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Jon Ward

A Day With The New Populists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Populism is fashionable in Washington these days. That's for good reason. Strong currents of dissatisfaction with the nation's capit...

Look Out, Wall Street, The New Populism Is Coming

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The public's mood, despite years of attempts by most Republicans and many Democrats to placate them, is distinctly populist. And much of that populist sentiment is directed toward the financial institutions which have so badly damaged our economy.

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America.

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises.

To Fix the Problem of Inequality, Fight for Full-Employment

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Conservative populism becomes most powerful, as we saw in the last mid-term election in 2010, when liberal politicians ignore the fundamental nature of the economic crisis and leave the field to conservatives on the issue that voters care most about: jobs.

BLS Says Job Numbers... Are Not Available

Roger Hickey | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

On the first Friday of every month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the unemployment numbers -- but not this month.

Ryan Grim

Summers Faces Brutal Confirmation Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of opponents to Larry Summers is working behind the scenes to make the former Obama economic adviser's nomination and ...

Apple: Bad Model for 'Tax Reform' -- California, New Tax Thinkers, Chart a Better Way

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A political mobilization by citizens is clearly necessary to prevent politicians in the Senate and House from embracing the corporate version of corporate tax reform.

A Progressive Economic Narrative

Mike Lux | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

No surprise that a populist progressive Democrat like me would like President Obama's State of the Union address that talked so much about lifting up the middle class. But there's a background story on getting to the president's message last night.

GOP Threat: Cut Social Security and Medicare or We'll Kill the Economy -- Americans Say No to Both

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Republicans can get their way only if Democrats fail to realize they have the American people on their side. And once Republicans are clear about their proposals, Americans turn against them.

If Fighting for the Majority Is 'Radical,' Call Me Radical

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In the hallucinogenic haze that is today's far right, apparently it's "radical" to promote ideas and policies supported by most American voters -- including, in many cases, most Republicans.

Senators Listen to Voters, Oppose "Fiscal Swindle"

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The voters have just spoken. And election-day polls find big majorities -- even of Republican voters -- calling cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits unacceptable.

Show Peter Peterson We Reject His Elite Austerity Consensus

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Roger Hickey

This meeting will not issue a rallying cry for bold growth policies to put America to work. And we should try to make sure that Democrats do not buy into what the organizers are selling -- because the voters certainly won't.

No Super Committee Deal. Good. Now Let's Focus on Jobs -- the Best Way to Reduce Deficits

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The deal on the table, whose failure is much lamented by beltway pundits, would have seriously harmed the economy, without significantly reducing deficits. In fact, it might have made it worse.

How Budget Cuts Are Hitting Schools And Hurting Students

Posted 12.13.2011 | Education

As school districts are facing massive budget cuts across the country, school programs, teachers and students are taking the hit. According to a re...

Zach Carter

WATCH: Occupy Wall Street Protests Ignite Progressive Political Fire In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations inspiring scores of similar protests nationwide, a progressive conference in the nation's cap...

What Should Progressives Do About the President?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If you believe that the progressive movement should be independent of Barack Obama and the Democrats, then the decision to work with them should be made strategically. There are times to oppose them, but there are also times to support, encourage, and persuade them.

Obama Rejects Medicare Age Increase: Stresses Jobs, Fair Taxes

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Almost all Republicans voted for the Ryan plan to dismantle Medicare. And now Democrats can clearly say they will fight any attempt to cut Medicare benefits or raise the Medicare eligibility age.

3 Simple Things to Do Today Instead of Saying "Eff You Washington!"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The president has embraced the failed policies of austerity economics, and he clings to them even as they're failing in Great Britain and poll numbers show that the American public hates them. But despair not, ye infuriated Americans. Here are three things you can do today.

To Appear Reasonable, Obama Unreasonably Offers to Cut Social Security and Medicare

Roger Hickey | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

It's being reported that President Obama will offer Republican negotiators major cuts to Social Security and Medicare when they meet today. Supporters of these essential programs are outraged -- and rightly so.

AARP Tells Members They Won't Fight Social Security Benefit Cuts

Roger Hickey | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

AARP, the group that promotes itself as the most powerful defender of seniors in America, should get their citizen's lobby in gear, and make sure Social Security doesn't become the sacrificial lamb of this season of budget-cutting blood on the floor.

Sen. Conrad Unifies Dems Against Ryan Budget. Yes, Kent Conrad!

Roger Hickey | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

I never thought I'd have the opportunity to thank Senator Kent Conrad, whose finest hour before retirement could be to help rally his party to fight Paul Ryan.

We Need A Jobs Summit -- Here's Why

Isaiah J. Poole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isaiah J. Poole

Our jobs summit is intended to be a place where progressive members of leaders can forge the elements of political movement for dynamic job creation and a revival of the American economy.

No Social Security Cuts in the State of the Union?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

News that Obama won't cut Social Security is at the very least a temporary victory for all concerned, one that gives the public more time to make its voice heard. That's good news. But the fight is far from over.

If Obama Moves Right He Loses Everybody -- and Everybody Loses

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A new poll on jobs and the economy has a clear message for the president and his party: Stand up for jobs, and protect Social Security and Medicare. The results couldn't be clearer. But is the White House even listening?

Before He Cuts Social Security, I Hope the President Listens to This 'Obama' Guy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Before you make such a disastrous and unwarranted move, Mr. President, there's someone I think you should meet. He ran for president last time around, and he had some very sensible things to say about Social Security.