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" Evidence suggests jobs are crucial not only to economic well-being but also to self-esteem. "
" The silent majority really is a liberal majority, even though the word liberal has taken a real beating over the last 20 years by radical conservatives. "
" When times are tough, public employees should have to make the same sacrifices as everyone else. "
" Public fear isn't something to be played with. "
" Public institutions are supported by all taxpayers and are available to all. "
" 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. "
" The liberal ideal is that everyone should have fair access and fair opportunity. This is not equality of result. It's equality of opportunity. There's a fundamental difference. "
" 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. "
" Government subsidies to elite private universities take the form of tax deductions for people who make charitable contributions to them. "
" We do not want to live in a theocracy. We should maintain that barrier and government has no business telling someone what they ought to believe or how they should conduct their private lives. "
" Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods. "
" News and images move so easily across borders that attitudes and aspirations are no longer especially national. Cyber-weapons, no longer the exclusive province of national governments, can originate in a hacker's garage. "
" Much of what's called 'public' is increasingly a private good paid for by users - ever-higher tolls on public highways and public bridges, higher tuitions at so-called public universities, higher admission fees at public parks and public museums. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years, if not decades, to pay off. "
" America's real business leaders understand unless or until the middle class regains its footing and its faith, capitalism remains vulnerable. "
" We never used to blink at taking a leadership role in the world. And we understood leadership often required something other than drones and bombs. We accepted global leadership not just for humanitarian reasons, but also because it was in our own best interest. We knew we couldn't isolate ourselves from trouble. There was no place to hide. "
" 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. "
" Liberals are concerned about the concentration of wealth because it almost inevitably leads to a concentration of power that undermines democracy. "
" 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. "
" Median wages of production workers, who comprise 80 percent of the workforce, haven't risen in 30 years, adjusted for inflation. "
" Technology is changing so fast that knowledge about specifics can quickly become obsolete. That's why so much of what technicians learn is on the job. "
" The curious thing is Americans don't mind individual mandates when they come in the form of payroll taxes to buy mandatory public insurance. In fact, that's the system we call Social Security and Medicare, and both are so popular politicians dare not touch them. "
" Average working people need more fresh starts. Big corporations, banks, and Donald Trump need fewer. "
" In America, people with lots of money can easily avoid the consequences of bad bets and big losses by cashing out at the first sign of trouble. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I'm not one of those who thinks the only way to fix what's wrong with American education is to throw more money at it. We also need to do it much better. "
" Teachers, social workers, public lawyers who bring companies to justice, government accountants who try to make sure money is spent as it should be - all need at least four years of college. "
" Nations are becoming less relevant in a world where everyone and everything is interconnected. The connections that matter most are again becoming more personal. "