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Dean Baker

The Krugman/Stiglitz Army Is on the March (and It's Too Late for Michael Bloomberg to Stop It)

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Whether or not the the #Occupy Wall Street protesters explicitly adopt policy proposals or only generate political energy for the spirit of them, the Krugman/Stiglitz Army is at last on the march.

Zach Carter

Democratic Senator Demands Action From Obama On Foreclosures | Zach Carter | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday urging him to address the nation's devastating foreclosure...

Alexander Eichler

Fed's $1.2 Trillion In Loans 'A Classic Case Of Moral Hazard' | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business

During the 2008 financial crisis, when the nation's banking system seemed on the verge of collapse, President George W. Bush authorized a $700 billion...

Dick Durbin: Sacrificing Social Security, Recovery?

Curtis Black | Posted 10.09.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

Now that the debt ceiling crisis is behind us, it's time to take a look at Senator Durbin's role in shifting the debate away from the jobs crisis and legitimizing attacks on Social Security.

Employer-Side Payroll Tax Cut Won't Increase Hiring

Daniel Marans | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

There's just no guarantee that these companies would take advantage of the tax cut to invest in expansion and hiring. Shouldn't the same logic hold true for the employer-side payroll tax cut?

Nicholas Kristof's Boneheaded "Paean to Economists"

Mark Engler | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Mark Engler

The injustices of unfettered capitalism are not an accident -- they are a product of a system whose academic advocates have a lot to answer for. Economists have done enough of late. Let's hold the paeans.

Dave Jamieson

Job Losses Mount In Local Governments | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Most American industries managed add jobs last month, albeit far fewer than expected. But in local governments, the losses continue to m...

The Social Security/Medicare "Crisis" Is Really a Choice - Between the Middle Class and the Wealthy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We're being told that there's a "crisis" and we can no longer afford the middle-class American dream. The truth is the opposite: Our worst long-term problems aren't caused by the middle class, but by politicians who sacrifice the middle class for wealthy interests.

Weekly Audit: Hostile Takeover Threat Spurs Concessions from Michigan Unions

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Michigan's new Emergency Manager Law is already forcing major concessions from unions. The law gives t...

Tough Loving the NYTimes #2: Japan's 'Generational Roadblock'

Paul Kleyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Kleyman

For me a cautionary flag goes up whenever I read or hear a piece of so-called journalism that poses an issue in a way that blames a demographic group or otherwise vulnerable population segment.

A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

For the third time in the last 20 years, establishment voices, with high-profile slots in traditional media, are trying to convince the public to accept cuts to Social Security by endlessly claiming it necessary without providing any evidence.

Economists, Analysts Predict How The Average American Will Fare In 2011

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy and Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

We all remember the worst of 2010: high unemployment, an ongoing foreclosure crisis and megabanks, whose legally dubious practices in foreclosing on m...

William Alden

Economists Urge Tighter Mortgage Standards: 'People Are Getting Away With Anything' | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Citing an urgent need to address questionable mortgage and foreclosure practices that have helped stall the broader economic recovery, a group of econ...

William Alden

Small Banks Struggling -- And Small Businesses Are Being Dragged Down With Them | William Alden | Posted 11.30.2010 | Business

As the American economy shows encouraging signs of improvement, one crucial relationship threatens to impede expansion: Many small banks remain in poo...

Weekly Audit: Millions of Americans Could Lose Unemployment Benefits

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Millions of Americans Could Lose Unemployment BenefitsEditor's Note: Happy Thanksgiving from the Media Consortium! This week, we aren't ...

Jason Linkins

No Financial Speculation Tax: Morgan Stanley Leaves Their Mark On The Chairmen | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For more on the abject unseriousness of the Deficit Commission's "chairman's mark," we go live to Dean Baker at the Center For Economic and Policy Res...

Weekly Audit: Foreclosuregate Hits Home

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Foreclosuregate Hits Homeby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Earlier this month, Bank of America (BOA), the country's larges...

Klein: 4 Candidates The White House Should Hire

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

First Peter Orszag turned in his ID card. Then Christina Romer went. In short order, Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel announced their exits. Jim Jones i...

Cold Case File: Who Shot Down a 70-Year-Old Attack on Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

How did we reach such a state of confusion about the solvency of Social Security? Actuaries deal in probabilities and statistics. What were the odds we'd be so confused in 2010?

The Washington Post Wants Your Social Security to Pay for the War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The Washington Post wants you to work until age 70 before collecting Social Security benefits in order to pay for the Post's sacred war in Afghanistan.

Austerity Chic: It's This Year's "Weapons of Mass Destruction"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In Washington, screaming about being in the red is the new black. We've seen this herd mentality before, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Once again, the experts tell us that the warning lights are flashing red. The fashionistas aren't listening.

Arthur Delaney

300 Economists Warn Congress: Don't Kill Growth And Jobs In The Name Of Deficit Reduction | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A small army of economists warned Congress on Thursday not to focus on deficit reduction instead of job creation or else risk a 1937-style double-dip ...

Golden Opportunity for Social Security

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
J. Bradley Jansen

Let's get some of our gold back from the International Monetary Fund, monetize it, and put it in the Social Security Trust Fund.

Obama's Double-Dip Disappointment Is Bad for Business

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lee Stranahan

As a small-business owner, I don't need to wait for the government reports of leading indicators and indices to know that there's been a tightening in...

State Budget Crisis: 46 States Facing 'Greek-Style Deficits' | Edward Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as the U.S. appears to be on the mend -- gross domestic product has climbed three straight quarters -- finances in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey,...