Monthly Archives: January 2015

Robert Reich: Wall Street is choking the middle class

The former secretary of labor reflects on the single biggest threat to the continued health of the U.S. economy Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can’t be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street’s excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its […]

The Reality of the Retirement Crisis

When reviewing the data on how American workers are saving for retirement, two facts become abundantly clear: Millions of Americans are in danger of not having enough money to maintain their standard of living in retirement. The problem is getting worse over time. The consequences of these growing savings shortfalls could be severe for both […]

When Liberals Were Organized

Progressives seeking a model for an effective Congress could learn from the nearly forgotten history of the Democratic Study Group. When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, one of Speaker Newt Gingrich’s earliest moves was to end the public funding for the Democratic Study […]

The Conservative Movement Is Infected With Scams

Politico Details “The Rise Of ‘Scam PACs’” On The Right Politico‘s Ken Vogel examined how “the conservative movement has been plagued by an explosion of PACs that critics say exist mostly to pad the pockets of the consultants who run them.” Media Matters has similarly found that conservative media is infected with scams, touting cancer “cures,” dubious financial companies, reverse […]

Huckabee: I’ll never back down from saying we need a path to citizenship for DREAMers

“If that bothers you to the point that you’d say, ‘I’d never vote for you,’” he told an audience in Virginia, “then you’re never going to vote for me.” Oh, now. There are plenty of reasons never to vote for Huck without dragging the poor DREAM kids into this. Lefty Greg Sargent says this is […]

Republicans discover that it isn’t easy running Congress

“Yes, there have been a couple of stumbles,” John Boehner acknowledged Tuesday. The House speaker had spoken with dry understatement. What has happened since Republicans took full control of Congress three weeks ago has been less a stumble than a pratfall involving the legislative equivalent of a banana peel, flailing arms, an upended bookcase, torn […]

California Schools Teach Skeptical Parents The Common Core ‘New Math’

California teachers are attempting to lure parents into supporting Common Core by teaching them how to do the program’s infamous “new math” themselves. The effort comes after Common Core supporters have been unsuccessful inducing reluctant parents to embrace the program through pamphlets produced by California PTA,county offices of education, or individual school districts, Patty Scripter, […]

Uncle Sam Is Coming After Your Savings

Last week, I discussed the Obama administration’s proposal to tax earnings on so-called 529 college savings plans, part of a package of tax hikes that will pay for new programs such as his proposal to make the first two years of community college free. This has been touted as a plan to hike taxes on the […]

Fidel Castro on US, Cuba Policy: Distrust with US Still Exists, No Involvement in Renewed Diplomatic Relations

More than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba President Raul Castro announced the renewed diplomatic relations between the two countries, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has finally commented on the developments. In a letter read published in the Cuban newspaper Granma, the former Cuban leader wrote he did not communicate with the […]