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The Washington Post | Opinion | February 6, 2007
How to Really Help Low-Wage Workers
By Thomas Z. Freedman
While an increase in the minimum wage is better than nothing, alone it is an incomplete instrument for really making work pay.

PPI | Policy Report | June 29, 2006
Raising Our Game
By Edward Gresser, Paul Weinstein, Jr., and Will Marshall
PPI offers a comprehensive national strategy on how America can sustain its economic strength and remain the most innovative and productive country in the world even as powerful new economic competitors emerge.

DLC | Book | June 27, 2006
Winning America's Future
By Thomas Z. Freedman, Nick Gossen, and Ed Gerrish
The DLC examines the changing global playing field that threatens the economic and technological high ground our country has enjoyed for much of the last century and offers a series of policy proposals aimed at making sure America remains a global leader.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 9, 2006
Good Growth
By Robert D. Atkinson
If Democrats can take the best of both of these books -- Friedman's insight that growth is inherently progressive and Helpman's insight that policies to boost innovation are the best way to make the economy grow -- it would go a long way toward ensuring that, the next time polling is done, voters see Democrats as the party that can best keep America prosperous.

Polity Press | Book | July 28, 2005
Inequality In The New Knowledge Economy
By Robert D. Atkinson
The consequences of an increasingly polarized labor market are not insignificant. If we don't address growing inequality, then the American Dream will wither.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 7, 2004
Bush's Other War
By Bruce Reed
There are two big problems with George W. Bush as a wartime president: He's losing the war on terror, and winning the war on work. He shouldn't get away with either.

The American Prospect | Column | May 21, 2004
Come Together
By Robert Kuttner and Will Marshall
A wide-ranging group of progressives has gathered under a flag of truce to work out an alternative to Bushonomics: a progressive growth strategy for expanding the middle class.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2004
Give Him an "F"
By Robert J. Shapiro
The Bush administration's unwillingness to face up to the changes in global competition and the world economy, combined with policies that don't raise middle-class incomes or stimulate jobs, has produced the worst record on jobs of any administration in more than 50 years.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 7, 2004
Vanishing Dreams
By Robert D. Atkinson
The middle class is getting squeezed in today's economy -- and Bush's plutocratic policies are making matters worse.

DLC | New Dem Daily | March 8, 2004
Jobless, Joyless
President Bush continues to roam the country touting the success of his tax-cut-driven economic policies, but the real world continues to offer a sharp counterpoint.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2004
Middle Class Squeeze
By Robert D. Atkinson
With more Americans facing a financial squeeze, it's time for fuller consideration of the kind of creative policy proposals Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi make in "THE TWO INCOME TRAP: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke."

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 8, 2004
The Wrong Direction
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
The 1990s were a period of significant economic prosperity for middle income Americans. But the middle class has not faired nearly as well since George W. Bush became president.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | November 20, 2003
Job Killer
By Robert D. Atkinson
Bush's retrograde economic policies have helped decimate manufacturing jobs. More than 2 million have been lost since 2001. Democrats can offer a brand new vision.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | November 20, 2003
Tax Cuts and Jobs
By Jeff Lemieux
Despite a fast-growth quarter, the job market is still fragile.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | June 30, 2003
Building a Real Investor Class
By Gene Sperling
Instead of the class war President Bush is fighting for the wealthy, we should help all Americans save.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 21, 2002
Let 'Em Go to an Accountant
By Jeff Lemieux
How a good law has turned into a major stumbling block for the poor.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | March 25, 2002
Lessons Learned from Enron
By Paul Weinstein, Jr.
Give employees more choice, control, and protection of their private retirement plans.

PPI | Policy Report | February 22, 2002
Universal Pensions
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
If we are serious about ensuring all Americans have adequate means to retire, we need to create a simple, intelligible retirement savings system that works for everyone.

DLC | New Dem Daily | September 27, 2000
Poverty Rate Drops to 20-year Low; Real Incomes Rise Again for Working Poor
New Census Bureau figures for 1999 show that the economic boom is continuing to chip away at poverty and is clearly lifting families at the bottom as well as the top of the income scale. These developments argue for a continuation -- and indeed, an intensification -- of the New Democrat economic policies of fiscal discipline, expanded markets, support for innovation and technology, "making work pay" for the poor, and investment in skills and education.

PPI | Briefing | August 22, 2000
Individual Development Accounts
By DeWayne Davis and Jeff Lemieux
With IDAs, low-income individuals with little previous experience with financial institutions can accumulate savings and wealth, and finance their own educations, homes, or business ventures. But IDAs are more than just matching funds. They provide a local support system for a new culture of savings.

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