No Debating This: “Hope Is Not Enough”

The centerpiece of the first day of the America’s Future Now! conference was expected to be a debate between representatives of two camps within the progressive movement: those who are […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Liveblogging in AFN: Financial Reform Panel Discussion

We’re here at AFN – the America’s Future Now conference – liveblogging a session called “Curbing Wall Street: Strategies Going Forward.” It’s a subject close to our heart. The panelists […]
Richard Eskow

Bank Reform Bait and Switch

When the Senate bank reform legislation passed in May, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it sent the message to Wall Street “no longer can you recklessly gamble away other […]
Mary Bottari

Stocks Drop

Disappointing jobs report sends stocks tumbling, Stocks tumbled Friday after the Labor Department said hiring remains weak and Hungary became the latest European country to report its economy is in […]

Progressives: Time to Go Off the Reservation

When progressive activists gather next week at the annual America’s Future Now conference, frustration and dismay will be widespread. Action on jobs is stalled among mixed signals from the White […]
Robert Borosage

Liveblogging The Rating Agencies Hearing

Buffett is already defending Moody’s with statements that appear to be reasonable, but are in fact completely incoherent. Here’s what he says about the top brass at bailed out banks: […]
Zach Carter

Warren Buffett, Rating Agencies and Corruption

Today’s Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearing on credit rating agencies promises to shed quite a bit of light on one of the most profitable and corrupt businesses in Corporate America. […]
Zach Carter

Law and Order: AIG

President Obama’s Department of Justice announced last week that there would be no indictments in the collapse of AIG, an event which led to a worldwide economic collapse and cost […]
Richard Eskow

Of “Epic Foolishness” And Epic Fails

The change agenda at America’s Future NOW! REGISTER NOW for AFN 2010 Bob Herbert’s latest New York Times column, "Our Epic Foolishness," could (and perhaps should) serve as the introduction […]
Terrance Heath

Why the Deficit Dominates DC Thinking

Washington politicians are convinced that the public is demanding cuts in spending, even over creating jobs and restoring the economy. This pressure comes because much of the public believes that […]

Must Congress Always Cave at Crunch Time?

With millions of Americans out of work and hurting, lawmakers who claim they worry about budget deficits spent last week forcing ‘compromises’ that will save hedge fund kingpins billions in […]

The Jobs Deficit & The Breaking Point, Pt. 2

The change agenda at America’s Future NOW! REGISTER NOW for AFN 2010 The deficit fear mongers are right that America faces a deficit that threatens to cripple our economy and […]
Terrance Heath

The Jobs Deficit: Tell Congress To Act

The jobs deficit is our No. 1 domestic economic priority, but today members of both houses of Congress behaved as if it’s no big deal. The House was scheduled today […]
Isaiah J. Poole

The Jobs Deficit & The Breaking Point, Pt 1.

Like the college professor he is, Dr. Bernard Anderson, member of the National Urban League President’s Council of Economic Advisors, came to this weeks "Putting America Back To Work" forum […]
Terrance Heath

GOP Wants a Country by Corporations for Corporations

Tea Party darling and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul spoke last week like the political novice he is – revealing unfiltered GOP “truths.” First he informed MSNBC talk show […]
Leo Gerard

Car Dealers and Consumer Protections

Richard (RJ) Eskow wrote a couple of days ago, in Traded-In: These “Used” Senators Sold Out The Troops For Auto Dealer Cash You know why Americans place car salespeople at […]

Emergency Alert: Blue Dogs Impeding Action On Jobs

Even though House Democrats have cut back on the size of a jobs and tax extenders bill Thursday night, the legislation is still facing uncertainty in both the House and […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Scaling Back Our Bloated Financial Sector

It’s been apparent for several weeks that the largest U.S. banking behemoths will remain as big and dangerous as they are today once President Barack Obama signs off on the […]
Zach Carter

What Is An Emergency? Afghanistan Or Our Children?

Congress is about to pass an additional $32 billion to pay for the war In Afghanistan. It will have overwhelming bipartisan support, with legislators eager to display their fealty to […]
Robert Borosage

100% Pure Wall Street Astroturf

Astroturf is the term for manufacturing an artificial appearance of grassroots concern about an issue. The idea is to pump a bunch of money into a PR campaign that makes […]

Ben Bernanke Thinks We Are Idiots

Ben Bernanke Thinks We Are Idiots Or that we have the attention span of a tadpole. Or he mistakenly read a speech written in 2006 when Alan Greenspan was still […]
Robert Borosage

China Dialogue – No Currency Agreement

The US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue has concluded. It is remarkable for two countries to engage in a dialog such as this, and efforts like this to constructively manage differences […]
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