Set the Course Finish The Job On Financial Reform

Two years into his first term, President Obama can claim credit for two passing historic reforms — health care reform and financial reform. However, both were merely a beginning — […]
Terrance Heath

What Social Security Crisis

We’re working with some of the best state-level bloggers from around the country to help us tell the truth about key economic and social policy issues, and to draw the […]

Obama’s Less Trusted Than Bush On Social Security

Social Security Works has assembled a set of slides that illustrate the Democratic Party's striking decline in voter opinion on the issue of Social Security. They're all worth seeing, but one of them especially demands attention
Richard Eskow

Set the Course Obamas Challenge in the State of the Union

Will the president’s State of the Union address next Tuesday be another transcendent Obama moment? As we’ve witnessed repeatedly, from the moment he burst on the national scene at the […]
Robert Borosage

Set The Course Create 1 Million Jobs In 2011

In the much-buzzed-about Sunday New York Times Magazine article by Peter Baker on President Obama’s search for an “exciting” jobs plan that could be offered in his State of the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Time to Wield the Foreign Policy Stick

America plays the role of abused partner in its relationship with China. Although the Asian giant repeatedly injures U.S. industry by violating international trade rules, America has responded, almost exclusively, […]
Leo Gerard

Fix Foreclosure Fraud With a Borrowers Bill of Rights

People are debating the need for a “systemic fix”to address the foreclosure crisis. What we really need is a systemic redesign, from the ground up. Fortunately, the design was laid […]
Richard Eskow

Only People Can Vote—Only People Should Finance Campaigns

Introducing the Citizens Election Amendment…. Version 1.0 Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case exactly one year ago tomorrow, saying that the Constitution gives corporations the freedom […]
Greg Colvin

The China Currency Battle

As Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Washington one subject being discussed is China’s currency manipulation. China keeps its currency “weak” because it mean goods made in China have a huge […]

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 […]
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