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Patriotic Extortion

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Imagine if the Democrats had not pre-capitulated to the Republicans on the stimulus bill. Imagine if they had forced the Republicans to actually mount a filibuster.

Republicans Say They'd Support the "Right" Stimulus Bill, But Stimulus for Them Is Only More Tax Cuts

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If you look closely at what the Republicans are saying, this isn't a debate on the merits of this stimulus legislation, but rather another round of policy battles fought during last year's campaign.

Oh, About That "End" of the Obama Honeymoon ...

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Where Obama may have made a mistake is in being too substantively accommodating with people who are basically not going to support him except in the event of an extraterrestrial invasion.

Our Phone Calls Are Working, Don't Let Up!

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

If representatives know that's what their constituents want, they will be both more inclined to keep that critical public investment from the House bill, and act with the speed.

Obama: Use This And the Jobs Bill Will Pass With a 100 Vote Margin

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Our best salesman is Obama. There is no house or senate member who this president cannot roll over.

Stimulus, Yes; Bank Bailout II, No

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If Obama does his job he will mobilize public opinion and isolate Republicans who would rather sink the economy than give a Democratic president legislative success.

Spaghetti Economics

Matt Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Miller

We need to throw lots of spaghetti against the wall, and fast -- and continue to throw lots of spaghetti against the wall for at least a few years.

Obama's Wake-Up Call

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Even as unemployment hits 7.6 percent and shows no signs of slowing any time soon, the GOP is falling over itself to protect the ostentatious privileges and prerogatives of a few financial potentates.

Energy Self-Reliance and Our Future

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
T. Boone Pickens

You want my opinion on a stimulus plan? Follow Ohio's example and invest in American energy. All of it.

Why the Stimulus is Needed, Part II

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hale

Given the decreases in personal consumption expenditures and gross private domestic investment, what are the chances of the consumer spending again or business investing again?

Puttin' On The Pay Cap

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

The $500,000 limit on executive pay may seem like a lot of money to people, but in actuality, for a banker, you might as well be offering a salary of $1 per year.

No, Seriously: Republicans Don't Get It

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Investment in bike paths will not only improve our economy, and take our country in the right direction for the future; it is exactly the kind of investment the American people want.

Billionaire For A Day: A More Entertaining Economic Stimulus Package

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

Let's do something to capture all Americans attention and by doing so make the economic stimulus package real to all of us: 800 Americans will each win a billion dollars.

Creating Jobs Is Not "Wasteful"

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

America voted for a change of direction last November, not more of the same. Republicans should listen to the American people and work in a bi-partisan fashion to help get our country on the road to recovery.

Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes

Rep. Lynn Woolsey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lynn Woolsey

The American people elected President Obama in record numbers to lead our country in a new direction, if the Republicans aren't willing to join him, the least they can do is get out of his way.

Operation Zero Cred

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The GOP with Joe the Plumber on the Hill this week to discuss the economy. They should be summarily shut out of this process -- whether or not the president wants them out.

Obama to Speak Monday Night on Stimulus While Rep. Pete Sessions Says Republicans Are the New Taliban

John Amato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amato

If the media hadn't acted so irresponsibly the past two weeks and President Obama hadn't tried to be so bipartisan, he might not have had to take to the airwaves, but that's not the case anymore.

Our God That Failed

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

The high doctrine of Economic Correctness of the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush years is as bankrupt as Soviet Communism. It is all but officially dead. Why then are the president's economic advisers paid to prop it up?

Stimulate Me!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Experts seem relatively unified, if such a thing is possible, on the issue of direct economic stimulus to every taxpayer. They're against it.

The Truth About the Stimulus Package

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Until other countries are willing to do their share to stimulate the global economy, the Obama administration is right to lift our boat first.

Whiplash: Conservatives Play Politics with Stimulus Spending

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Republicans demonstrated that they will adapt to whatever philosophy they find most tactically useful in blocking their political opponent -- the new president.

The 200 Million Dollar Question

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Republicans staged a temper tantrum last week over spending $200 million on contraceptive coverage. It turns out such a request wasn't even included in the stimulus.

House GOP Tries to Raise Money Off Opposing Economic Help for Everyone Else

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Republicans still have done nothing to accept responsibility for their own conservative failures. Their proposed alternative is literally more of the same Bush tax cuts that helped create the current mess.

Republicans in the House Are Behaving Like the Collapse of Bush's Policies Never Happened

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

While Republicans are free to oppose Obama's solutions to the financial mess if they think they have better ideas, merely advocating the old failed policies should not be tolerated.

Just When You Think You Can't Be Shocked By GOP Hypocrisy

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

The same political Neanderthals that helped execute their disastrous strategy of the last two election cycles are still firmly in control of House Republicans.