2011 Federal Budget: Timidity Instead Of Transformation

For a short period on NYTimes.com today, there was a compelling juxtaposition of stories: In one column, President Obama proposes a budget that “pivots to trim future deficits.” Next to […]
Isaiah J. Poole

SOTU – A List Not a Vision

In last week’s State of the Union speech President Obama talked about jobs. It was a great speech. It was SO satisfying to see him scold the Supreme Court for […]

Jobs And Magical Thinking

If you hope hard enough, and look hard enough, the jobs will appear. At least, that’s the thrust of Mark Lange’s recent column in The Christian Science Monitor When we […]
Terrance Heath

Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting

The president's budget will trigger a new battle over America's direction. It contains many sensible proposals. But hidden in it is the next corporate sting: a massive tax break for multinationals. Here is how the rules get rigged.
Trevor Davis

Small Businesses Defy Chamber, Support Financial Reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending millions of dollars in an over-the-top campaign to turn small business owners against strong financial reforms in general and the creation of a […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Like 5.7% GDP Growth? Pass A Real Jobs Bill.

Today’s initial estimate of 5.7% annual rate of growth in the GDP for the last quarter of 2009 sure beats a kick in the teeth. And if we sustain this […]
Bill Scher

The Fed Accountability Fight Is Not Over

Though progressives have not succeeded in blocking Ben Bernanke’s renomination as chairman of the Federal Reserve—which was always a long-shot proposition—we now have on the historical record a detailed critique […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Tell The Senate: JOBS NOW!

To be thrown out of work is a crushing blow. Homes are lost. Families split. Children are terrified. Hopes are dashed. Today, nearly one in five American workers is without […]
Robert Borosage

Bernanke Cloture Vote on Thursday

From Politco’s Playbook: On the pending vote to confirm Fed Chair Ben Bernanke to a second term: A senior administration official, from downtown: “It’s amazing that Senate Rs can barely […]
Robert Borosage

On Climate: Do Something

With a climate protection and clean energy jobs bill already facing stiff resistance in the Senate, I was afraid that the post-Massachusetts election fallout would bury it for the year. […]
Bill Scher

Financial Reform: We Can’t Afford To Lose

Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 2010 election cycle so far: $$85,064,470. (2008 cycle: $476 million, 2006, $260 million) Lobbying: $336.9 million in 2009; $459,8 million in 2008. Loans Commercial banks September 2009 $6.537 […]
Isaiah J. Poole

How To Dump the Teabaggers

Tea bags are meant to be tossed out. They are useful, at most, once or twice in their lifetimes. Beyond that, they lose flavor and strength, eventually becoming weak as […]
Terrance Heath

Duck and Cover: The New Obama Program

“Our government,” wrote Justice Lewis Brandeis, “is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example.” And also by what its […]
Robert Borosage

Bernanke Vote: Where Does Your Senator Stand?

Is your senator going to vote this week to re-appoint Ben Bernanke to run the Federal Reserve, without demanding any accountability for actions before and during the financial crisis? Let’s […]
Robert Borosage

Ten Lessons for Talking About Racial Equity in the Age of Obama

Experience from around the country shows that discussing racial inequity and promoting racial justice are particularly challenging today. Some Americans have long been skeptical about the continued existence of racial […]
Alan Jenkins

Harold Ford Shows The Fiscal Foolishness Of Wannabe Centrists

Today, Harold Ford Jr., Democratic Leadership Council president, “Morning Joe” pundit, and now early applicant for the Martha Coakley Award For Spectacular Senatorial Flameouts, laid out his 2010 vision in […]
Bill Scher

Wall Street’s Bonus Binge in Perspective

A relative handful of Americans, a key congressional panel forecasts, will take home more this year than half the nation’s taxpayers combined. Americans worried about the ever-intensifying concentration of wealth […]

Tim Geithner’s Wrong Again: We Need A Breakup

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on PBS late Thursday said that President Obama doesn’t really want to break up the banks. But one of the authors of a report that looks […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Working Class Has Spoken. Will Democrats Listen?

Massachusetts voters sent a strong signal to Washington lawmakers Tuesday that they want results—and aren’t seeing any. Not on health care reform, not on job creation and not on fixing […]
Tula Connell

The Two-ness of Being Barack Obama, Pt. 2

The history of the American Negro is the history of this strife,—this longing to attain self-conscious manhood, to merge his double self into a better and truer self. In this […]
Terrance Heath

Wall Street Rumble: A Fight We’re All Ready To Have

It does not matter whether today’s pronouncement on financial reform by President Obama was prompted by Tuesday’s election disaster in Massachusetts or was a long-building unleashing of his inner populist. […]
Isaiah J. Poole

It’s Official. Corporations Rule.

People have been wondering for years who runs our country. People or wealthy corporations? Today the Supreme Court settled the debate. Today’s decision, Citizens United v. FEC, tilts the balance […]
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