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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are

Conservative Republicans have turned the farm bill – normally a bipartisan grotesquerie of agribusiness subsidies and excess – from legislation to identity politics. They wanted to make a statement, even […]
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Student Loans: Gouge The Kids

Interest rates on student loans will double to 6.8 percent on July 1 unless Congress acts. But it seems increasingly likely that the Congress will take off for the Fourth […]
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The Economy Can’t Recover If the Workers Don’t

Can the economy recover if workers don’t? Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke yesterday suggested as much, but investors were clearly skittish. Bernanke announced that while the Fed would continue its […]
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Succor the Banks; Gouge the Kids

The U.S. Congress votes readily to subsidize the big banks to our peril. The Congress lavishes subsidies to Big Oil to our shame. Congress allows Big Pharma to help health […]
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Democrats Must Overcome Clinton Nostalgia

Democrats now delight in watching Republicans flounder as they try to free themselves from the failures of President George W. Bush and the extremes of the Tea Party. But the […]
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Time To Invest In Students, Not Just The Banks [VIDEO]

Thursday on Bloomberg Television, Robert Borosage made the case for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Bank On Student Loan Fairness Act, which would set student loan interest rates at the same rate […]
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The Democratic Dilemma: It’s Still the Economy

Democrats are enjoying the spectacle of Republican disarray. All of Washington is sinking in popularity, but Republicans rank lowest in public esteem. The old wedge issues – guns, gays, racial division, the war on women – now bolster Democrats.
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Springtime Blues: The April Jobs Report

The April jobs report of the Bureau of Labor Services is sobering.  The mediocre jobs number  — 165,000 new jobs or barely enough to cover new entrants into workforce — […]
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Repeal the Sequester: It is Dumb and Damaging

“Spending cuts hold back US growth,” warns an across the page headline of the conservative Financial Times. No surprise there. Americans are in trouble.  Wages are losing ground.  Over 20 […]
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Is Obama’s Budget a Misguided Mission Statement?

The President's budget is less a blueprint for government than a statement of purpose from the administration. In this divided government, it is already “dead on arrival.” For all of its volumes and detail, it is at best a list of priorities. And there it is distinctively disappointing.
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The Rising American Electorate Sinking Together

The “rising American electorate” is the name given to the core of the Obama electoral majority of the young, single women, and minorities.   Democratic pundits suggest that this coalition essentially […]
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Health Care Costs: The Rip Off That Bankrupts America

The International Federation of Health Plans has depicted our ridiculous health care system in 21 graphs. We don’t get more health care; we just pay more — much more. And […]
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2014: The Democrats’ Dilemma

Washington has been fascinated by Republican self-laceration since the 2012 election. Karl Rove triggered a circular firing squad by vowing to take out unwashed challengers in GOP primaries. Louisiana Governor […]
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The Budget Vote: Who Stands With the Middle Class?

As early as today, the members of the House of Representatives will choose.  At a time of mass unemployment and slow growth, they will vote for more austerity or for […]
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Jobs Report: We Are Still In A Jobs Recession

Today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – an additional 236,000 jobs in February with unemployment edging down to 7.7 percent – reveals an economy that keeps chugging […]
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Raise the Roof to Raise the Floor

Today, Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller offer a ray of light amid the austerity blight in Washington.  They are announcing introduction of a bill – the Fair Minimum […]
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Washington: Into the Vast Inane

Someone asked the Master about the principles of … traveling into the vast inane. – From the Bao Pu Zi, AD 320, Joseph Needham, Science and Civilization in China Welcome […]
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Deficit Reduction: From Pain or from Gain?

The best way to reduce the deficit is to put people back to work. For proof, compare the U.S. and Spain.   The U.S. has witnessed slow growth since coming […]
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The Wrecking Crew Is Winning

Congress is taking this week off on the first of their spring breaks. The legislators will return to find only four days left before the first of the Republican Congress’ […]
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Washington’s Post-Fact Press Corps

  Politico today features a story by Jennifer Epstein detailing 10 proposals from Obama’s previous State of the Union addresses that were mostly frustrated.   The report begins with an […]
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The State of the Union Stakes

The president has little choice but to focus on the central challenge now facing the country – and his emerging progressive coalition today.
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