Wealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality. That's because you have to have enough savings from income to begin to accumulate wealth -- buying a house or investing in stocks and bonds, or saving up to send a child to college. But many Americans have almost no savings, so they have barely any wealth. Two-thirds live paycheck to paycheck.
Now that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has chosen former Hewlitt-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a former rival, as his running mate, it's worth looking at history to see whether such "unity tickets" (linking ex-opponents) have been successful in the past.
Hillary Clinton worked for party unity, but only after a very hard-fought and contentious primary season. I offer these reminders up, because now she finds herself in the opposite role. And it seems like everyone's memory has gone fuzzy when recalling the final two months of the 2008 race.
While we fight to save our planet from the ravages of climate change through the Clean Air Act, international agreements, better fuel mileage standards and clean energy incentives, climate change is already happening.
Under a Hillary administration, it is likely that more women and people of color will find their way into elite positions within the current political and economic hierarchy. However, her idea of "breaking all barriers" does not include breaking the biggest barrier of them all -- runaway inequality.
It takes humility to act in concert. George Washington was always looking for consensus. He was always cognizant of his responsibilities as the first President. He knew his choices would set precedents for all future generations. What if our leaders held themselves to that standard?
We've tried to instill that sense of equality in our kids from the time they were infants. But the world being what it is, we know they're inundated by a counter-narrative every day that reinforces women (and a lot of other people) as inferior. This point was driven home to me later in the evening by none other than Donald Trump himself.
The most intriguing thing about King's story has always been that he fails to draw any of the obvious lessons from it, like that fact that his teacher saved his life without the benefit of Common Core Standards or a Big Standardized Test.
Richard Ben Cramer's book about the 1988 presidential campaign -- What It Takes -- was a classic about the psychology and talents required to climb the greasy pole. Time to update it in this political year.
If we want to change the corruption in the system, we need to become part of the system. At the very least, we need vote for the down-ticket candidates -- the ones who have legislative power.
I am a Latina immigrant, originally from Peru, and I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood near New York City. The hateful right-wing anti-immigrant rhetoric has had a disastrous effect on communities such as mine.
Donald Trump's first foreign policy speech was an incoherent mess. Let's start there. He doesn't even care enough to think up his own thoughts.
That shocking reality should not only force us to see Dennis Hastert quite differently as an individual but also invites a second look at his speakership and the troubled period in which he served as the third highest public official in the nation.
At a time when millions of our children are already suffering from poverty, from domestic abuse, from a school-to-prison-pipeline and a broken juvenile justice system, how can it be that we also are allowing over five million children to be traumatized by the loss of parents caught in the hysteria of mass incarceration?
In acknowledging an entity's statehood, governments open the doors to treaty relations, trade, foreign aid, and, potentially, membership in the United Nations.
On March 16, the media said it was over, and they're saying it's over now. But those who "do their own research" knew then that the movement had many contests left to win, and they know now that 19 states and 1,401 delegates are still available.
In recent months a number of studies have looked at the effects of the Affordable Care Act, i.e., Obamacare. The most recent release demonstrates that the law greatly increased access to health care--with a disproportionate amount of the benefit going to non-white Americans.
Economic globalization is often presented as an inevitability, a wave of the future to which we must either adapt or get left behind. But it isn't. How much globalization we get and what kind are a choice, a result of deliberate political decisions we have the power to make or not make.