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Watershed Moment

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The teetering state of the mortgage markets and the $4.6-$4.9 trillion position of Fannie and Freddie placed the GSE at the center of these crises.

Venture Capitalists Try to Buy Into Small Business Contracting Programs with Millions in Campaign Contributions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

A new bill set to be voted on by the full Senate could be the beginning of the end for millions of small businesses nationwide. The bill, S. 3362, pas...

God and Taxes: Culture Wars as Class Conflict

Joan Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Williams

Once you understand that class is cultural, you can see why the culture wars are a perfect medium for class conflict in a society where open acknowledgment of class is taboo.

CVBT: "McCain or Obama: Same old, same old for small business"

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

Today, the Central Valley Business Times ran an interview with the President of the American Small Business League, Lloyd Chapman. The interview was ...

Friday Talking Points [46] -- Moose Poop!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Sarah Palin has already singlehandedly introduced several terms into our political lexicon. "Hockey mom" is probably the most recognizable of these. ...

New SBA Head Stalling the Release of Latest Small Business Contracting Statistics

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In late July, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it would release its official federal small business contracting statistics for Fiscal...

The War on Labor Day

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

Bill O'Reilly talks about "The War on Christmas," and while that concept has been widely lambasted I'm here today to sound a different alarm -- that there is truly a War on Labor Day.

Democrats Hope for Future; Republicans Trickle On It

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The most fundamental difference in how Democrats and Republicans view middle class Americans revealed itself inadvertently in speeches during the second night of the convention in Denver.

Obama Will Accept Nomination in Suit Made by Union Members

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Elana Levin

Today everyone will learn what we here at UNITE HERE already knew -- that if you bother to buy fair trade coffee your suit should be "fair trade" too -- and by that I mean union made.

Too Much Spin

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

I was in a doctor's waiting room recently, listening to pundits on a big-screen TV, when a middle-aged man turned to me and stated: "Too much spin." ...

Wealthy Kennedy's Democratic Philosophy Starkly Contrasts with Ferragamo-Loafered McCain's Republican Dollar-Worship

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

McCain's absentminded elitist air would be one thing, but the real distinction is his philosophy. He believes the rich, like him, should stay rich -- too bad for the middle class, which is supporting that wealth.

Democratic National Platform Dodges Key Small Business Issues

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Today, the American Small Business League (ASBL) released the following press release regarding the 2008 Democratic National Platform. After reviewi...

How to Grab the Attention of Undecided Voters

Jonathan Leigh Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Leigh Solomon

Small details, exact costs, specifics, particulars -- all are fatal to a convention speech. Just ask Bill Clinton as he walked off the podium after delivering his keynote address at the 1988 Democratic Convention.

More Important Than Running Mates

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

What we are witnessing is the breakdown of the link between middle class America and the global financial markets it has over tapped across the last several decades.

Friday Talking Points [44] -- McCain House Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain said something ridiculous to a reporter yesterday. I hasten to point out that the previous sentence should have been a major media headlin...

Don't Let Our Opponents Divide Us with Race

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The opponents of working people are trying to divide us by using Obama's race as an issue. Union members must lead the fight against such divisions and, instead, look at the bottom line.

Sam Stein

Obama's New Olympics Ad Takes Middle Class Focus

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama campaign unveiled a new TV ad Thursday that will run during the Olympics. The spot, titled "Three Bedroom Ranch," pushes a positive economi...

Restoring America's Middle Class, One Corporate Bully at a Time

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stewart Acuff

Wal-Mart is America's best known corporate bully. They have bullied small towns across the heartland. Now, and most importantly and most dangerously, they are bullying America's political system.

Seth Colter Walls

Obama Camp: McCain Could Raise Taxes On Middle Class

HuffingtonPost.com | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a Thursday afternoon conference call with reporters, one of Barack Obama's top economic advisers put out a direct challenge to John McCain. After r...

America's Middle Class Needs Right to Bargain, Secure Contracts -- Like CEOs Have

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

When uninsured Wal-Mart workers get sick, American taxpayers foot the bill. They pay for coverage through Medicaid, the health insurance plan for the poor. That's what the Walton family, which owns Wal-Mart, banks on.

SBA Blackwater Problem Just a Piece of a Bigger Issue

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

Today, the Washington Post's, "Government Inc." blog by Robert O'Harrow Jr. stated: "Like companies across the land, Blackwater sought to be designa...

The Middle Class Has Become The Class of Pain

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

What is middle class anyway? Is it an income level and then you are in this club called the Middle Class? And what do you get from this club?

Senate Committee Votes to Give Government Small Business Contracts to Billionaire Venture Capitalists

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Petaluma, Calif. - Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship passed S. 3362, the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2008. T...

Blackwater Gets a Billion in Small Business Contracts with Help from SBA Loophole

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Small Business Administration ruled that Blackwater was a small business -- yet another example of the Bush administration diverting billions to some of the largest corporations in the world.

SBA Goes After Its Harshest Critic

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has uncovered an extensive campaign by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to impugn the organization's ...