It was 24 years ago on July 26 that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. It was the year I graduated high school, a year and a half after sustaining a C4-C5 spinal cord injury.
Being a single mother of four who barely survived under-employment, I worked through poverty. Even so, I lost my home to foreclosure and almost every ounce of dignity and self-respect in the process.
The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.
Latvia, a country Paul Krugman loves to hate, takes the prize for the least miserable of the former Soviet Union countries in this sub-ranking.
The authorization for the statute expired in 2003; since then attempts to reauthorize the legislation were undertaken in both the House and Senate which culminated in the act that was passed last month.
We wouldn't dare give a young person who is just starting out the same advice today about bank interest rates or real estate values that we did ten years ago. So why are we still giving out the same old advice about college?
Bloggers and reporters alike are responding to post-recession America with a similar refrain: the traditional 9-5 job is dead. If you listen, you can hear the bagpipes playing an accompaniment to the doom and gloom future painted for the j-o-b.
The least miserable Balkan country is Bulgaria. For all of its problems, including a recent bank run, the country's currency board system provides monetary and fiscal discipline, which produces positive results in a region plagued with problems.
Do you feel like you're banging your head against a wall trying to get people to respond to your requests for job search help or informational interviews?
I believe it is parents' responsibility to launch their children after college, letting them both succeed and fail on their own.
The first step to ensuring that the benefits of AGOA reach more African people is greater transparency and honesty about what AGOA has achieved and what it hasn't. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is deceitful to use GDP as a proxy for broad-based economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.
It's vacation season and the time of year to step away from work to recharge and refresh. Sadly, many people don't take all the vacation days they earn. Others who take vacation end up working during their time off which defeats the purpose entirely.
This is a freedom that workers in every other wealthy country have long enjoyed; now workers in the United States no longer need a full-time job to get health insurance. And the data indicate that many workers are taking advantage of this option.
Happy 4th of July weekend! The week leading up to the holiday gave us much to celebrate -- and much not to celebrate. We can certainly rejoice that Hurricane Arthur failed to do much damage before weakening and heading out to sea. But there can only be consternation at the Supreme Court's decision to allow some corporations to withhold birth control coverage -- damage reports to follow in the years to come. We can also celebrate that the latest jobs numbers showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June. Far less worthy of fireworks is the fact that wage growth still lags in this unequal recovery. And though there were ugly anti-immigration protests in Southern California, we can celebrate that most Americans realize it's our shared history as a nation of immigrants that defines us.
We will not see a real recovery that puts even the long term unemployed back to work, until the mountain of private debt is reduced. And that can't happen until we create full employment policies that continue to create more jobs on Main Street.
Over sixty five million people in the US, perhaps a fifth of our sisters and brothers, are not enjoying the "unalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" promised when the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.