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Economic Stimulus

The Evil of Banality

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

It could be that our institutions are so corrupt, our political discourse so banal and polluted, that they are incapable of lifting us up from our national malaise.

Bipartisanship Fetishism vs. What's Best for America: Obama Needs to Choose

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

When Galileo became convinced of the truth about how the solar system works, he didn't decide to just split the difference with the Pope so he could get a few nice editorials about "common ground" and "working together." Obama needs to stop trying to appease the bipartisanship fetishists. READ MORE Why is Obama Reluctant to Kill the Zombie Banks Threatening Our Economy? The plan laid out -- or, more accurately, sketched out -- by Tim Geithner makes it very clear that he is on the wrong side of the issue, more worried about the banking industry than the American people. Like Hank Paulson before him, Geithner appears more concerned about saving particular banks than saving the banking system. READ MORE

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.

Lieberman: Republican Moderates Deserve "Congressional Medal Of Honor" For Stimulus Cuts

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today in his town hall address in Elkhart, IN, President Obama criticized heavy cuts to education funding in the Senate's economic recovery package cr...

GOP Fired Up By Stimulus Battle: "We're Picking Good Fights"

DC Examiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You see it all over Capitol Hill, in the hallways, the hearing rooms, the gathering spots. Republicans, coming off a devastating, across-the-board ele...

Stimulus, Yes; Bank Bailout II, No

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If Obama does his job he will mobilize public opinion and isolate Republicans who would rather sink the economy than give a Democratic president legislative success.

Obama: Use This And the Jobs Bill Will Pass With a 100 Vote Margin

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Our best salesman is Obama. There is no house or senate member who this president cannot roll over.

Our Twin Crises

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

That we are unable to manage a functioning economy or deal with climate change because rapacious Wall Street traders have disproportionate political clout is a measure of our political dysfunction.

Spaghetti Economics

Matt Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Miller

We need to throw lots of spaghetti against the wall, and fast -- and continue to throw lots of spaghetti against the wall for at least a few years.

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.

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.

GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Dem Lawmakers By Almost 2 To 1 In Cable News Stimulus Debate, Again

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week, ThinkProgress released a report showing that, in the debate over the House economic recovery bill on the five cable news networks, Republic...

Why the Stimulus is Needed, Part II

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hale

Given the decreases in personal consumption expenditures and gross private domestic investment, what are the chances of the consumer spending again or business investing again?

Volcker Involved In Anti-Stimulus Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The chairman of President Obama's Presidential Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Paul Volcker, is an official of a think-tank that recently assailed t...

Puttin' On The Pay Cap

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

The $500,000 limit on executive pay may seem like a lot of money to people, but in actuality, for a banker, you might as well be offering a salary of $1 per year.

Where is Maury the Accountant?

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Why can't Obama, or even those who oppose him on his economic plan, tell us, line by line, what all is contained in the package, and why his administration says we need it!

The Stimulus Package and SAT Scores

Anita Weinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anita Weinberg

Aside from the obvious health benefits, lead removal from homes would accomplish the what the stimulus seeks -- creating jobs and reversing the economic impacts for low-income families.

Latest Stimulus Cuts: Head Start, Food Stamps, Public Transit

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I've just obtained an internal Senate committee memo detailing the latest cuts being eyed by the gang of Senators being led by Dem Ben Nelson and GOPe...

Top 10 Biggest Myths About The Stimulus

Media Matters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Media Matters for America previously identified numerous myths and falsehoods advanced by the media in their coverage of the American Recovery and Rei...

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.

Step Out of The Way Republicans!

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The world is a more dangerous place because of Republicans. Until President Obama was sworn in America was hated because of Republicans.

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.

Graham: Obama "Trying To Scare People"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday that rather than showing leadership in steering the stimulus package through Congress, President Barack Oba...

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.