Steven Hill: Americans strongly side with President Obama, but Republican voters do not. Recent exit polls from the midterm elections showed that more than half of voters (57%) considered climate change or global warming a serious problem, but only 29% of Republican voters feel that way.
Steven Hill: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s foreign policy of engagement towards Russia and her personal relationship with President Vladimir Putin lie in tatters.
Women in Office: At the current rate of progress, it will take nearly 500 years for women to reach fair representation in government.
Divided We Stand — There appears to be no end in sight to the bare knuckles partisanship that substitutes for politics today.
Steven Hill: The most encouraging option for voting-rights advocates to pursue is automatic voter registration (sometimes known as universal voter registration).
Steven Hill: The White House says its 2014 budget will propose cuts to the retirement program. Not only is that unnecessary, the U.S. could and should expand it.
Steven Hill: Want a smarter workforce? A stronger manufacturing sector? Germany seems to offer a blueprint for Obama’s middle-out economic agenda — if we take away the right lessons
Steven Hill: An expansion of the Social Security retirement system — one of the most successful and popular social programs in American history — that converts it into a more robust retirement system would build upon the most stable component of the current system.
ardly a day goes by without a new headline screaming about the scandal of youth unemployment, which has been pinned at the outrageous levels of 50 percent in Spain and Greece and above 20 percent in the eurozone. There’s just one problem – those numbers are derived from a flawed methodology, which misrepresents the true […]
Steven Hill: The key is having a prolonged period of peace and stability so that the slow march toward prosperity can gather steam. Fortunately the European Union provides that space for Romania, despite the current challenges of the eurozone.
Steven Hill: Fearful headlines hide success stories such as Poland, which show Europe is taking the right steps to economic recovery.
Steven Hill: So according to Krugmanomics, taking on too much debt is not the problem – it’s not being able to pay the debt that is the problem. And Krugman’s solution, apparently, is to be able to depreciate your currency and/or default on your debts, leaving the creditors holding the bag.