Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole is the editorial director of The Next System Project, a project of the Democracy Collaborative.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Why We Need The People’s Budget’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
Set aside for a moment concerns about political gridlock on Capitol Hill. Think about the actual gridlock that could await lawmakers and citizens on their way to Capitol Hill. Earlier in March, Washington area residents learned that one of the major bridges in the city – one that carries about 70,...
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Friday, February 26, 2016
Whistleblowers Challenge Candidates: Stand Against Wall Street Fraud
Four people who have been at the center of some of the nation’s biggest Wall Street scandals have come together to send a message to the 2016 presidential candidates: Pledge to stand against Wall Street fraud and corruption – not just with words, but with the kind of actions that Americans have...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Evolution or Revolution? Town Hall Clarifies the Choice for Democrats
For those who have been closely watching the Democratic presidential contest between Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, Tuesday night’s Iowa town hall discussion on CNN did not reveal anything dramatically new about the candidates. But it perhaps brought into sharper relief the...
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Millennials in Poll Fake Right, Go Left
At first glance, a poll released this week by USA Today and Rock the Vote, done by Ipsos, seems to confound our narrative that a majority of millennials identify more with progressives than conservatives. In fact, when asked that question point-blank when it comes to economic policy, 38 percent of...
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Friday, January 08, 2016
“Bleeding-Heart,” Or Just Bloody? The GOP Poverty Show
Republican leaders, including six of the GOP presidential candidates, on Saturday will engage in one of their occasional displays of “compassionate conservatism,” in which they seek to convince voters that they actually do care about people struggling to climb out of poverty; they just don’t want...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
With Latest Budget Deal, More Failure By Design
With Congress about to vote this week on a federal budget for the current fiscal year, perhaps we can be thankful that Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate spared us extended disingenuous talk about “out-of-control government spending.” Some variation of that phrase still crops up in...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
What Clinton Gets Right, And Wrong, About Wall Street Reform
Hillary Clinton’s op-ed in The New York Times Monday on how she would handle Wall Street and financial reform as president appears so far to have landed with a thud. There is little evidence that it has sparked the kind of political debate that would be warranted by a major plan for financial...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Progressive Majority Waiting To Be Convinced Government Can Work
The conclusions of a new extensive survey released today by the Pew Research Center are not surprising to people who have followed our chronicling of the Populist Majority over the past two years: Solid majorities of Americans accept a significant role for government in ensuring a strong and fair...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
A Trojan Horse In Clinton's Pledge To "Enhance" Social Security?
Unless you listened carefully, you might have missed the expanse of daylight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders when asked about their plans for Social Security at the CNN Democratic debate Tuesday. It’s a gap that is alarming people who are fighting to protect and strengthen Social...
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Friday, September 18, 2015
The Fed Gets It Right. Now Let’s Move to Full Employment
Hours before the Federal Reserve was to announce whether it would increase interest rates, several dozen protesters gathered outside Federal Reserve offices in downtown Washington to demand that the Fed keep interest rates where they are, arguing that the economy as they experience it has yet to...
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