Isaiah Poole

Isaiah J. Poole has been the editor of OurFuture.org since 2007 and also directs the Campaign for America's Future's online communications.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:15am
The Price We Pay For Conservative Scorn Of Amtrak
On Tuesday night, an Amtrak train spectacularly derailed on its way through Philadelphia, killing at least seven people. On Wednesday morning, a House appropriations subcommittee voted to cut federal funding for Amtrak by about 20 percent. Those are two dots Republicans don’t want you to connect. “...
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 8:00am
Study Finds Right-Wing Tax Voodoo Doesn’t Work
“The effects of state tax policy on economic growth, entrepreneurship, and employment remain controversial,” begins the abstract of a study of state tax policy just released by the Brookings/Urban Institute Tax Policy Center. But that’s only in the same sense that the statement “human activity is...
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Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:15am
Baltimore’s Plight Shows Why A Good Jobs Policy Is Way Overdue
The nation is now seeing that there is a broader story to be told about the roots of the violence that broke out in Baltimore this week. In addition to the mistreatment of African Americans by police, there is also the story of extreme economic deprivation – the consignment of entire communities to...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 8:30am
Hillary Clinton Has Her Challenger: It Is Us
There is one respect in which politics is like investing: You don’t put your eggs in one basket. The lesson we learned from the Barack Obama presidency is that while it is good to invest some of our hopes in a presidential candidate, no single candidate warrants the investment of all of our hopes...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
‘Raise Wages, Empower Workers’ At the Top of the Populism2015 Agenda
The wave of “Fight for $15″ demonstrations that swept the country Wednesday were in themselves a big deal – actions in more than 230 cities in the United States and in several foreign cities in which hundreds of thousands of workers walked off their jobs to protest low wages and their lack of...
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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:15am
Senate Budget Votes Reveal The Same Old ‘Party Of No’
The series of votes that will shape the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2016 federal budget won’t be until Friday morning, but we already know how this drama ends, with Republicans keeping true to being the “party of ‘no'” when it comes to actions that would help raise wages, empower workers and...
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 2:30pm
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 - 2:30pm
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 - 7:15am
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 - 12:45pm
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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