Christene Sandeson

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Poll: Americans feel system is 'stacked against' them

An NBC-Wall Street Journal poll shows that 55 percent of those polled feel that America’s economic and political systems are stacked against them. …

3 ways America should be more like Canada

Its middle class is thriving, its people are universally liked and its government actually works.<p>Fifty years ago, this description might have fit the …

Big Bank Explains To Rich People How To Profit Off Inequality

On Wall Street, the debate about wealth inequality is all but over, except for finding ways to make tons of money from it.<p>The rich are going to keep getting richer all over the world, pretty much just as French economist Thomas Piketty describes in his bestselling book <i>Capital In The Twenty-First</i> …

I'm a Member of the American 'Used-to-Haves'

I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don't. I'm a member of the American "Used-to-Haves."<p>Now, I'm renting an apartment and I'm desperately awaiting a check so I can pay the rent. Yet, I'm lucky to …

To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store

Dear woman behind me in line at the grocery store,<p>You don't know me. You have no clue what my life has been like since October 1, 2013. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You have no clue we have been humiliated, …

Lean Retirement Faces U.S. Generation X as Wealth Trails

Vera Johnson from Seattle is barely making do, let alone saving for retirement.<p>“I try to remain in the present moment and not live in fear of the …

Growing up poor erodes a sense of control over life well into adulthood, study finds

More than a half century after Stanford University’s landmark marshmallow test, in which children who managed to defer the pleasure of eating a candy for a few minutes were rewarded with two, self-control is still said to be the key to success. And current educational thinking exalts the value of …

Colorado Republican Bob Beauprez 47 percent gaffe: Conservatives think the poor are moochers according to Pew survey.

Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez was, we’ve just learned, a real pioneer. He is under fire for “47 percent” remarks he gave in …

5 giant companies that are screwing the American taxpayer

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Walgreens is just one of many companies trying to renounce their corporate citizenship<p>Dave Johnson<p>July 22, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Corporations get enormous benefits that regular “persons” do not. One of the biggest is limited liability. This …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich?

America's coldest neighbors now have the highest-earning middle class in the world. They have their homes to thank for it. For now.<p>America's middle class has been richest in the world for decades, but as David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy write in the <i>Times</i>' new site The Upshot, we've lost that …

The Safe, Doctor-Recommended Cleanse You Should Actually Try

With a dizzying array of detox options on the market (juices! powders! elixirs!), Joseph Hooper unearths the one cleanse that's really worth it<p>In writing The Detox Prescription (Rodale), Woodson Merrell, MD, has assumed the role of the sheriff who wants to run magical thinking and hucksters out of …