Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Let’s Sue the GOP

Let’s Sue the GOP

House Republicans last week overwhelmingly endorsed suing President Barack Obama for delaying part of the Affordable Care Act, a law Republicans hate and condemn and voted 50 times to repeal. So, really, the president did exactly what the GOP claims it wants. But they’re suing anyway.

On the other side of the Capitol, Senate Republicans last week prevented repair of a law that 99.99 percent of Americans hate and condemn and would vote 50 times to repeal, given the chance. The GOP blocked a bill that would have ended tax breaks bestowed on corporations for offshoring factories and jobs.

Only one Senate Republican voted for the Bring Jobs Home Act – the bill that would have replaced corporate reprobate rebates with rewards for firms that move factories back to America. Americans of all political persuasions object to paying higher taxes to offset the cost of coddling corporate defectors. The GOP’s filibustering of this bill is dereliction of duty. So let’s sue. And look at it this way, even if this is a lost cause – and it is – the more time Republicans must spend in court, the less time they have to obstruct the will of the people.

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Education Alone Is Not the Answer to Income Inequality and Slow Recovery

Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner Co-Founder and Co-Editor, The American Prospect

Education Alone Is Not the Answer to Income Inequality and Slow Recovery

If everyone in America got a PhD, the job market would not be transformed. Mainly, we’d have a lot of frustrated, over-educated people.

The current period of widening inequality, after all, is one during which more and more Americans have been going to college. Conversely, the era of broadly distributed prosperity in the three decades after World War II was a time when many in the blue-collar middle class hadn’t graduated from high school.

I’m not disparaging education—it’s good for both the economy and the society to have a well-educated population. But the sources of equality and prosperity mainly lie elsewhere.

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Bush vs. Obama on the Economy. In 3 Simple Charts.

Bill Scher

Bill Scher Online Editor, Campaign for America's Future

Bush vs. Obama on the Economy. In 3 Simple Charts.

In the most recent CBS News poll, the public was split on which party will do a “better job” on the economy, with Democrats at 42% and Republicans at 41%.

This should help break the tie.

Who to hold accountable for the economy is complicated by the fact that for the last three-and-a-half years government is at a bipartisan stalemate. President Obama and the Democrats can’t invest as much as they like in infrastructure, energy and education. Republicans can’t slash spending as deep as they would like or deregulate corporations at all.

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The Disease of American Democracy

Robert Reich

Robert Reich Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Professor at Berkeley

Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low. The president's approval ratings are also in the basement.

A large portion of the public doesn't even bother voting. Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election.

Put simply, most Americans feel powerless, and assume the political game is fixed. So why bother?

A new study scheduled to be published in this fall by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern University's Benjamin Page confirms our worst suspicions.

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Half-Term Quitter-Governor Calls for Impeachment

Half-Term Quitter-Governor Calls for Impeachment

Union Matters

Median Income Rises, But Not Fast Enough

The question is, though, will your income go up as fast as the median has?

In June of this year, median income topped out at $53,491.00 for a household of four.  That sounds encouraging and has been cited as evidence of the continuing improvement of our economy.  But the Great Recession of 2009 hasn’t receded completely into memory.  That seemingly robust $53,491.00 remains 3.1 percent below the June 2009 median of $55,589.00, largely because unemployment has been stubbornly slow in lessening.

So it’s still too early to celebrate.  Overall, Americans' median income remains 5.9 percent below its January 2000 level.

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