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Trickle Down Economics

Unpacking The Inaugural Address Of Donald J. Trump

David Coates | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
David Coates

The Trump Inaugural Address last Friday was so full of Kellyanne Conway-type "alternative facts" that the bulk of the intellectual energy subsequentl...

Déjà vu All Over Again: The GOP Prepares to Make the Rich Even Richer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

As the Republican Congress begins to execute its latest attack on poor and middle class Americans (the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; cuts in educ...

Trump Plans To Keep Jobs In America By Bribing Giant Corporations

Robert Reich | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

Last Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to...

Our Liar-In-Chief--The Con Artist

Harlan Green | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Harlan Green

The New York Post has confirmed what many of US already know. Prez-elect Donald Trump is not about to change his lying ways, which includes blatantly...

Trump's Tinkle-Down Economy And The Conservative Job Creators Myth

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

Trump's anti-tax fantasy should sound familiar because it is: it has been tried and failed.

The Trickle-Down Stress Effect to the Trickle-Down Love Effect

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 11.03.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mitchell J. Rabin

When we think of the main sources of stress in our lives, we usually think that these are from work and home. Bossy business partners and spouses, cha...

We Have a Clear Choice

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Co authored with Helen Berger, Resident Scholar Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center Hillary has been accused of being too cautious, ...

The Failed Philosophy Behind The NJ Train Crash

Andrew Winston | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Andrew Winston

There could be many causes of the tragic NJ Transit train crash yesterday. But assuming it wasn't willful intent, we know that a contributing factor was a lack of investment in new technology.

Treating Donald Trump As Just Another Republican Presidential Nominee

David Coates | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
David Coates

Just because Donald Trump is so unconventional a presidential candidate, it does not automatically follow that we should immediately abandon our conventional criteria for judging his adequacy for the position.

A Debate Like No Other

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

There were a few moments in Monday night's debate when an eerie familiarity came over the debate stage. The rest of the debate, however, was something new.

Trickle-Down Economics Led To The Rise Of Trump By Undermining Our Democracy

David Madland | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
David Madland

The fact remains that our three decade experiment with trickle-down caused the financial crash and Great Recession by deregulating financial markets and driving the deep indebtedness of the middle class, pushing an already weakened middle class to the brink. Enter Trump, seizing the terrain that trickle-down created.

No More Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

San Francisco Fed President John Williams has said something that most central bankers won't say. He believes the current low inflation, low growth e...

The Moral Failure of the Ryan Budget

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

In an era of increasingly partisan politics, routine measures like developing the annual federal budget have become highly politicized.

America's Third World Nation

Diane M. Francis | Posted 05.12.2017 | Politics
Diane M. Francis

America's impoverished grows. There is no trickle-down benefit for them, due to many reasons, but voting absence represents yet another obstacle.

It's True: America Is an Overweight Welfare State... But for Whom?

The Heller School | Posted 04.28.2017 | Politics
The Heller School

Since the dawn of modern American political history, conservatives have railed against the left for supporting social welfare. America's welfare programs, so the story goes, create cultures of dependency that weigh down the economy. Who caused this tremendous burden on the U.S. taxpayer?

Horses for Courses? The Candidates and the Economy.

David Coates | Posted 04.14.2017 | Politics
David Coates

It may be difficult to believe right now, but eventually the nightmare will be over. The race for the presidency will end, and we will be free of the daily media diet of who is ahead, who is behind, and who might get ahead as others falter. Time and again right now, the bulk of the media - across the entirety of the political spectrum -- focus entirely on the race, in the process distracting us from the course over which the race is being run. But when the race is over, reconstructing/improving that course will be the over-riding task facing whoever wins. So can we please start talking now, in a systematic way, less about the candidates and more about their programs?

Trump's Tax Plan Exemplifies the Rigged Economy

Brian Hanley | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Our economy is rigged. Millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages and yet all of the new income is going to the top one percent.

Common Weaknesses in the Republicans' Tax Proposals

David Coates | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
David Coates

Though for understandable reasons the leading Republican presidential candidates continually emphasize the things that divide them, we would do well to concentrate rather on the things that do not.

The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.24.2017 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The tragedy of Flint should never have happened, but at this point, the evidence is undeniable and the suffering is real. Fixing Flint is an urgent priority. Fortunately, (although far too late) the truth has finally sidelined the spin-masters who spent years denying the problem.

The American Hunger Games: Top Republican Candidates Take Economic Policy Into the Wilderness

Nomi Prins | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Nomi Prins

Certainly, there has never been a stranger or more unsettling Republican campaign for the presidential nomination or one more filled with economic balderdash and showmanship.

What Kind Of World Would It Be If The Rich Admitted They Need The Poor?

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I'm dealing with Jesus right now, and I'm having a difficult time manipulating his words so that they come out approving of any policy enacted by the powerful that says to the powerless.

When Will Fed Raise Interest Rates?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Even former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has been irked by right wing conservatives for doing just the thing that most conservative economists, such as Martin Feldstein, and even arch-free market theorist Milton Friedman, said was the right thing to do during recessions--inject more money into the economy.

Challenging Republican Premises: On the Cutting of Taxes

David Coates | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
David Coates

These Republicans (Trump included) seem totally in agreement that progressive taxation is less effective than light taxation; that it is the scale of public spending and debt which is holding back economic growth, and that it is the burden of taxation to sustain that spending which currently is the key barrier to the generation of private sector-based enterprise and employment.

Trickle Down Failure Leads to Anarchy in the UK - Who's Next?

Phil Davis | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

You can ignore it if it makes you feel better but at least take these signs seriously and take what the media says with a grain of salt - guys who have billions of dollars are simply not going to tell you their assets are 20% over-valued, are they?

My Correspondence With Governor Scott Walker

Tim Koechlin | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Dear Governor Walker: I'm appalled by your willingness to trade off the well-being of working people and the health of a fabulous state university system for your grandiose, selfish ambition. I'll do whatever I can to make sure you will not become president.