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In the United States, the richest 400 people own more collective wealth than the bottom 150 million. As Alperovitz puts it, this is quite literally medieval. 

The UK rioters know full well that their elites are looters too.

Why did Standard & Poor's take the seemingly radical step of downgrading the US government's credit rating, and how do ratings agencies wield such power in the first place?

Barack Obama

Obama must stop searching for common ground—and start defining higher ground.

Foreclosed

Is America finally learning that extreme inequality isn't just bad for those at the bottom—it’s ruinous for those on top, too?

When Congress, the president and the media run roughshod over popular will and citizen action, small-d democracy pays the price.

Deficit hawks argue that excessive government spending drives the US's debt woes. They're wrong.

The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

The only way to provide for a growing populace in need of a larger infrastructure is by raising the debt ceiling.

This "Super" Committee is actually a ticking time bomb strapped to two sacred cows: military spending and social spending.

Blogs

If Republicans take the debt ceiling hostage again, it could hurt the administration’s leverage for the fiscal cliff. 

October 18, 2012

Past experience with block granting the social safety net paints a dismal picture.

October 15, 2012

Everyone's talking about how Romney won’t name the tax deductions he will reduce—but he’s named three.

October 3, 2012

Paul Ryan told Fox he could not explain GOP economic plans because it would take too much time. But an hour-and-a-half long debate should provide Mitt Romney with enough time to do so.

October 2, 2012

The Inclusive Prosperity Tax would increase revenue for social services Americans need the most. 

September 25, 2012

A sweet day for the financial traders does not necessarily translate into good news for Joe Sixpack.

September 14, 2012

The country should look to Congressman Keith Ellison, not Paul Ryan for a fiscal vision.

September 14, 2012

Resorting to “root canal economics,” the Republicans are falling into a trap. 

August 30, 2012

Let’s at least set the record straight.

August 30, 2012

Paul Ryan made his choice long ago. He’s not going to level with the American people. He’s going to try to make them believe things that are not true.

August 30, 2012