Obama Backs Away From Inequality Debate To Comfort Corporate Democrats

By: Monday July 7, 2014 10:07 am

Chalk another win up for the cynics who never bought for a moment that Obama was going to betray the people whom he has been serving loyally for the last five years. Even if Obama really desired to change things – something there is little evidence for – the game is rigged. As long as money dominates American politics moneyed interests will be dominant.

 

The Plutocrats Still Lead With Control

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 5:31 pm

Two months ago, a report by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page uncovered a major issue in the American political system. Specifically, it uncovered how much power the elites in society hold in the U.S. compared to the average citizen.

It is very interesting and provides useful insight into the structure of the U.S. system and how it creates political inequality.

May 2014 Jobs Reports: Good News, Bad News

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 2:18 pm

Through all these four plus years of job growth to get back to where we were at the start of the Great Recession, we have been falling behind as it takes roughly 90,000 new jobs each month just to keep up with the new people entering the job market each month. If we take it back to the beginning of the Great Recession in December 2007, we are still in the hole on needed jobs by a bit over 7M (6.5 (years) x 12 (months per year) x 90K (jobs per month) = 7,020,000.)

Poll: Americans No Longer Believe In American Dream

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 11:10 am

With even President Obama lamenting the loss of social mobility in America it now seems the majority of the American people no longer believe in the American Dream. According to a Bloomberg Poll the “land of opportunity” meme, long established irrespective of evidence, has finally been smothered by the realities of plutocracy.

Defending the 1%, the bottom 1%

By: Monday October 7, 2013 7:15 pm

I support the 1 percent.

It is time in the United States they become a part of our “radical revolution of values.”

I am talking of course of the bottom 1 percent of Americans who live on less than $2 a day.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jennifer M. Silva, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 1:59 pm

Through 100 in-depth interviews Silva vividly pulls us into this world, mostly in Richmond, Virginia, and Lowell, Massachusetts, where her grandparents grew up. The most striking thing about these stories is that they’re not only about debt or empty checking accounts; they’re about small moments wherein our institutions have ignored, confused, or overwhelmed working class people. Isaac doesn’t apply for financial aid for community college because his mother feels uncomfortable providing her salary for the FAFSA. Christopher feels “tricked” for being taxed $400 for not purchasing Massachusetts health insurance because he was unemployed and didn’t know how to look for free health care. Eileen tries to collect welfare, but couldn’t despite her low income because she inherited a house from her mother.

These moments spark not only resentment in the “system,” but between different groups.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric John Abrahamson, Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 1:59 pm

Are you old enough to remember when Masters of the Universe actually felt the need to give back? Can you remember the days when regulations were seen as good things? When the phrase “consumer protection” was used by someone other than Elizabeth Warren? If you’re too young to remember what the world was like when we had decades of prosperity and relative economic fairness in the “managed economy”, or if you want to take stroll down memory lane, back to the days of economic regulation, you may want to crack the spine on this book.

FDL Movie Night: Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin’

By: Monday July 29, 2013 4:59 pm

Robert Williams is Mr. Bitchin’, pure and simple. He’s the balls-to-the-walls fine artist whose skill and style broke down traditional fine art and opened up an entire new genre, now identified as Pop Surrealism, conceptual realism, and by the term Williams himself coined, “lowbrow.” And Williams is an example of the American Dream gone slightly askew, as dreams in the latter 20th century were inclined to do.

80 Percent of Americans Near Poverty as Obama Laments Less Mobile Society

By: Monday July 29, 2013 1:14 pm

80 percent of U.S. adults struggle with poverty and diminished opportunities. An amazing statistic given America’s position as the richest country in the world and a thorough reality-based indictment of the American Dream mythology. A reality even President Obama, a skilled politician at preying on people’s hopes, was forced to acknowledge recently as the evidence piles up that American society is less mobile than much of the developed world and no longer the land of opportunity.

Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt to Give Aid to Rich Ones

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 10:55 am

A report by the New America Foundation details the systematic undermining of the financial aid system by colleges and universities who are using financial aid to attract wealthy students rather than open doors for poorer ones, forcing poorer students to either not attend or take on high debt burdens.

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