Economy

Raising American Wages...by Raising American Wages

  • By Ron Unz, The American Conservative
November 15, 2012

With Americans still trapped in the fifth year of our Great Recession, and median personal income having been essentially stagnant for forty years, perhaps we should finally admit that decades of economic policies have largely failed.

Monopolies: Antitrust Law Protects Consumers, Not Competitors

  • By
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
October 16, 2012 |

As we gear up for the presidential debates tonight, it’s worth reflecting on the presidential debates from exactly one hundred years ago.

Lind: Is America Still a Land of Great Promise?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
October 1, 2012 |

Is America still a land of promise?

The biblical metaphor was used in 1785 by George Washington, who described the new United States as a "second land of promise." More than a century later, the progressive journalist Herbert Croly wrote: "From the beginning the Land of Democracy has been figured as the Land of Promise."

ALC 2012: The Impact of the Great Recession on Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color

October 2, 2012
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Though the Assets Learning Conference is now more than a week past, one session that has stuck with me dealt with The Great Recession and its Impact on Wealth in Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color. Through deftly interwoven presentations from the Urban Institute, Woodstock Institute, and Ohio State University (moderated by the U.S.

Central Banks Have Made Their Moves -- What's Next?

September 27, 2012

by Jay Pelosky

This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

 

Who Stole the American Dream?

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:00pm

The promise of a prosperous middle-class life with decent work, rising living standards, and the potential for a better future has long been the foundation of the American dream. But as America continues to struggle to recover from the Great Recession, it has become clear that the middle class is in jeopardy – and many of the policies of the last 40 years are to blame.

Asset Building News Week, August 13 - 17

August 17, 2012
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include poverty in politics, financial services, and asset poverty.

America’s Emerging Growth Story

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2012

Contents

I.  Overview
II.  The Story Begins with Oil & Gas
III.  Job Creation and Investment
IV.  The Catalyst for a Manufacturing Revival
V.  The Rise of New Industries
VI.  Shoring up America’s Fiscal Position
VII.  Infrastructure Investment is the Missing Piece of the Story
VIII.  Serious Obstacles Remain

Assets and "The Other America"

July 13, 2012

Earlier this week, Demos held a great conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Michael Harrington’s The Other America. The conference coincided with the publication of The American Prospect’s new issue focusing on poverty. During his introduction, Demos President Miles Rapoport acknowledged that the one-day event could not and would not be a comprehensive account of poverty in America; in fact, he specifically noted that there would not be any presentations focusing on the asset-building approach. Nevertheless, throughout the day, panelists touched on some core themes of the asset building field, particularly with respect to two areas of focus: investment in early childhood and the role (and limitations) of job creation in reducing poverty.

Event Summary: Jobs are Not Enough

July 12, 2012
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The Asset Building Program hosted an event Wednesday, July 11 to release the July/August issue of the Washington Monthly. The issue focuses on the importance and applicability of the asset building agenda in the lives of all Americans. Utilizing the magazine's focus as a frame for the event, our panelists tackled critical themes such as savings as a path to higher education, the importance of life-long savings mechanisms, the role of federal policies in promoting prosperity, and a growing political divide between young and old Americans.

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