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Here's What "60 Minutes" Should Have Reported About Infrastructure

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

A popular proposal in Washington right now: "Fund infrastructure through corporate tax reform." Unfortunately, this is Washington/corporate-speak for letting companies off the hook for most of the up to $700 billion they owe on corporate profits they are hoarding "offshore" if they let us use a little bit of it for infrastructure.

Peter Murray Advocates for Safer Cycling in London (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Crane.tv

Self-proclaimed cycling aficionado Peter Murray has a thing or two to say about London's infrastructure, a city that's widely known to be not particularly cyclist-friendly.

America's Infrastructure Disinvestment Will Slow the Development of a Sustainable Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Throughout America, disinvestment in infrastructure is far more typical. America's focus seems to be on individual spending, not investment in community resources. We refuse to tax ourselves and the signs of neglect are everywhere.

Revealed: Rising Inequality Kills American Jobs

Lynn Parramore | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Barry Z. Cynamon and Steven M. Fazzari are exploring how the massive debt which led to the Great Recession, the spending collapse that followed, and the stagnation that persists are all linked to income inequality. In this interview, they discuss what their findings mean for America.

Give Americans a $2,000 Check From 'Deferred' Corporate Taxes

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Instead of making a "deal" on deferment and letting the corporations just keep this money they owe us, let's fix this loophole and give most of this tax money to the 242 million adult U.S. residents. What's left over (and there might be a lot -- as much as $215 billion) can be used to fix our infrastructure and other priorities.

Democratic National Committee Needs a Shake-up -- Who Does the Shaking?

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The issue isn't what Wasserman Schultz said with regard to a 'top to bottom assessment' but rather who will do the assessment. If it is the same people who planned the mid-terms' non-message we are in for the same problems next time around.

Demand Representation From the Reds

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans could easily - though wrongly - perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something quite different: Voters don't like Republicans any better than Democrats.

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 11.06.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

Clinton's Time Is Now

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If and when she announces her candidacy for president, I suggest she express her resolve to bring full employment with fair wages to America, and announce a working group including Nobel laureates and leading economic thinkers to develop bold ideas to make full employment happen.

Liquidity Glut, Infrastructure Finance Drought and Development Banks

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The world economy faces huge infrastructure financing needs that are not being matched on the supply side. Emerging market economies, in particular, have had to deal with international long-term private debt financing options that are less supportive of infrastructure finance.

The Day After Tomorrow: What Congress Needs to Accomplish This Year

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

None of these items are particularly controversial, but represent simple ways that we can save lives, save money, and make laws fairer. It's too early to call it quits for the year -- it will be even more difficult to get anything done next year with half of the Senate running for president.

Infrastructure Investment: Part of Africa's Solution

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to clean water in many countries.

Book Review: 'Lead Like It Matters ... Because It Does'

Suna Senman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Suna Senman

Thirty-years of leadership proficiency shines through the compact instructions in Lead Like it Matters ... Because It Does. More than a book, the content is a virtual classroom leading the reader through the steps to fully develop his/her leadership potential.

Electing to Support Our Economy

Edward Wytkind | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Either we can choose to elect those who have proven themselves to have the courage and the foresight to make decisions with the long-term benefit of working people in mind, or we can elect those who are too shortsighted and too captive to special interests to make the calls that will help our nation thrive.

Retailers, Bankers and Democrats Agree

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Income inequality is killing the economy. Retailers, bankers and Democrats agree on that. Really. It's only Republicans who continue to insist that income inequality is great.

The Tangible Case for Infrastructure Investment

Scott Paul | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

A who's who of international economy watchers are imploring Washington to do what it hasn't done in nearly a decade: Pass a long-term, large-scale infrastructure plan. And while I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment, I think it could be presented in a less abstract fashion.

The U.S. and India: Forward Together

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Arun M. Kumar

A re-energized commitment to move both countries forward, together. That is what President Obama, leader of the world's oldest democracy, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the world's largest democracy, collectively committed to after their meeting last month.

Smart Fiscal Policy Will Help Jobs

Vitor Gaspar | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Vitor Gaspar

In some countries, particularly in Europe, reform of labor markets may be necessary to remove persistent rigidities. Fiscal policy cannot substitute for such reforms. But fiscal policy can work in tandem with broader structural reform efforts to support job creation.

Legacies, Clouds and Uncertainties

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Among advanced countries, the United States and the United Kingdom in particular are leaving the financial crisis behind and achieving decent growth. Even for them however, potential growth is lower than it was in the early 2000s.

My Takeaways From the Administration's Infrastructure Investment Summit

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

Lifting the ban on interstate tolling for purposes of reconstruction will not directly replenish the Highway Trust Fund, but it will give states the flexibility to use a reliable financing option to help meet their infrastructure funding challenges. Give states the flexibility to fund their transportation infrastructure projects the best way they see fit.

First World, Third World: A Travel Essay

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You are all potential terrorists and will be treated as such. Here's half a Diet Coke as a reward for being compliant.

No One Should Live Outside the Web of Connectivity

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Rev. Larry Hollon

Various agencies designed to deal with such emergencies were already being stretched before Ebola struck. Equally frustrating is the fact that this crisis graphically demonstrates how the lack of reliable communication today is a matter of life and death, but communication infrastructure lags behind human need.

On National Manufacturing Day, Congress Must Recommit Itself to Investing in a Strong Manufacturing Future

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Americans ought to be filled with pride in our role as the world's manufacturing leader. But we cannot take that leadership for granted, as our competitors across the globe seek to lure manufacturing jobs away from our shores.

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.

A Three-Pronged Approach to Urban Resilience

Philip K. Ryan | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Philip K. Ryan

The fact is that is most of us don't sit up and take notice until bridges actually collapse, pipes burst and sidewalks give way. Take what has been recently happening in Los Angeles.