Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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The GOP Debate: When Ted Cruz Met Piketty and Saez

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(Photo: AP/Mark J. Terrill) Ted Cruz, center, talks about the mainstream media, while Carly Fiorina, left, and Chris Christie look on during the CNBC Republican presidential debate on October 28. D oes anyone really listen to this crap? (I assume since Ben Carson characterized liberal beliefs as “crap” during Wednesday night’s debate, it’s permissible to characterize what the debate participants actually said as crap, too.) Consider Carly Fiorina’s response when asked about those Americans who aren’t offered 401(k)s: “There is no constitutional role for the federal government in setting up retirement plans.” Um—so what’s social security? To which, clearly on a roll, Fiorina added, “There is no Constitutional role for the federal government to be setting minimum wages.” To these observations, there were no follow-up questions from the moderators or demurrals from the other candidates. Did anyone actually hear what Fiorina said? Did she hear it herself? Or does the constant din of...

Why Democrats Need Both Clinton and Sanders

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AP Photo/John Locher Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, listens as Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. This article originally appeared at The Washington Post . I n the fall of 1991, a Democratic presidential candidate I was covering as he campaigned across New Hampshire had a line in his speeches that surprised me. He commended to his listeners something called the “Swedish active labor market”—a program, established by Sweden’s Social Democrats as part of their full-employment policy, that trained unemployed workers at the government’s expense and linked them up with available jobs. That candidate was Bill Clinton. On Tuesday night, I was forcefully reminded of the then-Arkansas governor’s unanticipated endorsement of Scandinavian democratic socialist policy by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s takedown of Senator Bernie Sanders’s invocation of Denmark as a model for progressive...

The Spanish Speaker on the Balcony

The pope's speech outside the Capitol conveyed a spirit of inclusivity and solidarity. 

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AP Photo/Susan Walsh People watch Pope Francis on a large screen television from the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, September 24, 2015, as the Pope addresses a joint meeting of Congress. Pope Francis is the first pontiff in history to speaks before a joint meeting of Congress. I should, I suppose, begin with the pope’s speech to Congress, but his brief remarks on the Speaker’s Balcony to the thousands gathered on the Capitol’s west front impressed me even more. In remarks lasting less than two minutes, Pope Francis did two radical things: First, he spoke to this quintessentially American crowd in Spanish—to be sure, his native tongue, but far more than that, the native tongue of an increasing number of American Catholics and just plain Americans, the language of most American immigrants, the language which the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination has chastised one of his rivals for speaking in public. Second, the pope asked the crowd to pray for him,...

A Happy Labor Day—Really

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(Photo: AP/Lynne Sladky) Protesters, part of the national Fight for 15 movement, applaud in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour at a church in Miami in April. An earlier, shorter version of this article appeared in The Washington Post . L abor Day is upon us, marking an end to summertime, when the livin’ is easy and Americans take their well-earned vacations. Well, some Americans. About 56 percent of American workers took weeklong vacations last summer—a new low-point in a steady decline that began in early 1980s, when more than 80 percent took weeklong vacations. That depressing bit of news is of a piece, alas, with everything else we know about the declining fortunes of American workers. As the Economic Policy Institute documented in report released Wednesday, productivity rose by 72.2 percent and median hourly compensation (that’s wages plus benefits) by just 8.7 percent between 1973 and 2014. As the National Employment Law Project reported in a study released the...