This guide includes strategies for defending public services and the revenues needed to support them. Produced during the anti-government, budget-slashing political climate of 2010-2011, this report advocates for affirming the role of public services, systems, and structures. It examines dominant...
Can the workers of the world unite? This special report by Demos and The American Prospect includes articles by Harold Meyerson, Monica Potts, David Moberg, Lance Compa, and Jake Blumgart.
Putting our nation on a path of broad prosperity will require generating new jobs, investing in key areas, modernizing and restoring our revenue base, and greatly increasing the cost efficiency of the health care system. Achieving these goals, however, will require an informed and engaged public to...
From the standpoint of voter access and effective administration, the 2010 elections were in many ways a mixed bag. There were a number of troubling incidents that occurred including voter intimidation and threats of vote suppression, and the structural barriers to voting that keep...
Left out of the debate about the U.S. deficit and debt is the role that tax policy has played in reducing the amount of revenue available to fund national needs and plan for our nation’s long-term future As a result of changes to the tax code in the last decade, tax rates in the United States are...
STABILIZING THE DEBT: SHORT, MEDIUM, AND LONG TERM POLICY SHORT-TERM Sending the economy back into recession would be the worst thing we could do for our fiscal outlook. To ensure that our country returns to the level of sustainable economic growth necessary to successfully tackle our fiscal...
Many of the elections for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be close in 2010. Potentially, party control of the Senate and House hangs in the balance; gubernatorial races will also be critical, with redistricting to begin shortly after the elections. These dynamics set the...
Dominant public perceptions of government undermine efforts to engage citizens in the day-to-day work of the public sector and the many challenges, decisions and competing priorities that face our public systems. However, it is possible to create a more productive conversation about government if...
Financial Reform Roundup: Highlights of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Today, the Senate votes to pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, sending the landmark legislation to President Obama's desk for signature next week. The bill is not perfect, but it will bring greater security to American consumers, investors and Main Street...
"We've got to deal with the conflicts. If I hire S&P or Moody's to be my consultant and show me how I can do this and that to get an investment-grade rating or [an] even higher rating, they obviously have a conflict of interest there." "That's right. I think the compensation model... where the...