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Bernie Sanders Made The Only Attack On Donald Trump That Actually Worked

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's opponents have struggled to find a line of attack that would slow the billionaire businessman ahead of Monday eve...

Who Lost the White Working Class?

Robert Reich | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

Democrats have occupied the White House for sixteen of the last twenty-four years, and in that time scored some important victories for working families. But they've done nothing to change the vicious cycle of wealth and power that has rigged the economy for the benefit of those at the top

Callused Hands: The Shrinking Working Class White Vote

Keith Gaddie | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

Once upon a time, the white working class was the colossus of U.S. politics. White working class voters were the largest bloc in the electorate. They provided the foundation for the New Deal, the most durable political coalition in U.S. history Today, the white working class vote faces multiple challenges to exerting influence, as their numbers and clout have declined.

Some New York Politicians Are Not Truthful to the Working Class

John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John Burnett

It's not easy to explain viable alternatives to sharply raising the minimum wage. Anything to the contrary makes a person sound like a scrooge. Who doesn't want to see people earn a higher wage, right?

Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

Where Economic Distress Meets Political Dysfunction

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

What the economy needs is a massive program of investment in public infrastructure to provide jobs and domestic growth that is relatively insulated from global trends. Such a program could also accelerate an overdue transition to a greener economy. That would require on the order of about half a trillion in outlays a year, some of it financed by higher taxes on the rich and some of it financed by debt. Try to find a mainstream politician calling for that level of public outlay. Look around you at the appalling state of basic public infrastructure. In New York, the a new subway line is literally taking decades because only a little money is available each year. Our coastal water and sewer systems are sitting ducks for the next surge of sea level rise. Basic roads, bridges, tunnels and electrical systems have deferred maintenance bills stretching into the trillions. Our internet access systems are technically behind those of most of Europe and some in the Third World -- and far more costly to consumers. And don't get me started on Amtrak.

Dead, White, and Blue

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

While the lifespan of affluent whites continues to lengthen, the lifespan of poor whites has been shrinking. As a result, in just the last four years, the gap between poor white men and wealthier ones has widened by up to four years.

For The Future Of Working Families: Vote Hillary Clinton

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Hillary Clinton is a proven fighter who, as president, will live up to her word to tackle the issues that affect our quality of life, such as paid family and sick leave, the crippling burden of student loan debt, and protecting the retirement security for all working and retired Americans.

When Unions Are Strong, Families Are Strong

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Republicans have staked out endless signature issues: shutting down the government, vilifying immigrants, denouncing rights like paid sick leave and equal pay because they are "women's issues," privatizing education, and--wait for it--obliterating the rights of working people to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their families.

The President's Schizophrenia on the Working Class

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

If the president is serious about restoring grace in our public spaces, surely those suffering most greatly among us must not be left behind.

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

Opportunity or Inequality? That's No Choice at All

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll recently asked, "Which concerns you more: the income gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country, or middle and working class Americans not being able to get ahead financially?" If you understand how the economy works, that isn't just the wrong question. It's probably a meaningless one.

The Meaning of Middle Class

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said, "We need to make the middle class mean something again." What does being middle class mean to Americans, and has the meaning changed?

The $15 Minimum Wage Is Only the First Step

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

The fight for the $15 minimum wage needs to be seen as part of a larger struggle. The results of a successful fight for a higher minimum wage will be positive for a limited time. Fighting for a higher wage in the United States must be accompanied by fighting for better working conditions and wages globally.

Repeal of Estate Tax Rewards Billionaires, Punishes Working Americans

Frank Clemente | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

Who deserves a break more these days: a struggling working family, or the heir to a billion-dollar fortune? According to the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, it's the billion-dollar baby.

The Invisibility of Class, and the Hegemony of Conservative Ideas, in Contemporary America

David Coates | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The underlying centrality of class to the nature of our contemporary economic and social condition continues to go largely unacknowledged. It is an acknowledgment that is now long overdue.

In Post-Civil Rights America Do We Know How to Organize?

Junius Williams | Posted 06.06.2015 | Black Voices
Junius Williams

In Selma Alabama, at the 50th year anniversary of Bloody Sunday, people from all over the world gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge for a symbolic march to the other side. But there were no leaders to lead, no plan to make it over and back. Where were the traditional leaders?

Not Lovin' It: McDonald's Wages Class War in New Ads

Kristin Wartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Kristin Wartman

If McDonald's really cares about the average American, as it purports to in its ads, how about some real transparency that makes it so "every-man" has more information about what he (or she) is eating?

Wealth: Legitimate and Illegitimate

Edward Corcoran | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

Excessive wealth accumulation is the result of permissive conditions that allow and even promote it. Lobbying efforts and campaign contributions are major avenues of influence. But these ultimately depend on public acceptance of rationales which facilitate wealth accumulation.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

While Views Of Economy Improve, Struggles Remain For Many Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans are seeing new signs of economic optimism, but their views of their own finances remain comparatively bleak. Views of the e...

Congress Is Rich: Here's Why It Matters

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While descriptive representation of women and people of color has increased dramatically, the descriptive representation of working-class people has remained stubbornly flat.

Thankful for an Income, Hoping for Equality

Nick Desai | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Nick Desai

As most of us prepare to feast on a cornucopia of lovingly prepared foods, I am acutely aware that the basic necessity of a living wage eludes millions here in America and billions more around the world. For those mired in wretched poverty, Thanksgiving is just another Thursday where they try to eek out just enough to survive.

Can Seattle Afford to Pay a Premium Minimum Wage?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

With so many business-hub communities surrounding Seattle (more than a dozen not counting bedroom communities), residents desiring low-cost local services do not have to drive far to find businesses not constrained by the new minimum wage.

Try Looking Past The Elephant

Chris Dean | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Chris Dean

Why, you ask, isn't anyone talking about the class issue if it figured so heavily into it? Because people are more comfortable talking about things that are beyond their control.