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Instead of 'Legitimate Rape' Remarks, This Time Right-Wing Economic Policies Are Sinking GOP Chances

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Unless Republicans repudiate Reaganite supply side (i.e., trickle down) economics -- which stands at the very heart of contemporary, Tea Party conservatism and is the only thing unifying the increasingly disparate social conservative, libertarian, and Chamber of Commerce wings -- they own this debacle.

"Stop 'N Frisk Trickle-Down Economics"

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Unless we want an America that is a tale of two cities, a tale of two nations, a "Downton Abby America on steroids," then let's hope that the refreshing message of progressives such as Bill de Basio seize the moment, and the public votes a stop and frisk of Reaganomics.

Rand Paul to Detroit: You're Being Punished Because You Don't Worship the Rich

Jason Sattler | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Rand is the guy who accused the president of being too tough on BP during the largest oil spill in American history. His feelings about corporations resemble how pre-Reformation Catholics felt about the Pope -- absolute infallibility.

Why Republicans Can't Address Rising Inequality

Joe Conason | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

With Pope Francis and President Obama -- a pair of the world's most powerful voices -- warning against the dangers of social exclusion and excessive greed, we can expect to hear expressions of remorse as well as rage from all the usual right-wing suspects. But what we shouldn't expect is honesty.

The Poverty of America's New Prosperity

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

The only way for our nation to regain its economic and democratic vitality in the years to come is to acknowledge the inherent poverty of America's new prosperity -- a prosperity for only the very few that is inherently anti-democratic and insidious. We can do much better.

Republicans and Their Myths -- If Republicans Say It, the Opposite Must Be True

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Republicans, the gig is up. We are on to you. The truth: if Republicans say it, then the opposite is true. So stop repeating the lies, or just stop talking. Let us examine some well-known sound-bites that those on the right love to spout and repeat.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Did Obama's Talks Move Opinion on Race and Growth?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg One week, two big talks from our Educator-in-Chief: "I'm Trayvon" and "Middle-Out vs. Trickle-Down" economics. Despite Carlos Danger and Baby George, can Obama's reframing change minds long-term?

The Rich Have Gained $5.6 Trillion in the 'Recovery,' While the Rest of Us Have Lost $669 Billion

Les Leopold | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Les Leopold

It's as if the entire economic recovery is going into the pockets of the rich. And that's no accident. Here's why.

Sequestration Nation, and Remembering Robert Kennedy

Robert Reich | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

With the sequester now beginning, I find myself thinking about Robert F. Kennedy -- and 46 years ago when I was an intern in his Senate office.

The Inevitable Failure of "Sales Tax Only" State Revenue Plans

Duncan Quirk | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Duncan Quirk

Putting aside the debates between the effectiveness supply-side economics and whether an increase in sales tax would disproportionately negatively impact the poor, state sales tax only plans cannot make up for the lost revenue under current laws. The reason?

Presidential Debates and Middle-Class Economics

Michael Farr | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

While a lack of middle-class income growth can create headwinds for any economy in the short term, the longer-term risks of political instability and civil unrest can become much greater.

Bain Capital Partners Deserve More Tax Breaks

Steven Clifford | Posted 11.06.2012 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

"Why can't we do this? Why can't we evade taxes on income simply because we invest it?" she asked. "We can't because we are individuals," I responded. "So are the partners at Bain Capital," she protested. "You don't understand economics," I explained.

Joseph Stiglitz: 'This Deficit Fetishism Is Killing Our Economy'

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.09.2012 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — What's wrong with the U.S. economy? Growth comes in fits and starts. Unemployment has been over 8 percent for three and a half ye...

Corporate Primacy Causes People Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Do Americans want a government of the people by the people for the people? Or do Americans want a government of the corporations by the corporations for the corporations, one dedicated to the proposition that the rich are better than everyone else?

Capitalist Revolution: Forget the Deficit and Learn From Europe

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Before we go wild with our deficit-cutting scythe, let's make sure that we are not hacking away at our own feet in the process.

The Economic Impact of Raising Taxes on High-Income Households

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Although tax increases on high-income individuals might reduce their saving, if the revenue generated is devoted to deficit reduction, the resulting increase in public saving is likely to more than offset any reduction in private saving.

Thoughts on Tax Day 2012

Robert Reich | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote in 1904, "taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society." But the wealthiest Americans, who haven't raked in as much of America's income and wealth since the 1920s, are today paying a lower tax rate than they have in over 30 years.

Should We Cut Rich People's Taxes Completely?

Posted 03.01.2012 | Comedy

On Wednesday night's show, Stephen Colbert made the argument that everyone else is afraid to make: cut rich people's taxes all together. During his...

A Message to Millennials: We Are the Children of Dr. King's Dream

Heather McGhee | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Heather McGhee

How is it that life has gotten harder financially for the vast majority of Americans over the past forty years, yet we have had so few public solutions?

Trickle-Up Economics

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It is clear that the increase in capital gains plays a large role in driving inequality trends, and, if we taxed such gains as regular income, that would help to reduce inequality. So, can one argue on the one hand that tax policy is inherently limited as a tool against rising inequality, and on the other, that we should employ tax policy to push back on inequality? I could invoke Walt Whitman -- "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes" -- and leave it at that. But better yet, let me explain. In reality, the evidence shows that increased inequality is a pretax story.

Michael Lind on the Collapse of Left and Right

Robert Teitelman | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Robert Teitelman

Like Wall Street over the past decade, we politically (and perhaps socially) have gone about creating intellectual monocultures, which may do one or two things surpassingly well, but which may prove exceedingly vulnerable.

Supply-Side Economics in Fact and Fancy

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 07.09.2011 | Business
Robert E. Prasch

Supply-side economics is a hearty perennial, one that closely follows the election cycle. Every four years ambitious Republican politicians rediscover that the wealthy would like to pay less in taxes.

Oh, Please. There Is No Conspiracy Against the Poor and Middle Class in America.

James Napoli | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

I wish liberals would get off their high horses and let go of their quaint little idea that there is some sort of conspiracy against the working class. There is no conspiracy. We are getting reamed in a very public way.

How Income Inequality Helped Spark the Great Recession

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Whitney

Governmental policies over the past three decades have resulted in an indebted middle class. Yet a healthy society depends upon a large and vibrant one. Why aren't Americans more alarmed?

Reagan, Trickle Down, My Daughter

Peter Gorman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Gorman

My daughter Madeleina, 13, got off from school early today and just a few minutes ago came into the kitchen while I was sweeping and asked: "Was Reaga...