The Stupid Party

The GOP: Grand, Old and Preposterous The GOP is unable and unwilling to have a serious conversation with Americans about the fix we are in. Instead the party’s leaders posture […]
Robert Borosage

Time For The Senate To Act On Jobs

We expect January’s unemployment numbers, to be released Friday, to show that while Wall Street bankers continue to thrive, American workers continue to suffer under a deep recession. The numbers […]
Robert Borosage

Cap-and-Trade and Cap-and-Dividend Can Be Friends!

One thing I learned watching the climate debate last year is: don’t pick a fight with Joe Romm. For example, the Freakonomics boys had their reputation permanently sullied by the […]
Bill Scher

Not As They Do: Conservatives and the Deficit, Pt. 1

Listening to conservatives squawk about deficits is a bit like taking parenting and/or relationship advice from Medea, the Gosselins or “Octomom.” At best, they serve as an example of what […]
Terrance Heath

Obama’s Radical Agenda

Conservatives are constantly talking about Obama’s “radical, far-left agenda.” “At last!”, I said. Hearing their whines and complaints I became hopeful that our government would finally serve We, the People […]

Chris Dodd vs. Big Banks’ Gambling Addicts

Will Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., be seduced by the siren song of bipartisanship and allow the nation’s largest banks to gamble with what amounts to a taxpayer-paid […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Don’t Let Citizens United Wreck Our Economy

In a landmark decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could spend unlimited funds to influence American elections, overturning a century of legal precedent. The Court’s ruling in […]
Zach Carter

Common Sense on Budgets

Amid the blizzard of statistics, trillion dollar deficits, howls about impending bankruptcy, and Republican stupocrisy that surround the budget, it is worth repeating a little common sense. 1. The huge […]
Robert Borosage

Cut What?

Here’s an easy way to win an argument with a conservative over taxes and spending. Hand the conservative a piece of paper, a pencil and a calculator and ask him […]

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
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