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Obama's Labor Day Speech -- Does It Matter?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama's speech hit most of the right points, but still seemed a bit tone deaf. It's inexplicable that he would wait until the election was so close before giving a speech that could generate some excitement.

New Obama Policy Won't End Diversion of Federal Small Business Funds to Corporate Giants

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Barack Obama presented his new economic stimulus plan in Ohio today. One thing he said really caught my attention. "You elected me to do wh...

New Obama Economic Policies Will Ignore Simple Solution to Stimulus

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama stated during his campaign, "It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants." To date President Obama has failed to honor that promise.

America's Labor Day Message to Obama

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The president's stimulus bill notwithstanding, many believe that Obama could be doing more to create jobs. Here's a selection of the best editorials from around the country offering both insights and solutions.

U.S. Jobs: Good News Is No News To Fox and Glenn Beck

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

The growing number of private sector jobs and the cutback of the federal workforce is exactly what the GOP/Tea Party has been demanding. But you would never know it from their response.

J. Crew and Me: A Hopeful Plan to Invigorate the Economy

Pamela Tom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Pamela Tom

Three years ago, I discovered J. Crew. You know, the somewhat preppy clothing store that exudes a sense of fashionable elegance all the same?

Obama Ignores Prime Opportunity to Help Prevent Double Dip Recession

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

As I predicted in my August 6th and August 24th Huffington Post blogs, President Barack Obama has decided to continue the Bush Administration policy o...

First Ever Wealth Creation Innovation Marketplace

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Dozens of interactive exhibits from the next generation of social entrepreneurs will be showcased at the Innovation Marketplace and Entrepreneurship Fair. Think of it as a kind of Olympic finals for good ideas for ending poverty in America.

BP/Enbridge Lessons: Electric Vehicle Solutions That Reduce Oil Dependence, Reduce Pollution, Create Jobs and Boost the Midwest's Economy

Howard Learner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Howard Learner

The BP and Enbridge oil spill disasters reminded everyone of the dangers from our addiction to oil. Most Americans are looking for cleaner and safer ...

Congress, Make Our DREAMs of Economic Prosperity a Reality

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

With Congress out for the summer recess, senators and representatives have gone home to rev up for the midterm election. While they have managed to e...

Bush Tax Cuts: Would They Be the End of a Tax Holiday or the Start of a Tax Hike?

Bradford Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradford Kane

It is illusory to suggest that honoring an intended sunset of a tax break would amount to a tax hike. Insisting that it be extended is like requiring Macys to extend their Presidents' Day sale.

Stiglitz: It's 'Absolutely Clear' U.S. Needs A Second Round Of Stimulus

Bloomberg | Michael Heath and Rishaad Salamat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz said the U.S. economy faces an "anemic recovery" and the government will need to enact another round ...

BRIC and Beyond: How Aging Populations Strain Economic Growth

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard Steven Friedman

Age distribution in BRIC and N-11 is important because there's an age range where the population is more likely to be employed and producing economic growth.

Obama's Fleeting Progressive Promise

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

While the direction of Obama's presidency may be difficult to explain, it has demonstrated the narrow bandwidth in which American politics occurs: a very limited policy space ranging from the center to the right.

Deficit "Cutters" vs. "Postponers" -- a False Choice

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

There is 'false choice' debate underway within Congress and the administration between "cutters" of the federal deficit and the "postponers", and it played out in spades in last week's unemployment benefits extension debate in Congress.

BRIC and Beyond: Should You Believe Long Term Economic Forecasts?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

What should we make of economic forecasts 40 years in the future? How many economic forecasts from 1970 projected that China would be the largest exporter in the world in 2010?

The Trust Fund and the Baby Boom

Joe Minarik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joe Minarik

Recently, I suggested a legislative deal in which repair of Social Security's finances would motivate Congress to enact economic stimulus.

Time for a Monetary Boost

Joseph E. Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joseph E. Gagnon

An extended period of high unemployment represents a massive waste of productive labor and untold personal suffering of unemployed workers. The Fed should be aiming to get us back on track within two years, not four.

Sam Stein

Biden: White House Wanted Bigger Stimulus; Republicans Howl Immediately (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Vice-President Joseph Biden said on Sunday that the administration understood the need to pass a larger stimulus package upon entering office but chos...

The G8: The World Economy's Biggest Brake

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

It looks more and more as though the G8 nations will become stagnant economies hauling huge fiscal burdens. What was once the engine of global economic growth is now its biggest brake.

Was the Stimulus (A Lot) Bigger Than We Thought?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

Cuts to spending at the state level are worrisome because they lead to fewer services, fewer jobs, and poorer education, all of which depress the economy. What we should be asking is: what kind of federal spending offsets such economy-depressing cuts?

Leadership: The Solution is ...

Paul David Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul David Walker

Innovation is still a deep cultural strength, positioning the U.S. as leaders in many industries. But how will American companies achieve growth, given the evolution of the global economy?


Colin Barnicle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Barnicle

The cost of college has become as unhealthy to the economic well being of young adults as the near total collapse of the financial services system h...

What We Know Now About the Big California Races

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Nearly two weeks into the general election, here are seven key things we know now about the races for California governor and senator. Both races are fully engaged and trends are emerging.

Time to Plan for a Post-Keynesian Era

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

We need to reset our macroeconomic timetables. There are no short-term miracles, only the threat of more bubbles if we pursue economic illusions. The watchword must be investment rather than stimulus.