Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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Recent Articles

The Path to a High-Wage Society.

Peter Dreier says the explosion of low-wage jobs is due, for the most part, to the declining bargaining power of America's employees : A good job means one that pays enough to allow a family to buy or rent a decent home, put food on the table and clothes on their backs, afford health insurance and child care, send the kids to college, take a yearly vacation, and retire with dignity. A good job means that two parents don't have to juggle three jobs to stay afloat, and that they still have time to spend with their kids. KEEP READING …...

The Case for Presidential Action.

Robert Kuttner says there is a lot the administration can do without legislation : What can government do about these trends? Some would say not much -- this is supposedly the verdict of the free market. With globalization, more than a billion workers in Asia are willing to perform jobs once done by Americans, at far lower wages. Yet this shift is better understood as globalization undermining the power of wage and salary workers, worldwide, to capture a fair share of what they produce. KEEP READING …...

TAP Talks to Rep. Earl Blumenauer.

Tim Fernholz finds that the Oregon progressive thinks it's time to cut the budget. Wait, what? : So how should Democrats address the budget? We as Democrats have not spent as much time comprehensively dealing with the big picture, and that was most of what Matt and I were talking about. We are going to have to look at how we spend money differently, in defense and agriculture and infrastructure. I support putting more money in the highway trust fund for roads and transit. I really do think that we can do things to get a lot more value out of federal spending. We ought to avoid lots of little piecemeal decisions on the tax side of the equation. I'm a voice that hopes that as we move forward, we can take a deep breath and look at the range of federal policies that deal with taxation and not have a lot of little rifle shots. 

Best Customer Service Reps Bend the Rules.

At the Daily Dish , Conor Friedersdorf Andrew Sullivan posts a letter from customer-service representatives -- some of the worst-paid employees in the private sector: The most offensive customers are the ones who assume that CS reps are uneducated, have landed in their jobs because they have no other choice, and simply cannot provide help without an aggressive approach by the customer. The great majority of my co-workers in both of my jobs are college-educated, experienced in a lot of different life situations (including world travel, and a great variety of past jobs and professions) and are CS reps because they respect the companies they work for and believe in the product and services they sell and represent. Friedersdorf Sullivan then posts his own letter to Verizon asking for fees to be reversed and promising, in return, his undying loyalty: "How I'd love to re-sign with my first wireless company (one whose Customer Service managers I'll have written to compliment the young...

The Little (Moving) Picture: Brewer's Bloopers.

During last night's Arizona gubernatorial debate, current Gov. Jan Brewer -- who signed the state's draconian immigration-enforcement bill -- stumbled through her opening statement. She also refused to recant statements, later proved false, that illegal immigration in Arizona had led to beheadings.