Justin Miller

Justin Miller is a former Prospect writing fellow and is currently covering politics for the Texas Observer

Recent Articles

Paul 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' Ryan Should Heed Brownback’s Trickle-Down Failures

The Republican House speaker is trying to nationalize the failed tax experiment of his former boss, the Kansas governor.

trickle-downers_35.jpg After passing a bill that will gut the American health-care system, Washington, D.C.’s favorite conservative wonk-master, House Speaker Paul Ryan, is beginning to lay the groundwork for his “Better Way” tax plan, which he touts as a beacon of truly comprehensive reform—though the only certain detail in the plan is that it would dole out generous tax cuts to the top income and corporate rates. In a Tuesday speech at the National Association of Manufacturers’ annual summit—an event chock full of the business-owners and CEOs who will reap the tax-cut rewards—Ryan delivered a big speech about the need for tax reform that consisted of nothing more than the same tired trickle-down talking point that Republicans have clung to for 40 years. “Once in a generation or so, there is an opportunity to do something transformational—something that will have a truly lasting impact long after we are gone. That moment is here...

In Supreme Court Case, Trump Sides with the Forgotten Corporation

The White House abandons employees whose access to justice has been cordoned into corporate-captured arbitration hearings. 

Flickr So much for Trump’s forgotten man. It’s the poor and forgotten corporation he’s truly worried about. President Trump’s Justice Department has switched sides in a major labor law case headed to the Supreme Court, announcing that it will no longer argue in favor of wronged employees and will instead line up behind corporations that hope to further strip workers of their legal leverage and funnel them into management-friendly arbitration schemes. It’s just the latest move in the Trump administration’s crusade to undo labor advances made during former President Barack Obama’s administration and give corporations greater flexibility to push around workers. The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil , centers on whether employment contracts that waive an employee’s right to join a class-action lawsuit—and compel them to settle disputes through mandatory arbitration—violate the National Labor Relations Act. The Obama White House had filed...

In New York City, Fast-Food Workers May Soon Have a Permanent Voice

With the help of a new municipal law, a new advocacy group seeks to become an organizing model for low-wage workers.

15 Now Fight for 15 activists protest in Manhattan. Thanks to one of a handful new labor laws passed by the New York City Council and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio late last month, the roughly 65,000 fast-food workers employed across the five boroughs will soon have their own advocacy group—with the hopes of growing it into a self-directed, member-funded organization. This first-of-its-kind law requires fast-food employers to give their employees the option of deducting contributions from their paychecks that would go to a qualified nonprofit that will in turn provide services for and advocate on behalf of its members. Unlike a union, the nonprofit will be forbidden by federal law from bargaining issues like wage levels directly with employers, but it will be able to advocate for a host of issues that affect its members—much as the Fight for 15 did when it persuaded New York state to raise their minimum wage to $15. In response to the law’s passage, labor advocates...

House GOP Votes to Deregulate Wall Street and Gut Consumer Protections

Just the latest example of trickle-down ideologues trying to wipe away the hard lessons learned from the Great Recession. 

(Wikimedia Commons) trickle-downers_35.jpg Conservatives want you to believe that regulations on powerful banks are destroying the economy. It’s not the banks themselves— you know, the ones that destroyed the economy in the 2000s by fueling a housing bubble, making money hand over fist, getting bailed out with taxpayer money, and then fraudulently booting millions of homeowners out on the street. On Thursday, House Republicans were passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a radical Wall Street deregulation bill that would undo many of the provisions passed in the wake of the Great Recession that increased scrutiny and placed modest limits on big banks to keep them from taking down the economy again. Unable to call the legislation what it is—an unhinged reversion to the Wall Street Wild West—House Speaker Paul Ryan has the audacity to call it a jobs bill for Main Street. Ultimately, the Financial #CHOICEact is a jobs bill—one that will bring hope back to Main...

Trump Wants to Kill the Filibuster to Cut Taxes for the Rich

Once again, the president shows that he’ll do anything to afflict average-income Americans and to secure gigantic tax cuts for his wealthy pals.


trickle-downers.jpg Big surprise: Donald Trump wants the U.S. Senate to blow up the legislative filibuster to pass big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and to rip health-care coverage from 23 million people. Amid a scatterbrained trio of Tweets Tuesday morning, Trump wrote the following: The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017 Even though Senate Republicans are expected to use the budget reconciliation process (which requires just 51 votes to pass legislation) to approve the American Health Care Act and additional tax cuts, the fact that Trump is calling on them to blow up the legislative filibuster—one of the Senate’s few remaining sacred cows, requiring most bills in the Senate to get 60 votes—shows just how desperate he is to push through his regressive agenda. When House Republicans failed to muster...