A question: If the takers aren't standing in the unemployment line or rushing home from the second job to change diapers, just where are they? Because an awful lot of America's resources have gone missing. Like money that should be going to education, job training, healing the sick, retirement funds, infrastructure and, you know--life.
Financial inclusion helps lift people out of poverty and can help speed economic development. It can draw more women into the mainstream of economic activity, harnessing their contributions to society. And it will help governments provide more efficient delivery of services to their people by streamlining transfers and cutting administrative costs.
Van Hollen puts the focus squarely on the corporate behavior that has driven down wages and crushed middle-class aspirations. His proposal would boost worker income, which drives the economy forward. When Republicans oppose this, the choice will again be clear to Americans: CEO millionaires or working families.
Glaringly absent in the Fed's policy platform is a commitment to a fair architecture for capitalism that equitably distributes the fruits of enterprise by providing incentives for ethically pricing each person's contributions to the sustainable public good.
I do believe that to restore "trust" in the financial sector, a new hard look is required. It is important to change priorities and develop moral empathy and conscience.
Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.
The question is not whether or not speculators assist in the efficient operation of the market but whether or not that type of speculatory behavior should be extended fully to a commodity so vital to the livelihood of nations, especially people in the middle class and poor.
The stock and bond markets should not be the only ones rejoicing at Larry Summers's withdrawal from consideration to run the Federal Reserve. The nation's workers should, too. Janet Yellen, the remaining frontrunner for the position, is no wimp on inflation.
Financial stocks are the second-biggest sector in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index and are well on the way to overtaking technology as the biggest industry in the broad stock index, Bloomberg reports. Guests Jason Weisberg and William Dickens join to discuss.