WATCH: Jon Stewart and Robert Reich Solve Income Inequality

Robert Reich dropped by the Daily Show to discuss his new movie, Inequality for All (watch the trailer here), as usual a thorough and fascinating discussion ensues.

At 2:30 Robert Reich exposes that income inequality is a direct assault on the American Dream

At 2:50 He picks up the Howard Dean mantra, You Have the Power!

At 4:00 He quotes Winston Churchill, telling us to be upbeat.

At 5:00 Jon Stewart sets up a Slam Dunk for why the conservative movement could not be more wrong about income inequality.

At 6:48  Robert Reich lays out some pretty shocking numbers.

At 7:00 Jon and Robert solve income inequality... it's just that simple.

In Part Two, Robert Reich tells you why you can’t give up on politics.

What do you think we need to do to solve this crisis? 

PS Don't forget to sign up to join Robert Reich and Howard Dean on a conference call to discuss Income inequality this Wednesday.  

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Categories: Campaign Finance Economy and Jobs

Minimum Wage -- I'm Not Loving It.

This week, we learned that the income gap between the rich and the rest of us is greater than it's been since the 1920's. The 1% are pulling in profits hand over fist while most Americans struggle to make ends meet. It's unacceptable and we need change now. Congress could alleviate some of the economic pain and close the gap by raising the minimum wage, but we all know that the Republicans would never let that happen. 

But that doesn't mean that progress needs to wait. Multi-billion dollar corporations like McDonald's could improve the lives of millions of working Americans tomorrow by paying their employees a living wage instead of locking them in near the minimum wage. McDonald's workers went on strike recently to demand better pay, but they can't win this fight alone. McDonald's won't change unless the American public stands behind these workers and demands it.

Tell McDonald's that you've had enough - no working American deserves to live in poverty. Pay your employees a living wage. 

Last year, McDonald's brought in $5.5 billion dollars in profits - and tripled its CEO's salary. But the majority of its employees make less than $16,000 a year. Many of these workers are adults caring for ailing parents or young children, and a salary that low makes it nearly impossible for them to survive. Most of them have to hold down multiple jobs. Many frequently go hungry.

McDonald's has responded to public pressure to make positive change happen before. Decades ago, environmentalists turned up the heat on McDonald's over the use of plastic foam packaging, which isn't biodegradable. The corporation resisted at first, but after the environmentalists educated and rallied the public McDonald's listened to the people and introduced more eco-friendly packaging.

They've listened before. Let's make them listen again.

Join us and tell McDonald's to pay their employees a living wage now. 

Thank you for standing up for workers,


Karli Wallace, National Campaign Organizer
Democracy for America

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Categories: Economy and Jobs

Chris Christie is wrong.

While he’s putting on a show down in Texas to get GOP support for a potential presidential run, Chris Christie has proven to be out of touch with the state he supposedly governs, and New Jersey deserves better.  His extreme policies have consistently favored the wealthy and big businesses, while he continues to ignore the interests and values of the people who elected him to office.  Not to mention, he has completely gutted the budgets for education, public services, and health care.

Although he claims to be a moderate, he remains firmly against marriage equality, responsible environmental policies, and women's reproductive rights.  Instead, he aligns himself with far-right republicans, slashing critical state aid to institutions he believes to be unnecessary.  Clearly, it’s time for a change in New Jersey.

Fortunately, there is a progressive option for governor: Barbara Buono. 

New Jersey should support a real leader who will represent real progressive values.  Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono is committed to turn New Jersey around.  She offers a progressive vision for the state and has delivered before.

Help us elect Barbara Buono and stop Chris Christie.

During her time as Budget Chair, Buono proved that you can cut billions in wasteful government spending without sacrificing critical funding for education, healthcare, and public services across the state.  She has worked tirelessly for the rights of LGBT citizens in New Jersey, sponsoring marriage equality legislation in 2008, and expanding the state’s hate crime laws to include protections for the transgender community.  Her commitment to women’s rights is unwavering, fighting to keep health clinics like planned parenthood open and firmly supporting the right to choose. Unlike Christie, Buono supports common sense solutions to reduce gun violence, offering a comprehensive plan that includes universal background checks to close the private sale loophole for gun purchases. 

Barbara Buono is a clear champion for DFA values in New Jersey, and deserves your support for Governor. 

Just remember: 

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