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Shared Security: A New Deal for the New Century

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

If Social Security, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour workweek laid the foundation for the middle class in the 20th century, what would be the equivalent for the 21st century? The odd couple of a billionaire entrepreneur and a labor leader have come up with what could be a breakthrough proposal for rebuilding the middle class.

It's Time for the 30-hour Week

Harlan Green | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Don't look now, but we should soon have the 30-hour work week as the standard, instead of the 40-hour work week last enshrined during FDR's New Deal. Why, when Americans now work more hours than any other developed country?

What About a Jobs Program?

Cynthia M. Koch | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Cynthia M. Koch

We need to summon the political will to create -- for the first time -- an American labor force of committed citizens that reaches across boundaries of class, race, gender, and religion and involves all Americans. Only then can those in despair envision a future in which they and their children live useful lives as contributing members of our society.

Jurassic Politics: Hillary, Invoking FDR, Runs Left of Obama While Jeb Bush Does Straight Remake

William Bradley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Is there a certain synchronicity at work with Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush staging their big formal campaign openings just as Jurassic World oddly enjoys the biggest opening weekend of all time with its recycled plot (albeit with new bells and whistles) about the dangerous majesty of rampaging dinosaurs? It has to be.

Seeking the Four Freedoms Is as Important Today as It Was 74 Years Ago

David Woolner | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
David Woolner

Hillary Clinton's decision to hold the first major public rally of her campaign at Four Freedoms Park in New York City reminds us not only of the many challenges the United States has faced in the past, but also the many challenges we face today as we seek to build a better future for ourselves and for our children.

Trade Pacts and American Jobs

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is being hotly debated in Congress, the fact is that this trade deal -- or any trade deal -- will have little impact on American jobs, or more specifically, on the decline in good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

Griswold at 50: An (Incomplete) Constitutional Revolution and Its Meaning Today

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It's one of the Supreme Court's most famous, controversial and consequential decisions. On June 7, 1965, the Court in Griswold v. Connecticut struck down legislation prohibiting the use of contraceptives, relying in part upon a "right of privacy" that appears nowhere in the text of the Constitution.

Will Americans Vote for a Democratic Socialist?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Will Americans actually support a democratic socialist in the Democratic Presidential primaries? Sanders himself has conceded that the odds are heavily against him. Even if Clinton emerges as the Democratic nominee, a good showing by Sanders could strengthen the democratic socialist current in American life.

Republican Civil War Between Imperialists and Isolationists Has Deep Roots and Big Implications

William Bradley | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The Republicans' dramatic intra-party fighting over NSA domestic surveillance, which saw the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain having to give way to the likes of young libertarian Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul and House Republicans, points up a brewing civil war on national security.

If You Like Social Security and Minimum Wage, Thank Frances Perkins

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Perkins, who died 50 years ago this month, is one of our nation's greatest heroines. Her remarkable life should inspire us to continue the battles she fought. Many of the issues she worked on -- including wage theft, discrimination against women workers and the rights of immigrant workers -- remain problems today. Anyone who fights for social justice stands on her shoulders.

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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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.