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, February 17, 2015 - 9:45am
Why the Country Needs a Populist Challenger in the Democratic Primaries
Polls show Democrats want a contest, not a coronation, for their presidential nomination. The press yearns for a primary contest, if only to have something to cover. A raft of reasons are floated for why a challenge would be useful, most of them spurious. Hillary Clinton doesn’t need a contest to...
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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 1:45pm
The Next Corporate Sting: Rigging the Rules in Obama's New Budget
President Obama rolls out his budget today, triggering the next salvos in the debate about America’s future. The president’s budget calls for ending the destructive caps on federal spending known as the “sequester.” It would make vital investments in infrastructure, education, and R&D, and...
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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 2:15pm
The Empty Center: Challenge and Opportunity for Progressives
Legislators in the new Congress haven’t even cut the curtains for their offices, but it is already clear that the right has no clue and the “center” offers no hope. Republican Mitch McConnell, newly installed as Senate majority leader, announced that his goal is not to be “scary.” House Speaker...
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 9:00am
Debacle: Get Ready for the Real Fight
Debacle. Bloodbath. Call it what you will. Democrats, as expected, fared poorly in red states in an off-year election. Worse, unpopular Republican governors survived. This was ugly. Yes, the electorate was as skewed as was the map. Many Republicans won office with the support of less than 20...
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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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