Jacob Hacker

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No surprise that a populist progressive Democrat like me would like President Obama's State of the Union address that talked so much about lifting up the middle class. But there's a background story on getting to the president's message last night.
While the middle class is losing faith, two Yale researchers say it doesn't have to be that way. In their plan, everyone benefits, but it's not a strategy likely to be adopted by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, who have never experienced the pain of economic insecurity.
"We don't dumb down anything, but we don't talk in any kind of technical language," co-founder Theda Skocpol told The Huffington
"Clash warfare" may appeal to a minority, but it does nothing to respond to the economic and social concerns of the majority of Americans. For them, class warfare is not the issue -- fairness and opportunity are.
A president can't be a prophet, of course, but he can tell more of the truth than his advisers and apologists think he can about our entrapment in the slippery web of contracts and lies that is closing in on us.
Whether or not the the #Occupy Wall Street protesters explicitly adopt policy proposals or only generate political energy for the spirit of them, the Krugman/Stiglitz Army is at last on the march.
The Capital's misplaced focus on austerity has led to plenty of bad ideas, but one of the worst is raising the Medicare retirement age to 67. It may be the most destructive deal to come out of Washington since the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.
Paul Ryan's "blueprint" is one that will take America back to the pre-1965 days when senior citizens were losing their homes and their farms to pay for medical care. And all the while, insurance companies will be raking it in.
While around 22 million Americans are looking for work, domestic spending will be at its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower? We should be ashamed to let our president get away with this.
The corporate reformers' singular focus on college readiness and obsession with STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering
Most Americans realize that the U.S. has become more unequal over the past three decades or so. But it's unlikely that most Americans have a full grasp of the sheer magnitude of the change in the distribution of wealth since the end of the 1970.
There is no question that rising inequality stems from macro-level changes in our global economy. Yet, there is also a growing consensus that government decisions play a key role too.
by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger By contrast, tax cuts are an inefficient stimulus, especially if the cuts
Down the road, health care reformers will discover the same painful truth made vivid by Social Security's stagnation after 1940: Maintaining the legislative status quo against the forces crying "repeal and replace" is not enough.
Now that the core demand of progressives has been removed from the Senate health care bill--namely, the public health insurance
It's worth noting that one of the provisions Hacker liked about the revised Senate effort was its immediacy. The Yale professor