Only 5% Of Spending In Afghanistan For Humanitarian Needs

On this week’s edition of WHMP’s The LiberalOasis Radio Show, Jo Comerford of the National Priorities Project discussed with me the fiscal ramifications of the increase of troops in Afghanistan, […]
Bill Scher

Some Jobs Taxpayers Don’t Need to Buy

Can’t buy me love Everybody tells me so Can’t buy me love No, no, no, no From the 1964 Lennon/McCartney song, “Can’t Buy Me Love” Maybe you can’t buy love, […]
Leo Gerard

The Necessity of the Public Option

Ezra Klein on the Washington Post recently argued that progressives should bargain away the current version of the public option in pending health care legislation in exchange for other reforms […]
Bill Scher

Bernanke: ‘The Definition Of Moral Hazard’

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke employed his characteristic smoothness and conciliatory nature as he navigated the questioning at today’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, helped by the largely […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Sanders Puts Hold on Bernanke Nomination

Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will put a hold on the Bernanke nomination. Sanders wants the Finance Committee to hold serious hearings probing Bernanke’s actions leading up to the […]
Robert Borosage

Job Creation Vs. The Deficit Fearmongers

House of Representatives staffers who take the District’s subway system to work are now confronted with a host of scary images as they exit the station: A forlorn Uncle Sam […]
Isaiah J. Poole

If Sarah Palin Knew Anything

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~ Thomas Jefferson “Keep the faith,” Sarah […]
Terrance Heath

Imperial Blues

…"[O]ur troop commitment in Afghanistan cannot be open-ended — because the nation that I am most interested in building is our own." —President Obama But Afghanistan comes first? President Obama […]
Robert Borosage

Americans Believe in Government…When it Works

On issue after issue, President Obama is locked in a struggle for the hearts and minds of the American people. At issue—transcending health care reform, economic stimulus, the bailout of […]
Alan Jenkins

Vancouver 2010: Authoritarianism Comes to Canada

I’ve lived in Canada for very nearly six years now. I’ve loved it here. I love the people, the health care system, the bigness of the place, and the fact […]
Sara Robinson

The Case For A Government Jobs Program

A federal program of direct job funding, even at a time when unemployment is expected to exceed 10 percent for the next several months, is the third rail of any […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Seriously, Sarah?

I know this seems like low hanging fruit. But Sarah Palin is back, and along with her mindless blather has returned the chorus of “do not under estimate Palin” and/or […]
Terrance Heath

Bernanke Breaks the Law. His Own.

Thursday December 3 is the date of both the President’s Jobs Summit and the reconfirmation hearing of Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke. We should seize the opportunity to examine the […]

Signals Obama Could/Should Send?

Symbolism is very powerful, and great Presidents use it to set the tone of their Presidency. It is the “Bully Pulpit” because Presidents tell the people “this is the way […]

The Independence of the Fed

Reps. Ron Paul and Alan Grayson are trying to get the Federal Reserve audited. Last week the House Financial Services Committee passed an amendment to their financial regulatory reform bill […]

Obama Sets The Bar For Copenhagen Success

President Obama announced today that he will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, raising the stakes for himself and all participating nations. The initial goal for Copenhagen […]
Bill Scher

Banksters Renew Their Extortion Threat

The banking industry renewed its extortion threat against Congress today: If you create an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency that is not beholden to the banking industry, we’ll make American […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Pelosi: No Deficit Reduction Without Job Creation

On a conference call today with economists who blog and folks who blog on the economy, Speaker Pelosi sought to bridge the gap between progressive proponents of public investment to […]
Bill Scher

H1N1 & My Famiy

We’d talked about it earlier in the week, but hadn’t really made a definite decision to go. Then, Sunday morning I came downstairs to find this Washington Post story on […]
Terrance Heath

China: Smart Intern, Stupid Question

A really smart student intern I’ve had the privilege of working with (Jonathan Flack, GWU 2010) asked a really stupid question. “Why,” he asked, “Do we give China everything it […]

China is Unhappy with Spy Label

The Associated Press reports that China has criticized last week’s U.S.-China Commission (USCC) report for asserting that Chinese spies are aggressively stealing U.S. secrets. Beijing warns that the report is […]
Steven Capozzola

The Insincerity Of The Public Option Haters

When Sen. Joe Lieberman first announced he would filibuster any health care bill with a public option, I noted that he lied, falsely calling the public option an “entitlement program” […]
Bill Scher

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Copenhagen Preview

Today, President Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, with the Copenhagen climate summit two weeks away and their two nations very far apart on any climate agreement. Any […]
Bill Scher

The Week in Blog: Conservatives v. CBO

During this week’s edition of The Week In Blog on, Matt Lewis and I discussed blog reaction to the unveiling of the Senate’s health care reform legislation, and how […]
Bill Scher

Easy Choices

The first time I heard it, I did a double-take, because I thought I heard it wrong. The second time I heard it, I rolled my eyes. The third time […]
Terrance Heath
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