economic condition.

Obama Administration Policies Will Divert Funds From Middle Class Economy

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

We project that by counting big businesses in the United States and Europe as small businesses the Obama Administration may be shortchanging middle class firms out of as much as $100 billion a year in contracts.

Obama Administration Policies Could Be Big Problem for Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Obama Administration released the federal government's latest statistics on the volume of contracts awarded to small businesses. Small business owners were stunned, angered and disappointed.

Obama Spouts Pro Small Business Rhetoric, But Gives Small Business Billions to Corporate Giants

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

When you look closely at Obama's policies towards small businesses you start to think its just a matter of time before he loads small business owners into crowded train cars headed for prison camps.

Obama Administration Rhetoric Inconsistent with Small Business Policies

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

Thus far, the Obama administration has failed to follow-though on a majority of its promises to the small business community.

Forget The Squeeze: The Middle Class Is In A Choke Hold

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

There are no certainties in the current economic and political climate. Except one: that the current downturn is hurting middle-class Americans more than the wealthiest households.

What A Jobless Recovery Today Means For Tomorrow?

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

How can we carry out important national missions such as health care reform and energy reform when nearly 30 million workers are effectively unemployed?

"Barely Squeaking By On $300,000 A Year"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

What's fascinating is not how incredibly out of touch with Middle American reality the super wealthy are, but how willing the media are to promote the super wealthy's whines as legitimate and justified.

Doing More For Less

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

If we are working fewer hours, getting lower wages and unable to borrow more, what comes next? New BLS data seriously questions the strength and endurance of the present economic rally.

Armed Paramilitaries Guarding Detroit Grocery Stores

CNNMoney.Com | Steve Hargreaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On a side street in an old industrial neighborhood, a delivery man stacks a dolly of goods outside a store. Ten feet away stands another man clad in m...

SBA Goes to Federal Court of Appeals to Withhold Phone Records

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Anytime you want to look at what the Small Business Administration is doing, you have to go to federal court to get it. Clearly they have something to hide.

Job Hunting at Midlife: Past My Prime?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

Here I am, for the first time in recent memory, having to craft a compelling resume. Am I going to regret scoffing at the idea of Botox and lip injections?

Open Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Chantal Sicile-Kira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chantal Sicile-Kira

I can't afford to volunteer for the community anymore. Got to spend every free moment earning money or taking care of my mom and son.

The Destruction of the Black Middle Class

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

Left out of the commentary on race and class over the Gates affair has been talk of the increasing impoverishment -- or, we should say, re-impoverishment -- of African Americans as a group.

Obama Renews Vow Of No Middle-Class Tax Increase

New York Times | PETER BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House tried Monday to douse speculation that it might raise taxes on the middle class in violation of President Obama's campaign promise, ju...

Small Businesses Short Changed on Stimulus Funds

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

When small businesses thrive, our economy grows. Yet today, millions of these businesses are being threatened by the very plan that was supposedly intended to help them.

Who Are the Real Small Business Advocates in America?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The ASBL is the only national small business group that does not take money from Fortune 500 firms or big businesses. We only fight for small businesses.

National Small Business Groups Bristle in Response to ASBL Blog

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Yesterday, I posted an article to the Huffington Post. This morning both the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce and the National Small Business Association fired back.