Conservative Plan Isn’t About “Recovery”

The missive that House conservatives issued early Friday may be called an “economic recovery plan,” but it is as threadbare as the big discount goods store that went belly-up in […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Is Budget Office Being Used To Derail Stimulus?

Conservative leaders are using news of a Congressional Budget Office report released this week to argue that much of what is in President Obama’s economic recovery plan is a waste […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama: Follow the Philosophical Footsteps of Abraham

Symbols of the 16th president of the United States surround the 44th. And they did so from the beginning. Barack Obama, formerly a Senator from Illinois, announced his plan to […]
Leo Gerard
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Obama’s Summons

“A man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.” It […]
Robert Borosage
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America’s Mountaintop Moment

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountain top. And I […]
Terrance Heath
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A Liberal Inaugural Address

In his first Inaugural, President Barack Hussein Obama delivered one of the most eloquent descriptions of liberalism in history. Many will focus on the calls for unity, to depict the […]
Bill Scher
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Dr. King’s Modern Legacy

In the days just before and after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 80th birthday, I had the opportunity to visit two places that are integral to his modern day legacy: […]
Alan Jenkins
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We’ve Been Through Some Crappy Times Before

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose: It may perhaps be asked what need there is of reasoning or proof to illustrate a position which is not either controverted […]
Sara Robinson
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Can a Law End Economic Inequality?

A high-ranking British Labor Party leader has just opened a bold new campaign for legislation that would obligate government, at all levels, to close the "class divide." The British Labor […]

Beware Bright Shiny Things

My friend and fellow Huffington Post contributor Logan Nakyanzi Pollard recently expressed her concern that I was too forgiving of internal dissent in my recent post criticizing overblown assessments
Bill Scher
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Redefining “Moral Clarity”

They keep using those words. It turns out that they don’t mean what we think they mean. On Thursday night, for the first time since 9/11, I actually sat down […]
Sara Robinson
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The Used-Junk-On-eBay Stimulus Plan

Conservative leaders in the House have promised “innovative solutions” to help the Obama administration revive the economy, but what they actually offered on Thursday on Capitol Hill was the intellectual […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Recovery Plan Needs Overwhelming Force

A new compelling argument for why the Obama administration, and progressives, should argue for a bold recovery program, and should not fear large deficits in the near term, was released […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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The New Surge in CEO Self-Sacrifice

Beware of CEOs who feel your pain. These days, that’s not easy. They seem to be just about everywhere. With the economy in free-fall, CEOs all across the United States […]

Disorganized Dems? Or Democracy In Action?

Crossfire from his own party! Key Democrats blast Obama stimulus plan! Political wrangling bogs down economic stimulus plan! At odds! Doubts arise! Such is the traditional media interpretation of the […]
Bill Scher
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Another Bush Legacy: 84 Percent More Unemployed

Let history be clear on one point when it comes to Bush’s mismanagement of the economy: Since January 2001, the month George W. Bush took office, the number of unemployed […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Missing From Obama’s Speech: Business Tax Cuts

In President-elect Barack Obama’s major economic address today, he laid out one dozen key planks of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan, including initiatives to: 1. “double the production of […]
Bill Scher
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Economic Recovery Is Now Up To Us

Today, President-elect Barack Obama laid out the framework for his economic recovery plan and made the case for why Congress must “move as quickly as possible on behalf of the […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Fixing the Economy. Seriously.

There were no theatrics. No single women came in to protest life’s travails, no displaced workers told of the factory shut down. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic Steering […]
Eric Lotke
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Mythbusting the Obama Recovery Package

Here it is: our moment of economic truth. We’re standing at that historic fork in the road where the nation decides, now and for the foreseeable future, whether it’s going […]
Sara Robinson
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Don’t Fall For It

Don’t fall for it. The Republicans are attacking President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Holder as attorney general. There are “red flags,” says Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, starting with the […]
Eric Lotke
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The Trillion-Dollar Solution

Much of today’s chatter centers on unofficial word from the Obama-Biden transition team that its economic recovery plan will include $300 billion in tax cuts. As the incoming administration is […]
Bill Scher
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Greed Goeth Before a Crash?

If you haven’t seen it yet, check the episode schedule and make sure you don’t miss the History Channel’s “Crash: The Next Great Depression?”. This one-hour special looks at the […]
Terrance Heath
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It’s a Wonderful Movie

Every year, I watch the holiday screening of the 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and marvel at how relevant the film remains. That was true in spades this year. […]
Alan Jenkins
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The Ghost of Reagan Hovers Over AIG

In every article assessing the roots of today’s financial crisis, one theme stands out: As would-be Wall Street wizards came up with ever-more-fantastical strategies for making obscene profits, the guardians […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Do We Understand How Big The Economic Recovery Plan Is?

We are on the verge of nothing less than a transformation in the role of our federal government, from one of conservative neglect to one of progressive action. Conservatives, deeply […]
Bill Scher
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Fighting for Our Families

Last month’s piece on how to talk to your conservative relatives over the holidays was apparently welcome and necessary. Not only was it one of the biggest hits at ourfuture.org […]
Sara Robinson
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Bin Laden’s New Weapon of Mass Destruction

Longtime friend, Mark Steitz, an irrepressible Washington wit, described the potential threat posed by Osama bin Laden’s new arsenal: If bin Laden were smart, he’d disband his terrorist cells, and […]
Robert Borosage
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Maryland’s Water Main Drama

What was that about investing in our crumbling infrastructure, again? I ask because a water main somewhere in Montgomery County, Maryland, ruptured today and washed out much of my day. […]
Terrance Heath
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They Just Don’t Understand It

After my post last week exposing a CNN report as a factually-challenged hit piece on infrastructure investment, fed by the conservative National Taxpayers Union, Pete Sepp from the NTU posted […]
Bill Scher
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Toyota Republicans Should Cut Their Own Pay

President Bush took to the TV Friday to announce that he wouldn’t walk past the financial crash of America’s Big Three automakers and do nothing to save their lives. Refusing […]
Leo Gerard
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It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s Meltdown

This is a man’s world But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl He’s lost in the wilderness He’s lost in bitterness ~ James Brown, “It’s […]
Terrance Heath
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A Bonus We Can Believe In

So, we got punked on the bailout? Here’s an idea to keep in mind for a condition on the next $350 billion installment. If banks want to reward their investment […]
Terrance Heath
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Up With Downward Mobility

Every once in a while, an idea gels in my head and I dismiss it, thinking to myself “Nah. I gotta be missing something. It can’t be that. And then […]
Terrance Heath
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CNN Levies Right-Wing Hit on Infrastructure Projects

As noted in yesterday’s edition of Progressive Breakfast, Marc Ambinder recently laid out the conservative strategy to attack any economic recovery program: A trillion dollars worth of government spending over […]
Bill Scher
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