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Obama Stimulus Plan

Rethinking the Stimulus

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Measures included in the stimulus bill should be the beginnings of a new policy regime that works to include more Americans in the middle class, not a passing reprieve in a time of economic gloom.

House GOP Tries to Raise Money Off Opposing Economic Help for Everyone Else

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Republicans still have done nothing to accept responsibility for their own conservative failures. Their proposed alternative is literally more of the same Bush tax cuts that helped create the current mess.

GOP Rep: We Can't Be "The Party Of No"

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an editorial in Politico, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor says that Republicans can't simply be the "no" party. At a moment when the country nee...

Republicans in the House Are Behaving Like the Collapse of Bush's Policies Never Happened

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

While Republicans are free to oppose Obama's solutions to the financial mess if they think they have better ideas, merely advocating the old failed policies should not be tolerated.

Republicans: "Go To Hell America!" 100% Partisan Vote

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The Republican Party just doesn't get it. We are in trouble! And our country's fate and the success or failure of the Obama presidency is now one and the same.

Stimulus and Energy

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
T. Boone Pickens

We have the capacity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 50% overall and reduce to zero the amount of oil we import from the Middle East, Africa and Venezuela. We don't have to be at the mercy of OPEC.

House GOP: Stimulus Plan Has Too Much Spending

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In a swift victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House approved a historically huge $819 billion stimulus b...

Obama Versus the Republicans: Chill Out, He's Got This

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The people who got everything wrong for at least the last eight years and then spent the better part of the week spreading misinformation are demanding to be taken seriously? That's rich.

Condoms and Art are Stimulating (to the Economy); Corporate Tax Cuts Not So Much

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If we want more stimulus, economic and otherwise, we need more funding for the arts and for family planning/safe sex, and less tax cuts for corporations.

Retro-Hooverites All

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Republicans voted against their country today. Their fellow citizens needed them to act on their behalf and instead they chose to abandon them. Theirs is an ersatz patriotism.

Rachel Weiner

Recovery.Gov: Obama Putting Stimulus Package Online | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an address Wednesday, President Obama said that, when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passes (as it presumably will), taxpayers will be ...

A Hole Worth Digging?

Dylan Loewe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Loewe

Injured and wayward, the Republican leadership has geared up for a fight it cannot win, against a president who, both in mandate and in institutional advantage, enjoys unmatched power.

Stimulus Bill Could Provide $105 Million For Illinois Transit Projects

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

The House of Representatives added $3 billion in rail and bus system spending to the $825-billion stimulus package Wednesday. [...] Half of the new m...

Stimulus: American Indians Could Reap $3 Billion

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — American Indians stand to gain almost $3 billion as part of the economic stimulus moving through Congress, money that could help so...

Planned Parenthood Rebukes Obama For Removing 'Family Planning' From Stimulus

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's only been in office for eight days and some of his friends are already steaming mad at him. The president of Planned Parenthood Ac...

Economic Stimulus Bill: Sound Policy vs. D.C. "Bipartisanship"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Why do Democrats seem more interested in attracting majority Republican support they clearly do not need than in passing a bill that uses taxpayer money most effectively to stimulate the economy?

Stimulus Bill Could Yield Nearly $22.3 Billion For Illinois

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

Federal budget experts have identified at least $22.3 billion in tax cuts and increased spending for Illinois in the Obama administration's $825-billi...

All Tax Cuts are Not Created Equal

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Is Obama so intent on his goal of passing his economic stimulus plan with at least 20-25 Republican votes in the Senate that he will sacrifice good policy for consensus?

Stimulus: Dems May Drop Family Planning After GOP Attacks

AP | DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, offici...

Experts: Obama Stimulus Plan Should Boost Economy

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Economists think the stimulus plan that the House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday, while far from perfect, will help stimulate the moribund ...

Obama's Economic Recovery Plan Is Almost As Pure As Ivory Soap

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

This is the biggest and boldest progressive legislation in 40 years. By all means, register your complaints against the business tax cuts. But don't let that dampen your enthusiasm for this historic measure.

TV Media Cited Bogus CBO Report At Least 81 Times

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last Tuesday, the AP reported on a leaked Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "analysis" that had concluded that "it will take years before an infrastru...

McCain Not Satisfied With Stimulus, Wants "Major" Rewrite (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said on "Fox News Sunday" that he would not support the $825 billion stimulus package as written. He argued that the bill cont...

It's Show Time for Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When it comes to the stimulus plan, the bipartisan honeymoon is unlikely to last, and I'd say good riddance.

Ryan Grim

House Stimulus Bill (FULL TEXT) UPDATED | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - February 12: The text of the House/Senate conference report of the stimulus package has been posted online. Here are the links: Text of ...