Richard D. Wolff: Capitalism’s fundamental political problem is its class division between a small number of people who are employers and the majority who are employees.
Ellen Brown: The Federal Reserve alone could do the job. It could buy “Green” federal bonds with money created on its balance sheet, just as the Fed funded the purchase of $3.7 trillion in bonds in its “quantitative easing” program to save the banks.
Robert Reich: Trump’s ego and his economic team’s incompetence not only threaten the stock market, but could tank the whole economy.
Randy Shaw: It is always worth remembering that most renters in the United States suffer from the federal government’s failure to provide rental assistance.
Ellen Brown: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the 22 representatives joining her in calling for a Select Committee are also proposing a novel way to fund the program, one which could actually work.
Robert Reich: Corporate profits are now a higher share of the economy than they were for most of the past century, and workers’ share of the total economy is the lowest.
Johnny Townsend: If you act out of principle against every regressive tax, you’re making the lives of many poor and working class people harder, not easier. That’s a regressive act, too.
Jessica Goodheart: Most experts don’t believe that the governor-elect’s target of creating 3.5 million new units by 2025 is achievable. Still, they are energized by his bold plans.
Mark Dempsey: Whenever the U.S. has succumbed to the deflationary siren song of “Fiscal Responsibility™” borrowers suffer.
Randy Shaw: It is not too soon for housing advocates to tell their House member and Senators to prioritize a major HUD budget increase. If there is going to be a “Green New Deal” than billions of dollars for green and affordable infill housing must be included.
Frank Fear: The number and size of mega-gifts have risen so rapidly that the threshold for gifts to be so-classified has moved from $50 million in 2012 to $300 million in 2017.
Richard D. Wolff: We will all be better off when the current narrowness of economics is opened up to include more basic proposals for change adequate to the depth and scope of capitalism’s current problems.
Robert Reich: We should break up the high-tech behemoths, or at least require that they make their proprietary technology and data publicly available and share their platforms with smaller competitors.