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Greenspan's Greed and the Federal Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We have you to thank, Dr. Greenspan, for those "opportunities for avarice" that resulted from of your unbridled enthusiasm for such policies at that time. It also brought on the Great Recession and record deficit we have today.

Weak Employment Is American Austerity at Work

Harlan Green | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Is economic growth grinding to a halt, even as pundits predicted better growth in 2014? It does look like past austerity policies are still holding U.S. back.

The Egyptian Coup Is a Bad Precedent for All Democracies

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.04.2013 | World
James Marshall Crotty

You may not like the Muslim Brotherhood. You may not support its religion-infused politics, its arrogant brand of Islam, its views of the U.S. and Isr...

Managing Expectations--The Fed's Two-Edged Sword

Harlan Green | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

It does look like the results of Fed Chairman Bernanke's push for greater transparency in Federal Reserve policy deliberations are coming home to roos...

Austerinomics, the Anti-Growth Orthodoxy

Harlan Green | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Once again, Karl Rove/GW Bush attempted to turn the clock back to the beginning of the 19th century, and we are now living with the consequences--wars and budget deficits without end. It's hard to see what form a new nationalism will take, until and unless a new Teddy Roosevelt comes along.

The Hunger Games Are Coming

Harlan Green | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Since the 1970s, Republican economic policies have prevailed that diverted most of the fruits of prosperity to the wealthiest, so that the rest of U.S. have less to spend -- even though consumer spending drives 70 percent of economic activity.

The Sequester Dilemma--How Much Is Too Much Austerity?

Harlan Green | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

Come March 1, we will begin to see how much damage the sequester agreement causes. A recent CNBC column by Larry Kudlow illustrates both the misconceptions and reason for the gridlock on avoiding across-the-board spending cuts of some $85 Billion to the federal budget.

Romney's 47 Percent Solution

Harlan Green | Posted 11.20.2012 | Money
Harlan Green

Neither trickle-down economics, nor the wealth redistribution upward that accompanies it have been good for the country -- certainly not Romney's 47 percent solution.

It's Ryancare vs. Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

Ryancare could become the campaign buzzword, but history says it won't work. It is a battle between almost polar opposites -- government austerity vs. government stimulus -- when the two must work together to bring back prosperity.

Romney's 5-Point Plan: Very Primitive Economics

Harlan Green | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

Policies that starve government of what is needed to govern effectively starve all of the U.S. Need we say more?

What Happened to the Bush Tax Cuts?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.04.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

We know G.W. Bush's tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 to revive an economy flattened by the dot-com bubble bust have cost plenty. And we know what happened to all that money. Not much.

Government Has to Work -- or Else

Harlan Green | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

What we need to do instead is embark on a massive investment program -- as we did, virtually by accident, 80 years ago -- that will increase our productivity for years to come, and will also increase employment now.

The Fed's Paralysis -- Who Will Do the Right Thing?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Why so much emphasis on debt, rather than recovery? It is because of timidity on all sides, from the White House and Congress.

The Destruction of Our Wealth

Harlan Green | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

The destruction of middle class wealth and income by Republicans, in particular, has been prolonged and systematic for decades. This standard of living has already declined for most of us since the 1980s, and will continue to decline.

It's Basic Economics, Stupid -- Curing the Deficit

Harlan Green | Posted 09.11.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

What is holding up agreement of a debt ceiling increase is obvious. Republicans want to continue to shrink the middle class when they won't allow repeal of the Bush tax breaks. They do not understand the most basic economic Law of Supply and Demand.

The Economics of Poverty -- Thinking in Win-Win Terms

Harlan Green | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Rather than play the blame game, why not think in Win-Win terms? Why not correct the causes of so much economic instability, which can lead us out of the swamp of debt that has resulted?

Starving the Beast of Government Starves U.S.

Harlan Green | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

Why hasn't the 'no new taxes' pledge succeeded? Because Republicans are no better at cutting government spending than Democrats -- in fact, worse.

Okay, Let's Give Bush All of the Credit He's Due

Larry Womack | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Larry Womack

Don't forget also to give him credit for the long stretch of blunders and lies that cumulatively gave us the Iraq war, its immediate aftermath, and an oil-rich country left feuding over basic home electricity.

Congress Circa 112

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

"The business of America is business." -- Calvin Coolidge The 30th president of the United States was ...

Bushes Thanksgiving

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


New Torture

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Have We Become Numb to War?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joan E. Dowlin

What has happened to the anti-war movement of old? Why have we as a nation allowed two simultaneous wars to be waged in our name?

As the Bush Years Wind Down the New York Times Signals Hard Times Ahead for Russia, Venezuela, Iran

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Against the interests of the nation this administration has permitted, even encouraged the dramatic transfer of wealth to oil interests in dimensions beyond the fondest dreams of Croesus.

Bloggers Lead Media to Report McCain/Palin's Campaign "Lies"

Alan W. Silberberg and Ralph J. Shapira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan W. Silberberg and Ralph J. Shapira

While traditional media have disparaged blogs as being unreliable, that chaotic, unmediated world known as "the blogosphere" has led the way in ferreting truth from falsehood.

Beating up on Palin Is a Lose Lose for Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

He bit hard on the Palin bait and that's a bad thing. A candidate who spends inordinate time and energy trying to tar their opponent runs the same risk as an attorney or a prosecutor in a courtroom.