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Who Are the Real Takers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Why do we have such a high poverty rate five years after the end of the Greatest Recession since the Great Depression, and the greatest income and wealth inequality since that Great Depression?

Where Is the Inflation?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

It's a pity more of those "inflationistas," who cry wolf at the slightest hint of rising prices, haven't visited the FDR Memorial where some of his most telling words are engraved, such as: "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Is There Any Help for Consumers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.21.2014 | 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

I Did Not Come to Praise Richard Mellon-Scaife

Brian Ross | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

Richard "Dickie" Mellon-Scaife the reclusive billionaire publisher and heir of the 19th century Mellon Bank robber barons died at 82 on Friday, the final punctation of a dark biography of political manipulation and democracy demolition equal or greater to his more public friends the Koch brothers.

Q1 GDP Plunge -- Austerity Must End

Harlan Green | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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.

Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

Brian Ross | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

Why Jackie O Still Matters

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Jennifer J. Raab

Growing up at a time when the place of women in American society was undergoing sweeping changes and doors were opening for us into an uncertain future, we could look to her as a role model.

Watch: Fighting for the Four Freedoms

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In January 1941, FDR's State of the Union address made it clear that a fight was inevitable, a fight to preserve, protect and defend four essential freedoms: freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion.

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...

Losing Fannie and Freddie: A Terrible Idea

Harlan Green | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

There was a reason Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association) and Freddy Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) were government created entities, before they became private corporations in the 1970s.

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.

The Limits of the Fed and the Right to a Job

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

For the past 35 years economic policy has abandoned its responsibility to create full employment. The group of economists that occupy dominant positions of power no longer seriously consider and fail to promote policies that will provide jobs to the unemployed.

Wisconsin's Painful Austerity Lesson

Harlan Green | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Wisconsin has fallen to the bottom of states in job creation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

The Great Income Divergence--Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Ben Bernanke is now defending his record as Fed Chairman. He shouldn't have to, as without the Fed's easy money policies--such as QE3--the economy wo...

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.

Looking to 2014: The Emerging Movement for the Next New Deal

Richard Kirsch | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Is the political system in the United States capable of responding to the escalating crisis of stagnant wages, shrinking benefits, dissolving economic opportunity, and disappearing hopes of living anything that resembles the American Dream? It is a question I ask myself every day.

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.

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...

The Cause of Public Good in Peril: Free-Market Deceptions and the Breakdown of the Collective Consciousness

Edward Kubow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Kubow

Civilization is a joint project that requires as much heavy lifting on the part of government as it does leadership of the market. Its greatness is neither going to be defined by the size and power of its corporate entities and how well governments balance ledgers nor by the hoarding of wealth by a few.

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.

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?

Senator Cruz, Meet Senator McCarthy

Steven Conn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Political extremism -- from the communist witch hunts of the 1950s to the government-is-coming-to-get-you hysteria we have now -- has proved a useful distraction from a political agenda that many Americans don't like.