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Poor Americans More And More Likely To Stay That Way

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

It's getting harder for poor Americans to lift themselves up. Don't believe it? The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has some pretty compelling evide...

Draft Hillary for 2016 Bid

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Re-elect Barack Obama in 2012 and draft Hillary Clinton for 2016 to achieve an era of reform and realignment that will powerfully change history.

Is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the One Being Groomed for 2016?

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Hmm, if the GOP intelligentsia keeps ruminating on Christie we may see more of this new, improved, thoughtful Chris Christie making the rounds before 2016.

Does Labor Have Any Real Friends?

David Macaray | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

When it comes to the down-and-dirty battles necessary to get the job done, working people realize that no one can be relied upon except other working people, and the unions that represent them.

Jason Linkins

Reporter Experiences Harrowing Ordeal As Employee Of Online Shipping Warehouse | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.28.2012 | Media

Mother Jones reporter and official recipient of the Order Of The Eat The Press Empire knighthood Mac McClelland followed up on the visit she made last...

PHOTOS: Photographer Russell Marshall Is Documenting Detroit's Working Class

Randy Fox | Posted 03.28.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

Detroit and its history can't help but be a permanent and major part of the Rust Belt's rise and fall. Photographer Russell Marshall has lived through the good times in Detroit, as well as its industrial decline.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Declares An End To Math, Urges Working Class To Get Awesome! | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media

As Friedman bops from one global aerie to the next, absorbing the latest sweet whispers from the mesmeric elites he encounters, there's never a reason to end the pep rally. Everything just looks amazing once you're ahead of the curve.

The Politics of the White Working Class in the 2012 Election

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

In New Hampshire, Rick Santorum is attempting to move beyond his familiar identity as the social conservative's dream candidate, by emphasizing a carefully calibrated conservative version of economic populism.

Foreign Company Uses Cheap U.S. Labor As Reason To Lower Wages

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

The near-standstill in wage growth for American workers hasn't just been good for their employers. It's turning out to be a potential bargaining chip ...

Dave Jamieson

The New Blue Collar: Temporary Work, Lasting Poverty And The American Warehouse | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

JOLIET, Ill., and FONTANA, Calif. -- Like nearly everyone else in Joliet without good job prospects, Uylonda Dickerson eventually found herself at the...

Uncle Sam Doesn't Want You

Steve Fraser | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics
Steve Fraser

We have a choice: Americans can continue to accept large-scale unemployment as "natural" and permanent. Or we can follow the lead of the jobless young in the Arab Spring and of protestors beginning to demonstrate en masse in Europe.

Many Americans Born Into Middle Class End Up Falling Out Of It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business

The promise of the American dream has given many hope that they themselves could one day rise up the economic ladder. But according to a study release...

We Do the Work

David Macaray | Posted 11.06.2011 | Business
David Macaray

While it's the workers who keep the operation running smoothly, it's management who gets the credit. It's management who gets the credit, the glory, the promotions, and, ultimately, the compensation.

Where 30 Years of Real Class Warfare Has Left America

Larry Womack | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Larry Womack

After this recession, as most of the poor continue to linger in poverty, we won't be collecting any of the revenue that they could be generating. And when another recession hits and our expenditures skyrocket again, we'll cut programs for the poor and taxes for the rich again. And again. And again.

The Debt Ceiling "Compromise" Is a Total Democratic Capitulation to the GOP

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

We will look back and know that when the debt ceiling issue was in play, the Republicans made their case, but nobody in a position of power made the opposing argument. The Democrats just went along and will have to live with the consequences, along with the rest of us.

Debt Ceiling Debate or War on the Working Class?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

The debt ceiling debacle isn't about debt any more than all the talk about balancing the budget is about the deficit. There is absolutely no need to b...

Colbert: Men & Woman Finally Equally Powerless

Posted 08.29.2011 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert hailed an unfortunate "win" for equality on Tuesday night's show when he announced that the Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart sexua...

Peter S. Goodman

Supreme Court's Walmart Ruling Undermines Labor Rights | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

The appalling Walmart decision handed down by the Court this week will serve as a brilliant symbol of how the United States has essentially become a giant gated community enjoyed by the powerful, with most of the citizenry living outside and struggling to nourish themselves.

The Changing Class Divisions That Tear at Low-Income Families

June Carbone | Posted 08.17.2011 | Women
June Carbone

A new study of newlyweds found that increases in workloads were associated with increases in marital satisfaction for both men and women.

Oh, Please. There Is No Conspiracy Against the Poor and Middle Class in America.

James Napoli | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wish liberals would get off their high horses and let go of their quaint little idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against the working class. There is no conspiracy. We are getting reamed in a very public way.

When Unions are Strong, Americans Enjoy the Fruits of Their Labor

David Morris | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics
David Morris

n the last generation, US unions have shrunk in size and influence, largely as a result of a withering attack by corporations and Republicans.

How Democrats Lost Their Base -- And Why Identity Is Key to Winning It Back

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Most Democrats have trouble stating clearly what they stand for.That's a very big problem, because it turns out that in politics, identity trumps both interests and ideas.

Poll: Democrats Win on Ideas, Lose on Identity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

What Democrats, the party of ordinary Americans, need to do is re-connect with ordinary Americans. This happens on the level of identity, not ideas.

Broken Promises of the Obama Administration

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

President Obama's unwillingness to support programs aimed at assisting poor and working class people in a time of recession is tragic, especially after his campaign rhetoric to address social and economic justice issues.

Abortion and the Republican Party

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

The Republican Party has played a clever and cynical sleight of hand on millions of religious Catholics and Protestants from the hierarchy to the simplest believer.