Will Everyone Grab a Bucket? This Thing is Sinking

Last year we worried about homes below water; now it is the economy itself that is sinking. Warren Buffett says the U.S. economy has “fallen off a cliff.” And, as […]
Robert Borosage

Like He Said

Oh, boy. It’s gonna be a fun eight years if president Obama keeps giving interview answers like these. First, he exasperates and confounds conservatives by doing pretty much what he […]
Terrance Heath

Goverment-Funded Health Care? We’re Already Two-Thirds There

My fictitious conservative uncle—let’s call him Uncle Con—is at it again. “Americans don’t need socialized medicine!” he bellows, doing his very best Rush Limbaugh impression—which pretty much lets you know […]
Sara Robinson

Scare Tactic Recycled: Unionizing Kills Jobs

Anti-labor forces this week are reprising an old argument about the Employee Free Choice Act: Making it easier for employees to join unions will cost employees their jobs. The latest […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Creep of the Week: PennyMac’s Stanford L. Kurland

Ever since President Obama announced his plan to forestall foreclosures, many of those lucky enough to have burned their mortgages have angrily suggested that less frugal homeowners get the Creep […]
Leo Gerard

Sliding Economy Demands More Action, Not Less

The Washington Post had an interesting lead sentence for its coverage of the White House health care summit: “…President Obama yesterday reiterated his pledge to enact comprehensive legislation this year, […]
Bill Scher

CPR Means “DNR” for Health Care Reform

They’re at it again. Conservatives, in concert with the health insurance industry, are desperately reaching for relevance on health care. But what they call CPR is really DNR — a […]
Terrance Heath

Obama’s Next Gauntlet: Reviving the Middle Class

It ain’t easy. No use jokin’. Everything’s broken.”-Bob Dylan We can’t go back to the old economy. That economy — marked by booms and busts, Gilded Age inequality, declining wages, […]
Robert Borosage

How the Government Enabled the SUV Craze

Far be it from me to criticize anyone in government. (Yeah. Right.) But there’s something that’s been on my mind ever since people started piling on the auto industry, and […]
Terrance Heath

A United Middle-Class. Eeek!

The SEIU has a brilliant new video skewering corporate executives and lobbyists pathetically trying to stoke panic around the Employee Free Choice Act, which will simply give employees the power […]
Bill Scher

Finally, a president who works for workers

It would be easy in these troubled times to shrink from campaign promises, to cower from the greatness that might have been, to claim that the beast of the Bush […]
Leo Gerard

A Tea Party Celebrating Fake Populism

All you really need to know about the so-called Great American Tea Party, the series of protests a coalition of right-wing organizations and bloggers is fanning around the country, is […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Obama: The Cap on Carbon Is Coming…

President Barack Obama yesterday made a very specific demand for averting a climate crisis and transitioning to a clean energy economy when he said, “I ask this Congress to send […]
Bill Scher

How Much Will Bobby Jindal Hate The Unemployed Tonight?

When Gov. Bobby Jindal formally responds to the President tonight, and introduces himself to much of America, will he make central his bizarre crusade against increased unemployment benefits? He has […]
Bill Scher

Now for the hard part…

Two weeks ago in this column I called for equal opportunity guarantees in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ensuring equal and expanded opportunity for all, I argued, will be […]
Alan Jenkins

Nation of Cowards? No, But…

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Isaiah J. Poole

Irresponsible, Thy Name Is Peterson

In advance of Monday’s “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” at the White House, summit participant Pete Peterson and his foundation launched a $1 million ad campaign, irresponsibly peddling false information
Bill Scher

Class War Photography

Well, no. But the image above was recently named World Press Photo 2008, and the judges framed it in a war context.
Terrance Heath

“Republicants” Deny The Sky Is Falling

The sky is falling. For the average Working Joe or Jane in America, it is anyway. Unemployment is at 7.6 percent and rising. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that there […]
Leo Gerard

What “Only A Nation Can Do”

When Sen. Judd Gregg finally decided this week that he should stay in the fold of conservative Republican obstructionists in the Senate rather than on the side of moving the […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Pass This Deal. Then Get Back To Work.

The House and Senate have a crafted a final deal for an economic recovery bill. Like with any compromise, there are things to like and not like. And no matter […]
Bill Scher

Hire Hilda Solis, Already

Pop quiz. Three questions, and the first two don’t count. Quick. Name the last time working Americans and their families had a friend in a presidential administration. Now, name ten […]
Terrance Heath

Can’t Get There From Here

The Obama administration has made its first serious misstep. No, it wasn’t the wooing of ingrate Republicans, or the dining with clueless reactionary pundits. It is much more significant. Faced […]
Robert Borosage

Recovering Opportunity

This week President Obama promoted his much-needed economic recovery package in a prime-time news conference and a trip to economically depressed Elkhart, Indiana, where the unemployment rate has topped 15%. […]
Alan Jenkins

“Know This If Nothing Else: This Was A Hate Crime”

Progressives around the country can breathe a little easier today: James Adkisson has been sentenced to life behind bars for the deaths of Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger, the Unitarian […]
Sara Robinson

Obama Attacks Education Cuts, Nelson Unable To Defend

Yesterday, President Barack Obama made clear he is not accepting the Senate “Gang of Moderates” compromise as is, while the Senate moderates failed to mount a logical defense of their […]
Bill Scher

When Moderates Cause Extreme Damage

There are times when moderation is no virtue, and this economic recovery is one of those times. So let’s be blunt about it: Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has been a […]
Isaiah J. Poole
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