Give America A Raise: Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama's SOTU called on the Congress and corporations to give Americans a raise. The president challenged Republican obstruction. But he seems to think the economic crisis is behind us. That won't be an easy sell.
Robert Borosage
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The State of the Union: Give America A Raise

The president's State of the Union address drew clear lines against Republican obstruction. But the president also suggested that the economic crisis was behind us. He'll have a hard time selling that.
The State of the Union:  Give America A Raise
Robert Borosage
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The State of the Union Address: A People’s Scorecard

Here are keys to look for in tonight's State of the Union speech. Does the president tell the people the truth? Does he indict Republicans for the economy? Does he drive issues that unite Democrats or issues that divide them?
Robert Borosage
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Congress Has One Task: Renew Emergency Benefits For The Jobless

1.6 million long-term unemployed workers have lost emergency jobless benefits. These are families that can no longer pay the rent, feed the children, keep the car. Tell Congress it must act now; there is no excuse for this cruelty.
Robert Borosage
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The New Populism

A "new populism" is stirring, as the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party begins to challenge Wall Street's domination of our politics. But rebuilding the middle class will require a fierce, independent popular mobilization.
Robert Borosage
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The Bipartisan Budget Deal Blues

Don't believe the hype. The 1,582-page budget deal may be a return to bipartisan compromise and "regular order," but it punts on addressing the vital needs of this country. It continues austerity, while starving vital investments.
Robert Borosage
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Fast Track to China

Senator Max Baucus wants to fast-track consideration of a trade authority bill (a bill that would force Congress to vote up or down any trade accord put before it without amendments), before he goes to be U.S. ambassador to China.
Robert Borosage
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The Populist Mayor of New York City Takes the Stage

Newly elected populist Mayor Bill de Blasio took the stage in New York at his inaugural on January 1. He didn't trim his sails, announcing his intention to make redressing the "inequality crisis" his central mission. A new era begins.
Robert Borosage
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Populism Rising?

The beltway has discovered populism. The president has declared inequality to be the defining challenge of our time. Already the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party is raising alarms. Here's a quick look at the new populism
Robert Borosage
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The Revival of Tax-and-Spend Democrats?

The economy is lousy. The budget deal won't help. What will get this economy moving? "Tax-and-spend Democrats" willing to invest in vital areas and pay for it with taxes on the rich and the big corporations.
Robert Borosage
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The Budget Misdeal: An Agreement That Solves Nothing

The budget deal announced yesterday in Washington offers temporary relief from budget crisis, hostage-taking, government shutdowns. But it does nothing to deal with the problems the country faces. And the reasons for that are clear.
Robert Borosage
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November Jobs Report: Good but Not Enough

The Bureau of Labor Statistic reports that the economy added 203,000 jobs in November, with the official unemployment rate declining to 7.0%. This is good news, but we still are a long way from an economy that has recovered from the fall.
Robert Borosage
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Obama, Inequality and the Bully Lectern

President Obama declared inequality and an economy that is not working for working people the "defining challenge of our times." He offered an agenda for change and opened a debate that progressives should expand and pursue.
Robert Borosage
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Republicans to America: Sequester You

Bizarrely, Republicans are beginning to brag about sequestering America. Sequestration budgets cuts were designed to be repugnant. They fulfill that expectation. But Republican leaders argue that they "are working, and vow to sequester America.
Robert Borosage
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It’s Back: The Budget Nightmare

It's back. A manufactured budget crisis. Failed negotiations. A threatened shutdown. And emerging from that nightmare, the continued horrors of mindless, meat-cleaver sequestration budget cuts. It is time to end the sequester horror show.
Robert Borosage
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Heretics in the Temples of Market Fundamentalism

Beneath the Tea Party-generated gridlock in Washington, continued mass unemployment and growing inequality are confounding the old economic consensus. Heresies sounded in the temples of the old faith suggest the debate on reform has only begun.
Robert Borosage
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Jobs Report: The Tragedy Continues

The October jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an economy that is going nowhere. The jobs calamity continues with no relief in sight. Congressional budget negotiations must focus address the jobs crisis.
Robert Borosage
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The Budget Debate: The 60% Solution

Another month, another budget crisis. This time, Republicans can't afford to shut the government down again. And Americans don't buy what Republicans are peddling. Democrats would do well to stand strong for the vast majority.
Robert Borosage
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The Budget Debate: Core Principles and Common Sense

There they go again. Another manufactured crisis. Another budget deal. More posturing on core principles. More consensus on austerity. Here's how common sense gets lost in the fog.
Robert Borosage
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Fall Blues: The September Jobs Report

The September jobs report assesses the labor market before the damage inflicted by the government shutdown. The news isn't surprising. For workers, the "recovery" remains an illusion.
Robert Borosage
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The Tea Party Routed; the Next Crisis Set for December

The Republicans finally caved. The Tea Party zealots have been routed. But the beatings haven't stopped; they've only been suspended. The deal that reopens the government sets the date for the next contrived crisis two months from now.
Robert Borosage
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Misdeal: Setting up the Next Showdown for January

With America on the verge of defaulting on its debts, Senator leaders are reportedly near a deal. It ends the Tea Party's hostage crisis, but schedules the next one only three months from now.
Robert Borosage
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Summers’ Withdrawal from Fed Candidacy a Progressive Victory

When Washington went to the beach, progressives opposed to the Summers nomination organized. What is clear now is that the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party is willing and able to challenge its Wall Street wing.
Summers’ Withdrawal from Fed Candidacy a Progressive Victory
Robert Borosage
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Common Sense for the Manufactured Budget Crisis

Republicans are gearing up once more to hold the nation hostage over the budget. As the melodrama and posturing rev up, here is a common-sense field guide for the self-inflicted crisis.
Robert Borosage
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Summers’ Time: The Record That Should Keep Him Off The Fed

The “boys club” that dominates Obama administration economic policy is all in for Larry Summers. The divide between Summers' critics and the insiders dramatizes the looking-glass world that is today’s Washington.
Summers’ Time: The Record That Should Keep Him Off The Fed
Robert Borosage
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All-In Nation

Most babies born in the U.S. today are of color. In three decades, more than half of our population will be people of color. Yet, even as diversity is our future, growing racial disparity is our reality. People of color are disproportionately poor.
Robert Borosage
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Jobs Report: Slow Growth and No Relief

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a net gain of 162,000 jobs for July, somewhat below the slow growth we’ve witnessed over the past months. The decline of the official […]
Robert Borosage
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Obama: Revive the American Dream

In a speech delivered at Knox College in Illinois, President Obama launched his final campaign: a campaign to revive the American Dream.  The speech, less eloquent and windier than the best […]
Robert Borosage
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Obama’s Jobs Challenge

Today President Obama will travel to Illinois to turn attention back to jobs and the economy. He does so amid an economy that is still in trouble. Mass unemployment continues […]
Robert Borosage
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Protest the Student Loan Misdeal

Reports are that a student loan deal is in the works, with a vote as early as today.  If consummated, it will have bipartisan support in the Senate and the […]
Robert Borosage
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Bernanke to Congress: Stop Killing Jobs and Growth

In his congressional testimony yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke called out the Congress, telling them to stop the reckless and mindless spending cuts that are killing jobs and growth.  […]
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