Stumbling Past Econ 101

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 10:45 am

Income converted to capital isn’t consumed in the same time frame as money paid out in wages. That’s why increasing the minimum wage will have a stimulative effect.

Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits — For Its Own Profit

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:05 am

Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.

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.

Come Saturday Morning: When A Problem Comes Along…

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 6:45 am

When a problem comes along, you must whip it!

Calling All Minnesotans! Whip Your State Senators Re: Minimum Wage Hike

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 6:40 pm

Right now, there’s a deadlock between the House and Senate conference committees, a deadlock that needs to be broken for the minimum wage hike to succeed.

Late Night: The Minnesota GOP Renews Its War on the Waitstaff

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 8:00 pm

Tom Emmer’s War on the Waitstaff lives on as his bitterest Minnesota GOP rival, Marty Seifert, has taken up Emmer’s war on increasing the minimum wage in the Gopher State.

The Spring of Discharge Petitions

By: Friday February 14, 2014 9:35 am

Democrats hope to transfer the blame for failed popular legislation from Speaker John Boehner to the more moderate House Republicans in swing districts.

It’s State of the Union Tuesday

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 2:32 pm

Join us tonight at 9pm ET when President Obama will deliver his 2014 State of the Union address.

Glenn Hubbard – Corporate Whore for Corporate Welfare Queens

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 7:01 pm

I should know better than to pay attention to the evening news on teevee. It just ticks me off. Not because I can’t handle the news, but because of the way that it’s slanted.

Democrats to Push Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives

By: Monday December 30, 2013 2:23 pm

Faced with a tough mid-term election Democrats have decided that increasing the minimum wage is the issue that will help them win the day and are planning to use ballot initiatives as a way to keep it in the forefront.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 19, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book. Hosted by Beth Karas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
Chat with John White about his new book. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.