Commentary

The credit card crunch underscores the great racial divide that remains in the American economy. Around half of all white households with credit cards are indebted, but for black households the number is more than 80 percent, with Latino families close behind.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky investigates what it mean when a democracy removes the vote from several million adults, and how the political process is affected when certain groups — racial minorities and low-income whites, in particular — bear the brunt of this disenfranchisement.

Remove the voting power of the urban poor, and issues of importance to inner-city America are likely to get ignored come Election Day.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins discusses the need for a real windfall tax that addresses the growing chasm between the cost of buying and refining crude oil, in order to divert enough money into alternative sources that will ultimately reduce demand and thus prices.

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The cost crisis of Medicare gets a lot of attention. The program can be fixed only by universalizing the larger health system in which Medicare resides.

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Mildred Loving died of pneumonia last Friday at her home in Central Point, Virginia. As reporter Jocelyn Stewart wrote in an obituary in the Los Angeles Times, "For marrying the only man she loved, Mildred Loving paid a price: she was arrested, convicted and banished from her home state." She and her now-deceased husband were the couple involved in the United States Supreme Court's 1967 decision, Loving v. The Commonwealth of Virginia. In that case, the court ruled unanimously that Virginia's law banning interracial marriage was unconstitutional.

Human services is the fastest-growing labor market. Here’s how to restore middle-class earnings by making every human-service job a good job.

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The credit crisis, which is sapping America's economic strength, was the result of an almost religious belief in deregulation whose excesses are now coming home to roost.

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Let's encourage people to drop their employer insurance and shop for coverage on their own, he said, since that will create a vibrant market in which people can find better bargains. And since some people will still have trouble paying for insurance, let's give them a tax credit that would help offset the cost.

A big problem with this scheme, as critics like me pointed out, was that it wouldn't do much for people who were already sick.

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A stagnant economy is bad. Add inflation and it's much worse.

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Demos Senior Fellow Allison Fine addresses the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines used throughout Pennsylvania's many municipalities.

The folks at Why Tuesday have been provided a heads up that several Pennsylvania counties are using Sequoia Voting Systems electronic voting machine. These are the same machines that failed dramatically in the New Jersey primary on Super Tuesday in February.

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