Economic and Social Justice

Economic and Social Justice (10)

A federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s new overtime rule Tuesday, a major setback that delays one of the president’s significant reforms from going into effect next week as planned.

Clergy join with low wage workers to call for $15 minimum wage and declare firm opposition to 'systemic racism, classism, poverty, xenophobia, and any attempt to promote hate towards any members of the human family.'

The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any generation before you.

Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:00

Factors Determining the Number of Jobs

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It is useful to develop a common understanding of the factors affecting job creation in our economy. The idea that a full employment economy is possible in not new. For instance, this goal is stated in Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: I quote: “Everyone has the right  to work, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against  unemployment.”

When the Bernie Sanders campaign announced plans to visit the Vatican, more than one journalist asked me for comment on the oddity of a progressive candidate seeking to associate himself with an institution whose views are antithetical to much of what he espouses. This, I believe, is a fundamental misunderstanding of how the majority of Catholics in America view the role of their faith in their political and civic life. Call it the Pope Francis effect. It is real and, because Catholics are the preeminent swing voters, it will matter a great deal.

When Scott Walker came into office, he claimed that he had no interest in trying to get “Right to Work” laws passed.

Nearly seven years after the end of the deepest recession in our lifetimes, the job market has in many ways returned to pre-recession levels. And yet there are far more people seeking work than jobs available. Unemployment and underemployment persist in many communities where the recovery lags. And some workers are left out even in the best of times.

Thursday, 07 April 2016 00:00

Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too

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When a high-rolling trader buys millions of dollars' worth of stocks or derivatives, there's no levy at all.

Saturday, 05 March 2016 00:00

Economic and Social Justice

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The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay.