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GOP Tax-Cut Feeds Cancer of Inequality

Washington – The most lethal damage to American society embedded in the Republican tax plan now being rushed through Congress is that it will metastasize the cancerous economic inequality that has been eating away at the health and fabric of American democracy over four decades – an issue some Democrats plan to take to voters […]

Tax Cuts – Middle Class Boost or “Fake Math”?

Washington – With Republicans surfacing more details of their tax-cut package and debate sharpening over its likely impact, Trump’s top economist forecasts a boost of $4,000 in annual income for the typical American family but most economists don’t buy that estimate and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer derides it as “fake math.” In fact, one […]

Aftershocks from the Populist Earthquake of 2016

Our political world is feeling the after-shocks of Campaign 2016. The question now is whether President Trump and the GOP in Congress will deliver on Candidate Trump’s promises of a better deal for working middle class Americans or whether Trump’s new allegiance to the elite and the ideological conflicts within the Republican Party will do the […]

What About Our Jobs? Mr. Trump

Washington –  When President Trump flew to Wisconsin recently to tout his “Buy American, Hire American” mantra, he was greeted by one worker carrying a sign that betrayed frustration among his political base: “Wall Street Got Theirs. Where’s MY infrastructure JOB?” A surprising answer came this week from Infosys, an Indian outsourcing firm that was […]

The Civic Uprising of 2017

Highlights – Ralph Nader Interviews Hedrick Smith : “Certainly Trump didn’t intend to do this, nor did Steve Bannon, his Rasputin in the White House, but you know, accidentally and unintentionally, they have triggered and ignited a fire in the political prairies of this country.” “I don’t think we’ve seen this kind of electricity, this kind of […]

What Caused the Populist Earthquake of 2016?

If you’re still puzzling or in shock over the 2016 election, this is a must-watch video. I dig into the roots of the populist mutiny that caused this year’s populist earthquake – a mutiny that has been brewing for three decades in Middle America and that finally exploded, firing the astonishing candidacy of Bernie Sanders […]

Why Good News/Bad News for the Middle Class?

Olga, WA – If you’re baffled by the latest good news/bad news for the American middle class – word that in 2015 typical family income got its best boost in five decades, but families are still worse off than in 2007, just think about trickle-down economics and how it works. During an economic recovery, the […]

Election Focus – The Middle Class

Olga, WA – If Donald Trump can get over his nonsense about President Obama being the “Founder” of ISIS and his hassling Gold Star families and fellow Republicans,  Campaign 2016 can get to America’s core issue – economic inequality and the rival pitches of Clinton and Trump of a better deal for the middle class. […]

Boosting The Middle Class – America’s “Job Creators”

Washington – Economists call it “the Virtuous Circle of Growth.” It’s the dead opposite of “trickle down economics.” The core idea is that a well-paid middle class is the engine of America’s economic growth. In other words, America’s job creators are the 99%, not the 1%. That was the economic concept that powered America’s remarkable […]

The Populist Earthquake of 2016

Washington – The political earthquake now shaking the foundations of the Republican Party throws into bold relief the unique feature of Campaign 2016 –  the fault-line this year is not the typical polar clash of Left vs Right, but a far more fundamental Up-Down cleavage between rank and file Americans and what C. Wright Mills […]

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