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Let's Hear It for Tax and Spend

(293) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 8:45 PM

There was a truly silly dogfight last week between the Clinton and Sanders camps on who was the worse offender when it came to possibly raising taxes on the middle class. Clinton had supported Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed three cents an ounce tax on sugary drinks to pay for...

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Will Bernie's People Back Hillary in November?

(2027) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 7:13 PM

It's fitting that the Democratic presidential nomination will likely be decided in New York, the birthplace of Bernie Sanders and the adopted home of Hillary Clinton.

The polling averages now show Clinton up by about 13 points in Tuesday's primary.

Sanders has closed gaps like this,...

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Sanders, Trump and the Hassles of Regular People

(87) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 8:01 AM

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Every once in a while, I have an experience that sheds some light on why most of the one percent do not give a rip about the struggles of...

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Race, Class, Jobs and the 2016 Earthquake

(108) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 9:50 PM

If you are old enough, you may recall the "dueling banjos" riff from the 1972 movie, Deliverance.

The debate about who is getting the worst shafting from the economy -- black Americans or downwardly mobile, white working class Americans -- reminds me of dueling banjos.

We have it...

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Sanders, Socialism and the Shafted Generation

(864) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 9:16 PM

Once again, Bernie Sanders has demonstrated, with a trifecta of big wins in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington State, that he has broad and enthusiastic support, especially among the young. Equally astonishing is the large percentage of voters who say they are attracted rather than repelled by Sanders' embrace...

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A Tale of Two Conventions and One Electoral College

(175) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 3:55 PM

The Republican National Convention meets in Cleveland July 18 through 21. A week later, the Democrats gather in Philadelphia. Let's look into the crystal ball and imagine the scenes.

In Cleveland, it may be a coronation of Donald Trump, but more likely, the GOP elite, which is belatedly getting its...

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Election 2016: Nightmare or Daybreak?

(401) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 6:49 PM

Here is a scenario that should keep Democrats awake at night.

Bernie Sanders keeps doing well in the big Northern and Midwestern states. On Tuesday, he wins Ohio, maybe Illinois and Missouri, which sets him up to be competitive in the big, late primaries, notably New York...

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Constitutional Crisis and Political Stalemate

(145) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 8:41 PM

The 2016 election year is shaping up to be America's most serious constitutional crisis since the Civil War -- and the most important partisan re-alignment since 1932 or maybe since 1860. To appreciate what's at work, it's important to understand these two trends, and how they interact.

The essence of...

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Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler and the Populist Moment

(234) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:20 PM

Right-wing populists ascend when three toxic forces converge. First, the economy needs to be really lousy for most citizens. Check.

Second, the political system ceases to be able to solve problems and loses legitimacy with regular people. Check.

Third, some foreign menace causes people to seek shelter in a strongman....

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The Year the Voters Took Back Politics

(197) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 5:58 PM

For nearly forty years, working and middle class families have been taking an economic beating at the hands of political and economic elites. Forty years! (I first wrote a major piece on these trends, titled "The Declining Middle," for The Atlantic in 1983.)

And for the same forty...

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샌더스 제너레이션이 샌더스를 지지하는 이유

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 2:18 PM

*이 글은 '더 아메리칸 프로스펙트'의 창업자이자 공동 편집인 로버트 커트너의 허핑턴포스트 블로그를 번역한 글입니다.


내 이성적인 친구들과 동료들은 벌써 1년 넘게 버니 샌더스의 매력을 저평가해왔다. 큰 승리를 뉴햄프스셔에서 거둔 상황인데도 그의 지지자들에게 정신 차리라고 권한다. 즉, 힐러리 클린턴을 민주당 후보로 모셔서 11월에 대선에 승리하자는 이야기다....

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The Deepening Economic Crash and the 2016 Election

(199) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 8:17 PM

If this bizarre election year needed one thing twist, it is now likely to play out against a deepening economic crisis. Advantage: Trump and Sanders.

The global economy is weakening, due to a perfect storm of a cratering economy in China, a crash of oil prices, slower growth in the...

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「サンダース世代」とは何か? 社会主義者・サンダース氏を若者が支持する理由

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 8:19 PM

サンダースを支持しているミレニアル世代は、大恐慌以来最悪といわれる経済の中で生きてきた。

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Generation Sanders

(543) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 8:33 PM

For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have under-estimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will be Sanders' last hurrah and urge his supporters to get real and get with the program --...

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In Praise of Unrealistic Ideas

(113) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 8:33 PM

The core blockage of American politics today is that nothing in mainstream debate is radical enough to fix what's broken in the economy. Today, the vast majority of Americans are being left far behind a halting economic recovery. The typical American family has not gotten a raise in more than...

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This Election Needs Michael Bloomberg (Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle)

(132) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 7:57 PM

Just when Republicans were on the verge of blowing the election sky-high, with the race narrowing down to the bizarre and unelectable Donald Trump versus the despicable and unelectable Ted Cruz, we have an even wealthier billionaire coming in to split the Democratic vote.

As you have doubtless read...

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The Election Carnival Has Just Begun

(75) Comments | Posted January 17, 2016 | 6:38 PM

This could well be the first election since 2000 with an independent candidate. That has happened only four times in the past century, the others being 1912, 1948 and 2000.

And a three-way -- or even a four-way race --would be a wild card. It could take...

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Where Economic Distress Meets Political Dysfunction

(222) Comments | Posted January 10, 2016 | 9:18 PM

Summer is over. The harvest is in And we are not saved.

-- Jeremiah 8:20

The economy generated almost 300,000 jobs last year and cut the nominal unemployment rate to five percent. But family incomes for most people are still deeply depressed.

Yet a lot of experts seem to...

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Thinking Harder about Political Correctness

(400) Comments | Posted January 3, 2016 | 5:44 PM

Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican presidential pack have had a field day disparaging political correctness as an affliction of liberals that is resented by regular Americans. Some liberal commentators have suggested that political correctness has become a serious albatross for Democrats.

Columnist Thomas Edsall, in a piece...

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Democracy Trumped

(495) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 8:30 PM

I've been having incessant conversations with friends, family and colleagues about politics, and they all boil down to the same question. Could Donald Trump be our next president?

Here is an amalgam of the conversation. See which side you're on:

- I think Trump might actually win.

- You mean...

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