Trickle Downers

The Prospect's ongoing exposé of the folly, dysfunctions, and sheer idiocy of feed-the-rich economic policies.

Tax Cuts for the rich. Deregulation for the powerful. Wage suppression for everyone else. These are the tenets of trickle-down economics, the conservatives' age-old strategy for advantaging the interests of the rich and powerful over those of the middle class and poor. The articles in Trickle-Downers are devoted, first, to exposing and refuting these lies, but equally, to reminding Americans that these claims aren't made because they are true. Rather, they are made because they are the most effective way elites have found to bully, confuse and intimidate middle- and working-class voters. Trickle-down claims are not real economics. They are negotiating strategies. Here at the Prospect, we hope to help you win that negotiation.


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A federal judge rejects Medicaid work requirement programs in Arkansas and Kentucky because kicking people off their health insurance won’t somehow improve their health. Read more

Economic Policy


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Under Trump, prosecutions for white-collar crimes have reached an all-time low, while prosecutions for being an undocumented immigrant have soared. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Like their New York counterparts, organizers in other potential sites of Amazon expansion want a more democratic process that produces more equitable growth. Read more

Economic Policy


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The government shutdown reminded us that millions of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck—which payday lenders will only continue to exploit if the CFPB has its way. Read more

Economic Policy


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Proposed new Trump administration rules could keep low-income immigrants from applying for green cards or citizenship. Read more

Civil Rights in America

America’s 15 wealthiest families are worth a combined $618 billion. That’s not good for our economy—or our democracy. Read more

Economic Policy


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Whether they’ll actually help their intended beneficiaries—poverty-stricken neighborhoods—is a lot less clear. Read more

Economic Policy


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And Trump counts on this failed set of policies to cut vital public assistance. Read more

Economic Policy


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At nearly every point on the economic spectrum, a new report documents, it helped whites more than people of color. Read more

Civil Rights in America



Washingtonians voted for an initiative raising wages. Their elected representatives just nullified that vote. Read more

Economic Policy


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The boom in steel is not what it seems.  Read more

Working in America

Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour, but shouldn’t get a pat on the back just for doing what the government should have done long ago. Read more

Economic Policy


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A proposed Department of Homeland Security rule would make it more difficult for indigent people to obtain green cards. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Women employees walked off the job to force the company to take their complaints seriously. Read more

Working in America


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A new study shows that laws like D.C.’s Initiative 77 boost employees’ incomes and don’t cripple the restaurant industry.  Read more

Working in America


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After three weeks, prisoners will have ended their work and hunger strikes, but their demands are no less powerful. Read more

Working in America


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Fixing the National Labor Relations Act is a must—but only a start. Read more

Working in America



A State Department program that oversees the nation’s au pair programs isn’t doing much overseeing at all. Read more

Working in America


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Besides, the administration is pushing policies that would only further hurt black workers. Read more

Civil Rights in America