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Low-Wage Growth is Masking a Looming Disaster

January 23, 2015
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Something has been clear in every single Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report over the last several years: The growth in the number of jobs has largely been in low-wage positions. In other words, the jobs that are coming back aren’t the same ones that went away during the Great Recession. Service jobs, part-time jobs, dead-end jobs are a significant portion of the recovery that we’ve seen. Even on the upper end of the wage spectrum, there’s been increased employee turnover.  For a large portion of employers, there’s simply no need to offer more of anything to employees. There are still millions who are out of the labor market and whom the government has officially stopped counting as unemployed. These…

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Dems Moaning, Repubs Smirking, What Now?

January 4, 2015
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With all the Democratic moaning and the Republican smirking, everyone seems to agree: Democrats were destroyed, once again, by the party’s own infamous, albeit typical, downright astonishing ineptitude at executing (mostly) very good ideas and mushy, scared campaigns. Liberals across American are once again licking…

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My New Year’s Wish: Less Hyperbole More Solutions

December 29, 2014
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My high school English teacher was a spiteful, cranky, ok, I’ll say it, a down-right mean old coot of a woman. She had various aliases–“Iron Jaw” is the only one I can say in print without worrying about her ghost reaching out from the meta-sphere…

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Wanna Know How Politics Makes Us All Dumber?

December 16, 2014
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There’s a basic assumption that lies at the base of politics in the U.S. It hides just under the surface of every speech, editorial, article, essay, blog and talking-head “news”…

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Don’t Get Used to Low Gas Prices-Big Ethanol is Lobbying

December 10, 2014
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(updated from October 22, 2014) Weakening demand for gasoline–which also affects ethanol producers–is getting ready to hit the front pages of a few major news outlets–but you won’t see this on any televised…

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Has Extreme Obsrtuctionism Made Washington Irrelevant?

December 7, 2014
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Has Extreme Obsrtuctionism Made Washington Irrelevant?

Washington has become so ineffective at addressing the preponderance of our nation’s problems—to the degree that it’s existence is almost irrelevant, and in some cases a downright threat to the…

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Will the U.S. Follow the GOP Into Great Depression 2.0?

November 24, 2014
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There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from George W. Bush’s Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new…

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Democrats Forget That Voters Want to Hear Candidates’ Narratives

November 17, 2014
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Apparently, post-election unanimity is that Democrats were missing a narrative that connects progressive and populist policies to how it will benefit, “a broad economic message to enthuse supporters…” according to…

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Disrespect for President Obama Causes Contempt for All Americans

November 10, 2014
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Not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political party, supported their president, the United States was viewed as a mecca for the best and brightest the world had…

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If Democrats Lose the Midterms It’s Their Own Fault

October 30, 2014
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If Democrats Lose the Midterms It’s Their Own Fault

Let me be brutally honest; if the Democrats lose like they’re supposed to lose according to polls, they have nobody to blame but themselves. With the GOP’s intensely anti-Main Street…

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Don’t Get Used to Lower Gas Prices-Big Ethanol is Pouting

October 22, 2014
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Weakening demand for gasoline–which also affects ethanol producers–is getting ready to hit the front pages of a few major news outlets–but you won’t see this on any televised news–and not for a reason…

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GOP Budgets: If Math Doesn’t Work Alter Scoring Method

October 13, 2014
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GOP Budgets: If Math Doesn’t Work Alter Scoring Method

Last month, in a speech to the Financial Services Roundtable, GOP “budget guru” Rep. Paul Ryan floated a few ideas for the assumed Republican Senate majority. “Our rules in Congress require that…

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Why I’m Worried About Slack in Unemployment Rate

October 3, 2014
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In regards to today’s unemployment number release showing the lowest rate since before the George Bush housing collapse (it came in at 5.9 percent), I feel it’s my obligation to…

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Re-Writing History is GOP Politics 101

September 29, 2014
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I used to think that the de-emphasis on math and science–not to mention the idiocy of kids ridiculing other kids for being smart–was the United States’ weakest link in our…

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By Dr. Richard Paul Recently, many people have been discussing the Pros and Cons of increasing the Minimum Wage. Both sides have some great debates…

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