Our Nation’s Future ‘Begins and Ends’ with Jobs

The debate about America’s future “begins and ends concretely with the question of jobs,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this morning In a speech at the National Press Club in […]

The GOPs Do Nothing Plan for Health Care

During the presidential campaign, Republicans enjoyed poking fun at Obama’s “Yes, We Can,” campaign slogan. Most often they simply restated it as “No, You Can’t.” However, the GOP majority in […]
Terrance Heath

New Civil Tone Same Old Lies

Yesterday the House Republicans began the floor debate over its bill to repeal the health reform law. And as both McClatchy Newspapers and The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank noted, they […]
Bill Scher

Its Still The Jobs

What is it about jobs that is hard to get? The new Republican congressional majority is railing about repealing health care and cutting spending.  The president is wooing business and […]
Robert Borosage

Where Are The Breadwinning Jobs

There isn’t much cause for gloating in today’s unemployment report, with the number of jobs created during December—103,000—being lower than most analysts expected. But, more critically, we’re not even treading […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Losing Well Can Be A Win

Mike Konczal at Rortybomb makes an excellent observation in his post responding to Jonathan Bernsteins’ query to liberals about what disappointed/surprised them the most about the Obama administration (which I […]

Job #1 Jobs

As Paul Krugman aptly summarizes, “recovery” is today’s fool’s gold. Good news about the economy—higher holiday sales, lower unemployment filings—feeds a truly dangerous Beltway conventional wisdom: “We’re in recovery; now […]
Robert Borosage

Filibuster Make Them Talk

The Senate is considering reforming the rules for filibusters. In the last few years the filibuster has been used so frequently that it is now conventional wisdom that “it takes […]

We Need An Unemployed Peoples Campaign

When Martin Luther King Jr. gave the sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington on March 31, 1968 to highlight the Poor People’s Campaign he was organizing for later that […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Why No Right To A Job

Note: See also Isaiah Poole’s We Need An Unemployed People’s Campaign Why don’t we all have a right to a job? Who is our country and our economy for? The […]

Big Bank Bailout Redux

Central to the Tea Party revolt was a fierce reaction against the bailout of the big banks. Will the Republican Congress now spit that sentiment in the eye and push […]
Robert Borosage

What Does Wikileaks have on Bank of America

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is promising to unleash a cache of secret documents from the hard drive of a U.S. megabank executive. In 2009, he told Computer World that the […]
Mary Bottari

Trade Deficit Lower But

Good news: Trade Deficit in U.S. Unexpectedly Narrows to 10-Month Low The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly shrank in November as growing global demand and a weaker dollar help boost overseas […]

I Believe We Can Be Better

Everyone either wondered what the President would say, or knew what he should say at the memorial for the victims of the shooting in Tucson. Now we know what he […]
Terrance Heath

A Moment of Silence

It begins with a moment of silence. “Poetry is about the grief,” said Robert Frost. “Politics is about the grievance.” This is a time of grief, not grievance. This morning […]
Richard Eskow

The State of the Union is Uneasy

President Obama delivered just the right speech in Tucson. Can he replicate that performance for his State of the Union address on January 25? For the sake of our nation’s […]

Its Not Just Inflammatory Rhetoric

In the aftermath of the tragic Tucson, AZ, shooting that left six dead, and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D, AZ-8) hospitalized, much has been said and written about the degree to […]
Terrance Heath

A Great Healing Speech

Thank you, Mr. President.. You can watch the President’s speech at the memorial in Tuscon here: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Harry Reid Social Securitys Last Line of Defense

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s appearance on Meet the Press this Sunday was a rare positive moment in a very bad couple of months for Social Security advocates. Reid, who […]

Conservatives Admit Debt Ceiling Threat Is A Bluff

It’s increasingly clear that Republican leaders are bluffing when they threaten to destroy the full faith and credit of the American government by allowing the debt ceiling to be shattered […]
Bill Scher

Rights Come with Responsibilities; the Right Shirks Theirs

Five years ago, a 47-year-old Missouri woman began a duplicitous on-line courtship through MySpace with a 13-year-old neighbor who once had been friends with the woman’s daughter. The adult, Lori […]
Leo Gerard

FDR The Second Bill of Rights

How does America dig out of the hole we are in? Surely the focus must be on first principles: how do we recreate an economy that works for working people? […]
Robert Borosage

Pension Envy

Since the 80s many employers have stopped offering health care, pensions and other benefits to their employees. Many are also cutting pay and hours, while increasing the workload. So more […]
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