Tax cuts were the biggest individual component of the Recovery Act. Even though only half of taxpayers have filed so far this year, tax refunds are already up nearly 10% from last year due to the Recovery Act.
Cree, Inc. -- America's foremost producer of LED lighting -- is making important economic advances. And at the center of this story is a Recovery Act tax credit that helped to pull a lot of this together.
With the persistence of fiscal deterioration and skyscraper high unemployment, Congress must quickly pass urban jobs legislation. Restarting the economy is impossible without restarting its economic engines: cities.
Thanks to the Recovery Act, there are hundreds of thousands of teachers in classrooms, police on the beat, construction workers fixing our infrastructure, engineers building the the smart grid, and much more.
Nearly 1.6 billion of our fellow human beings have no access to electricity; around 2.4 billion people meet their basic cooking and heating needs by burning biomass, such as wood, crop waste, and dung.
There's been a lot of rhetoric about the Recovery Act, but there is no question it has saved or created millions of jobs. It's one of the main reasons the economy has gone from shrinking by 6% to growing at about 6%.
Regardless of the inability of the Democrats to sell their most successful policies, along with the inability of the Republicans to tell the truth about all of those check-cashing ceremonies they're attending, the recovery act has worked.
Too many workers continue to lose their jobs or have trouble finding new ones. Our work will not end until every American in need of a job can find one. The Recovery Act was a successful first step towards that end.
It's been a tough year, but the investments we made in the economy pulled it back from the brink of disaster. We're not out of the woods yet by a long shot, but there are signs the Bush Recession may now be ending.
Massachusetts's election of a Republican U.S. Senator on Tuesday night should give us pause. It should also give us hope that Americans are not sold on the extreme take-it or leave-it solutions from either political party.
Now that you've submitted a five-point plan to the Jobs Summit (the "official" position of the labor movement), it is time to plan a return-trip to the White House for a less formal session with President Obama.