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Economic Stimulus

Will John Boehner Really Say "Thanks But No Thanks" To Stimulus Funds?

James Boyce and Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce and Paul Abrams

As we say on the sandlots, it's time for Boehner to put up or shut up.

How Government Spending Stimulates Private Investment

Charles A. Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles A. Gonzalez

To get through these hard times, we need to work together, every one of us, as a country, and this legislation is a solid foundation on which we can build.

The Stimulus: A Down Payment on a Green Future

Van Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Van Jones

Pretty soon, Kermit the Frog is going to need a new song to sing. I'm not saying it's easy being green. But it's getting easier.

The Media Are the Message

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

From the commentariat to the White House chief of staff, the lesson to be learned from the last two weeks, we are told, is that the Obama administration let the Republicans frame the debate over the stimulus.

Peaceful Revolution: Blood Money or Wall Street Bonuses? Pres. Obama, Get Your Signing Pen Ready

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

While Wall Street rails against restrictions on executive salary bonuses, families are suffering. Some moms are selling their blood plasma to put food on the table.

The Republican Bipartisan Myth

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

Shangri-la and Brigadoon and Bipartisan. Three mythical places. One of which few Republicans have seemingly ever heard.

How The Centrist Blue Dog Caucus Got So Much Power

The Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House of Representatives is a body that produces few stars, but Jim Cooper of Tennessee is a household name inside the Beltway. David Brooks has c...

Fighting the New Deal All Over Again

Kim Phillips-Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Phillips-Fein

As the idea of the New Deal comes back in style, so does opposition to the vision of activist government.

Obama the One Term President?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Economic failure alone may not spell a one term presidency for Obama. But economic success, even the perception of success, will help insure that Obama won't be another Jimmy Carter.

Lieberman Will Walk To Work For Sabbath Stimulus Vote

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Independent US Senator Joseph Lieberman, an observant Jew, planned to walk to and from any vote on the titantic economic stimulus plan that falls on t...

GOP Dogma Clouds Recovery Act Debate

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The idea the Republicans want us to believe the "economy" only includes for-profit businesses. Anything that involves investment in public agencies is, therefore, not the economy.

Doing What Works for the Short and Long Term

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Garfield

Congress should be commended for passing a plan that has the potential to be stimulative as well as smart. Investments in IT will help lead the way to economic recovery.

Immigrant Groups Fighting Stimulus Provision

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among the many provisions of the $800-plus billion stimulus bill hotly debated and horse-traded behind closed doors, one that remained largely under t...

The Best Thing for the Economy, the Right Thing for the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The stars have now aligned in the midst of this economic crisis, and it is precisely the time to address the urgent issues of poverty in America.

A "Stimulating" Evening Attending an Economic Recovery House Event

Paula B. Mays | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula B. Mays

To gather support for his stimulus bill, Obama requested that citizens attend various house meetings last weekend to discuss the plan. I attended one such event in Northern Virginia.

Media Failure: During Stimulus Debate, Only 5 Percent Of Guests Were Economists

Media Matters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the hour following President Obama's February 9 press conference -- during which he gave a brief address about the economic recovery legislation cu...

Al Sharpton Criticizes Democrats For "Diluting" Stimulus Bill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Rev. Al Sharpton criticized Democrats on Wednesday for "diluting" education portions of the economic stimulus bill in orde...

Keep the Stimulus Package Green, and Save Old Forests

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

Why is the government investing potentially as much as $50 billion in loans toward the nuclear power industry, while investing only half of that towards solar and wind power?

Republicans Build a Roadblock to Nowhere

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Republicans stand near-united to fight the President of the United States out of one side of their mouths - and cry for bi-partisanship out of the other.

It's Time for Obama to Potty Train Congressional Republicans

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Obama can act like Community-Organizer-In-Chief and, along with grassroots movements from around the country, force Senate Republicans to allow the majority to vote on, and pass, an improved Stimulus Bill.

Can't Get There from Here

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The Obama administration has made its first serious misstep. No, it wasn't the wooing of ingrate Republicans, or the dining with clueless reactionary pundits. It is much more significant.

House vs. Senate Stimulus Bills

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some highlights: The House version would spend $60 billion more on education -- the Senate version adds more than $100 billion for tax cuts to individuals and families.

GOP Group Threatens To Campaign Against Republican Stimulus Backers

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A GOP group is putting Republican lawmakers "on notice," threatening to campaign against anyone who breaks ranks to vote for the more than $800 billio...

The Evil of Banality

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It could be that our institutions are so corrupt, our political discourse so banal and polluted, that they are incapable of lifting us up from our national malaise.

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