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Pity the Poor Exorbitantly-Paid CEOs

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 06.21.2014 | Business
Robert J. Elisberg

Being paid exorbitant bonuses for failing is the problem. Not that people who succeed didn't help the needy enough.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

Super-Size My Foyer: On Size and Snark of McMansions

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kimann Schultz

I came upon an article "McMansions: An Architectural Parable on the Death of the American Dream," which points to its originating article "Let Them Ea...

We Can't Talk About Creating Middle Class Jobs Without Talking About 'The Industry'

Patric Verrone | Posted 06.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Patric Verrone

The old adage is, "Everybody has two businesses: their own and show business." If we don't pay better attention to the middle-class jobs generated by the entertainment industry, Los Angeles will be down to only one business.

Rebuilding Silicon Valley's Middle Class in a Time of Fiscal Constraint

Sam Liccardo | Posted 06.15.2014 | San Francisco
Sam Liccardo

While much has been written and Hollywood movies made about the digital gold rush taking place in Silicon Valley, comparatively little has been said about the burgeoning number of people here who are living on the margins.

Should Chicago Have a City Income Tax?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No one really enjoys taxes, but they're necessary to help pay for the government services we receive. That's why Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has pitched a potential property tax increase to help the city make up the pension deficit it currently is facing.

Middle-Class Conservatives Don't Get That the Joke Is on Them

Jason Sattler | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

The reason Colbert's "character" was so effective was because his stunning lack of introspection, his callous indifference to the poor and his willingness to contradict himself all reflect the reality of the modern conservative movement. Conservatives should be glad Colbert's "character" is going away. It will make it easier for them to keep doing theirs.

5 Rules for Dating People Out of Your League

Reductress | Posted 06.14.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

We may live in a country with social mobility, but the rules of dating still resemble the caste system of India. Here's how to date way outside of your own kind of average, not-so-impressive league.

Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.

Jason Linkins

Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial drone death-dealers in the world (for now). Certainly our fast-food accomplishments are second to none. And our Reality Teevee Industry remains one of the more successful and innovative welfare programs in the world, lifting individuals with no evident utility to the human race -- and who would quite likely be pushed into ditches to die in lesser nations -- into the warm embrace of the Fame Economy.

Congressman Bill Foster Explains Why Middle Class Tax Cuts Lead to Economic Growth

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

If you give a dollar to a middle class family, they will spend it in the local economy and spur growth, or they will use it to make a high return investment, such as paying for their children's college.

'Next Friday, I'll Be Living In My Car'

The Huffington Post | Andrew Perez | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Vincent Oviedo, 44, said he lost his job as an executive for a facility management company in June 2013 and has had difficulty finding work since then...

So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Lawmakers must resist the cheap corporate rhetoric pushed by ALEC and others that makes right-to-work seem like a solution. It isn't.

Watch Chicago's Middle Class Disappear With This Amazing Map

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In 1970, Chicago had a booming middle class. In the 40+ years since then, the middle class has disappeared from the city, squeezed out by growing lower and upper classes. It has left the city with two different economies.

Why We Are Losing the Tax Reform Debate

Martin Lobel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Reform does not mean raising taxes on the rich. It means cutting tax subsidies to the rich to slow the dramatic shift of wealth from the middle class to the very rich.

Battleground Constituents Can't Count on Winning Buffett's Billion Dollar Bracket

John Murray | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Middle-class Americans feel the same way about government; they don't want to be left out in the cold, but they also recognize that the government should create an environment that encourages hard work.

March Madness: The Tournament of Upper-Middle Class Afflictions (PHOTO)

Jessica Hagy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Jessica Hagy

Gluten is the clear top seed, but Warm Champagne and Spotty Wi-Fi are ready to make deeps runs in the tournament.

The Middle Class Is Totally Hosed

Arthur Fox | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Arthur Fox

What most of us fail to recognize is that the gulf between the very rich and the rest of us will almost certainly continue to get worse, a lot worse! Most importantly, it may be too late to do much about it.

The Fed Moves the Goal Line

Michael Farr | Posted 05.20.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

I believe that the Fed has overreached in its monetary policy not just in response to the latest crisis, but pretty consistently over the 15-20 years. In an effort to lessen the effects of (inevitable) economic downturns, the Fed (and other central banks) has caused extreme financial distortions and dislocations.

'Then They Fight You' -- Why The 1 Percent Is In Full Panic Mode

Will Bunch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

In the last few months, we've seen something truly amazing happen. The 1 percent is in "they fight you" mode, in some of the crudest terms possible. They are attacking the movement for equity in the country, and -- at least rhetorically, for now -- they want to burn it.

The Division of North Carolina's Middle Class and the Development of Economic Inequality

Mousa Alshanteer | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Mousa Alshanteer

In order to address North Carolina's economic inequality, policy leaders ought to adopt an integrated approach to economic development.

I Shouldn't Be Denied My Top College Because I Can't Afford It

Damani Eubanks | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Damani Eubanks

In my own personal experience as a middle class student in the top 1 percent of my class, I've had to reconsider my college choices due to finances.

Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class?

K. Ford K. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

I began to feel I had slipped so low that I was no longer respected. I lost self confidence. I stopped talking about my writing. Soon nobody knew that I was a writer or that I'd ever gone to college. Nobody knew me. I became invisible.

Will Economic Inequality Undermine LGBT Equality?

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

As the American middle class contracts it is worth considering the ramifications this might have on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender equality. Generally speaking, angry people going nowhere fast are less receptive to arguments in favor of minority rights

The Son of God: Safe and Comfortable Middle Class Jesus

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey fail in their newly-released film The Son of God, because their interpretation of Scripture is simplistic and triumphalist. Where there are choices to be made -- and with the Gospels, the choices abound -- Burnett and Downey have an unerring urge to favor the safe ones.