The faith that anyone could move from rags to riches - with enough guts and gumption, hard work and nose to the grindstone - was once at the core of the American Dream.
Globalization and free trade do spur economic growth, and they lead to lower prices on many goods.
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.
Most financiers, corporate lawyers, lobbyists, and management consultants are competing with other financiers, lawyers, lobbyists, and management consultants in zero-sum games that take money out of one set of pockets and put it into another.
Median wages of production workers, who comprise 80 percent of the workforce, haven't risen in 30 years, adjusted for inflation.
Over the long term, the only way we're going to raise wages, grow the economy, and improve American competitiveness is by investing in our people - especially their educations.
Rather than subsidize 'American' exporters, it makes more sense to subsidize any global company - to the extent it's adding to its exports from the United States.
Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans.
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.
The only way to grow the economy in a way that benefits the bottom 90 percent is to change the structure of the economy. At the least, this requires stronger unions and a higher minimum wage.
Evidence suggests jobs are crucial not only to economic well-being but also to self-esteem.
The largest party in America, by the way, is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It's the party of non-voters.
True patriotism isn't cheap. It's about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.
There is a crisis of public morality. Instead of policing bedrooms, we ought to be doing a better job policing boardrooms.
A lot of attention has been going to social values - abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues - but economic values are equally important.
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