John Peeler: Will (and the conservative majority who decided Citizens United) are utterly insensitive to the impact of extreme inequality on democracy.
Robert Reich: The only way to contain the Street’s excesses is with reforms so big, bold, and public they can’t be watered down – busting up the biggest banks and resurrecting Glass-Steagall.
Rosemary Jenkins: When you plan to travel, check ahead to determine if the hotel of choice is a fair-wage hotel. When you or your organization is planning a conference or similar meeting, ascertain if such sites treat their workers equitably.
Steve Hochstadt: The dishonesty of the top leadership at Volkswagen will be expensive for them – who wants to buy, or even drive, a Volkswagen now?
Tina Dupuy: In Washington, payday lenders are treated like a mistress you say you’ll leave your wife for – but won’t take out in public.
Robert Reich: Americans pay more for broadband Internet, food, airline tickets, and banking services than the citizens of any other advanced nation.
Ellen Brown: The problem today is not inflation but deflation. Adding money to the economy will not drive up prices until demand is saturated and production has hit full capacity; and we’re a long way from full capacity now.
John Peeler: Left to its own devices, capitalism really will create a world in which workers are driven ever harder to produce ever more, with a division of labor that becomes profoundly alienating.
Brian Biery: Many people who live in blighted neighborhoods would love to be able to start up a new coffee shop or hair salon or shoe store, if they only had the capital to do so.
Robert Reich: On demand and on call – in the “share” economy, the “gig” economy, or, more prosaically, the “irregular” economy – the result is the same: no predictable earnings or hours.
strong middle class is like a vegetable garden, requiring a rich economic environment in the same manner that a garden needs fertile soil. We do not say to seeds, “It’s all up to you. Don’t worry about the PH factor or the nitrogen or the potassium in the soil. Just do your thing, seeds.” But […]
Ellen Brown: Besides his experience with bankruptcy, Trump, along with Bernie Sanders on the left, is unique in not being beholden to big money. Sanders does not take it, and Trump does not need it.
Robert Reich: These new policies apply only to a tiny group considered “talent” – highly educated and in high demand. They’re getting whatever perks firms can throw at them in order to recruit and keep them.