Spending Freeze Threatens Goal Of Clean Energy Economy

The White House is trying to show it can still invest in its top priorities while also instituting a freeze on the overall level of non-defense discretionary spending. For example, […]
Bill Scher

Wall Street Whores

I don’t like to use the term “whore” lightly. But what else, in our current economic environment, would you call this? Republicans are rushing to capitalize on what they call […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Not Soak the Rich, Just a Little Sprinkle

President Obama’s new federal budget plan won’t end plutocracy in America. But this second Obama budget, if adopted, might actually inconvenience it. By Sam Pizzigati The Heritage Foundation, the right […]

Colorado Springs: Conservatism’s Shining City

If you’ve ever wondered where conservative economic policies like permanent tax cuts for the wealthy, slashed social services and government spending are supposed to lead us, look no further than […]
Terrance Heath

Republican Leaders To Banks: Buy Us

Republican leaders — led by the perpetually tanned John Boehner, House Republican leader, and his whip Eric Cantor — are looking to sell themeselves to big bankers angry about financial […]
Robert Borosage

Getting Places, Creating Jobs

Two items from my inbox: 1. The Economic Policy Institute has a new report detailing the positive impacts of transportation infrastructure spending. A $34.3 billion jobs package will create approximately […]

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
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