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Is There Any Help for Consumers?

Harlan Green | Posted 07.22.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

"It's the Consumers, Stupid," is an oft-repeated mantra being echoed currently by Internet advocates who want to keep Internet access free. But there's a more important reason to worry about consumer health

Don't Forget the Millennials!

Harlan Green | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

If GDP growth is that dependent on workforce growth, and 1990s growth repeats itself -- which was the longest uninterrupted economic expansion in our history that also gave us four years of budget surpluses -- then we may see the next generation about to take charge. They could turn out to be much more industrious than we know!

Needed: A Drastic Economic Transition

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Last month, President Obama belatedly decided that the global climate crisis necessitated action to reduce carbon emission caused by coal. He authorized the EPA to issue draft regulations requiring utilities to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to 30 percent by 2030. With climate change and coal's inherent dirtiness not exactly state secrets, I wondered why the president had waited until a difficult election year, when Democrats in coal states face difficult elections. But Obama's unerring sense of timing is a subject for another day. And these proposed regulations, though an improvement, only scratch the surface of what needs to be done. The thought occurred: Wouldn't the economic dislocations of a serious effort on climate change be more bearable if the economy were at full employment?

Q1 GDP Plunge -- Austerity Must End

Harlan Green | Posted 06.27.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

That is, we have to end those policies that have lowered tax revenues and limited government spending for too long. They have literally been counter-productive, and hobbled economic growth.

Gender Neutral and Father's Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

With the gradual acceptance of gay and lesbian couples and the enactment of more and more laws permitting same-sex marriages, are we beginning to see the breakdown of the role of both mothers and fathers in the lives of the family?

The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Today's texts acknowledge "blemishes" like the internment of Japanese Americans, but the texts either ignore or gloss over the fact that for almost a decade, during the earliest fascist invasions of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the Western democracies encouraged rather than fought Hitler and Mussolini, and sometimes gave them material aid.

What Made America Famous

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Many Americans believe that the top one percent is responsible for the rising tide of inequality in America, which is swamping and drowning the other 99 percent. Professor Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley says that they are wrong.

The Death of Local Politics

William E. White | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
William E. White

If you look closely, there is evidence that local politics can still be critically important. The real advances made, for example, in a host of issues.

World's First Library of Mistakes Opens in Edinburgh

Roadtrippers | Posted 07.01.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

Now, 2,000 volumes of books dedicated solely to chronicling tales of financial mismanagement have been collected in what is being billed as the "World's First Library of Mistakes."

Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Take a fresh look at the labor movement. You could be organizers who make the case for union membership, or push for laws that help college students and working families.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

Throwing Rocks at the Dark

Craig Giesecke | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Craig Giesecke

Caught between a life they no longer have and a government support system that's constantly under rabid attack, the result the unemployed are facing is anger, and personal and professional inertia.

Fed Chair Yellen Is the Workers' Best Friend

Harlan Green | Posted 06.01.2014 | 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...

How to Start a Movement: A Movie Review of 'Chavez'

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Director Diego Luna brought together a terrific ensemble of actors. Michael Peña gives us an understated yet engrossing rendering of the eponymous Mexican-American icon. We see how his fire burns deep -- how it chars him, not only fuels his cause.

Janet Yellen's Nemesis--The Great Moderation

Harlan Green | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of l...

A New Deal for New York City

Alan Singer | Posted 05.03.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

In response to potential critics of the New Deal for New York City, I think Bill de Blasio should resurrect Roosevelt's message to the American people.

Oscar React: The Real 'Wolfs of Wall Street' Are Still Roaming Free

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

To the extent that the movie implies that this relatively small time hustler was Wall Street's biggest, worst, most notorious or even a representative wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese are howling up the wrong tree.

Plays That Sound the Sirens: Of Human, Global and Political Tolls

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.

JC Penney, Your "Tagline" Is Inside Out

Stephanie Michele | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

When I first heard JCPenney's new tagline "When it Fits, You Feel it," I was reminded of why I don't "fit" JCPenney. It is the same reason why I b...

Goodnight, Shirley

Keith Runyon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Celebrity
Keith Runyon

I suppose that there are some people who have never heard of Shirley Temple, and probably quite a few who don't recognize her as one of the great cultural icons of the 20th Century. But by the reaction to her death at the age of 85, I expect they are about to find out.

Mayor: Some Areas Hit Harder Now Than In Great Depression

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

Lovely Warren, the first female mayor of Rochester, N.Y., said Thursday that for many of her constituents, making ends meet in a still struggling econ...

Weak Employment Is American Austerity at Work

Harlan Green | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Is economic growth grinding to a halt, even as pundits predicted better growth in 2014? It does look like past austerity policies are still holding U.S. back.

Winning Warren-Style

Mike Lux | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The challenges that have kept progressive populists from winning presidential elections and creating a lasting majority movement are still there. This blog post lays out the challenges I think we have to overcome, and a strategy for doing so.

The Great Divergence

Harlan Green | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The so-called "minimalist" budget deal just reached by Congress is another illustration of the great divergence in wealth distribution of recent year...

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.