Given the bleak outlook, it's a relief to see growing momentum for raising the minimum wage to livable levels.
Instead of just talking about the widening gap of inequality, the city council approved a $15 an hour minimum wage indexed to inflation.
Low-paying jobs are growing faster than decent-paying jobs, and more women than men are getting measly wages.
If tea-partying Republicans want to force the GOP establishment to stand for principle, they have to make the the party's big-business faction feel pain.
While the rich are getting richer, the rest of us are falling further behind.
It's time to toss these corporate oligarchs out of the people's business.
The rest of us need to stop picking up the restaurant industry's tab.
The tipped minimum wage is a feast for the National Restaurant Association.