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No, Seriously: Republicans Don't Get It

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Investment in bike paths will not only improve our economy, and take our country in the right direction for the future; it is exactly the kind of investment the American people want.

Obama's Wake-Up Call

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Even as unemployment hits 7.6 percent and shows no signs of slowing any time soon, the GOP is falling over itself to protect the ostentatious privileges and prerogatives of a few financial potentates.

Energy Self-Reliance and Our Future

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

You want my opinion on a stimulus plan? Follow Ohio's example and invest in American energy. All of it.

Pulling the Wool Over Our Eyes

Rep. Lynn Woolsey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lynn Woolsey

The American people elected President Obama in record numbers to lead our country in a new direction, if the Republicans aren't willing to join him, the least they can do is get out of his way.

Operation Zero Cred

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The GOP with Joe the Plumber on the Hill this week to discuss the economy. They should be summarily shut out of this process -- whether or not the president wants them out.

Obama to Speak Monday Night on Stimulus While Rep. Pete Sessions Says Republicans Are the New Taliban

John Amato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amato

If the media hadn't acted so irresponsibly the past two weeks and President Obama hadn't tried to be so bipartisan, he might not have had to take to the airwaves, but that's not the case anymore.

Billionaire For A Day: A More Entertaining Economic Stimulus Package

Robert Guttman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Guttman

Let's do something to capture all Americans attention and by doing so make the economic stimulus package real to all of us: 800 Americans will each win a billion dollars.

Creating Jobs Is Not "Wasteful"

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley

America voted for a change of direction last November, not more of the same. Republicans should listen to the American people and work in a bi-partisan fashion to help get our country on the road to recovery.

Our God That Failed

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

The high doctrine of Economic Correctness of the Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush years is as bankrupt as Soviet Communism. It is all but officially dead. Why then are the president's economic advisers paid to prop it up?

Bill Gates: Next Four Years Will Be "Very Tough" For US Economy

Reuters | David Lawsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Microsoft founder Bill Gates foresees another three-to-four "very tough" years for the U.S. economy. Gates, making those comments at the annual Techn...

Stimulate Me!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Experts seem relatively unified, if such a thing is possible, on the issue of direct economic stimulus to every taxpayer. They're against it.

The Truth About the Stimulus Package

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Until other countries are willing to do their share to stimulate the global economy, the Obama administration is right to lift our boat first.

Obama's Big Bang Could Do the Trick

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

What appears to be looming is a massive pre-emptive devaluation of the U.S. dollar as Team Obama readies itself to announce the "Big Bang."

"Too Big To Fail": A Bailout Hoax

Ismael Hossein-zadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ismael Hossein-zadeh

If "illiquidity is the core economic problem," as policy makers argue, why is then the government's injection of enormous amounts of liquidity failing to unfreeze the credit market?

US Economy Likely To Keep Deteriorating

Bloomberg | Timothy R. Homan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The U.S. economy is likely to keep deteriorating in early 2009 after shrinking last quarter by the most since 1982, as consumers and businesses retren...

A Nation of Village Idiots

James Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Moore

Don't let them tell you this economic meltdown is a complicated mess. It's not. Our national financial crisis is readily understood by anyone who has seen greed and hypocrisy.

The 200 Million Dollar Question

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cristina Page

Republicans staged a temper tantrum last week over spending $200 million on contraceptive coverage. It turns out such a request wasn't even included in the stimulus.

Sales People Create Economies

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

Marketing without a trained sales team is a "one way" vehicle, causing the company to only activate at the point of marketing and then become passive.

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.

Solution to Economy Depends on Refinanced Mortgages, HOME Act

Rep. Dennis Cardoza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Cardoza

American families are losing their homes and I know this problem all too well. It began in my own backyard in California's Central Valley, which has been coined "ground zero" of the housing crisis.

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.

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.

Just When You Think You Can't Be Shocked By GOP Hypocrisy

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

The same political Neanderthals that helped execute their disastrous strategy of the last two election cycles are still firmly in control of House Republicans.

So Now They're Fiscal Conservatives

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hale

The government is the only economic player right now. Yet -- according to Republican economic philosophy -- this is the time to become fiscal conservatives. Please.

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.