Thanks to a brave young man with a cell phone, we now have proof that a broken tail light can get you killed if you are poor and black in America. It’s a perfect storm of poverty, fear, and social control.
America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children in America has also grown by 60 percent.
Poor women’s health has fallen victim to yet another series of policy decisions, not unlike many of those over the last three decades, that have exacerbated economic inequality in America.
The prevailing economic narrative has warped our sense of the American Dream and taken advantage of Americans’ optimistic nature. To change our politics, we must change the narrative.
Average Americans today have essentially zilch influence on public policy. You don’t need to trust your gut on that. Northwestern University political scientist Benjamin Page has the data.
The distorted belief that corporations are job creators has led to huge subsidies and tax breaks for them. In reality, corporations owe a great debt to the nation that has made them rich.
Billions of dollars are at stake in the public-private partnership deals that governments are increasingly cutting. Sadly, our kids and grandkids will foot the bill on these deals if anything goes wrong.
A recent study reveals that the federal government spends more on private contractors than on public employees for the same services. Yet elected leaders insist that free-market capitalism works best.
In the years right before the 2008 financial meltdown, too many powerful people were making too much money for anyone in authority to blow the whistle and yell “foul.” Has anything really changed?
The media rarely report carefully on numbers, and Congress has little use for facts. That’s unfortunate because numbers reveal the dramatic fall of the middle class over the past 35 years.