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FDR, LBJ and BHO

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The Democratic Party must embrace, fight for and enact economically-progressive policies. It must be the party of Main Street, not Wall Street, of the 99 percent, not the one percent. In particular, it must fight for a strong safety net to protect those of us who fall on hard times.

Confessions of a $20 Bill

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.09.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Thank you so much for giving me First Amendment rights, Antonin, you greedy, arrogant douchebag. Who said I wanted to speak? Nobody consulted me. All ...

Fed Chair Yellen Is the Workers' Best Friend

Harlan Green | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We have just heard from new Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen in her first official speech entitled, What the Federal Reserve is Doing to Promo...

Conservatives: The Minimum Wage Is Socialism

Mike Lux | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Listening to conservatives at the CPAC conference last week is a remarkable experience. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, or most likely both. It will probably give you a headache and raise your blood pressure if you listen too long, so do be careful.

4 Ways to Evolve Beyond Capitalism

Carl Gibson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Now that we're having a serious conversation about capitalism, we can also have a conversation about solutions. Along with calling out flaws of capitalism, I'm proposing four solutions that would fix the most glaring problems in capitalism and blaze a new path forward for the next generation.

FDR's Lessons for the Global Fight Against Polio

Ziad Haider | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Ziad Haider

FDR provides a powerful reference point to measure the dramatically reduced reach of polio today. During his lifetime, the disease coursed far and wide including through the White House. Today it is endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

The State of the Union Then and Now: Raising the Minimum Wage is Still a Good Idea

David Woolner | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Woolner

In calling for an increase in the minimum wage in his State of the Union address, President Obama may have unwittingly echoed Franklin D. Roosevelt.

An Enduring Legacy -- The Democratic Party and Free and Open Trade

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

There can be little doubt, looking back at global architecture established by the leaders of the Democratic Party at the end of WWII, that free and open trade was seen as inextricably linked to the promotion of democracy and political liberty around the world.

A Civilian Conservation Corps for the Modern Age

John Bridgeland | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Given the needs today, with high youth unemployment, 6.7 million young people disconnected from school and work, two million veterans returning from war, and public lands and waterways in desperate need of our attention, our country has the opportunity to marry vulnerable resources once again.

Bill de Blasio, the FDR of New York

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Don't get carried away analyzing the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton at the de Blasio inauguration. Starting this week, it is de Blasio who is the big show, not the Clintons.

Health Care Law Is Not The First New Program With Launch Woes

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Although multiple problems have snarled the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, it's hardly the first t...

Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie NY: FDR and Beyond

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Hyde Park and its neighboring towns hold much in store for visitors, and for those who plan to spend a few days here, the following attractions should not be missed.

A New Deal for Christmas

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As the GOP abruptly ends unemployment benefits, Republicans intend to slash food aid as well. They want to cut $4 billion a year from the food stamp program that many jobless families depend on for meals. This will occur as struggling food pantries report bare shelves.

'FDR and the Jews'

Paul Rockower | Posted 02.11.2014 | Books
Paul Rockower

FDR and the Jews is an excellent book for its complete examination of Roosevelt in the context of the period he loomed so large on the public stage.

FDR Gave This Speech After Pearl Harbor. Hopefully There Will Never Have To Be Another Like It.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Saturday marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt presciently predicted would "live in...

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Son of 'Random Notes and Fripperies'

Tom Alderman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Tom Alderman

Something you won't see in the Alcoholics Anonymous handbook: while staying at the White House during WWII, legendary British Prime Minister Churchil...

Marine Who Guarded FDR Dies At 93

AP | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Dante J. Orsini Sr., a former Marine who guarded President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his "Day of Infamy" speech af...

Equality Is Good For Everyone!

Harlan Green | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

It looks like some states are beginning to take the equality issue seriously again. Massachusetts just raised their minimum wage to $10 per hour, Cali...

American Liberals' Chicken-ism Is Coming Home To Roost

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Having elections every two years for House members means that the only real work that the Representatives do following being elected is start working for their immediately looming re-election.

Progressivism in America: Are We Opening a New Chapter in Our Book of Self-Government?

David Woolner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Woolner

The results of this week's elections have led to a good deal of speculation in the press about the repudiation of the hard right among the American electorate.

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Hubris: Politicians Overestimate America's Stability

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

In the maelstrom of the shutdown, a debt-ceiling suicide attempt and the cutting off of nutrition support for poor people by Congress, it's clear that America's political class has unbounded belief in national stability.

What Obama Has Done About Inequality

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Tax rates fell on the wealthy after 1980, while their incomes skyrocketed. But how strong is the correlation between falling tax rates on the wealthiest among us and economic inequality?