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Milton Friedman's free-market faith produced a bastardized system of
interest-group politics that favors sectors of citizens at the expense
of many others.

As election day approaches, don't expect a reasoned discussion of
economic policy between the two parties. A barrage of
quips and one-liners have taken the place of detail and fact in
political debate.

Before the storm, neoliberalism shaped the social and economic
inequities of New Orleans; after Hurricane Katrina, it worsened them
by making government the tool of corporations and investors.

Is Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's new "conceptual
framework" of economic reform an acknowledgment of neoliberalism's
failures or simply a repackaged version of Clintonomics?

Back in Washington's day, Congress printed money to fight the Revolutionary War without collecting taxes to back it up--and paid the price in inflation: History repeats itself today.

The massive number of Americans who support raising the minimum wage
should spur Congress to action.

Interest rates nosed higher today as the Federal Reserve Board
sought to control inflation. But the impact of runaway inflation is
already being felt by workers whose wages will stagnate and whose
earning power is on a steep decline.

The affluent mask of the United States has been torn away by the storm, exposing a nation that has become progressively poorer under the leadership of the party of Big Business.

When the adulation fades, Alan Greenspan will be recognized as a right-wing ideologue and the most politicized Fed chairman in history.

Like oil and water, Chinese capitalism and US politics just don't mix.

Blogs

As he takes the lead in the fight to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the senator has much to teach progressives about how to do politics right.

December 5, 2012

Ross Douthat is worried about fewer American babies. Family policy could be the answer.

December 4, 2012

Why do we let doomsayers control the 'fiscal cliff' conversation?

December 4, 2012

After all the Republican ranting about socialism, a new poll finds Americans have more positive feelings about… socialism.

December 1, 2012

With their votes, with their responses to exit polls, with every signal they could send, the voters refused to buy the “fix” that Erskine Bowles is selling.

November 29, 2012

A petition demanding Obama appoint someone who will hold Wall Street accountable has already gained a significant number of signatures. 

November 27, 2012

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is standing up to austerity hawks, promoting a “Deal For All” that protects social spending and invests in real growth. 

November 19, 2012

Both spending cuts and tax increases will hurt the vulnerable the hardest and fastest.

November 14, 2012

Ryan: “I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare.” Yes they did. 

November 14, 2012

As Congress nears the so-called "fiscal cliff," they should listen to voters: austerity cuts are unacceptable.

November 13, 2012