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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.


Zachary Karabell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zachary Karabell

As muddled as this economic stage may be -- and all major measures taken in crisis usually are -- it is born of the drive to reconstruct and not profiteer, and that alone is progress to applaud.

Just imagine: What if McCain Had Won the Election and Obama had Shafted him During the Stimulus Debate?

John Amato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amato

Um, are McCain's feelings after losing an election the big question on people's minds in the nation? I think the stimulus package is the focus of the country right now, don't you?

Bipartisanship Fetishism vs. What's Best for America: Obama Needs to Choose

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

When Galileo became convinced of the truth about how the solar system works, he didn't decide to just split the difference with the Pope so he could get a few nice editorials about "common ground" and "working together." Obama needs to stop trying to appease the bipartisanship fetishists. READ MORE Why is Obama Reluctant to Kill the Zombie Banks Threatening Our Economy? The plan laid out -- or, more accurately, sketched out -- by Tim Geithner makes it very clear that he is on the wrong side of the issue, more worried about the banking industry than the American people. Like Hank Paulson before him, Geithner appears more concerned about saving particular banks than saving the banking system. READ MORE

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

So Now They're Fiscal Conservatives

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The government is the only economic player right now. Yet -- according to Republican economic philosophy -- this is the time to become fiscal conservatives. Please.

Rethinking the Stimulus

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Measures included in the stimulus bill should be the beginnings of a new policy regime that works to include more Americans in the middle class, not a passing reprieve in a time of economic gloom.