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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Very Few Of The Long-Term Unemployed Receiving Benefits

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

As the nation faces a labor crisis that refuses to let up, 7 million Americans currently receiving unemployment benefits may be running out of time to...

Why States Are Failing At Food Stamp Programs

Posted 12.09.2011 | Impact

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- California and Colorado are among cash-strapped states leaving billions of dollars on the table in federal food aid that could f...

One In Four Americans Would Be Poor Without Government Help: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

As rampant as poverty is in America, it would be much worse without government aid. The Census Bureau estimates that last year a record 46 million ...

'Bail Out of America' or 'Bail Out America'?

Paul Heroux | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business
Paul Heroux

Republicans have been chanting that public investment "crowds out" private investment. They are missing a major lesson of Macroeconomics 101: public investment doesn't crowd out private investment in the short run; it does so in the long run.

A Game Changing Infrastructure Investment Strategy

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Christopher H. Lee

We need a game changing infrastructure revitalization strategy for the millions of quality jobs the Administration and Congress failed to create two years ago. We need to be bolder, smarter and think like Jack Kennedy did when he challenged us to reach for the moon.

Rick Perry's Epic Lying Could Make Him the Next President

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Rick Perry's new video is a fantastic example of the Republican capacity to obfuscate the truth and win supporters in spite of flagrantly lying to them. They're able to get away with whopper lies so massive, they're almost hilariously off the rails.

As Poverty Rate Rises and Unemployment Persists, Americans Need a New "New Deal"

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

For many, big government is a four-letter word, but newly released poverty and income data signal the need to invest in large-scale programs and initiatives that have the potential to turn the country around.

Support for Big Government Jobs Program Has Evaporated

Chriss Street | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Chriss Street

In a stunning reversal of voter opinions since the first weekend in August, the Rasmussen reports national telephone survey reveals that "Likely U.S. ...

For Blacks, Too Little Work to Go Around This Labor Day

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

As Americans take a day of rest to mark the nation's commitment to a hard day's work, blacks and other racial minorities wonder if they will ever get back on the job.

Rick Perry Is a Socialist in a Secessionist Costume

Bob Cesca | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Despite his many remarks against the federal government, Rick Perry is in fact responsible for Texas being the second biggest state recipient of stimulus dollars -- ostensibly "redistributed" from tax payers in other states.

Efficiency: The Gateway Drug of Energy Policy

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

In the nebulous rhetoric about America's "clean energy future," we often lose sight of energy efficiency, something we can invest in right here, right now, that will dramatically reduce energy costs for both homes and businesses.

Look Who's Derailing High-Speed Rail

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

With a wave of new governors and legislators hitting statehouses across the nation fresh from the midterm elections, some states are choosing to opt out of federal funds for high-speed rail.

President Obama's Challenge to Business: "It's Time to Invest in America"

Bill George | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill George

Even if it took a "shellacking" in the mid-term elections to serve as a wake-up call, President Obama clearly understands that America needs to invest at home in order to win the competitive race for jobs and investment.

Aaron Schock Takes On Road Signs Indicating Stimulus Funding

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Road signs announcing that particular construction projects are sponsored by stimulus dollars may soon be coming down, if one GOP lawmaker gets his wa...

Job-Killing Hypocrisy

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

For all the talk about "job-killing" legislation, it's conservative policymaker's own economic proposals that would cost millions of jobs and jeopardize the economic recovery.

Top 10 List for 2010: Infrastructure

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

1. Top Huffington Post Blog Chris Matthews: "Infrastructure as Monument" 2. Top Presidential Speech President Obama: "Our Generation's Sputnik Mome...

Politicians Make Proposals Following NYC Hunger Survey Report

Here's Life Inner City | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Here's Life Inner City

Demand at New York City food pantries and soup kitchens increased by 6.8 percent in 2010, on top of a 20.8 percent increase in 2009.

Nation's Biggest Polluters Freed From Environmental Oversight By Stimulus

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation's big...

Worker Training & Community Revitalization: A Stimulus Success Story

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Caty Borum Chattoo

The long-term results of the stimulus funding, in the form of real people, may be hard to track for years to come. But if we don't look, we might not see them.

Reap What Ye Sow

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We blame Obama for not cleaning up Bush's mess fast enough. Our solution is to re-elect the very people who caused the original problem to reinstitute the same policies that led to the crisis. We have collectively gone insane.

Psychotherapy for the President and the People

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Smaldino

It is hard to recover when hate has taken over, but recovery is possible because it is the most common part of life. Therein lies the audacity of hope for America's current mood disorder.

Ice Cream Tells the Story of How the Stimulus Worked (VIDEO)

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis, the owners of a Santa Cruz ice cream shop, describe how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made it possible for them to get the loan they used to open their business.

The Stimulus: Slamming It, Working It

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

These congressmen voted against stimulus. They railed against stimulus. They've been fundraising against stimulus. Except, apparently, when they want some of it.

"No Such Things As Shovel-Ready": The Political Suicide of President Obama

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The president has just pulled the rug out from underneath every vulnerable Democratic candidate running for Congress this fall. They stood with him for all that stimulus spending, and took his word that there were "shovel-ready" projects.

Tea Party Populism RIP: Beck Backs Pro-TARP, Pro-Stimulus Chamber Of Commerce

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Beck is just another conservative hack who wants to defeat Democrats, and will say anything, and give money to anyone, who can further that goal.