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Obama Stimulus Plan

A Progressive Approach to the Deficit

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is a progressive way to bring fiscal responsibility back to our federal budget, a path that embraces progressive values of taking care of the poor and investing in a prosperous middle class.

The 10% Solution

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

If each country can reduce defense spending by 10% each year, with the resultant savings being applied to renewable energy and climate change, that would be a nice start.

Bipartisanship Is a Silly Beltway Obsession

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Never has Beltway orthodoxy looked as clueless and futile as it does today.

Obama Needs an Economic Philosophy

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Teryn Norris

Obama and his advisors made a critical miscalculation by allowing the political goal of bipartisanship to trump urgent economic necessity and the need for a new economic philosophy.

Good Money After Bad

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The only valid criticism to be made of the stimulus bill that Obama signed Tuesday with deserved pride of authorship is that it is too small for the enormous problem at hand.

Will John Boehner Really Say "Thanks But No Thanks" To Stimulus Funds?

James Boyce and Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce and Paul Abrams

As we say on the sandlots, it's time for Boehner to put up or shut up.

How Government Spending Stimulates Private Investment

Charles A. Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles A. Gonzalez

To get through these hard times, we need to work together, every one of us, as a country, and this legislation is a solid foundation on which we can build.

Calling Jindal's Bluff

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

The desperation of the economic crisis and Jindal's own political ambitions certainly put him between a rock and a hard place.

Stimulus To Create, Save Nearly 150,000 Illinois Jobs: White House

Crain's Chicago Business | Paul Merrion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

White House economists estimate the $787.2-billion federal stimulus plan will create or save 148,000 jobs in Illinois over the next two years, the Oba...

Obama Stimulus Speech: "Time For Action Is Now" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE 2/5 at 7:00PM: Despite reports of tension between Obama and congressional Democrats, Nancy Pelosi emphasized that they remain the president's ...

The Media Are the Message

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

From the commentariat to the White House chief of staff, the lesson to be learned from the last two weeks, we are told, is that the Obama administration let the Republicans frame the debate over the stimulus.

Obama On Republicans: 'I'm An Optimist, Not A Sap'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with columnists aboard Air Force One, President Obama talked about what he learned from the stimulus battle. Pronouncing himself impre...

Obama Dislocates Shoulder Reaching Across the Aisle

Robert Lanham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Lanham

"With all due respect to the president, he shouldn't have his arms and feet blocking the aisle," said Boehner, who sustained minor injuries. "Everyone knows he's lanky."

Obama's Economic Paradox: Can You Have "Bailout" and "Stimulus" at the Same Time?

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

Perhaps the centerpiece of the current bill (at least for people's pockets in the short-term) is an actual weekly paycheck bump to the tune of about eight bucks.

Obama On Republicans: 'I'm An Optimist, Not A Sap'

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After the trials and triumphs of his tumultuous first weeks, President Obama appears increasingly focused on ends, not means. In a conversation early ...

The Republican Calculus on Obama's Economic Plan

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

This "finding our voice" stuff is all well and good for a few true believers among fiscal conservatives, but the political calculus motivating most of the Republican Party is deeply cynical.

Doing What Works for the Short and Long Term

Dean Garfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Garfield

Congress should be commended for passing a plan that has the potential to be stimulative as well as smart. Investments in IT will help lead the way to economic recovery.

What Would You Do with $13?

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Wandering around Georgetown yesterday for this video, I found that in this ritzy neighborhood, the sandwich business stands to gain from the president's payroll tax cut ($13 a week for the average worker).

GOP Dogma Clouds Recovery Act Debate

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The idea the Republicans want us to believe the "economy" only includes for-profit businesses. Anything that involves investment in public agencies is, therefore, not the economy.

The Republican Bipartisan Myth

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

Shangri-la and Brigadoon and Bipartisan. Three mythical places. One of which few Republicans have seemingly ever heard.

What's In The Stimulus Bill For You: Tax Breaks And Benefits

New York Times | RON LIEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

All the talk the last couple of days about the stimulus bill was about compromise and slimming down. What is left, though, is a huge spending bill, wi...

Fellow Republicans Attack Florida Gov. Crist For Stimulus Support

St. Petersburg Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Charlie Crist: statesman or sellout? Democrats may be lavishing praise on Florida's Republican governor for enthusiastically supporting the Democrats...

Immigrant Groups Fighting Stimulus Provision

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among the many provisions of the $800-plus billion stimulus bill hotly debated and horse-traded behind closed doors, one that remained largely under t...

A Trifecta of Inadequacy

Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Here's your Republican Party in a nutshell: controlled by Rush Limbaugh, seeking wisdom from Joe the Plumber and eager to extol Sarah Palin as their next commanding officer.

Keep the Stimulus Package Green, and Save Old Forests

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

Why is the government investing potentially as much as $50 billion in loans toward the nuclear power industry, while investing only half of that towards solar and wind power?