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Save Detroit the New York Way

(31) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:23 PM

A great American city -- once an engine of the nation's manufacturing-oriented economy -- struggles under massive debt, credit rating downgrades, an investor exodus, a flight of white-collar workers, and finally the threat of an outside takeover or, worse, bankruptcy.

The year was 1975.  The city was New York.   But...

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Defeating Poverty: The View From Detroit

(28) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 1:00 AM

I'm proud of President Obama's record on poverty. In the face of shrinking budgets and tough political opposition, he has expanded health care for struggling families, invested in workforce training for the unemployed, and championed education and redevelopment initiatives focused on distressed areas including my hometown of Detroit.

But the...

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A True Progressive for Michigan's 14th Congressional District

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 7:05 PM

As your representative in Congress, I will continue to champion bold progressive solutions that create jobs, cut student loan and mortgage debt, cut crime, reduce our prison population, and restore financial security for the people of our region.

These are no ordinary times. With unemployment, foreclosures, and household debt...

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Restart the Economy by Stopping Illiteracy

(37) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 4:35 PM

The silver bullet for rebuilding our business climate, reducing crime, and restoring employment is as simple as ABC. It's time for bipartisan action to end the crisis of illiteracy.

If the absence of basic adult reading skills sounds like a problem of the past, consider the statistics: 47 percent...

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Trillion Dollar Crisis: The Case for Student Loan Forgiveness

(507) Comments | Posted April 25, 2012 | 10:34 PM

The financial tidal wave of 2008 left millions of American homeowners "underwater," owing more on their homes than their properties are worth.

This has decimated consumer demand and destroyed countless dreams.

Yet homeowners are not the only group of Americans who find themselves "underwater." After decades of skyrocketing tuition and...

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Democracy and Growth for Detroit

(17) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 3:55 PM

"Taxation without representation."

It's an idea our nation was founded to oppose.

Yet, right here in Detroit in 2012, it's a threat that's all too real. If the City of Detroit falls into state receivership under the 2011 Emergency Manager law, the city's taxpayers -- who were not responsible for...

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A Simple Plan for Detroit's Resurgence

(28) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 12:00 AM

It's time that we -- the people of Detroit -- take charge of our city's future.

For too long, we have seen our local tax dollars go toward excessive interest payments on debt rather than essential improvements in roads and schools. We have seen our manufacturing jobs shipped overseas...

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Restore Detroit, Revive the Economy: My Letter to President Obama

(7) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 11:51 AM

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

I write today to thank you for your advocacy on behalf of unemployed Americans and to urge you to consider innovative new ways to create jobs...

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A Monument to Hope, a Call to Action

(36) Comments | Posted August 27, 2011 | 6:15 PM

Every monument in our nation's capital symbolizes something meaningful about our national character. Lincoln, presiding over the reflecting pool, reminds us of our commitment to overcoming division and guaranteeing equal protection under law. Jefferson, set against the Tidal Basin, symbolizes our steadfast belief in inalienable individuals rights. The WWII memorial,...

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Yes to Long-Term Growth. No to Short-Term Cuts.

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 2:15 PM

It's time for Congress to stop playing politics and start getting serious about job creation and economic growth.

One month ago, I wrote that I was heartened to see a strong bipartisan consensus emerge on the need to reduce America's long-term debt burden. I am still hopeful. Yet,...

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Congress Is Obsessed With the Wrong Kind of Debt

(104) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 3:57 PM

Congress is now completely focused on reducing debt. This would be a positive development, if not for one detail: it's focused on the wrong kind of debt.

With over a quarter of all American homeowners "underwater" -- owing more on their homes than their homes are worth --...

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