Opinion

[OPINION] Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

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Under a headline “Obama Moves to the Right in a Partisan War of Words,” The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes notes Democratic operatives have been hitting back hard against the President or any other Democratic politician talking about income inequality, preferring that the Democrats talk about equality of opportunity instead.

Conservatives Condemn Obamacare’s Worker Freedom

After Congressional Budget Office economists reported that the Affordable Care Act will enable American workers the freedom, opportunity and choice to leave the labor force or work fewer hours, Republican politicians and conservative policy analysts launched a campaign to deceive…

Voice of the People: Legalizing marijuana makes dollars and sense

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is an organization that recognizes the war on drugs is over and the government lost. Police, prosecutors, judges and everyday citizens are joining together to fight back against the failed, dangerous and expensive “war on drugs.” America’s…

[OPINION] David Brooks’ Utter Ignorance About Inequality

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by Robert Reich Occasionally David Brooks, who personifies the oxymoron “conservative thinker” better than anyone I know, displays such profound ignorance that a rejoinder is necessary lest his illogic permanently pollute public debate. Such is the case with his New…

[OPINION] The Year Of The Great Redistribution

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by Robert Reich One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a “redistributionist.” Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward,…

The State We’re In: Richard Sullivan, Conservation Trailblazer

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by Michele S. Byers, executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” wrote Sir Isaac Newton, in a tip of his hat to earlier mathematicians upon…

Congress Still Isn’t Being Responsible

By Lee H. Hamilton Congress is winding down its historically unproductive session with a small flurry of activity. It’s a welcome change, but so long overdue that it can’t possibly make up for what should have been accomplished on Capitol…