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Policymaker to-Do List for 2014: Fortify Small Business and Middle Class

John Arensmeyer | Posted 02.26.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In order to close this immense income gap and strengthen our economy, America needs smart policies that will help grow the middle class, and small businesses need to be top-of-mind when crafting these plans.

A Democratic Contract With America: How to Retake the House and Combat Economic Inequality

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We have to make sure that our economy works for them, not just for those at the top. It has to work for every American. Otherwise, what's the point of the Democratic Party?

Lisa Levey: How Much Is Enough?

Lisa Levey | Posted 02.22.2014 | Women
Lisa Levey

Getting better clarity on what is enough -- in so many parts of our lives -- is deeply connected to increasing our sense of happiness and well-being

We'll All Be Having a Hacking New Year

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

The watchword is hacking, which used to imply something both geeky and malicious. Now it's the height of cool, and we'll be seeing it done big.

Warren: Poor Deserve 'Level Playing Field'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent employers from discriminating against job applicants who have poor credit...

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

Rich Man, Poor Man: Are 'The 1%' Worth It?

OECD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
OECD

But if we accept the idea -- and not everyone does -- that too much inequality benefits the rich and hurts the poor we're left with another question: How much inequality is "too much" inequality?

Rich Man, Poor Man: The Middle Classes -- Now You See Them, Now You Don't

OECD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
OECD

In any case, defining "middle class" in purely economic terms misses a lot. That's because to be middle class is as much a question of values as of income or wealth.

Drone Delivery: A Perfect Symbol of Our Untroubled Times

Ed Hamilton | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Ed Hamilton

Pencil-neck geeks of the world, put down your slide-rules and rejoice. We've finally entered the world of science-fiction.

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Michael Shank | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.

Minimum Wage Momentum

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Tomorrow, in 100 cities nationwide, fast-food workers are speaking out and taking action. Their message is simple: they want a wage that allows them to raise their families without living in poverty.

An Open Letter to the One Percent

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You worked hard for that money. No one can deny that. You have been rewarded for your talent, your intelligence, your risk-taking, your creativity, and your good fortune. The notion that you should change a system that has worked so well must seem downright stupid.

Economists and Labor

Henry M. Banta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Henry M. Banta

Neoliberal economic philosophy has dominated the debate on economic policy. It has limited the very language in which our political debates have been conducted. The simplistic model of the perfectly competitive market has been the standard against which all public policies have been measured.

Corporate America: 'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Today the Teamsters and American workers face a moment of reckoning. The time has come where people must stand up and say enough is enough to companies that seek to take advantage of employees and taxpayers.

Courageous Boeing Workers Say No to Corporate Extortion

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Richard Kirsch

As a society, we do not have to accept that the mammoth entities that control so much of our economy should operate just to benefit their shareholders. We can require that corporate decision making take into account its impact on its workers, our communities and the broader economy.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Forget Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads, in 2016 It's About ALICE

Andrei Cherny | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andrei Cherny

Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed Americans live on the jagged edge of the middle class. By virtue of their economic situation, they are becoming as distinct from the relatively more comfortable parts of the middle class as they are from those living in poverty.

Being Rich Begins by Thinking Like the Rich

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Siebold

Learn to let go of the middle-class thinking of the masses, while simultaneously learning to embrace how rich people think. In a matter of months your entire perspective will begin to shift, and you'll begin seeing the world through the eyes of millionaires.

Where America's Middle Class Can Afford To Buy A Home: Akron

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

For the middle class today, homeownership is well within reach in some parts of the country, but in others, it's more of a pipe dream than the American Dream. Even after taking income differences into account, homeownership affordability varies hugely across the country.

Warren Warns Against Default

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued a stern warning against allowing the U.S. government to default on its debt, and blamed Congress for the govern...

The Deeper Issues in the Shutdown Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...

Jimmy Carter: Today's Middle Class Resembles Yesterday's Poor

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business

OAKLAND, Calif. -- OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where me...

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

A Promise for Education

Noah Kerner | Posted 11.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Noah Kerner

The idea was simple - alumni, students, Californians and anyone passionate about education would make a promise and rally their social networks to contribute money towards their fundraising goal.

SBA Fraud and Potential Closure Reveal True Small Business Advocates

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the only government agency to assist the nation's 28 million small businesses. President Obama is proposing to close it. Now, who is objecting to that plan?