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" A Democratic president should propose a major permanent tax reduction on the middle class and working class. I suspect most of the public would find this attractive. "
" A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term. "
" A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important. "
" America is one of few advanced nations that allow direct advertising of prescription drugs. "
" America spends a fortune on drugs: more per person than any other nation on earth, even though Americans are no healthier than the citizens of other advanced nations. "
" America's real business leaders understand unless or until the middle class regains its footing and its faith, capitalism remains vulnerable. "
" As digital equipment replaces the jobs of routine workers and lower-level professionals, technicians are needed to install, monitor, repair, test, and upgrade all the equipment. "
" As income from work has become more concentrated in America, the super rich have invested in businesses, real estate, art, and other assets. The income from these assets is now concentrating even faster than income from work. "
" As long as the big banks are allowed to remain big, their political leverage over Washington will remain big. And as long as their political leverage remains big, the taxpayer and economic tab for the next mess they create will be big. "
" A society - any society - is defined as a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions: public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on. "
" As public schools deteriorate, the upper-middle class and wealthy send their kids to private ones. As public pools and playgrounds decay, the better-off buy memberships in private tennis and swimming clubs. As public hospitals decline, the well-off pay premium rates for private care. "
" As we segregate by income into different communities, schools in lower-income areas have fewer resources than ever. "
" Average working people need more fresh starts. Big corporations, banks, and Donald Trump need fewer. "
" Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans. "
" Before the rise of the nation-state, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the world was mostly tribal. Tribes were united by language, religion, blood, and belief. They feared other tribes and often warred against them. "
" By the mid-1950s, more than a third of all America workers in the private sector were unionized. And the unions demanded and received a fair slice of the American pie. "
" Can we please agree that in the real world, corporations exist for one purpose and one purpose only - to make as much money as possible, which means cutting costs as much as possible? "
" Centrism is bogus. "
" Community colleges are great bargains. They avoid the fancy amenities four-year liberal arts colleges need in order to lure the children of the middle class. "
" Conservatives believe the economy functions better if the rich have more money and everyone else has less. But they're wrong. It's just the opposite. "
" Corporations aren't people. They have no brains, no consciences, no capacity for intent or guilt. "
" Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they'd otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans. "
" Drug company payments to doctors are a small part of a much larger strategy by Big Pharma to clean our pockets. "
" During three decades from 1947 to 1977, the nation implemented what might be called a basic bargain with American workers. Employers paid them enough to buy what they produced. "
" Economies are risky. Some industries rise, and others implode, like housing. Some places get richer, and others drop, like Atlantic City. Some people get new jobs that pay better, many lose their jobs or their wages. "
" Even if there's no way to stop U.S. corporations from shedding their U.S. identities and becoming foreign corporations, there's no reason they should retain the privileges of U.S. citizenship. "
" Evidence suggests jobs are crucial not only to economic well-being but also to self-esteem. "
" Freedom is the one value conservatives place above all others, yet time and again, their ideal of freedom ignores the growing imbalance of power in our society that's eroding the freedoms of most people. "
" Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods. "
" Government subsidies to elite private universities take the form of tax deductions for people who make charitable contributions to them. "
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