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Harold Meyerson writes about politics and policy for The Washington Post's op-ed page.


Where's the economic recovery?

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

When the economy is recovering but pay isn't, incumbents should beware.

GOP's anti-immigrant stance could turn Texas into a blue state

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Texas's rising Latino population and GOP nativism could turn the state Democratic.

Wisconsin is only part of the GOP war against unions

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Republican war on unions goes far beyond Wisconsin.

Will the GOP embrace immigration reform or continue to ostracize key voters?

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

If Republicans continue to ostracize minority voters, it might have a rendezvous with extinction.

Workers toppled a dictator in Egypt, but might be silenced in Wisconsin

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Republicans fear that letting our workers exercise their rights undermines the GOP regime.

What's holding back the U.S. economy?

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Our economy could be suffering because we're not innovating like we used to.

Obama's economic proposals: Okay, as far as they go

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Obama's economic proposal should reward corporations that invest at home.

Murdoch's Fox propagandists, degrading journalism

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Has the Fox News tycoon who degraded journalism found a way to save it?

Dangerous outcomes from a culture of paranoia

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Conservatives promote a paranoid culture that makes America a dangerous land.

Corporate America, paving a downward economic slide

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

America, once the city on a hill, has a grim new reality.

Stimulus funds on the slow track

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Much of the money devoted to boosting hiring remains stubbornly unspent.

Obama's legacy hinges on the economy

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

He stacks up well against progressive presidents -- but jobs will be the real test.

Save the economy by keeping jobs at home

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama needs to do more than ask American CEOS to invest in America.

The paucity of hope - and other victims of Obama's tax-cut deal

Tue, 07 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

Obama's tax cut deal largely perpetuates the status quo.

The Tea Partyers are coming! Quick, pass some laws.

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Tea Partyers are coming! Quick, pass some laws.

How Germany got it right on the economy

Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

With its Jimmy Stewart localism, Germany is running rings around America.

Nancy Pelosi's proven record as Democratic leader

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

She is the Democrats' most effective fighter for the interests of ordinary Americans.

A post-election numbers game

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If the Democrats want to know why they lost, here are numbers they should ponder.

When Tea Party wants to go back, where is it to?

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When the movement identifies how America has changed and to whose benefit, it gets it almost all wrong.

Banks' foreclosure hustle

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The big banks are getting richer while the nation's economy isn't.

Latino voters may make the difference for California Democrats on Election Day

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The key to Democratic victories in California is high Latino turnout.

Baltimore teachers union is the hero, not a villain

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Blaming teachers for the dysfunction of inner cities lets more culpable parties off the hook.

Rallying the two poles of the Democratic base

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Two different marches will help rally the Democratic base.

The real un-Americans

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As Tea Partyers contend, there are un-Americans in high places.

Time to stand up to China on trade

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The U.S. must finally stand up to China on international trade.

Hard times for workers on Labor Day 2010

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Are American employers meaner than their European counterparts and American forebears?

A deserted feeling in working-class America

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama needs to acknowledge how power elites have betrayed Main Street America.

The many sins of deregulation

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

On egg-safety, America's become so industry friendly that it's forgotten to protect the public.

Rebuilding the Democratic brand with jobs

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Here's how Democrats could have a better shot at winning voters in November.

Why the GOP really wants to alter the 14th Amendment

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The real reason people are talking about the 14th Amendment has to do with electoral politics.

Jobs in the cards?

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Obama: Nominate Elizabeth Warren to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

The job machine grinds to a halt

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Corporate America isn't the jobs machine it used to be.

In recession battle, Germany and China are winners

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Germany and China won the recession battle. Here is how they did it.

Centrist and clueless

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Blue Dogs don't really know what they favor.

China's workers learn to speak up -- but carefully

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

But it and the U.S. are still among the worst to labor.

Calif. GOP primary winners look headed for defeat

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There's a reason California has only elected one GOP candidate to a major office since 1994.

The collateral damage from Israel's raid

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The flotilla raid highlights a growing divide among American Jews over Israel's future.

Deficit hawks ignore the R-word

Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Economic recovery should start with a conversation about jobs.

A patch for Wall Street's bad habits

Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The U.S. economy has served Wall Street for far too long; the Senate can reverse that.

The danger in financial markets' unchecked 'doomsday machines'

Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Financial reform cannot be left to the group that works most closely with bankers.

Deficit hawkery's harsh impact on education

Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Defunding education is not an answer to economic recovery.

The fight over FedEx and the right to organize

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Should company truck driver's have the right to unionize?

Will Congress hold the big banks responsible for the economic crisis?

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Will Congress hold the big banks responsible for financial crisis?

Hope rises for real financial reform

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Goldman Sachs scandal has done the unthinkable.

Andy Stern: A union maverick clocks out

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Andy Stern's departure marks one more decision for his Doing Things Differently file.

Moviemaking becomes commercial art

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's not all about the product anymore; it's about the deal.

A flawed American political model aids China

Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

If we fail to demonstrate that democracy works, the Chinese win.

Democrats have proved they can govern. Can they keep it going?

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Democrats discover how to govern -- and do their November prospects some good.

Immigration reform: Stuck in the shadows

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Barack Obama is facing heat for a promise that fell by the wayside: immigration reform.

The road to America's economic recovery starts in L.A.

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Has the city come up with a way to aid the economy without boosting the deficit?

Media Files:

Wall Street's financial aftershocks

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

You can ruin a global economy and still not face any serious regulation.

On health care: If not now, when?

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why are some Democrats still hanging back on health reform?

Under Obama, labor should have made more progress

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Senate's inability to pass the Employee Free Choice Act is a blow to the unions.

