from The Great Debate:

The middle class’s missing $1.6 trillion

By Charles R. Morris
February 13, 2014

The United States was the world’s first middle-class nation, which was a big factor in its rapid growth.  Mid-19th-century British travelers marveled at American workers’ “ductility of mind and the readiness…for a new thing” and admired how hard and willingly they labored. Abraham Lincoln attributed it the knowledge that “humblest man [had] an equal chance to get rich with everyone else.”

from The Great Debate:

Populism: The Democrats’ great divide

By Robert L. Borosage
February 5, 2014

One day after President Barack Obama called for moving forward on trade authority in his State of the Union address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared, “I am against fast track,” and said he had no intention of bringing it to a vote in the Senate.

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s small steps won’t fix inequality

By Helaine Olen
January 30, 2014

President Barack Obama is taking on the challenge of increasing the United States’ all but stagnant economic mobility.

from The Great Debate:

‘Democratic wing’ of Democratic Party takes on Wall Street

By Robert L. Borosage
August 1, 2013

The chattering classes are fascinated by the Republicans’ internecine battle to redefine the party in the wake of the George W. Bush calamity and the Mitt Romney defeat -- from Senator Rand Paul’s revolt against the neoconservative foreign policy, to intellectuals flirting with “libertarian populism.” Less attention has been paid, however, to the stirrings of what Senator Paul Wellstone dubbed “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” -- now beginning to challenge the Wall Street wing of the party.

from The Great Debate:

Rebuilding America’s high-wage economy

By Robert Kuttner
August 1, 2013

Good for President Barack Obama for emphasizing the need to restore America’s middle class. However, the actual proposals in his new summer offensive would not go very far toward that worthy goal.

from David Rohde:

Two American families — and two Americas

By David Rohde
July 26, 2013

Over the last 20 years, two middle class American families -- the Stanleys and the Neumanns -- have done all the right things. Milwaukee natives, they worked hard, learned news skills,  and tried to show their children that strivers would be rewarded.

from The Great Debate:

America’s wage crisis

By Richard L. Trumka and Christine L. Owens
June 25, 2013

Representatives of Providian Staffing offer positions to job seekers in Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2012. Employers REUTERS/David McNew

from The Great Debate:

The radical right-wing roots of Occupy Wall Street

By Maureen Tkacik
September 20, 2012

If there’s one thing that united Occupy Wall Street with the Tea Party movement from the very beginning, it’s a virulent aversion to being compared to each other.

from Breakingviews:

When shareholder democracy trumps the real thing

May 7, 2012

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. This column appears in the May 14 issue of Newsweek.

from Breakingviews:

Even Predators’ Ball saves a dance for 99 pct

May 2, 2012

By Rob Cox
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.