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Sam Stein

Obama Budget Pushes Stimulus Measures That Are Unlikely To Pass

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The unveiling of President Barack Obama's budget on Wednesday morning has restarted the ongoing debate over how best to pursue deficit r...

Mark Zandi: Boehner Was Wrong, Stimulus Worked (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Joining the backlash against House Minority leader John Boehner's (R-Ohio) economic speech yesterday, Mark Zandi, Moody's chief economist, said Boehne...

Sam Stein

Obama's $50 Billion Request Gets Chilly Reception From House Dems

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Additional Reporting By Ryan Grim President Obama's request for lawmakers to pass $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments re...

Obama Needs to Show Less Paucity of Audacity

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

So far the only people Obama seems willing to make mad are the activist base of the Democratic party who helped him defeat Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Gives President Obama An "A"

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

He inherited a horrible situation with this economic crisis, but he has not flinched. And his confidence inspires us and helps to generate confidence because we see him carrying on.

Finally, a Bridge to Somewhere

Lawrence Baxter, Bill Brown and James Cox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence Baxter, Bill Brown and James Cox

Behind Obama's declaration that the federal government will carefully monitor lending and bank management is the notion of conservatorship, not nationalization.

An Open Letter to David Axelrod

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It will take much stronger medicine to avert a depression than the measures taken to date, and the president needs to rally public opinion if he is to persuade Congress to act at the necessary scale.

Republicans Propose 'Infiniti Stimulus Package' for the Already Wealthy

Jerome Halligan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

The entirety of the bill's language is a two-column table -- the names of the 20 men in the left column, and the portion of the $800 billion each of them will receive in the right column.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Republicans Build a Roadblock to Nowhere

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

Republicans stand near-united to fight the President of the United States out of one side of their mouths - and cry for bi-partisanship out of the other.

Can't Get There from Here

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The Obama administration has made its first serious misstep. No, it wasn't the wooing of ingrate Republicans, or the dining with clueless reactionary pundits. It is much more significant.

It's Time for Obama to Potty Train Congressional Republicans

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Obama can act like Community-Organizer-In-Chief and, along with grassroots movements from around the country, force Senate Republicans to allow the majority to vote on, and pass, an improved Stimulus Bill.

Change vs. Bipartisanship: What Happens When You Throw a Bipartisan Party and Half the Guest List Stays Home?

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

The problem with a message of bipartisanship is that it makes it very difficult to tell the story of why things are so bad that we need dramatic change.

Obama and The Economy: How It's Going to Play Out

Ian Welsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Welsh

The only people in this debacle who acted in the interests of ordinary Americans are House Democrats, but in the end they're going to be forced to choose between no bill and a fatally compromised bill.

Patriotic Extortion

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Imagine if the Democrats had not pre-capitulated to the Republicans on the stimulus bill. Imagine if they had forced the Republicans to actually mount a filibuster.

Republicans Say They'd Support the "Right" Stimulus Bill, But Stimulus for Them Is Only More Tax Cuts

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If you look closely at what the Republicans are saying, this isn't a debate on the merits of this stimulus legislation, but rather another round of policy battles fought during last year's campaign.

Oh, About That "End" of the Obama Honeymoon ...

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
William Bradley

Where Obama may have made a mistake is in being too substantively accommodating with people who are basically not going to support him except in the event of an extraterrestrial invasion.