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What a Wonderful Day That Will Be

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The real revolution happens every year on election day. And one day, I'm going to see millions of American's finally realize that we had the power all along and act accordingly. What a wonderful day that will be.

The Shrinking Middle Class of Physical Activity

Brad Stulberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Physical activity is integral to promoting overall vitality and economic opportunity. Though they may not seem related at first blush, getting people moving physically and economically go hand in hand.

Economic Happy Talk and the Politics of Denial

Joel Berg | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Democrats can't seem to get their message straight about the economy. Is it soaring because of the visionary leadership of President Obama, or failing because of the intransigence of Congressional Republicans?

What Economic Recovery?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.09.2014 | Money
Mechele Dickerson

While many American households now face a bright and promising economic future, it is now clear that the recession and post-recession recovery has a different look and feel depending on whether you are wealthy, middle-class, or poor.

#1 Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In America right now there's a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It's a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and grandchildren will live in.

Watch: Elizabeth Warren On Fighting Back Against Wall Street Giants

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

An expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class, Senator Warren has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party's progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.

We Are the Koch Sisters

'The Koch Sisters' | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
'The Koch Sisters'

While we share the same last name as the Koch Brothers, we definitely do not share their values. Together we are working to bring the issues most Americans care about -- from fair wages to protecting Social Security -- to the forefront of the political debate.

Dear Pinterest: It's Not Me. It's You.

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 09.05.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

Oh, Pinterest. I can't buy coconut oil at the local bodega. I've got to drive to Whole Foods. They keep those well away from bus routes. Anyway, coconut oil runs about eight bucks a jar, and most Whole Foods stores don't take WIC.

Vegetarianism and a Clash of Cultures

Grace Li | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Grace Li

I have not met any Chinese vegetarians. That's not to say there aren't any - I'm just saying that when my family took me out to eat in Chinatown, my mother called in advance to make sure there were vegetarian options and I felt my face burn with shame.

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

Robert Reich | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be.

Labor Day: The Beginning of a Breakthrough

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This Labor Day, working families do not have much to celebrate when it comes to wages and job security. But we can celebrate the fact that the deteriorating conditions of work are finally breaking through into broad political consciousness. Last week, the board of directors of Market Basket, one of the last of the independent supermarket chains, agreed to restore the fired CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, who had treated workers decently rather than just milking the enterprise for dividends as another faction of this family-owned company has sought to do. An uprising by salaried managers and workers had brought the business to a halt. The Market Basket story is particularly instructive, because it represents how so-called shareholder capitalism puts pressure on managers to destroy job security and decent earnings for working people.

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.

FHFA Report a Waste of Taxpayer Time and Money

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 08.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
Garrick T. Davis

Released in July 2014, FHFA Brief 14-02, '"First Time Homebuyer Share and House Price Growth", arrives at a statistically supported conclusion that is at the very least predictable, if not painfully obvious.

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

As inequality grows, the rich become more powerful than the rest of the population, enabling them to veto any policy that impedes their one-sided enrichment. They also become less empathetic toward the rest of the population, whose lives seem less similar to their own with each passing year.

In Ferguson, the Most Important Color Might Be Green

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

As is true in Ferguson and other communities in the U.S., a gulf now exists between the rich and the poor, and between blacks and whites. This gulf is making it harder to empathize with people we don't know, and with people who are different from us.

Luck Not Merit: Inequality and Opportunity in America Today

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.15.2014 | Education
Elizabeth Evans

Three years ago, we launched New Voice Strategies, a nonprofit designed to close the empathy gap by giving individuals a more direct say in our public institutions.

Globalization Helps the Rich & Asia While Hurting the Middle Class in the West. Here's What Can Be Done About It

Branko Milanovic | Posted 08.14.2014 | World
Branko Milanovic

Globalization has mostly benefited the rich and the rising Asian middle class at the expense of the middle class in the West. The choice would seem either plutocracy and globalization -- or populism and a halt to globalization. Another solution would imply more substantial redistribution policies in the rich world.

Is the End of the Middle Class the Beginning of the Revolution?

Ellen Rohr | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Ellen Rohr

Egads. We've learned that it's closer to 40% of the wealth that lies in the hands of the top 1%. This growing disparity between the uber rich and the expanding poor isn't just an inconvenience for those slipping economically backward every month. The end of the middle class may mark the beginning of the revolution.

Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class

Rep. Chris Van Hollen | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Rep. Chris Van Hollen

By capping carbon emissions, selling permits, and returning the resulting revenue to everyone equally, this "Cap and Dividend" approach achieves the greenhouse gas reductions climate scientists tell us we need to prevent the dangerous consequences of climate change while boosting the purchasing power of American consumers.

Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 US Consumers in Debt Collection

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans -- 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau -- have a debt in collection. But as you can expect, there is always someone profiting from poverty.

United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near-Poverty Wages Is Shameful

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The "market" may be a fine way to price corn or beans, but by itself it is not an appropriate way to price wages. That's because people are not commodities. Their well-being is the point of the economy. Everyone who works for a living deserves a living wage.

Detroit Water Crisis: The Dangers of Putting Profits Before People

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 09.16.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We celebrate this year, 50 years since the signing of a Civil Rights bill that gave Blacks access to public accommodations that were segregated by race. Now, 50 years later we are marching to maintain public services that are human rights, but being segregated by class.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.