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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Must Dissent = Disloyalty?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

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.

On National Weatherization Day, a New Bunch of Skilled Denver Workers Pioneer National Green Jobs Movement

Jamie Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jamie Starr

Once rolled out, the training program could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs, reduce energy costs by $3.5 billion per year, and save 500 million barrels of oil annually.

Dreaming of Recovery

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The benefits of the stimulus are manifest, but in their fervor to support an example of good government spending, many overzealous supporters have ceded control over the term "recovery" to, well, economists.

Creating Saved Jobs

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The stimulus truly was a model of political compromise, providing that devilish mixture of effective public policy and politics.

Hell No! We Won't Send Our Tax Dollars to China

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leo W. Gerard

China doesn't consider America first or the remainder of the world first. And that's what the USA must do. We need an industrial policy that makes no apologies for putting America and American workers first.

Stimulus Funds Rejection By Local Officials Causing Controversy

MSNBC | Mike Stuckey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was supposed to create jobs by the millions, but Debra Morgan of North Platte, Neb., says it got her fired....

Casting a Wider Net for Green Jobs

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rinku Sen

The Applied Research Center has released a Green Equity Toolkit to help community organizations, public agencies and individuals maximize the shared benefits of green economy jobs.

Growing Green Jobs

Paul McRandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul McRandle

With hopes pinned on green jobs being among the first sparks to help kindle a rise in the economy, it's worth taking a look at actual green jobs in U.S. cities.

Mr. President, Call It Something!

Andrew Ruben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Ruben

If we've really survived the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression thanks to government intervention, and if health care reform is so integral to fulfilling the American promise, where is Obama's "New Deal"?

Congress Is Committed to Creating Jobs on Main Street

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

We still have a way to go until job opportunities are abundant, but my colleagues in Congress and I remain committed to creating jobs, especially in the communities hardest hit by the recession.

The Same Chance I Had

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

I'm proud to announce a down payment of over $4 million dollars to start putting Angelenos who dropped out of high school back to work.

Most States Have Yet to Claim Emergency TANF Funds

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

The TANF Emergency Fund is potentially an important resource for states, which get four federal dollars from the fund for each dollar they put up.

Closing The $1.5 Trillion "Fix-Up" Gap in Obama's Economic Plan

John F. Wasik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John F. Wasik

One glaring subject that Obama avoided in the campaign is how to pay for infrastructure over time and how it will dovetail with an overall strategy to address climate change.

A Truly World-Wide Web: What If Totalitarian Regimes Couldn't Censor the Net?

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Colarusso

If there was a global I.S.P. in the sky, it would be difficult to restrict internet access. So why not do it? A free internet is a means by which citizens can share their stories with the world.

Memo to AFL-CIO's Trumka

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Ballinger

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.

Building the New Economy

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Paul

Some of us warned this day would come. We knew an economic strategy predicated on replacing wage growth with debt and credit to maintain a certain standard of living was doomed to fail.

Jobs for Latinos and Blacks: The Reality of Our Struggle

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

Having helped big business and the financial industry, it is now time for the president and the administration to get serious about helping the American worker.

Jeff Muskus

Dave Obey Chides Obama Administration For 'Stupid Mistakes' On Stimulus Reporting | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A powerful House Democrat used unusually harsh terms to blast the Obama administration's manipulation of stimulus data Monday night, and demanded an h...

America's Health Care Addiction

Craig Bowron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Bowron

How does a country with perhaps the most innovative health care system in the world produce average health care outcomes? It's simple: much of the innovation hasn't delivered.

Five Ways President Obama Changed My Life - An Inspirational Video

Baratunde Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Baratunde Thurston

I asked Robin, a college classmate of mine, if I could video tape her story, and she proceeded to rattle off five tangible ways her life has been improved by the efforts of our president.

SBA's ARC Loans Are Stimulating the Wrong Businesses

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

SBA expects 60 percent of its ARC loans to go into default even though principal payments are not due for 12 months. So save this column to help you remember why you should be outraged.

Wind in Wall Street's Sails: Investment Rushes Into Wind, But Can We Make It Last?

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

The current boom in private wind financing will only result in another eventual bust without any consideration for the long-term past the stimulus bill.

The Recovery Act in Action

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The Recovery Act is working, and if you're only noticing that things are still bad without noticing that they're getting better, you're looking at the wrong benchmarks.

Citibank Really Needs to Rethink This Poster

Jessica Olien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jessica Olien

A new banner unfurled across Citibank's window depicts a man with a bowl cut. He is grinning manically. And he's perched atop a unicycle.

The Nexus and the Fiscal Crisis

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

It is not the current recession that has put the fiscal condition of state governments at risk. The primary driver of these fiscal challenges is "the growth in health-related expenditures."