Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

Local Markets Nourish Families and Communities

If anyone’s ever looking for me on a Sunday morning, they’d better head to the FreshFarm DuPont Circle Farmers’ Market. I can’t resist the tables piled high with bright green lettuces, plump purple eggplants, and juicy peaches. There’s fresh goat...
A Summer Storm is Brewing

A Summer Storm is Brewing

Droughts in California, floods in Texas, tornadoes in Iowa and Nebraska — the summer storm season started early this year. And hold onto your baseball caps and flagpoles, because there’s another storm brewing that may leave your community reeling for years to come. On...
Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Question: How much did Congress save taxpayers last year when it cut food stamp benefits for 16 million poor children? Answer: Less than the windfall Congress is trying to bestow on a few of the richest American families by ending the federal estate tax. The House has...
How Can We Serve Our Public Servants?

How Can We Serve Our Public Servants?

Back in my 20s, I had a modest dream: By my 40s, I hoped, I’d be able to pay off my student debt. I’d even give some of my hard-earned money to my mom and rent a nice apartment. Maybe I’d get a dog, too. And I wanted to do it while making a difference for...
Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags

Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented a bold economic vision for America. Do we want a country where only “a few of us do spectacularly well,” he asked, or where everyone has a chance to succeed? Obama conveyed this vision by telling the...
Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything...
Report: Inequality in the Social Security Debate

Report: Inequality in the Social Security Debate

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT The Fix the Debt campaign, a large, well-funded corporate lobby group, has been leading the charge for massive new corporate tax cuts paid for with cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The nearly 100 CEOs who are leading Fix the Debt...

The Dropped Ball

Millions of Americans watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The glitzy one in Times Square symbolized joy and hope for the New Year. Just a few hundred miles to the south, Congress dropped another ball — one that no doubt sent champagne glasses clinking...
Social Security: It Ain’t Broke

Social Security: It Ain’t Broke

Social Security is more popular than sliced bread. And it should be. Our Social Security system is the foundation of our families’ security: We work hard and pay into it with every paycheck so each of us can retire with dignity. Social Security is a basic part...
The Invisible Hand Won’t Stop Inequality in Its Tracks

The Invisible Hand Won’t Stop Inequality in Its Tracks

Economist Lars Osberg started writing about income distribution in the 1970s, back when few scholars shared his concern. Tracking the distribution of income had turned rather boring. That distribution had been trending more equal ever since the New Deal era and showed...
Low-Wage Nation

Low-Wage Nation

With its catchy “We are the 99 Percent” slogan, the Occupy movement focused millions of Americans on our nation’s chronic inequality. As that movement regains momentum, it must pay more attention to the whole 99 percent. We certainly should worry...
Better Public Schools Require a Stronger Safety Net

Better Public Schools Require a Stronger Safety Net

If our schools Are in the tank; We just have Ourselves to thank. Many American kids are getting a fine education these days, but plenty more are stuck with lousy schools. This disparity shouldn’t come as a shock, because that’s the way our society is...
The Real Social Security Crisis

The Real Social Security Crisis

President Barack Obama is ready to support “reforms” to “strengthen” Social Security, he declared in his State of the Union address. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels thinks we need “repairs” to make Social Security more...