In Praise of Bureaucrats

Brad Johnson at The Wonk Room calls out the “Climate Peacocks” in Congress who are ostentatiously shaking their tailfeathers in mock outrage over the very idea that the Environmental Protection […]
Sara Robinson

Myths & Facts About “Myth & Facts About AmericaSpeaks”

The organizers of AmericaSpeaks, tomorrow’s “town hall meeting”/media event designed to focus attention on budget-cutting, have issued a document called “Myths & Facts About AmericaSpeaks: Our Budget, Our Economy.” A […]
Richard Eskow

Financial Reform: The Road Behind, The Way Forward

The House and Senate have reached a deal and we have a financial reform deal. That means we will see significant improvements over the status quo as it existed yesterday. […]
Richard Eskow

Wall Street Reform: A Good First Step

Members of Congress finished ironing out their differences on Wall Street reform last night, and the resulting bill deserves unequivocal support from progressives and conservatives alike. But while the final […]
Zach Carter

What’s China Doing?

As today’s Progressive Breakfast points out, NYT news reports suggests move is for real, part of fundamental change in Chinese economy: “For years, Chinese leaders looked to the millions of […]

Deficit Deception Risks Depression

The deficit problem can be summed up very simply: the public thinks Obama’s policies created a huge deficit. Never mind that it was Bush’s deficit — the public doesn’t know […]

Alaska, Nigeria & The Party of BP

American Conservatives from Joe Barton to Rand Paul and Sarah Palin have expressed outrage that the President Obama would use the the power of his office to hold BP accountable […]
Terrance Heath

It’s Not About The Deficit. Conservatives Just Hate Teachers.

Congressional conservatives have mainly blocked additional stimulus spending on the (economically illiterate) grounds that it would add the deficit. But apparently when it comes to preventing teacher layoffs, conservative opposition […]
Bill Scher

The Bank Lobby Gets Desperate on Derivatives

Astonishingly, as Wall Street reform enters its final hours a tired, generic corporate refrain against regulation is gaining traction. As bigwig bankers and their lobbyist brethren fight to defeat tough […]
Zach Carter

A Last-Minute Wall Street Sell-Out By New Dems?

A coalition of conservative New Democrats, whose leader is being investigated by a Congressional ethics committee over Wall Street fundraising, has officially come out in favor of gutting financial reform. […]
Zach Carter

Umm, manufacturing?…Umm, China?…

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers have co-authored an op-ed ahead of the G-20 urging an international agenda that focuses on “work to stabilize […]
Steven Capozzola

The Party of BP, And Proud Of It

Andrew Reinbach is right. Deservedly or not, the political gods continue to smile on the Democrats, gifting them with an opposition so predictable and caricaturized — from punishing the unemployed, […]
Terrance Heath

Demand 114 Apologies For ‘Shakedown’ Smear

By Tuesday, it will have been five days since Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, got rapped on the knuckles by the House Republican leadership for the sin of repeating a Republican […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Interview on Financial Reform, Santa Barbara Talk Radio

Did an interview this morning on Hannah-Beth Jackson’s radio show, Progressive Talk Radio in Santa Barbara.  The topic was the current state of financial reform in Washington.    Click on […]
Richard Eskow

American Wind Turbines Sound Like Freedom

The sound that American wind turbines produce as their giant, breeze-propelled blades whip around is a distinctive: Neh-neh-neh-neh-neh-neh. The anticipation is that those energy-generating, whirling arms would create a whooshing […]
Leo Gerard

Congress on Jobs: Bad Policy, Pathetic Politics

The unemployment crisis is startling to looking a lot like the gusher in the Gulf, except that where there may not be much political leaders can do about that, there […]
Terrance Heath
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