This Tax Day, as you're dropping your return in the mail (or pressing that e-send button), instead of reinforcing the pro-rich, anti-tax lie and sighing grumpily as you do your duty, look around at everything your taxes are paying for.
Obama's stimulus plan has only exaggerated the fake recovery by funneling money into tax breaks and the short-term alleviation of state deficits. Massive State layoffs have only been delayed, not prevented.
The common wisdom is that excessive debt-financed spending was one of the causes of the recent recession, so the news that household debt is dropping is being celebrated as reason to believe we're on the mend. Baloney.
Federal support for job creation is needed now. It is tepid reaction to this challenge of governance that the Obama administration should be criticized for, not some vague "failure of leadership" on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
In times of economic chaos, the federal government needs a comprehensive strategy. For those of us who took at least one college course in economics, 2010 economic policy seems obvious: we should spend money to create jobs.