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Obama Is Not Trying to Create Jobs; He's Trying to Get Re-elected

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think President Obama is trying to create jobs. His jobs bill is designed to get him re-elected. I think if you looked at the facts you'd agree.

2012 Politics: When Winning Is Losing and Losing Is Winning

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

The president is about to fall into a trap. The Republicans know that if they reject all of the president's coming proposals, it could backfire. Bein...

President Obama Caught Between the Left and Right on Jobs

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's trademark caution, conciliation, and firm emphasis on bipartisanship will fly squarely in the face of the demand by the Congressional Black Caucus, labor, and liberals for a bold approach on jobs.

What Hurricane Irene Can Teach Us About the Jobs Crisis

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The response to Hurricane Irene showed that when our leaders bring a sense of urgency and ask the public to respond in kind, remarkable things can happen. READ MORE Third World America: One Year Later: The paperback version of the book is out and, sad to say, almost none of the troubling trends I warned about have been reversed -- or even addressed. READ MORE Watch: Arianna Discusses Job Crisis on Piers Morgan Tonight Watch: Arianna Talks About "Hurricane Jobs" on Morning Joe Watch: Arianna and Lawrence O'Donnell Discuss the Forgotten Middle Class Watch: Arianna Talks Austerity, Job Creation with Martin Bashir

President Obama's Black Jobs Dilemma

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Congressional Black Caucus will hector Obama to do more on jobs and poverty for blacks. But in 2012 they will be in full throttle on the circuit campaigning for the president. They have no choice.

The President's Bold Jobs Bill (Maybe)

Robert Reich | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

What would a bold jobs bill from the president look like? Here are the ten components I'd recommend.

Friday Talking Points -- Corporations Are People, Mitt?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Iowa straw poll is meaningless. The Republican debate last night in Iowa wasn't as meaningless, but will also soon be forgotten.

Why the President Must Lose to Win

Mark Olmsted | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

I, for one, think the what's happening in England is a preview of what's going to be happening here. You can't ask millions of your citizens who grew ...

Aaron Sorkin Was Right

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

"If they simply focus on jobs," my friend said of the GOP, "then Democrats will be in a lot of trouble in 2012." It was an excellent point. Except for one huge flaw with his scenario: Republicans in Congress don't care about jobs.

It's Time to "Out-Jobs" the Conservatives

Heather McGhee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather McGhee

The American people want jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Yet the President's party has failed to make the simple case that spending is essential to creating jobs in the short-term.

Obama Rhetoric on Infrastructure Spending Doesn't Match Administration Actions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Monday, President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of putting Americans back to work using federal infrastructure projects. Yet, despite str...

House Forced Back To D.C. Now That Senate Has Passed State Aid Bill

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats may be feeling that they should be careful what they wish for. After months of grousing that the Senate was unable to get anything ...

Undead on Arrival: Why Payroll Tax Cuts Keep Coming Back -- Part 2

Stephen Kent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

In Part 1 of this blog I argued that despite the defeat of the latest jobs bill in the Senate, seen in historical context, support for the once-taboo ...

Undead on Arrival: Why Payroll Tax Cuts Keep Coming Back -- Part 1

Stephen Kent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

The latest jobs bill -- probably the last attempt of the 111th Congress to stimulate job growth before it adjourns -- died in the Senate yesterday. ...

Jobs Bill Could Harm Legitimate Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed "jobs legislation" that will do little to create jobs or stimulate the nation's economy. The...

Jobs Bill May Be Harmful For America's 27 Million Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed "jobs legislation" that could be devastating for the nation's small businesses. H.R. 5297, the Small ...

Jobs Bill Should Contain Language to Increase Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) strongly encourages Congress to add language to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs Act, which would simply h...

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Make One Last Push At Jobs Bill | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hoping to turn the spotlight one more time on their efforts to solve the jobs crisis, Senate Democrats are planning to vote on a payroll tax incentive...

A New Idea for President Obama: Do What You Said You Would Do

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

At a town hall discussion on jobs and the economy yesterday, President Barack Obama said he was looking for new ideas to help create jobs and expand e...

Jobs Bill Should Include Language to Increase Contracts for Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

In February of 2008, Barack Obama promised small businesses that if elected president he would, "end the diversion of federal small business contracts...

Pelosi Asked to Remove Loophole for Fraudulent Contractors

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On behalf of America's 27 million small businesses, the American Small Business League (ASBL) asks Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to remove languag...

Obama Jobs Bill Could Be Job Killer for Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The president's small business jobs bill contains a dangerous loophole that could encourage billions of dollars in fraud in small business contracting programs, and protect fraudulent companies from prosecution.

How The Stimulus Is Changing America, Making It More Green

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For starters, the Recovery Act is the most ambitious energy legislation in history, converting the Energy Department into the world's largest venture-...

Mark Kirk Votes AGAINST Jobs Bill He Supported Yesterday

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATED with Mark Kirk's Response: On Monday, Republican Senate candidate and Congressman Mark Kirk held a press conference, telling reporters he ...

Lucia Graves

House Clears $26.1 Billion State-Aid Package, Dems Slam GOP Obstructionism | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House passed a bill Tuesday afternoon providing $26.1 billion to cash-strapped state governments, and preventing roughly 161,000 teachers and 158,...