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" 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. "
" 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. "
" Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years, if not decades, to pay off. "
" Public institutions are supported by all taxpayers and are available to all. "
" 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. "
" In 1968, the sanitation workers of Memphis tried to form a union. The city resisted. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. "
" Not only do unemployment benefits help families who are hurting; they also put money into their pockets that they'll then spend - and their spending will keep other Americans in jobs. "
" 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. "
" I'm all in favor of supporting fancy museums and elite schools, but face it: These aren't really charities as most people understand the term. "
" We don't have to sit by and watch our meritocracy be replaced by a permanent aristocracy, and our democracy be undermined by dynastic wealth. "
" Political scientists after World War II hypothesized that even though the voices of individual Americans counted for little, most people belonged to a variety of interest groups and membership organizations - clubs, associations, political parties, unions - to which politicians were responsive. "
" More people are killed by stray bullets every day in America than have been killed by Ebola here. More are dying because of poverty and hunger. "
" Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together. "
" Limits should be placed on how big big banks can become. "
" To get back to the kind of shared prosperity and upward mobility we once considered normal will require another era of fundamental reform, of both our economy and our democracy. "
" A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important. "
" Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans. "
" Only if everyone buys insurance can insurers afford to cover people with preexisting conditions or pay the costs of catastrophic diseases. "
" America's real business leaders understand unless or until the middle class regains its footing and its faith, capitalism remains vulnerable. "
" You can't create a political movement out of pabulum. "
" If we give up on politics, we're done for. Powerlessness is a self-fulfilling prophesy. "
" 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. "
" Sugary drinks are blamed for increasing the rates of chronic disease and obesity in America. Yet efforts to reduce their consumption through taxes or other measures have gone nowhere. The beverage industry has spent millions defeating them. "
" There will always be a business cycle, and white-collar workers will get hit in the next recession like they always do in recessions. "
" Our moral authority is as important, if not more important, than our troop strength or our high-tech weapons. We are rapidly losing that moral authority, not only in the Arab world but all over the world. "
" In the 1980s, corporate raiders began mounting unfriendly takeovers of companies that could deliver higher returns to their shareholders - if they abandoned their other stakeholders. "
" Tea Partiers hate government more than they hate the national debt. They refuse to reduce that debt with tax increases, even with tax increases on the wealthy, because a tax increase doesn't reduce the size of government. "
" Centrism is bogus. "
" Average working people need more fresh starts. Big corporations, banks, and Donald Trump need fewer. "
" Our young people - their capacities to think, understand, investigate, and innovate - are America's future. "
" As we segregate by income into different communities, schools in lower-income areas have fewer resources than ever. "