The Trillion-Dollar Scare Tactic

Today, the Washington Post casually warns that “the annual federal budget deficit already is spiraling toward $1 trillion — about 7 percent of the gross domestic product — a level […]
Bill Scher
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Down At The Mall, The Shopping Spree is Over

There’s an e-mail making the rounds this week: STORE CLOSINGS AND LAYOFFS: By the end of Dec. 2008 as announced Circuit City Filed Bankruptcy, they promised to keep all stores […]
Sara Robinson
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Conservatism: Trashing Government on Its Way Out

Reading the headlines over the past week, I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a single agency in the United States government that conservatives haven’t left in worse shape than they […]
Terrance Heath
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The Growing Unemployment Line

Front page of the Daily Hampshire Gazette here in Northampton, MA offers some stark news. Unemployment lines have more than doubled since last year in the Western MA counties of […]
Bill Scher
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Free Fall

Free fall. The U.S. has lost private sector jobs for 10 straight months. One quarter of all businesses in the U.S. plan to cut payroll over the next year. Retail […]
Robert Borosage
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Romney Jumps On The Worker-Bashing Bandwagon

Rick explored why Mitt Romney is compelled to bury his home state of Michigan and the automobile industry that generated his family’s wealth. Let’s also explore the fertilizer he’s using. […]
Bill Scher
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Build, Baby, Build: An Opportunity For Unity

A safe prediction: Compared with the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration is going to invest more public dollars in rebuilding and modernizing American infrastructure. There will certainly be debate over […]
Bill Scher
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Our Demand For Real Investment

In a Library of Congress room across the street from the Capitol, about 100 Capitol Hill staffers, activists and experts gathered to build the case for upending the conventional political […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Obama: Don’t Worry About The Deficit

Bernie Horn is right that the most immediate fight we face is to prioritize massive public investment to get the economy back on track and de-prioritize short-term deficit reduction. One […]
Bill Scher
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Karl Rove’s Bad Advice

Looking at the same data I did when diagnosing the conservative “secular problem,” Karl Rove concludes: Then there were those who didn’t show up. There were 4.1 million fewer Republicans […]
Bill Scher
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Auto Bailout No Reason To Kneecap Workers

While many see the automotive industry crisis as an opportunity to help address our clean energy needs, conservatives see an opportunity to make workers earn less. The Examiner editorial page […]
Bill Scher
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This Moment Screams For Boldness

Within hours of Barack Obama’s election, naysayers chastened caution. Don’t go too far, they inveighed. Build trust slowly with restrained, moderate, and gradual actions, they admonished. In other words: Start […]
Leo Gerard
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The Center-Left Nation

Conservatives started spinning even before the dancing stopped on election night. Obama’s victory is impressive, but “this is still a center right nation,” went the mantra. “This was a good […]
Robert Borosage
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The Conservative “Secular Problem” Deepens

On Fox News Sunday, leading House conservative Mike Pence looked at the success of ballot initiatives that deny equal marriage rights as evidence that conservatism remains healthy in America. Discussing […]
Bill Scher
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The Next Bailout: Handouts or Hybrids?

So another irresponsible industry is in deep trouble and wants a government bailout. This time, it’s the auto industry. General Motors is literally worth nothing, according to Deutsche Bank, and […]
Bill Scher
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Why Progressives Should Celebrate Veterans’ Day

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Canada. In many ways, it is the most Canadian of all the statutory holidays we have here — more heartfelt than Thanksgiving, more widely observed […]
Sara Robinson
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The Week In Blog: Mandate Edition

In the latest edition of The Week In Blog over at Bloggingheads.tv features Blog P.I.’s William Beutler and myself discussing Obama’s mandate. Fascinating to me is the length conservatives will […]
Bill Scher
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Never Failing, Always Failed

Sometimes the most pointed — or preposterous — comes from unexpected sources. This time, it’s The Onion providing the former and the Wall Street Journal serving up the latter. The […]
Terrance Heath
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Progressive Mandate in a Sea-Change Election

Barack Obama’s historic victory in 2008 spearheaded not only a change election, but a sea-change election. It marks the end of the conservative era that has dominated our politics since […]
Robert Borosage
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A Change

It’s been a long, long time coming But I know, a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will. Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come” At 11:01 p.m. last […]
Terrance Heath
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How Not to Blow It

It’s hard to overstate the transformative moment that we’re in as a nation and, particularly, as progressives. In just a few years, we’ve gone from the high point of conservative […]
Alan Jenkins
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Hallelujah! And Now, The Work Begins

Americans wake today to a new dawn, a new possibility. You don’t have to drink the Kool-Aid to appreciate how extraordinary this is. We will look at one another with […]
Robert Borosage
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The Substance Election

It’s not the style. It’s the substance that dictated the outcome of the election, which gave Sen. Barack Obama a larger share of the popular vote than either George W. […]
Bill Scher
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What Happens to the Progressive Movement Now?

All good movements turn into organizations turn into businesses turn into rackets. —Old organizers’ saying I don’t think any of us expected to get so far so soon. Back in […]
Sara Robinson
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Issues Win

After Paris Hilton, pigs and moose, there was a time when it seemed this consequential election was going to be diverted once again into the trivial. But then the financial […]
Bill Scher
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Weekend Watchdog Wrapup

It looks like another 0-for-3 weekend for the watchdog, as it looks like any questions that are going to be asked — and answered — before election day already have been. With […]
Terrance Heath
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Remembering Studs Terkel

What bitter irony. Studs Terkel, who gave voice to working people throughout his life, passed away yesterday, just days before a potentially historic presidential election. Should Sen. Barack Obama win on […]
Tula Connell
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Pre-emptive Strike for Dem Détente

As David Sirota observed earlier, there are right-leaning forces within the Democratic Party looking to throw cold water on bold progressive ideas. And I also noted the possibility of averting […]
Bill Scher

Concentrating the Wealth, Pt. 2

A funny thing happened on the way to the bailout. A number of the members of the bucket brigade — that’s us, taxpayers — realized that for all the billions […]
Terrance Heath
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Will A Dem Civil War Be Averted?

David Sirota astutely analyzed the tensions within the Democratic party yesterday, keying off of a Wall Street Journal piece. Rightly critical of counterproductive public infighting, he concludes: …what that inappropriately […]
Bill Scher
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Amity, Meet Eric

Amity Shlaes clearly doesn’t like that my recent post called out that her revisionist history of the New Deal is based on misleading numbers. She responded on the National Review […]
Bill Scher
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A Heartbeat Away: Hazardous Health-Care Policy

The health care plan advocated by presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is hazardous to your health. That is the point of this 30-second video by Health Care for America Now […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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Conservatives: Not even trying to be serious

The email came from GOPUSA, whose mission is to “spread the conservative message throughout America.” The editorial, “Barack Obama’s Dream Cabinet”, caught my attention. I’m curious and thought they might […]
Eric Lotke
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Sinking Economy Shakes Denial

Today’s news that the economy is sinking further into recession—gross domestic product growth decreased at an annual rate of 0.3 percent in the third quarter—is making it clearer that there […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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There Is No Debate: Clean Energy = Strong Economy

For almost the entire history of the environment movement, its opponents framed the debate as “Environment vs. Jobs.” Now, Robert Borosage optimistically asks if we’ll soon see “a 21st-century Green […]
Bill Scher
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Concentrating the Wealth, Pt. 1

Last week I ventured into the "spreading the wealth" discussion with a post attempting to unpack one aspect of why even some people who might be helped by the kind […]
Terrance Heath
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