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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
House Democrats Will Be Measured By Their People’s Budget Vote
Politics isn’t always the art of compromise. Sometimes, it is the imperative of standing up for principle. Sometimes, it is the refusal to accept the boundaries of the politically acceptable and, guided by a vision of a nation that can do better by its people, redraw the boundaries. One of those...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Fair Trade Is a Racial Justice Issue
The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. It also goes beyond ending the practices highlighted in a Justice Department report that criticized Ferguson cops and courts for shaking...
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Monday, March 16, 2015
Four Reasons The Coming Congressional Budget Battle Matters
We’ve heard many conservative elected leaders adopt a new tone when they talk about income inequality, but this week House Republicans will double down on the same-old-same-old when they release their proposed federal budget, which will continue their push to enrich the wealthy at the expense of...
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Monday, February 16, 2015
More Proof Conservative Anti-Tax Dogma Only Applies To The Rich
Here’s a question to ask New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the next time he appears at a public event: “Why is it in your state the top 1 percent of income earners pay state taxes at a rate that is on average 28 percent less than what middle-income earners pay?” Then watch the fireworks. You might...
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Corporate Tax Break Scheme Is Gaining A Momentum We Must Stop
There is no real argument over whether the nation needs to do more to improve its infrastructure – its transportation, water, power and information networks. But there is an argument over how best to pay for it all – and that argument is increasingly turning in a dangerous direction. Financially...
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Friday, January 09, 2015
Fight for $15 in ’15
Looking for some good news on the job front? This should be a big year for the “Fight for $15,” a national movement to turn low-wage jobs into “living wage” jobs that pay enough to lift workers out of poverty. The movement got a big push in December when pro-living wage demonstrations were...
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
On Day 1, House GOP Rigs The Rules For The Rich, Against The Disabled
The House of Representatives wasted no time Tuesday in setting up schemes that are designed to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. House Republicans approved on late Tuesday a resolution of operating rules that include several pretty outrageous provisions, such as an authorization to...
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Friday, December 12, 2014
The Ominous ‘Cromnibus,’ A Budget Bill That Should Have Died
With all of the justifiable anger directed at what’s in the 2015 spending bill – the omnibus continuing resolution or “cromnibus” – that the House struggled to pass late Thursday, there is also a major story to be told about what’s not in the bill. It’s a story of missed opportunities that is as...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Do Americans Really Want Hillary Clinton’s ‘Vital Center’?
Hillary Clinton invoked what she called the “vital center” in a speech before the New York Historical Society this past weekend as the place where most Americans want their politicians to be. But public opinion right now is actually tilted fairly leftward, according to an NBC News/Wall Street...
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Friday, November 14, 2014
The Opportunity To Reawaken The Progressive Majority
It remains true, as we have asserted time and again using findings on our Populist Majority website , that the American majority is firmly populist and broadly progressive. But we have also seen time and again – most recently in this month’s elections – that people will vote based on their...
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