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Home Health Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacy of Slavery Is the Reason Why

Ariela M. Migdal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Ariela M. Migdal

What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.

Learning From Franklin Roosevelt: Trickle-Up Economics

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Roosevelt understood that people who feel they have an economic future and a sense of stability are more able to spend money and participate in our consumer-driven economy. That means more business and more profits for companies selling all sorts of goods and services. Sooner or later, even the CEOs benefit. Call it "trickle-up" economics.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 04.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

The Unconservatism of Micromanaging the Poor

Greg Weiner | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Greg Weiner

Of course, all subsidies, including charitable ones, are liable to abuse. That is not, of itself, a reason not to give them. Crucially, on conservative premises, that is also not a reason to attempt to eliminate all exploitation.

Thinking About Franklin Roosevelt

Paul A. London | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Paul A. London

Reading about Roosevelt and the New Deal as Garner saw them made me think. Garner was a man of the legislature. He believed legislative government could work. Such respect for politics and politicians is not much evident these days. Maybe it should be.

The Public Health Message of House of Cards, Season 3: A Series Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

House of Cards and its veteran writers and producers construct for President Underwood a domestic agenda built on the premise that joblessness is a public health emergency. Brilliant, since in fact, from a public health perspective, it most certainly is.

Teddy Roosevelt's Jiu-Jitsu Skills and 5 Other Traits that Made US Presidents Better Leaders

Bob Rosen | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Bob Rosen

Ask business leaders what keeps them up at night, and often, they'll say they wonder what their legacy will be. U.S. presidents are no different. They all want to know how their actions will be remembered.

What's Missing From the New Annie: A New, New Deal

Zachary Norris | Posted 03.17.2015 | Black Voices
Zachary Norris

It's a hard knock life for poor black and brown youth and their parents not because they are not willing to work hard, but because of the legacy of discrimination embedded in the structure of past federal government policies such as the New Deal.

The Environment and Economic Justice: U.S. Catholics Can Take the Lead

Stephen Seufert | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

Pope Francis believes that care for creation and economic justice go hand in hand. When you destroy the environment, you impoverish people. Domestically but even more so internationally, areas with an abundance of natural resources tend to live in poverty.

New Year's Resolution for America

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

When anyone of us resolves toward self-improvement, it can impact the lives of those we love. How much more impact can we have, if in the new year we work to recreate the future of this country we love, by resolving to take bold steps in a new direction in a new year?

Happy Days Are Here Again

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The midterms are behind us. In 2016, one thing any Democrat running for president must do is compare the record of Barack Obama (and Bill Clinton) to that of George W. Bush.

Searching for the American Dream

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It is very likely that generations coming of age today will abandon -- out of choice or necessity -- the Dream of consumption and replace it with their own definition. The Dream is evolving, not dying.

Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking, "What did the voters want?" But the right question is why only 36.4 percent of potential voters bothered to register and vote? Obviously Democrats did not give those voters a good enough reason to take the trouble. Is the Democratic Party relevant anymore?

The Attempts by the School Board of Jefferson County, Colorado to Erase Significant Chunks of Our Nations' History Has Not Gone Unnoticed

Stephen M. Sweeney | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Stephen M. Sweeney

History should not be rewritten or reinterpreted because of an ideological agenda. We want young people to learn the truth about our history. We learn from our history and it can guide us to do more and to do better.

Why We Need War for a Great Recovery

Harlan Green | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

President Obama could cite the urgency to combat the spread of Ebola as well as ISIS in order to spend what is necessary to boost U.S. economic strength now. We have known since the Korean War that governments had to spend to create prosperity in peacetime as well as wartime.

Strange Things Happening in the Plains States

Mike Lux | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The fact that there are seven highly contested races in solid red states that few people thought would be competitive is a sign that something unusual is going on the small towns and wide open spaces of the Great Plains. It's not exactly the populist revolt of the 1890s, but it is making things interesting.

Who Are the Real Takers?

Harlan Green | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we have such a high poverty rate five years after the end of the Greatest Recession since the Great Depression, and the greatest income and wealth inequality since that Great Depression?

Where Is the Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

It's a pity more of those "inflationistas," who cry wolf at the slightest hint of rising prices, haven't visited the FDR Memorial where some of his most telling words are engraved, such as: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Is There Any Help for Consumers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

"It's the Consumers, Stupid," is an oft-repeated mantra being echoed currently by Internet advocates who want to keep Internet access free. But there's a more important reason to worry about consumer health

I Did Not Come to Praise Richard Mellon-Scaife

Brian Ross | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

Richard "Dickie" Mellon-Scaife the reclusive billionaire publisher and heir of the 19th century Mellon Bank robber barons died at 82 on Friday, the final punctation of a dark biography of political manipulation and democracy demolition equal or greater to his more public friends the Koch brothers.

Q1 GDP Plunge -- Austerity Must End

Harlan Green | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

That is, we have to end those policies that have lowered tax revenues and limited government spending for too long. They have literally been counter-productive, and hobbled economic growth.

Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

Brian Ross | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

Why Jackie O Still Matters

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Jennifer J. Raab

Growing up at a time when the place of women in American society was undergoing sweeping changes and doors were opening for us into an uncertain future, we could look to her as a role model.

Watch: Fighting for the Four Freedoms

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In January 1941, FDR's State of the Union address made it clear that a fight was inevitable, a fight to preserve, protect and defend four essential freedoms: freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion.