Robert Borosage

Robert L. Borosage is the founder and president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 2:45pm
The Importance of Zephyr Teachout
Zephyr Teachout is slated today to lose the New York Democratic primary for governor to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Many voters will be seeing her memorable name for the first time when they cast their vote. She has run a shoestring campaign against a powerful, lavishly funded governor who refused...
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:30pm
Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers
On Labor Day, families gather, politicians pay tribute to values of hard work, and some workers even get an extra day off. But this Labor Day arrives with working families struggling to stay afloat. Working family incomes haven’t gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes...
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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 8:45am
August Distemper: Will Change Yet Come?
No surprise, Americans are in a foul temper. In an August NBC/Wall Street Journal poll , 71 percent considered the country on the wrong track. Nearly half thought the economy was still in recession. Over three-fourths were not confident their children’s generation will do better than they have...
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 7:15am
Economic Populism at Heart of Emerging Debate Among Democrats
Over at The Washington Post , the usually sensible Greg Sargent endorses the notion that divisions among Democrats are “mostly trumped up.” The tension between the Wall Street wing of the party and the Warren (as in Elizabeth) wing is an overblown fiction of a press corps desperate for some action...
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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 10:00am
Private Wealth, Public Squalor: America’s Dilemma
In the first six months of this year, Senate Republicans used the filibuster to block the Senate majority from increasing the minimum wage , providing paycheck fairness to women , and enabling those with student debt to refinance at lower rates, paid for by insuring millionaires pay a minimum tax...
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(Cover detail from new report, "The New Populism: A Movement and Agenda to Transform Our Economy and Politics," by the Campaign for America's Future.) Views
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 9:15am
What is the New Populism?
Today, in Washington, the Campaign for America’s Future is convening a major summit on The New Populism, keynoted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (It will be live streamed on our website ). What follows are excerpts from remarks I will deliver at that meeting. What is the new populism? The Princeton...
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Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:15am
Can Democracy Tame Plutocracy?
We are headed into a national reckoning. To paraphrase the unlamented Donald Rumsfeld, there are the known knowns and the known unknowns. We know that America is reaching new levels of extreme inequality. We know that from the founders on, our wisest leaders cautioned that extreme and entrenched...
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Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:30am
In The Age of Faux Populism, Where Are the Real Pitchforks?
Americans are in a surly mood, confronting rules they feel are rigged against them. President Barack Obama captured this populist temper in his re-election campaign. He then launched his second term declaring that inequality is the “ most pressing challenge of our time,” and laying out a popular...
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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:39am
The Audacity of Common Sense: Progressive Caucus’ ‘Better Off Budget’
Budgets are numbing – grist for geeks, not citizens. The Congressional Progressive Caucus annual budget proposal – the Better Off Budget – is no exception, detailing row after row of numeric projections.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 4:47am
Obama’s 2015 Budget: Waging Populist Fights in Strategic Retreat
President Obama’s 2015 Budget sets up many of the right fights with the right opponents. Republicans who dismiss it out of hand – “most irresponsible budget yet” fumed House Speaker John Boehner – are exposed for what they are:
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