A jobs lesson from the New Dealers

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

House leaders know more is needed, but can Democrats take a tip from FDR?

It's no time for Democrats to think small

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

This is a time to think big, not retreat to State of the Union micro-initiatives.

More action on health care

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Shakespeare listed "the law's delay" as a reason to end one's life. Enough of Congress haggling for health-care reform.

Media Files:

Health-reform headaches the Democrats don't need

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Health reform compromises could hang "kick me" signs on Democrats in November.

Without a movement, progressives can't aid Obama's agenda

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

This should be the moment for a new New Deal -- if a movement could get organized.

Labor's messy health-care bargain

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Labor dislikes health reform's compromises, but it can't lash out at the Senate just yet.

America's decade of dread

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Ten years of decline center on Wall Street -- from the Sept. 11 attacks to the financial crisis.

Obama's pitch for a second stimulus could be his FDR moment

Wed, 09 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Obama's proposal only goes part of the way toward salvaging the economy.

Why the stimulus package is smaller than it may appear

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

State and local governments are draining federal dollars, deepening the U.S.'s decline.

The China we made with a bad trade deal

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Many said a trade pact would end the trade imbalance. The opposite occurred.

Harold Meyerson on the Senate's sluggish pace

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Filibustering Republicans and three Democratic enablers bring the Senate to a halt.

Harold Meyerson on how the House and Senate health bills differ

Wed, 04 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Why the House's health reform proposal is better public policy than the Senate's.

Why the Senate's health bill won't fill workers' pockets

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Senate's way to fund health-care reform would hit more than "Cadillac" benefits.

Where are the free-market champions? Not on Wall Street.

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

In  health insurance and on Wall Street, the bogeyman is a  free market.

Wall Street Fends Off Democrats on Risk Reforms

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The folks who keep the profits and give us the risk are winning a battle against reform.

Recovering the New Deal Ideal

Wed, 07 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Break the cycle of high unemployment and income stagnation with public investment.

Bringing Economic Theory Back Down to Earth

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Math-heavy economic models are elegant -- they just don't reflect reality.

For ACORN, Truth Lost Amid the Din

Thu, 24 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Actual instances of voter fraud were all but nonexistent. Why you might not know that.

Labor's Chance to Strengthen Its Political Punch

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Two of the AFL-CIO chief's organizing triumphs could reverse unions' fortunes.

Unhappy Labor Day

Mon, 07 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Employment numbers paint a picture of a country in decline.

A Trade Test for Obama

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Chinese tire imports present Obama with a test of his commitment to U.S. workers.

Kennedy's Death Ends an Era of Irish-American Leadership

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Ted Kennedy and John Sweeney represent the culmination of a political tradition.

A Shrinking GOP Offers No Partner on Health Reform

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Why bother to negotiate with a GOP retreating to a white southern bastion?

Forging Recovery on the Assembly Line

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Reviving U.S. manufacturing could give a boost to an administration that needs it.

Filibuster Nation: GOP Is Disrupting a Productive Debate

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Will a vocal minority whipped into a frenzy be allowed to kill health-care reform?

Ignore the Senate Finance Committee's Health Reform Plan

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A solonic gang of six is creating a marvel of ineffectual health reform.

The Blue Dogs' Can't-Do Attitude and the Health-Care Debate

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The centrist Democrats and their vision of a no-can-do America.

Will Wall Street Apologize Like McNamara Did?

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The real latter-day McNamara may not be Donald Rumsfeld but Robert Rubin.

Health Care Reform: Where Is Obama's Army?

Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

If universal coverage is to succeed, Obama's army of supporters must create a movement.

California: A Dream Decimated

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A state that uninvests in the present and has no vision for the future.

America's Growing Resolve for a Palestinian State

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How the lack of a Palestinian state has eroded U.S. Jews' identification with Israel.

Europe's Social Democratic Countries Move Right

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Is Obama going against a global tide by trying to make capitalism more social democratic?

Capitalists Only Beijing Could Love

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

China's ruthless repression owes a lot to Wal-Mart and its other favorite capitalists

Proposition 13 and the Roots of California's Budgetary Problems

Thu, 28 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Today's misery is the work of the proto-Reaganites behind Proposition 13.

The Republican Party Spirals Down

Fri, 22 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Republicans try to rename Democrats, but they're the ones with an identity crisis.

Card Check and Gut Check: A Labor Test for Democrats

Thu, 14 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

In the struggle for union rights, it's Democratic legislators who are wavering.

What's Good for Chrysler: A Restructuring That Wall Street Could Use

Wed, 06 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Bankers could use a little of Chrysler's medicine.

The Cutter and the Bank

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A tale about the bank bailout, an angry congressman and the president's suits.

Break Up the Banks

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Banks showered with federal largess are up to some old and unsavory tricks.

Revolutionary Rush

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The demagogic right is building a socialist revolution.

Unifying Unions

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 17:32:00 EDT

After years of deep divisions, Big Labor is coming together again.

Rendezvous With Not Much

Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 EDT

G-20 leaders compromised in the stimulus vs. legislation debate: Do nothing.

The Nationalization Option

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Tim Geithner is undermining the administration's efforts to restart the economy.

Building a Better Capitalism

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Wall Street model is dead. Germany and Scandinavia may have some tips.

It's Renovation, Not Socialism

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 00:00:00 EST

Take it from a democratic socialist: Obama isn't one of us.

Another Star in Chicago

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

Another liberal with a politically problematic name is emerging from Chicago.

China and the United States - the Dysfunctional Duo

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 EST

Why the unemployment picture doesn't look worse.