President Obama’s Politics of Dignity

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President Obama knows that solutions won’t arise out of politics as usual. His personification of dignitarian politics resonates not only with Americans but around the world.

The Poor You Shall Have with You Always

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During this current recession, I’m sure anyone watching the news has noticed the sudden interest in helping the “poor”. We sit in horror as traumatized children talk about the difficulties of adjusting to life without video games and cable TV, having to move out of their elaborate houses into welfare motels, who now find themselves […]

Color of Law: New York, City of the Poor

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As the song goes, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, it’s up to you, New York, New York.” The problem is that if you are counting on making it in New York City, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment. A recent report by The Center for an Urban Future […]

Friday Feedback: Who Are the Consumers When No One Has the Money to Buy Anything?

Every Friday the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Ramona, writing in response to Joseph Palermo’s “Blue Dogs and Citigroup Fight the Employee Free Choice Act.” Ramona writes Great piece. We were at our most stable when unions and the middle class flourished. […]

Why We Need Stronger Unions, and How to Get Them

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Why is this recession so deep, and what can be done to reverse it? Hint: Go back about 50 years, when America’s middle class was expanding and the economy was soaring. Paychecks were big enough to allow us to buy all the goods and services we produced. It was a virtuous circle. Good pay meant […]

The White-Collar Working Class: Has the American Middle Class Gone into Foreclosure?

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by Brian Purnell – Last year, according to the New York Times, the average debt in the United States was $121,650, while the average savings was just shy of $450. You don’t need a PhD in Economics or an MBA to know that something is terribly wrong and imbalanced with those figures.

Are We Courting a Populist Backlash?

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by Robert Reich – The government is doing a lousy job helping distressed homeowners. And according to John Dugan, the Comptroller of the Currency, the little that’s been done has had surprisingly little effect. Nearly 36 percent of homeowners holding mortgages whose terms were adjusted to give them more leeway defaulted on payments within three […]

Fundamentalists and McCain: They Deserve Each Other

Until August 29, one of the things that defined John McCain was his claim to being a straight-shooter. In his book, Faith of My Fathers, he put this claim into religious context: “Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on […]

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