Chris Sosa: Poor Americans are the group we should be discussing more than middle-income Americans, and the Congressional Budget Office has troubling analyses on why that group is getting poorer.
Robert Reich: Something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say, and I agreed with them.
Leonard Isenberg: Democratic socialism programs arguably have saved free enterprise capitalism in our country and around the world by cleaning up after the unrestrained excesses of endemic corporate greed that has cyclically been allowed to continuously tank the world economy.
Mark Naison: After five years, you look around and you are a stranger where you once felt at home. None of the people who worked to bring back the neighborhood from crime and violence and disinvestment are still there
Lawrence Wittner: The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’s description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history.
Ellen Brown: One good gimmick deserves another. The debt ceiling could be eliminated for good, by restoring to the government its constitutional authority to create money.
Steve Hochstadt: By obscuring these uncomfortable elements of Adam Smith’s theory, free market absolutists offer another myth: regulation has only costs, not benefits.
Our goal at Jobs to Move America is to keep these tax dollars in the U.S. in order to reinvest this money back into our workforce. We want to make sure our transportation economy is driving in the right direction.
Ellen Brown: The Dodd-Frank regulations are so lethal to community banks that some say the intent was to force them to sell out to the megabanks. Community banks are rapidly disappearing — except in North Dakota, where they are thriving.
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?