On Bearing Grudges

President Barack Obama doesn’t begrudge Wall Street’s banksters their bonuses. The president, speaking in an interview, said in response to a question that while $17 million is "an extraordinary amount […]
Terrance Heath

Yes, Nuclear

I believe that global warming is the most serious threat humanity faces. So we need to use every possible technology we can to replace energy sources that put greenhouse gases […]

Now Obama Owns a Deficit Commission – and Senator Simpson

This morning President Obama signed an executive order creating a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. This commission is based on an idea promoted by two Senators, Kent Conrad […]
Roger Hickey

Liberal Bashing

Now is the winter of Democratic discontent. And the knives are out. Liberalism, the Wall Street Journal tells us, has cracked up once more. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704804204575069520491303964.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read Obama, sobered by trying to […]
Robert Borosage

Top 1%: Lower Tax Rate Than Their Secretaries

Yes, there is a class war, Warren Buffett once said, and my class is winning. The IRS study of taxes paid in 2007 makes his point. The top 1% of […]
Robert Borosage

Bipartisan Blight III: Evan Bayh Bye

Evan Bayh abruptly announced he was quitting the Senate days before the filing deadline for his Senate seat, without notice to his constituents, to his colleagues, to his party’s leaders […]
Robert Borosage

A Conservative Manifesto That’s Manifestly Off Base

An august group of conservative leaders released a statement early Wednesday asserting a recommitment to “the ideas of America’s founding.” The statement is meant to be a 21st-century version of […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Stimulus Steel Jobs In Youngstown

Thanks to the “stimulus plan” and rising demand from infrastructure work, a new steel rolling mill is opening in Youngstown, Ohio. Youngstown area to get 350 more jobs when new […]

Oregon Ds: Hardball with Corporate Lobbyists?

Oregon Democrats: Taking on Lobbyists? Oregon Democratic legislators seem to be spaking the corporate lobbyists that opposed the successful initiatives that produced vital revenue by raising corporate and top end […]
Robert Borosage

News Flash: Nations Compete

I have a regular spot on the radio show, The Fairness Doctrine, currently in Massachusetts but going national. The show has a liberal and a conservative host and they present […]

Greeks, Beware of Goldman Bearing Gifts

Like an cat burglar, Goldman Sachs leaves its fingerprints in the most unusual places. The news of Goldman’s role in the Greek financial crisis isn’t just a black eye for […]
Richard Eskow

Mugged by Reality: Post’s Samuelson

The Post’s Robert J. Samuelson has been a purblind corproate trade ideologue, preaching its virtues even as the US sank into debt, corporations sent jobs abroad, and global imbalances helped […]
Robert Borosage

A Democracy in Deep Disrepair

In contemporary American political life, only the rich can afford to be politically impatient. The big question: How long will the rest of us tolerate such a starkly unrepresentative status […]

Goldman Accused of Rigging “Robin Hood Tax” Vote

It’s really unbelievable. The way that Goldman Sachs keeps sticking its foot in it is simply unbelievable. Let’s not review their gross profits and bonuses or their many failed PR […]
Mary Bottari

Is The Answer To The Jobs Crisis In Cleveland?

The Nation published this week a fascinating report of a new model of worker cooperative that could attack the jobs crisis and the climate crisis, called “The Cleveland Model.” Cleveland’s […]
Bill Scher

The Real Uncertainty For Business: Where’s The Credit?

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor today reiterated the claim that “uncertainty” created by the work Democratic congressional leaders are doing to clean up the mess left by conservative economic policies […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Palin Trumps Obama – On a Trojan Horse Filled With Bankers

Never underestimate Sarah Palin. She did a better job articulating anti-banker sentiment at last week’s Tea Party Convention than Obama’s done. Its followers don’t realize it, but the Tea Party […]
Richard Eskow

COBRA Runs Out Soon For Many

The unemployed have a lot to fear, including losing COBRA itself. Congress is considering passing an extension of COBRA subsidies for the unemployed. But a bigger problem is not just […]

Rogue Nation: How Does the U.S. Deal With China?

China has surpassed Germany as the world’s largest exporter. It is the largest holder of American Treasury bonds, nearly $800 billion. America runs its largest trade deficit by far with […]
Robert Borosage

Who Is Really “Anti-Business”?

In the Bloomberg story today, Obama Doesn’t ‘Begrudge’ Bonuses for Blankfein, Dimon, President Obama, spoke up about the huge Wall Street bonuses handed out this year, “I know both those […]

Sen. Kyl Gets One Right: This Ain’t A Jobs Bill

The possibility exists for the Senate to pass a bipartisan jobs bill. It just won’t do much to create jobs. The Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, typically a fountain of […]
Bill Scher

How To Read Republican Ransom Notes

What kind of people respond to an invitation with a list of demands? John Boehner and Eric Cantor have responded to Barack Obama’s invitation to sit down and talk health-care […]
Terrance Heath

Earth to White House: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Americans are angry — Wall Street has been bailed out, and there’s no sign of job growth on Main Street. We know this is important because Sarah Palin’s poll tested […]
Robert Borosage

Doubling Exports

In the State of the Union speech President Obama set a goal of doubling American exports by 2015. The Commerce Department is launching a National Export Initiative to work on […]
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