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

Watchdogs And Lapdogs On Financial Reform

There was a major victory for accountability this week in the financial reform fight, but there was also a demonstration that when it comes to protecting the profits of bankers […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — Finally

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets it. No wonder she drives the wingnuts batty. With the Senate befuddled by the antics of Joe Lieberman and Max Baucus on health care and […]
Robert Borosage

Labor Exec Shows How To Demolish Banking Industry Facade

The banking lobby, as corporate lobbies are wont to do, can build a wonderful Potemkin village of consumer delights, where a defanged government beholden to business interests smiles as unfettered […]
Isaiah J. Poole

An American in Paris, and Beijing, and London…

During a series of trips through Europe and Asia that I completed last week, I was reminded that the Americans with Disabilities Act really is the Americans with Disabilities Act, […]
Alan Jenkins

Conservative’s Race to Oblivion, Pt. 2 of 3

Michelle Bachman’s “Superbowl of Freedom” (or “Bachmannalia”) was not the first protest with such attention grabbing signage, but merely the latest. September saw Glenn Beck’s 9/12 marchers descend upon Washington. […]
Terrance Heath

Back To Our Old Ways On Trade?

This just in from Reuters: U.S. trade deficit widened in September. The U.S. trade deficit widened in September by an unexpectedly large 18.2 percent, the most in more than 10 […]

What We Want From A White House Jobs Summit

President Obama’s team made it clear months ago that he will brook no talk of a “second stimulus” at a time when the first stimulus is under significant criticism—from the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Conservatives’ Race to Oblivion, Pt. 1

I’ve used this quote (attributed to Maya Angelou) before: “When people show you who they really are, believe them.” I guess in periods of tremendous change people really reveal who […]
Terrance Heath

Tripping in China: Barack Obama’s Challenge

This week, Barack Obama trips to China as part of an eight-day trip to Asia. The White House paints a full agenda: Afghanistan, human rights, North Korean nukes, climate change, […]
Robert Borosage

Shorter Media: CBO, What CBO?

All summer, traditional media reporters hyperventilated at every preliminary Congressional Budget Office estimate of draft health care bills.
Bill Scher

Trade and Creating Jobs

In the Wall Street Journal today, White House Hopes Trade Can Bolster Labor Market. By increasing exports to rapidly growing countries like China and India, the U.S. could put a […]

A Do-It-Yourself Giant Does It to Workers

Amid double-digit joblessness, two top U.S. corporations cut still another mega merger deal that enriches execs and tosses workers, by the thousands, out onto the street. You don’t have to […]

A Momentous Step

The following statement was released by Roger Hickey and Diane Archer The Campaign for America’s Future declares our strong public support for the “Affordable Health Care for America Act of […]
Roger Hickey

Hell No! We Won’t Send Our Tax Dollars to China

Taking candy from a baby: A consortium of Chinese and American companies goes to Washington and announces plans to build a $1.5 billion windmill farm in West Texas using $450 […]
Leo Gerard

Thank (Or Spank) Your Congressperson

The conventional wisdom in Washington is that Saturday night’s historic vote for health care reform, including a public health insurance option, was that it was a “tough vote” — that […]
Bill Scher

The Morality of Health Care Reform, pt. 6

(The sixth in of a series of seven.) Nothing in Common If the cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words is true, then a couple of images might […]
Terrance Heath

New Unemployment, Old Solutions

Today’s unemployment data contain gloomy news. Gloomy, but expected. The interpretation of the data is even worse. First, the data. Unemployment rose to 10.2 percent last month, breaking the double […]

Boxer Avoids The Baucus Trap

Today, Sen. Barbara Boxer rammed through the Environment and Public Works Committee her version of clean energy jobs and climate protection legislation without any amendments, in order to circumvent the […]
Bill Scher

Green Shoots. For Whom?

Today’s “Productivity and Costs” data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics contain what looks like good news. Productivity increased at a 9.5 percent annual rate during the third quarter of […]

Don’t Know or Don’t Care?

House Republicans have presented a health care reform “plan” that doesn’t fix our broken health care system (but might make it worse), and (according to the CBO) doesn’t do much […]
Terrance Heath

What Do They Want?

First, it was Sen. Landerieu’s nonsense. Now we get this from Sen. Joe Lieberman. Enough is enough. When Democrats start parroting Republican talking points, they are showing us who they […]
Terrance Heath

Message To House: Don’t Allow Mini-Madoffs

The financial reform effort was dealt a significant setback in the House Financial Services Committee today when the committee approved a regulatory bill (HR 3817)
Isaiah J. Poole

Election Message: The Progressive Base Needs a Jolt

What do last night’s election results tell us about the electorate? Some numbers from New Jersey, Virginia and Maine. In 2008, Sen. John McCain lost the presidential race in NJ […]
Bill Scher
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