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10 Business Leaders Who Just Say No to Economic Inequality

Capital and Main | Luke Dowling | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

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Zach Carter

Austerity Fetishists Are Finally Giving Up | Zach Carter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- American deficit hawks gathered in the nation's capital on Wednesday to commiserate over the collapse of the U.S. austerity movement, so...

Report: 'Fix The Debt' Founders Push For Controversial Tax Reform

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Business

The founders of a controversial debt reduction group are advocating for corporate tax reform that could save companies involved with the group billion...

Simpson-Bowles Austerity Gang: Go Home

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Simpson and Bowles and austerity's other sales people aren't really economic thinkers. They're paid to pitch a product. They didn't invent austerity any more than Alex Rodriguez invented Pepsi. But what they're peddling isn't a soft drink. It's a lot worse for you than that.

Deficits Are Bad and the Sun Goes Around the Earth

Dean Baker | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

Imagine that a substantial group of the most prominent astronomer insisted that the sun goes around the earth, as anyone can plainly see. There would likely be huge numbers of people who refused to accept that the earth goes around the sun. This is the state of modern economics.

A Wrong Purple Moment for Obama and Boehner

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I can only think of this metaphor, which I believe is apt: There's a ticking time bomb in your living room, you know the bomb will certainly explode in 10 to 15 years, and you choose only to reassure your family, "There is no 'immediate' danger." That is pretty much the situation we face today.

Sequestration Zzzzzzz -- Californians Have Seen This Movie

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When fiscal crises become the "new normal" the public begins to remember that they elected politicians to do a job. And part of their job description is to take care of the public purse and not to create problems where none exist.

Ed Rendell Is Not Really a Democrat, He Just Plays One on TV

Jonathan Valania | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Valania

In addition to his current duties as professional-liberal-even-Joe-Sixpack-can-love on MSNBC, Ballard Spahr court jester, Rendell is currently co-chairing the steering committee of something called The CEO Campaign To Fix The Debt.

Sequester Insanity

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Conventional wisdom currently is that the sequester deadline will pass and then Washington will come up with some sort of compromise solution. Perhaps just in time for the next self-inflicted crisis.

Visible Washington Group's Hidden Interests Revealed

The New York Times | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

When Jim McCrery, a former Louisiana congressman, urged lawmakers last month to pursue entitlement cuts and tax reform, he was introduced on televisio...

From Cliff Dwelling to Mountain Climbing

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Congress needs to finish its fiscal work successfully and quickly and then pass legislation that will stimulate job creation and growth and development of the economy for the middle class and the working poor.

Paul Krugman: When Prophecy Fails

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 12.24.2012 | Business

Back in the 1950s three social psychologists joined a cult that was predicting the imminent end of the world. Their purpose was to observe the cultist...

Jason Linkins

Erskine Bowles Blames Both Sides In Fiscal Cliff Talks Like A Good 'Bipartisanship Cult' Member | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics

Over at Daily Intel, Jonathan Chait dings Erskine Bowles, correctly, for succumbing to the same Beltway dyskinesia that you often see in famous column...

Social Security Sustainable: Productivity Improvements Enlarge the Pie, Facilitate Funding Boomer Benefits and Beyond

Nancy Altman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The latest bumper-sticker slogan that "Social Security is unsustainable" doesn't stand up under scrutiny.

Christina Wilkie

WATCH: Nonprofit Employee Attacked By Fix The Debt Panelist | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative scholar at the Heritage Foundation, Edmund F. Haislmaier, attacked a nonprofit employee Tuesday morning in a hotel where ...

Paul Blumenthal

Centrist Group Masks GOP Backing | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Members of the influential Campaign to Fix The Debt struck a posture of post-partisan political neutrality this past week, as they swarm...

It's the Simpson-Bowles Personal Profit Tour: Making Money Off the U.S. Debt

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Simpson-Bowles personal profit tour reveals that for them, for their creation -- the speciously labeled Campaign to Fix the Debt -- and for the CEOs, right-wing groups and Republicans rallying round them, the effort has nothing to do with deficits or fixing anything.

Older Americans Deserve a Substantive, Fair Debate

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty
Josh Rosenblum

After eating too much turkey, Congress returned to Washington this week with more opinions than my politically divided family about how we can reduce our federal deficit before the New Year when time runs out, and the federal budget turns in to a speeding car driving off the "fiscal cliff."

Christina Wilkie

Bowles: 'We're Going Over The Cliff' | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pessimism grew on Wednesday over whether congressional leaders and the White House will strike a debt reduction deal to prevent the loom...

Christina Wilkie

'Fix The Debt' CEOs Underfund Employee Retirement, Demand Cuts For Elderly | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of high-profile corporate CEOs are lobbying Capitol Hill this week to put Social Security and Medicare cuts at the forefront of ...

Christina Wilkie

CEOs Who Collect Billions In Govt. Money Demand Cuts To Poor, Elderly | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the s...

Fiscal Cliff or Bunny Slope?

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Superstorm Sandy was a disaster brought to us by Mother Nature. The fiscal cliff is being brought to us by human nature. Which will be worse? Time will tell.

Here's Hoping Obama's CEO Meeting Devolved Into Dish-Throwing

Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

We know nothing about President Obama's meeting on Wednesday with CEOs to discuss the fiscal cliff. But we can hope that it was hostile and unproductive, because the CEOs are hypocrites with terrible ideas.

The Human Cost of Simpson-Bowles

Eric Laursen | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Eric Laursen

The Bowles-Simpson plan, which corporate CEOs, leaders of both parties in Congress and even newly reelected President Obama has indicated could be a conversation starter for the debt and tax negotiations to follow this election, could turn back the clock for older Americans.

Is the Budget 'Crisis' History?

Dean Baker | Posted 10.30.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Bringing health care costs in the United States in line with costs in other wealthy countries should not be an impossible task. After all, the U.S. can't be that much more corrupt than Italy, Spain, or the other countries that have managed to contain their health care costs.