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What Bernanke Couldn't Quite Say

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Today, there is so much public infrastructure in disarray, such a crying need to move the nation to a sustainable energy path, and so great a need for the jobs that could be created by large-scale public investments that more stimulus spending should be a no-brainer. But this alternative is not even being seriously debated. Rather Democratic paths to deficit reduction are jousting with Republican paths. So here is Ben Bernanke -- a Republican, first appointed by George W. Bush, a huge admirer of Milton Friedman -- saying what no other Republican and too few Democrats are willing to say: The problem is not the deficit, but the risk that Congress will overreact to the deficit.

Letter From Charlotte, NC: Fighting for America's Future

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

We are in a fight for the future of America. Anyone who watched the Republican National Convention speeches knows this. Anyone who has witnessed the ...

Natural Gas: Bridge or Dead End?

Christopher F. Jones | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Christopher F. Jones

Natural gas could be an ally of the pragmatic environmentalist. But we must be careful that infrastructural investments do not hinder a renewable energy future. Without off-ramps, a bridge is simply a dead end.

Why Is Wal-Mart Silent?

Paul A. London | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Paul A. London

Wal-Mart should be standing on a soap box denouncing the Republican Party for proposing exactly the policies Republicans championed in the 1930s.

How Transit-Oriented Development Can Help Get America To Work

Nancy Andrews | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Nancy Andrews

To help get America back to work, there is one critically important element that is often overlooked: the fact that today, simply getting from home to work and back again has become a growing challenge for many Americans.

Robust Economic And Job Growth Requires Government To Do Much More

Russell Goldsmith | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Russell Goldsmith

With millions of Americans still out of work, government at all levels can and should do much more to help the private sector create jobs and accelerate the country's economic recovery. Simply lowering taxes and easing the regulatory burden is not enough.

How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan -- or America

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Strange that when I do media interviews now, only two years later, nobody even thinks to ask "Did we succeed in Iraq?" or "Will reconstruction pay off?" The question du jour has finally shifted to: "Why did we fail?"

Partnering To Rebuild A Better America

Kasim Reed | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Kasim Reed

Public-private partnerships are promising opportunities to get domestic infrastructure funded by putting in a small amount of public funds to attract corporate investment. More importantly, such partnerships are crucial to putting more people back to work and creating a better Atlanta.

For Prosperity Economics to Work We Must Leverage America's Growing Diversity as an Asset

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 10.08.2012 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

Prosperity Economics provides an excellent policy platform for building an equitable and sustainable economy. The nation is now undergoing an unprecedented demographic transition, and it is time for policymakers to incorporate these solutions into national policy.

2012: The 'Stockholm Syndrome' Election

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

So, here we are, all "you people," being deliberately targeted for pain so we will feel so anxious, so unhappy and so angry that we will embrace anyone else, even those who have deliberately screwed us for their political gain.

On Climate Change, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
William S. Becker

When the first presidential debate takes place for Oct. 3 in Denver with a focus on domestic issues, somebody should ask the candidates this question.

'Green News Report' - August 2, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Scientist...

'Green News Report' -- July 31, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.30.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Food v. F...

India Blackout Leaves Over 600 Million In The Dark

AP | RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 09.29.2012 | World

NEW DELHI (AP) — Electric crematoria were snuffed out with bodies inside, New Delhi's Metro shut down and hundreds of coal miners were trapped under...

One Damning Report

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

It's easy for Congress to show it cares about American security, the American economy and American manufacturing. All it takes is a vote to secure and upgrade a dam. And, you know, the rest of the nation's infrastructure.

'Green News Report' - July 26, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Drought e...

Climate Change Threatens U.S Infrastructure

The New York Times | MATTHEW L. WALD and JOHN SCHWARTZ | Posted 09.24.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON — From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation...

Patrick Svitek

Chicago Plan Tempts Other Mayors

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

The country's largest organization of mayors last week endorsed an infrastructure investment plan that its most vocal advocate brands a defiance of th...

Infrastructure Investments and the Latino Jobs Recovery

Algernon Austin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Latino Voices
Algernon Austin

Infrastructure investments are a good way to put significant numbers of Latinos back to work. Latinos need to mobilize to make their elected officials do the right thing and support greater investments in America's infrastructure.

Patrick Svitek

Rahm Emanuel Urges Cities To Chart Own Destiny

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's message to local municipalities waiting for federal assistance? Don't count on it. "We have to take our ...

Mayors Group Wants More Infrastructure Investment

AP | PATRICK WALTERS | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- The economies of the nation's cities are starting to bounce back from the recession and grow again, but the state and federal governme...

Why Rattner's Wrong on China

Jeremy Haft | Posted 07.16.2012 | World
Jeremy Haft

In an emotional NYT op-ed last week, Steven Rattner defends the strength of China's economy. But he's wrong.

John Celock

After Economic Boom, What Will Be North Dakota's Next Move?

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The federal government's rural development agency released a report Wednesday outlining a series of recommendations for North Dakota in the wake of th...

Put Hardhats to Work With New Infrastructure Spending

David Callahan | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
David Callahan

With interest rates at a historic low, and a huge supply of surplus skilled labor, it's hard to imagine a better time than now for the U.S. to borrow a lot of money to strengthen its infrastructure.

The Wrath Of Grapes: Oklahoma City MAPS Its Future

Mick Cornett | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Mick Cornett

While we see the national economic numbers like everyone else and understand the challenges facing many American cities, these are good days in Oklahoma City. We found a concept that works here: investing in ourselves.