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Friday Talking Points -- Fighting or Following?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's got enough problems right now as it is, since he hasn't really gotten anything done in the House this year. Just like John Boehner before him, the Tea Party extremist faction is holding everything hostage and gumming up the works.

This Tool Shows How Little Millionaires Pay Into Social Security

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

A progressive think tank has created a digital calculator to show how little the superrich contribute to Social Security. Americans pay payroll taxes ...

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

America's Jump From Economic Crisis to Retirement Crisis

Max Richtman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Three decades of stagnant middle-class incomes, disappearing pensions, limited ability to start and maintain personal savings, and the failure of the 401K experiment lay the foundation for a retirement crisis that could further threaten millions of older Americans and their families.

Friday Talking Points -- The Corpse-Like Stench Of Washington's Giant Misshapen Penis

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For Obama's offensive on the economy to work, a few Democrats need to "have his back" and help him push his initiatives. Starting with the minimum wage -- an issue wildly popular among voters.


John R. Burbank | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
John R. Burbank

Before we declare victory, we might want to step back and recognize that the fiscal cliff deal essentially codified into permanent law the Bush tax cuts of 2001. And we know where that led to...

Friday Talking Points -- Merry Cliffmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Here is our 238th installment of valiantly attempting to get Democrats to occasionally speak with one voice, and not get lost in the weeds of rhetoric.

Celebrating Social Security: The Workers' Program

Daniel Marans | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

As we return to work after Labor Day weekend, it is important to recognize all that Social Security does for American workers. The best way to do that is to make sure workers know the facts about the program.

Friday Talking Points [170] -- Newt Loses Two, Huntsman Gains An "H"

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John Huntsman... whoops, took that from their own campaign materials, sorry... let's start over... Jon Huntsman announced he was running for president, to a giant collective yawn outside the Beltway.

AARP Spins to Defend Support for Cutting Social Security

Daniel Marans | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

It's bad enough that AARP is betraying the wishes of its members and throwing its support behind Social Security benefit cuts. Doing it under the false pretense that benefit cuts are inevitable is even worse.