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Entries by Dave Johnson from 12/2010

Do Tax Cuts Help the Economy?

| Posted 12.01.2010 | Business

It is certainly a convenient argument that raising taxes in a recession will hurt growth -- if you are really, really wealthy. But is it based on reality or ideology? A look at the record can provide some answers to that question.

Hidden Agendas Killed the Deficit Commission

| Posted 12.03.2010 | Politics

The so-called Deficit Commission was charged with coming up with a plan to reduce the budget deficits and accumulated debt by Dec. 1. It didn't work out that way. The commission has failed.

9.8%: The Number the Deficit Commission Left Out

| Posted 12.04.2010 | Business

2010-12-04-cryingwoman.jpgWith 9.8% of us jobless, Congress is debating tax cuts for the rich and cutting back on programs for the rest of us. Maybe we should move the Congress out of DC so they can see for themselves what is happening to America.

Tax Cuts Now Force Terrible Budget Cuts Later

| Posted 12.07.2010 | Business

After subjecting the country to a months-long fight over a "deficit crisis" the White House is brokering this deal on cutting taxes, which only makes the claimed problems worse!

The Storm That Created The "Rust Belt" Is Heading For Silicon Valley

| Posted 12.08.2010 | Business

This fall I was invited to cover the the Keep It Made In America Tour put on by the Alliance for American Manufacturing. I spent a week driving aroun...

It's (Still) The Economic Paradigm, Stupid!

| Posted 12.10.2010 | Business

Yesterday I wrote that the President may have sacrificed his long-term vision on trade and economic/industrial policy to day-to-day concerns and polit...

How About A Summit With The Unemployed?

| Posted 12.13.2010 | Business

We had bailouts and bonuses for Wall Street but letdowns and layoffs for Main Street. We had a deficit commission but no jobs commission. We have ta...

Prevent Hostage-Taking: Add Debt Ceiling To Tax Deal!

| Posted 12.15.2010 | Politics

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. If you like your Social Se...

Don't Pass Tax Cuts for the Rich and Then Tell Me About Deficits

| Posted 12.18.2010 | Politics

Next year, in the name of deficit reduction, Republicans will go after Social Security and everything else that benefits the middle class, and will hold the full faith and credit of our country hostage to get that.

The Debt-Ceiling Threat To Gut The Things Government Does For Us

| Posted 12.21.2010 | Politics

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF. The country's huge debt wa...

Blaming the Economy's Victims for Economic Crimes

| Posted 12.22.2010 | Business

The things our government does for us have been cut back so far. Working people's wages have been stagnant for so long. But the blame right now is directed at we, the people.

Corporations Don't Do Bad Things, People Do!

| Posted 12.23.2010 | Business

Are there "good" companies and "bad" companies? No, there are just companies, and companies don't have moral characteristics any more than a chair do...

Education For We, The People Or For Private Profit?

| Posted 12.24.2010 | Business

In his press conference this week President Obama said the economic focus is no longer saving the economy from crisis, but "jumpstarting" it to make a...

Conservatives Claim Unions Caused NY Snow Jam

| Posted 12.30.2010 | New York

The corporate/conservative right are currently working a narrative that public employees and their unions are the reason for state and local budget problems.