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The Green They Steal, the Greed They Wear ...a St. Patrick's Day Lamentation

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Moore

Wall Street owns "our" Congress lock, stock and big barrel o' campaign cash. What we call the "democratic process" is mostly a sham, pretty words that get repeated in the hopes we will all still fall for it.

Mass Transit and a Public Works Pilgrimage to Hoover Dam

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Hoover Dam, transportation and Los Angeles -- for me it's all about well conceived infrastructure and a vision of what is possible.

Govt Spending: JOBS Today, Payoffs For Years To Come

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of the Making It In America project. I am a ...

Village Green: Constructing a City Around the Concept of Happiness

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
F. Kaid Benfield

“With our limited resources, we have to invent other ways to measure success. This might mean that all kids have access to sports facilit...

Progressives and the Deficit

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

It would be easy for progressives -- even with the best of intentions -- to fumble the growing debate on the federal deficit. Here are six rules for how to approach the issue in the months ahead.

Recovery Act in Action: Tracking the Ripples

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Thanks to the Recovery Act, there are hundreds of thousands of teachers in classrooms, police on the beat, construction workers fixing our infrastructure, engineers building the the smart grid, and much more.

Cost Of Tax Cuts Catching Up To Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The consequences of decades of cutbacks are arriving. The rest of the world leaps ahead of us. It's not going to get any better until we start asking corporations and the wealthy to pitch in and pay back

Rebuilding America From Ore to Assembly

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

We need to start thinking and acting differently if we want to extricate ourselves from the malaise that ails us. A public works project here in LA is an excellent start.

Friedman on Competitiveness: Identifies Problem, Offers Exactly Wrong Solution

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

America's habit of deferring maintenance on its infrastructure goes beyond crumbling buildings and slow trains -- in the long term, we'll fall behind the rest of the world in our ability to compete economically.

Preaching to the Choir: Metro and 30/10 Revisited

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With a tip of my Metro cap to Bob Dylan for his special telling of the sacrifice of Isaac, over the weekend I took a virtual drive out on Highway 61. ...

Public Space = Public Health

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In a city with many neighborhoods starved for public space, CicLAvia promotes a creative way to make over LA for a few hours a week by converting city streets to pedestrian thoroughfares.

Create Real Jobs That Pay Off: Update Our 1970s Infrastructure

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

One legacy of Reagan's tax cuts is that we stopped maintaining our infrastructure. As a result there's a lot of work that needs doing. And there are a very, very large number of unemployed people. Hmmm...

Addressing America's Aging Infrastructure

Michael Deane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Deane

Collectively working towards the implementation of meaningful infrastructure solutions can be the finest example of the American entrepreneurial spirit in generations.

Band-Aids, Bipartisanship and Baby-Steps: How Not to Deal With a Jobs Crisis

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Does anyone believe that we would be facing the same lack of urgency about the jobs crisis in Washington if it were the unemployment rate among the top 10 percent that was 31 percent?

Paying For Tax Cuts At The Top By Cutting Pensions For The Rest

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The trouble all started when we dramatically cut taxes on the rich, and at the same time raised taxes on everyone else, saying the money would be used to pay for peoples' retirement. However, that money instead was used to defer the damage caused by the tax cuts for the rich.

Obama's First Year: Stimulating?

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

It is clear that the stimulus bill delivered a lot of economic boost, and will continue to have a strong effect through 2010.

States Can Pick Up the Stimulus Slack

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

States can't do traditional deficit spending. But they can do precisely what we need most: put bond measures on ballots that would create capacity-building, capital projects and put people to work.

I'll Have a BRT With the Sepulveda Pass

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Every time I go over that damn Pass there's something missing for me. And that something is a light rail line running up the center divide of the freeway.

Backbone, Mind, and Heart

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Present day America is like a sick patient. We pray that the president will lead us in healing the country's backbone, its mind, and its heart.

Building High Speed Rail Isn't a Bolshevik Plot

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

If you drive on the Interstate, benefit from the Voting Rights Act of 1964 or live free of polio, smallpox, and other communicable diseases, go ahead and thank the government.

Like 5.7% GDP Growth? Pass A Real Jobs Bill.

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Today's initial estimate of 5.7% annual rate of growth in the GDP for the last quarter of 2009 sure beats a kick in the teeth. And if we sustain this ...

Green News Report -- January 28, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: The State of the Union: Obama does not back off the push for clean energy -- but will the Senate listen?; Big new funding f...

The State of the Union: Unfinished Business

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Rather than the inspiring rhetoric of a campaign speech, Obama's State of the Union address was a more sober reflection on unfinished business.

Obama Freeze Forfeits America's Future

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Obama's plan to unveil tonight a non-defense discretionary spending freeze for the next three years will essentially forfeit America's growth future to China. The President, one year into his job, and still dealing with the tail winds of the worst economic disaster in global markets and the U.S. economy since the Great Depression, is saying that he is going to freeze spending on virtually everything but the wars we have on hand. America needs to invest in itself.

Cities Running on Fumes: Where Was the Fuel in the SOTU?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

In his State of the Union address, President Obama missed an opportunity to explain how his plans for economic growth, job creation, and the middle class can truly succeed. We need spending, not cuts.