The blogosphere is talking about how Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor was caught in an outright falsehood about the country's deficit, and how PolitiFact backed him up.
The enormous, humongous, vast, staggering, unbelievable, job-sucking, economy-sucking US trade deficit shrank to “only” $34.2 billion from a revised $44.1 billion in May. Exports of US goods and petroleum were […]
If you reward bad behavior you create an incentive for the bad behavior to continue. This is certainly the case with taxes on profits made outside the country. Rewarding multinational […]
Republican Senator Ted Cruz says a government shutdown is no big deal, because the government shuts down every weekend. That’s like saying it’s OK to be dead, because you are […]
This week the President offered Republicans a corporate tax reform plan that basically gives them everything they want (before negotiations even begin,) in exchange for please allow We the People […]
The President visits Chattanooga today to continue to promote his job-creation campaign. But Amazon? Really? Why is President Obama using Amazon to tout his ideas for job creation? President Welcomed […]
Today is the 48th birthday of Medicare! President Johnson signing the Medicare program into law, July 30, 1965. Photo credit: LBJ Presidential Library. Before Medicare only half of older Americans […]
The President is pushing a jobs agenda to grow the economy “from the midddle out.” Insider DC is mocking him because the ideas — infrastructure, American manufacturing, fund our schools […]
House Republicans just passed a bill to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of authority to regulate coal ash. Maybe they plan to “save money” by putting it in school lunches? […]
Hey wouldn’t it be great to pass a law requiring government agencies to try to boost American jobs when they award contracts and buy supplies? Or how about giving contract […]
Imagine a political party that keeps government from helping people, because that might lead people to support government. Imagine a political party that hurts parts of the country because those […]
Larry Summers for the Fed? Seriously? There are better choices for Federal Reserve chair; in particular, Janet Yellen is more than qualified and would do a great job. Ezra Klein […]
“Going down to Mississippi wages does not signal a bright future for American economy.” – Harold Meyerson President Obama campaigned with a promise to add 1 million new manufacturing jobs […]
Trans-Pacific Partnership – the corporate sovereignty treaty – is coming and they’re going to try to push it through Congress with “Fast Track.” It’s really, really important to pay attention […]
Congress should do the right thing the right thing for our people, our country and our economy and provide a free college education to everyone who qualifies. Instead student loan […]
Senate Democrats on Tuesday will choose whether to finally put an end to Republican filibuster obstruction of everything. In particular Republicans are obstructing appointments to the National Labor Relations Board […]
The trade deficit is a measure of how much money and how many jobs we are transferring in or out of the country. The May trade deficit was just reported, […]
Republicans insist on cutting and gutting the things government does to make our lives better because, they say, “we’re broke.” Meanwhile a new study by Congress’ Government Accountability Office (GAO) […]
During the first years of the Obama administration the Republican strategy was to obstruct efforts to improve the economy and bring more jobs. Then, at election time they went to the public saying, "Obama hasn't made things better."
This coming Tuesday there are actions to fight cuts to Social Security, and to demand that the Senate confirm 5 members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to keep […]
Madison. Occupy… Now in North Carolina it’s Moral Mondays. In Texas it’s a filibuster, hundreds of thousands watching online, and the spectator gallery goes nuts when Republicans try to shut […]
I have been writing about the so-called IRS “scandal.” It turns out the whole thing was a set-up from the start. Republicans told the Inspector General to make it look […]
In a democracy a legislature is supposed to figure out problems, discuss, try a response. But right now what happens is … we need a supermajority just to get a vote. In Harry Reid's first 6 years he had to file 391 petitions.
Inequality is the most pressing economic issue in the US today. The Economic Policy Institute has created the website Inequality.is to bring the issue home to people. The site explains […]
Yep, we were “O’Keefed” again. It turns out that the IRS really was just doing its job — scrutinizing all kinds of groups applying for special tax status, not “targeting […]
Companies say they are being patriotic and responsible by bringing jobs and manufacturing back to the US. Is it true? And how come you can’t buy clothes that fit anymore? […]
The minimum wage has not been raised in forever – more and more people are falling behind. A few are getting fabulously wealthy from this arrangement. The Progressive Caucus held […]
Can your boss do that? Really? What can you do about it? Can your boss deny you vacation time? Can your boss cut your pay? Can your boss fire you […]
The clock is ticking. Without action by Congress student loan rates double at the end of the month — less than two weeks. If you don’t want student loan rates […]
Republicans are forcing cuts in programs like Meals On Wheels. Big deal, another "budget cut" to reduce the dreaded "government spending." What does all of this this mean to actual, real people?
Texas Governor Rick Perry is on a "job-poaching" trip to New York. He wants to move in one part of our country to Texas where they will be transformed into low paying jobs. This adds up to a net loss for our country, economy and society.
Have you heard that China is sending people into space? Have you heard about China’s high-speed rail lines linking their major cities? Have you heard that China has built the […]
“The appeal for each Moral Monday has been the same: urging legislators to govern for the good of the whole, rather than for the wealthy.” — Rev. William Barber. Since […]
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has just released a report on tax havens, Corporate Pirates of the Caribbean. The report shows that the corporations engaged in the “Fix the […]
This week I hosted a blogger call to discuss the outcome of last week’s Friday/Saturday meetings between President Obama and Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party of […]
You might have heard that “austerity is dead.” You’ll certainly be hearing it, and with good reason: the U.S. deficit is down more than 50 percent from what President Bush […]
You know how big-company lobbyists get some states to pass laws that block cities and counties from doing something about problems like tobacco or guns? Well there is a “trade” […]
President Obama and Chinese President and General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping begin two days of “get to know you” meetings today near Palm Springs. Amidst talk of […]