A Simple Fix for Our Massive Inequality Problem

Everyone knows that we are again living in a Gilded Age. More controversial is the question of what should be done about it. We seem stuck in the same policy equilibrium we have been in for decades, with conservatives denying that there is a problem and pushing policies that would make it even worse, liberals […]

Americans are drowning in debt. Here’s where they have it the worst.

Nearly half the residents of Louisiana have debt that has gone into collections, making that state America’s capital of past-due debt, according to a new national map of indebtedness released by the Urban Institute this week. The debt numbers are derived from anonymized consumer-level records shared with Urban’s researchers by a major credit bureau. Unpaid bills that creditors […]

Orrin Hatch just made the Republican agenda startlingly clear

On the Senate floor last week, just hours before Republicans passed a $1 trillion tax cut, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown challenged Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch: Why were Republicans about to pass tax cuts for corporations and business ownerswhile the Children’s Health Insurance Program remains unextended? Hatch reacted with fury. “Nobody believes more in the CHIP program than I,” […]