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Where Economic Distress Meets Political Dysfunction

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.10.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

What the economy needs is a massive program of investment in public infrastructure to provide jobs and domestic growth that is relatively insulated from global trends. Such a program could also accelerate an overdue transition to a greener economy. That would require on the order of about half a trillion in outlays a year, some of it financed by higher taxes on the rich and some of it financed by debt. Try to find a mainstream politician calling for that level of public outlay. Look around you at the appalling state of basic public infrastructure. In New York, the a new subway line is literally taking decades because only a little money is available each year. Our coastal water and sewer systems are sitting ducks for the next surge of sea level rise. Basic roads, bridges, tunnels and electrical systems have deferred maintenance bills stretching into the trillions. Our internet access systems are technically behind those of most of Europe and some in the Third World -- and far more costly to consumers. And don't get me started on Amtrak.

Father John Misty: Elements of Misdirection

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Hear the story of a successful American singer-songwriter, who grew up in a religious home that he had to break radically with. Meet Joshua Tillman who became Father John Misty, and who has made roleplaying the axis of his captivating songs.

Gene Demby

Black Democrats Tout Obama, Blast Romney As Convention Gets Underway | Gene Demby | Posted 08.28.2012 | Black Voices

As Republicans took to the floor Tuesday to nominate Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention, Democrats warned that Romney's policies would ...

Joe Biden Praises LGBT Community's 'Courage' During Provincetown Visit

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Vice President Joe Biden hailed the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for "freeing the soul of the American people" during his w...

WATCH: You'll Never Guess The New Retirement Age

AOL Jobs | Posted 01.16.2012 | Fifty

The idea of retiring at age 65 is no longer a reality to many Americans, with many anticipating that they will have to work another 15 years -- to age...