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Ross Eisenbrey

Entries by Ross Eisenbrey

Blocking Labor Department Wage Rule Condemns Young Americans to Unemployment

(7) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:48 PM

Most Americans would rightly scoff at the claim that landscaping companies can't find workers here in the U.S. and have to go abroad to find them. Many of us mowed lawns, weeded gardens, trimmed hedges, planted flowers and raked leaves as kids, and we know that this is work that...

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Magical Thinking Won't Create Jobs: Heritage Forecasts for Ryan Plan Are Fantasy

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 5:35 PM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has produced a magical budget that "strengthens the safety net" by slashing trillions of dollars from Medicaid and Medicare. He also proposes to "strengthen" Social Security by dismissing the $2.4 trillion Social Security trust fund as valueless, based on "dubious accounting."

It is no surprise,...

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Colombia's Anti-Union Violence Rules out Free Trade Agreement

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 12:06 PM

President Obama is being pressed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporate interests to advance a free trade agreement with Colombia that he campaigned against when he ran for president. The agreement's potential economic benefits are uncertain but certainly small, while its importance to U.S. foreign policy is enormous....

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(7) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 4:40 PM

I work for a progressive think tank, so I'm no anti-intellectual. And despite spending my first 26 years in Iowa, Ohio, and Michigan, my last 30 have been here in Washington, so I can't claim to be part of the Heartland anymore. Even so, on certain issues I feel a...

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Democrats are for kids and Republicans are just kidding

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 1:31 PM

Every once in a while, an issue arises that makes it perfectly clear, as the slogan goes: "Who's for kids and who's just kidding?" Saving 140,000 education jobs in public schools around the country is that kind of issue.

For the record, in this case at least, Democrats are for...

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The Real Deficit Crisis: Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 4:07 PM

Lots of high-powered attention has been paid in recent weeks to the nation's long term deficit woes. President Obama convened a bi-partisan commission to make recommendations for addressing the budget gap expected in 2015 and the even bigger gap thereafter. Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke and various past and present directors...

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The Future of Social Security Rests with Nancy Pelosi

(84) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 3:55 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds the fate of Social Security in her hands.

The Speaker must use her power to make three appointments to President Obama's Deficit Commission to name lawmakers who will vote against raising the retirement age and re-computing the cost of living. If she doesn't, President...

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Hurricane? Recession? Right says: Cut wages!

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 1:01 PM

It's entirely predictable that the right would take advantage of the recession to call for ending wage protections for American workers in the name of "job creation." That's what happened this week, when Washington Post editorial writer Charles Lane actually made the case that, to create jobs, we should lower...

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Get Business Tax Cuts Out of the Stimulus Plan

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 5:07 PM

It is heartening that the new Congress is tackling the economic crisis with the urgency it deserves. The economy is slowing dramatically, and 15 million Americans are now unemployed or underemployed. The numbers worsen every month, and if state and local governments meet their budget shortfalls by cutting services and...

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The White House's Lame Excuses For Rejecting a Badly-Needed Extension of Unemployment Benefits

(5) Comments | Posted June 16, 2008 | 1:28 PM

This week the Bush administration trotted out a lame and calloused argument for opposing critically-needed legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for the millions of long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that what's needed are jobs, not more benefits. The White House claimed that its trade deals and an extension of...

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