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"Jobs or Inequality"? That's No Choice at All

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

I would be dissatisfied with a society in which middle-class and lower-middle-class earners have no chance to better themselves. In my opinion, the opportunity for self-improvement is a fundamental human right. What's more, it's not just those individuals who lose out. When social mobility denied to any group, society loses a vast talent pool filled with people who could make things better for everyone.

The Budget Deal: A Dirge for the Unemployed

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Federal workers will be expected to subsidize this deal with an increase in their out-of-pocket pension costs. There will be cuts to Medicare. Airline passengers will pay a new tax. Military retirees -- military retirees -- will see their benefits cut.

The Economics of Immigration

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Economists are well aware that slowing labor force growth is a factor in slower growth predictions in the future, but faster immigrant flows can improve that outlook. But what about the near term impact of immigrant competition in a job market that's already too weak?

Dethrone Filibuster King McConnell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Mitch McConnell, the minority leader of the U.S. Senate, has for six years wielded the filibuster as a weapon in his rebellion against a founding principle of the United States of America -- self-governance by majority rule. The majority must seize back control.