Does it matter that the wealthy turnout to vote at a rate of almost 99% while those making below $10,000 vote at a rate of 49%? It sure seems like it would, but for a long time many political scientists and journalists believed it didn't.
November is approaching and the public's interest in the mid-term national elections seems very blasé. In D.C., control of both the House and the Senate may end up with the Republicans, but if such were to happen their majority would be slim.
On wages, their rejection of even the concept of a minimum wage shows that Republicans don't care if employers engage in a race to the bottom. Five bucks an hour isn't good enough for you? They'll just find someone else. I thought we'd settled that question during the Great Depression.
Raising the minimum wage is a polarizing issue. One side worries that raising it will lower employment. The other side downplays the impact on employment and plays up the positive impact on the living standards of the poor.
A vast majority of small businesses already pay their workers more than the minimum wage, and many small employers feel it's the right thing to do.
Pennsylvania's pornography scandal just keeps getting worse. So far, four people employed by prosecutors' offices have been forced out. Next in line is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Seamus McCaffery.
Each of us could participate in efforts to right wrongs by protecting our children from the selfish ploys of food manufacturers and restaurants, shifting our food purchases in the direction of organic and Fair Trade foods, and patronizing restaurants that pay decent wages.
Who do you think politicians are more responsive to: (A) ordinary voters, or (B) rich funders? If you chose option B, you'd be right. But we have a chance to fix that.
Increasing the minimum wage would immediately lift 4.6 million people out of poverty with an additional 6.8 million over time. We should do more to help those struggling and by increasing the minimum wage we can affect immediate change.
Women represent more than half the population, but hold less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress. Government should reflect the people it represents. We need more women to be elected officials. And more women are elected when more women vote.
Unpredictable and part-time hours reduce the earnings of home care workers even further -- as a result, the median take-home pay of home care workers in the U.S. equals just over $17,000 per year.
Income inequality is killing the economy. Retailers, bankers and Democrats agree on that. Really. It's only Republicans who continue to insist that income inequality is great.
America goes to the polls in less than 3 weeks, there's a lot at stake for the majority of voters -- namely women. Unfortunately women also make up another majority -- those working for our pathetic $7.25 an hour minimum wage.
Let's end Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows multinationals to sue for lost future profits. This means that if Honduras passes new legislation to safeguard the environment from African palm or a higher minimum wage, multinationals that lose profits can sue the government for billions of dollars.
We must start somewhere. Raising our minimum wage to $13.00 an hour in the City of Chicago is that starting place. But $13.00 an hour by 2018 is truly a floor-base-minimum to ensure that our city has a viable workforce for a vibrant economy in the 21st century.
Our nation has been at its best when honoring a longstanding social contract that balances unbounded wealth building opportunity with fairness. Sharing our burdens as well as our benefits across various income groups is what has always made America strong.