Just Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am

Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.

One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.

 

Piketty and His Critics Chapter 4: Netroots Nation

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 11:15 am

We are losing the class war because we are not fighting the class war.

Why the Richest Americans Don’t Care about Income Inequality

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 8:00 am

The same bill in Congress that would cut food stamps pays out farm subsidies to America’s billionaires, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Charles Schwab and S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.

Billionaire Ken Langone Who Funded Elliot Spitzer Takedown Operation Claims Liberals Are Like Hitler

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 1:22 pm

Billionaire Ken Langone is the latest 1%er to join the ranks of the abysmally stupid that gain entry by making ridiculous statements about Nazi Germany and contemporary American politics. Langone should really know better being an active participant in politics both in destroying former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer by funding private investigators and operatives like Roger Stone as well as being a central fundraiser for Governor Chris Christie (back when that was still a thing).

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ken Jacobs, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 1:59 pm

The 21st century United States is a nation of great income inequality and entrenched poverty. Progressives have demanded federal action to fight these problems, but Republican control over the House has made this nearly impossible. However, campaigns on the local and state levels have begun to transform the debate over income inequality. Beginning in the 1990s, living wage campaigns in cities across the nation began showing how local communities can make a difference. Some of the nation’s most politically progressive cities began pushing for paid sick leave, domestic partner benefits, and card check for unionization.

In the last two years, Occupy Wall Street brought economic inequality to the attention of national politicians and opened space for political leaders to push for higher minimum wage laws.

Report: 85 Richest People Have More Wealth Than Poorest Half Of The World

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 6:47 am

According to a new report by Oxfam titled Working For The Few the wealth of the 1% richest people in the world amounts to $110 trillion, or 65 times as much as the poorest half of the world. Notably Oxfam does not buy into the nonsense about technology and education leading to yawning gaps in wealth inequality but properly notes that abuses of power and thievery are principally to blame.

A Nation Fails Its Youth When Millions Go to College Presidents, Not Students

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 11:15 am

A recent report by The Chronicle for Higher Education has found 42 private college presidents made over $1 million in executive pay, up from last year’s figure of 36 millionaire presidents. The list was based on 2011 federal tax data from institutions receiving endowments.

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.

Obama Won’t Defend Jobless Benefits

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 4:00 pm

I first read about this on wsws.org and thought it might be Trotskyist exaggeration, but alas, President Obama really has told his flunkies that not extending jobless benefits is ‘okay’, which would make millions of workers destitute shortly after Christmas:

As Nation’s Income Gap Widens DC Sees Boom Times

By: Monday November 18, 2013 12:48 pm

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. As poverty and unemployment numbers are revised upwards and the nation’s income gap widens, DC is having boom times as the Dow crosses 16,000. Truly a tale of two economies with a 9.9 out of 10 chance that you aren’t in the one that is having a great time.

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