Failure is Their Only Option

Steve Benen asks a question about the Republican health care reform plan — or lack thereof — that I’m certain I’ve seen answered already. The House Republican leadership "guaranteed" that […]
Terrance Heath
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From Crash to Meltdown in 80 Years

It’s was 80 years ago this week that the Crash of 1929 kicked off the Great Depression. Not quite 79 years later, the fall of Lehman Brothers on September 15, […]
Terrance Heath
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Wall Street Pukes On Our Shoes

At the New Economy Conference, Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers just said that deregulating Wall Street was like leaving a 3 year old in a candy store unsupervised for […]

The New Red-Ink Scare

We’ve got a new red scare. Forget Glenn Beck; the fear isn’t that America is going red, it’s that it is in the red. Conservatives in both parties are raising […]
Robert Borosage
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Beyond Chicago: The Showdown Shifts To D.C.

Now that thousands of demonstrators confronted bankers at the “showdown in Chicago” during the American Bankers Association convention there this week, activist energy is now urgently shifting to Washington and […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Are You a Pre-Existing Condition?

I’ve referenced this story in a previous post, about a woman who was denied health insurance because (a) she was raped, (b) sought prophylactic HIV/AIDS treatment because it was unknown […]
Terrance Heath
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Lieberman Lies About The Public Option

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Cigna) announced today he would filibuster the health care bill because it contains a public option compromise. Why does he want to do this? I don’t know […]
Bill Scher
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Building a Smart Grid, Smartly

President Barack Obama announced today $3.4 billion in government grants to help build a “smart” electric grid. Like many Obama initiatives, it’s a smart first step. But much more is […]
Eric Lotke
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What’s Behind Reid’s Public Option Move?

During today’s Bill Dwight Show airing on WHMP, I analyzed the substance, politics and risks of Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid’s move to put a public option, with an “opt-out” […]
Bill Scher
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Foment a Green Industrial Revolution

We need to foment a new American industrial revolution. Specifically, we need a 21st-century burgeoning of green manufacturing in the United States. Americans going green – manufacturing windmills and solar […]
Leo Gerard
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Public Option: This Is How It’s Supposed To Work

Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he would submit a health care reform bill with a national public option that states could choose not to join. This is how […]
Bill Scher
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China and the U.S. Housing Bubble

      We often write about how China’s policy to devalue its currency, the yuan, has been a key factor in the U.S. trade deficit. It’s not an easy […]
Tula Connell
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Reclaiming “We”

Mike Elk couldn’t have been more right in his thinking about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of the Teabaggers, Birthers, etc. He would have seen that those […]
Terrance Heath
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Support for the Public Option Keeps Getting Stronger

“New Life for the Public Option” is the headline of Dan Balz’s excellent article in Sunday’s Washington Post.  It’s not an accident that this powerful idea has made yet another […]
Roger Hickey
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Building The New Economy: The Interview

On yesterday’s The LiberalOasis Radio Show — broadcast by WHMP — OurFuture.org blogger Dave Johnson previewed the Oct. 29 Building The New Economy conference, outlining the economic challenges posed by […]
Bill Scher
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Singing For Health Care Reform

This is something I wish I’d been a part of, and I hope they call me if they need an extra baritone next time. (It’s rare that my vocal training […]
Terrance Heath
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Financial Reform Clears House: Good First Step, Far More To Go

Campaign for America’s Future co-director Robert Borosage praised the House Financial Services Committee for taking steps to protect consumers from predatory financial practices by approving the creation of a new […]
Robert Borosage
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Come to Chicago

If you’re tired of hearing about the recovery you can’t feel, while seeing headline after headline about how well Goldman Sachs is doing — or who’s getting big bonuses on […]
Terrance Heath
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Dollar Weak? Not Against Yuan!

Conservatives are blasting President Obama, saying he is causing a “weak” dollar. The Drudge Report has a headline or a story pretty much every day blasting this message out. Republican […]

Where Will the Jobs Come From?

They are popping the bubbly on Wall Street. Million-dollar bonuses, the Dow at 10,000, the casino is open again. Forget President Obama, who says we can’t go back to an […]
Robert Borosage
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Coming Clean on the Stimulus

A report issued by the White House and the Education Department on Monday showed that the federal economic stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) has so far created […]
Alan Jenkins
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Bernanke Solves The Wrong Deficit

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke recognized today that America’s trade deficit played a central role in the global economic crisis. Then after he recognized the problem, he went on to […]
Eric Lotke
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Whatever, Mary.

I saw this on Friday, but didn’t get around to writing something about it until today. Since then, of course, many other bloggers have covered it by now. But when […]
Terrance Heath
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Moving Away From A Service Economy … By Yourself

Many of us talk about how we need shift from being mainly a service-based economy and revitalize our manufacturing base. Few of us actually make the shift ourselves. On Saturday’s […]
Bill Scher
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A Possible Change In NAFTA Trade Policy?

This is interesting: US, Mexico, Canada to hold talks on NAFTA. From the story, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement Thursday that he will host Mexico’s Secretary […]

Time to Take on the Banks

It’s time to take on the banks. 74% of American voters agree that “greed and risky decisions of banks and financial companies led to the financial crisis and recession, and […]
Eric Lotke
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Rush: In His Own Words

This is already being done by plenty of other people, but I can’t help myself. When a guy who just a month ago said “We need segregated buses,” takes umbrage […]
Terrance Heath
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Alan Greenspan’s Latest Epiphany

Mr. Big Stuff himself, as he used to be called on CNBC during his heyday, has spoken once again. But this time, Alan Greenspan has uttered an inconvenient truth. So, […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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