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10 Charts That Show What's At Stake With Republicans In Charge Of The Economy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.01.2017 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Happy new year and welcome to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities top graphs of 2016 special! I’ll be your host, joined later by musical gues...

Staying Vertical

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.09.2016 | Religion
Jim Burklo

"That Christianity has to be revealed and embodied in the line of social progress is a corollary to the simple proposition, that man's action is found...

Paid Family Leave: We're Not #1, but We Could be #184

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Sunil Rajaraman

In the past few years, such political giants as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Andrew Cuomo have brought attention to paid family leave by discussing their own experiences as fathers, and describing the ways these policies benefit men too.

Hillary's Proposal For Paid Family Leave Will Likely Look Like This

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton has said she wants to make sure every working American can take time off, with pay, in order to care for a newborn or sick relative --...

Lessons Learned On Social Security's Birthday

Nancy Altman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Those who are fortunate enough to live to old age need steady, guaranteed income that they cannot outlive. Social Security provides protection in all three eventualities - death, disability, and old age.

White House Conference on Aging: Exercise in Benign Neglect of Retirement Income Crisis?

Eric Kingson | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Eric Kingson

Next week's White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) seems destined to be little more than an exercise in benign neglect of the growing economic problems of today's and tomorrow's seniors.

The Greatest Danger to the World

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 05.07.2016 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Convinced that excessive inequality is unjust and has bad consequences on social cohesion, political participation, and economic growth, Atkinson is intent on stimulating a national conversation about the distribution of income.

The Invisible Hand of God

Jim Burklo | Posted 05.01.2016 | Religion
Jim Burklo

America ought to be better than these statistics imply. It's time for us to live up to the moral values espoused so long ago by Adam Smith. The real Adam Smith, that is.

A Living Wage When Working, a Poverty-Free Old Age When Retired

Nancy Altman | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

It is in the interest of everyone, rich and poor, to see the minimum wage increased to at least $15 an hour. That will help not just minimum-wage workers. It will have a rippling effect, raising everyone's wages. And while we are at it, let's raise another significant part of everyone's compensation package. Let's raise Social Security.

The New Republican Attack on Social Security Starts Now!

Nancy Altman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Republican opponents of Social Security have not wasted even a single day in their plan to dismantle Social Security brick by brick. What should be a dry, mundane exercise -- the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives -- has turned into a stealth attack on America's working families.

Labor Unions Should Transform To Producers' Ownership Unions

Gary Reber | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

Simply increasing wage levels and extending jobless benefits once again won't solve the problem of long-term unemployment and underemployment, and the diminishing impact income losses have on the long-term productive capacity of the United States economy.

A New Deal for Christmas

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As the GOP abruptly ends unemployment benefits, Republicans intend to slash food aid as well. They want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program that many jobless families depend on for meals. This will occur as struggling food pantries report bare shelves.

Social Security for the Life-Cycle

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Alan A. Aja

While we applaud Senator Warren and Paul Krugman for their unequivocal stance not to cut but to expand the benefits of social security, we believe we can be much bolder.

President Obama: We the People Thank You for Defending Social Security in Your Second Term

Nancy Altman | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Social Security should be discussed in the sunlight and considered by Congress and the president through an open process with full hearings and debate. It is too important to address any other way.

The State of the Union Is Not Strong

David M. Walker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
David M. Walker

There are many things President Obama must cover in his State of the Union address. But our nation's finances are in such dire straits that they are reaching a critical condition.

How Much Do We Care About the Elderly?

Eric Laursen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Laursen

That's the real issue behind the Social Security debate -- and the deficit fight as well.

Remembering Ted Sorensen: A Dedicated Advocate for Social Insurance

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

Last Tuesday Ted Sorensen's family held a memorial for him at Lincoln Center. In the wake of his recent death, much of his stirring writing is being recalled. It seems worthwhile to mention one book that is less well known, Why I Am a Democrat.

Women Of Color Have Median Wealth Of Just $5: Study

The Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

According to a report released by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development this week, there is a vast discrepancy in wealth between singl...

The Millennial Commission

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary A. Doe

Before Social Security or Medicare are slashed as part of the undemocratic commission's "solution" to our growing fiscal debt, Millennials must be given the opportunity to weigh in.

Lehman's Failure: Why We Bailout Banks And Not Families | Uwe E. Reinhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A year ago, century-old Lehman Brothers lapsed into bankruptcy, completely spooking the oligarchy that runs our nation's financial sector. The olig...

Dems & Repubs on Health Care: 'Love a Lobbyist'

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The same insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies have granted themselves billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies and inflated profits continue to shape the healthcare reform debate today.

Finally, Health Insurance 90 Years Late

Paul A. London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul A. London

Americans do not understand how close the country came to having universal health insurance nine decades ago or why it failed.

A 1983 Faux Pas by Cindy McCain, a Sunday Morning Bromide by Roy Blunt, and What Republicans Still Don't Get About Helping People

Harold Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harold Pollack

Ms. McCain revealed a basic difference between Democrats and Republicans about what we owe families who need help.